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Monday, September 02, 2013

Univ of St Thomas Fall Cultural Events & 10th Anniversary Celebration

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University of St. Thomas
William J. Flynn
Center for Irish Studies
Fall 2013 Cultural Outreach Events and
Tenth Anniversary Celebration
We are pleased to announce that our Center is celebrating its Tenth Anniversary as a Center for 
Excellence at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
Come celebrate with us by attending our fall cultural events and Annual Irish Gala!
Fall 2013 Cultural Outreach Series
We invite you to attend our Fall 2013 Cultural Outreach Series.
These events are first-come, first-served.  Please advise us in advance of any mobility issues. 
All lectures are free and there is a minimal charge for some concerts.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Tim Collins, County Galway, Ireland
Dick Dowling: Early Days in Ireland and Texas
When: 11:30 am
Where: University of St. Thomas
Ahern Room, Crooker Center, 3909 Graustark, Houston, TX 77006
Lecture and lunch free and open to public, but RSVP requested for lunch
by Wednesday, September 4, at noon, first-come, first-served
713-525-3592 or
Many years of hard work of Ann Caraway Ivins, a long-time Friend of the Center, has come to fruition in the 
publication of a book about Dick Dowling through Irish author Tim Collins.  Collins will present aspects of 
the book focusing on Dowling's early days in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland, how he found his way from Galway to Texas, and his contributions in Texas and particularly Houston.

Collins is a graduate in marine science and a chartered librarian, recently retired, from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has a special interest in the history of Irish science, notably natural history and maritime history.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Dr. Janet Lowery, UST Department of English
Dancing at Lughnasa 15 Years Later: Backdrops and Foregrounds 
When: 7:30 pm
Where: University of St. Thomas
Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon
Houston, TX 77006
Free and open to the public
In this presentation, which includes watching the 95-minute film adaptation of Brian Friel's award-winning 
play, Dr. Janet Lowery of UST's Department of English briefly will highlight distinctions among critics' 
views on both the play and film, discuss historical backdrops, and foreground the power of the ensemble 
cast and the fate of its characters in this film.  She also will introduce some contemporary developments in 
the Irish theater and European culture that suggest the far-reaching insights of Friel's vision. Directed 
by Pat O'Connor (Circle of Friends), with the screenplay by Irish playwright Frank McGuinness, and 
music by Bill Whelan, the film stars Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon, Catherine McCormack, Sophie 
Thompson, Kathy Burke, Brid Brennan and Rhys Ifans, and is narrated in voice over by Gerard McSorley.
Dr. Lowery is a Professor in the Department of English as well as the Director of the UST Creative Writing 
Program.  She formerly served as the Cullen Endowed Chair of the Department of English. Dr. Lowery received 
her Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY). 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Dr. Catherine Swift, Director of Irish Studies
Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland
Genetic Genealogy:  Surname Formation in Ireland--Discussion, Debate and DNA
When: 7:30 pm
Where: University of St. Thomas
Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, Houston, TX 77006
Free and open to the public 
                             Thursday, November 14, 2013                                  
Rev. Harold Good
Northern Ireland Peace Process: Lessons Learned
When: 7:30 pm
Where: University of St. Thomas
Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, Houston, TX 77006
Free and open to the public 
Friday, November 22, 2013 (Note change of date)
Annual Irish Gala
benefiting the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies
When: 6:30 pm reception; dinner following reception
Where: The Houstonian Hotel
111 North Post Oak Lane
Houston, TX 77024 
Members of the international community who have been instrumental in building and 
maintaining peace in Northern Ireland and who serve as mentors for our 
study abroad program: 
Rev. and Mrs. Harold Good  
Laura and Rev. Charles Millikan
Janet and Randy Gilmore 
Honorary Chairs: 
His Eminence Daniel N. Cardinal DiNardo
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston 
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie
The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church 
For more details, please contact Lori Gallagher
at 713-525-3592 or 
See the Center's
Upcoming Events, Irish Gala (table payment option on line)
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Celtic Christmas Carols with Danny O'Flaherty and Noel Nash
When: 2 pm
Where: University of St. Thomas
Jones Hall, 3910 Yoakum, Houston, TX 77006
Benefiting the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies 
Open to the public
Adults $15; Seniors $10; children and UST faculty, staff and students free
Seating is first-come, first-served;
seats reserved for those with mobility restrictions 

Center for Irish Studies
University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006
Phone 713-525-3592 (main)  Fax 713-525-3866
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