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Ireland in New York City: Your Guide to All Things Irish in NYC

October 08 2018 | Arts & Culture

Looking for a piece of Ireland in New York City? There’s more to the Emerald Isle than just pubs (though there’s plenty of those too). Explore Ireland’s rich history and culture, which has intertwined with New York City since the 19th century.

History

Ellis Island - First on our list is Ellis Island, the first stop for over 3 million Irish immigrants during their entry to the United States. The immigrant station is significant in Irish history in the United States, as many Americans’ ancestors passed through its doors seeking a better life after years of famine and disease. Plan a day trip to this very historic island.

Irish Hunger Memorial - Next, visit the peaceful Irish Hunger Memorial located at Vesey Street and North End Avenue. The memorial evokes a rural, Irish landscape with stones from each of Ireland’s 32 counties. It’s a gentle escape from the surrounding city and stark look at the tragic reality of famine.

American Irish Historical Society - Open since 1897, the American Irish Historical Society at 991 Fifth Ave. on the Upper East Side is a historical center, museum and library. The society is host to a range of cultural events and open to the public. Stop by on a week day for a guided tour and to view the center’s vast library collection. Admission fee applies. More info on their website.

Culture

Irish Repertory Theatre - For nearly 30 years, the Irish Repertory Theatre in Chelsea has celebrated the best in Irish theatre, from classics to contemporary works. The year-round theatre company has been recognized for the consistency for its off-Broadway productions for years. Plan a night out at the theatre during your stay and enjoy the best Irish drama in New York. See their production calendar.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral - St. Patrick’s Cathedral is as much of a cultural symbol of Irish immigrants as it is a religious one. Started in 1858 and completed in 1879, it is the product of money raised from Irish immigrants during the Great Famine. Opposite Rockefeller Center, it welcomes millions of visitors annually and can accommodate up to 3,000 people. Enter the church and take in its Neo-Gothic style architecture, stained glass and breathtaking columns. Open daily.

Food & Drink

Molly’s Pub and Restaurant Shebeen

Molly’s is somewhat of an institution in NYC, recognized for its authenticity and warm atmosphere. Sawdust floors, pub fare and cold beer makes this casual, laid-back spot perfect to meet up and have a few drinks. Located in Gramercy Park at 287 Third Ave.

The Late Late

Trying to escape the typical Irish pubs found across the US? The Late Late has you covered. Modeled after a 1960s Irish residence, the restaurant serves dishes that venture beyond standard pub fare. Its wide selection of Irish whiskeys is another plus. Enjoy The Late Late’s cozy and clean atmosphere any night of the week. Located in the Lower East Side at 159 E. Houston St.

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