How it’s New York: Terence Mulligan’s “The Craic Festival,” presenting three days of Irish film and music, Liam+Neeson+Premiere+Open+Road+Grey+Arrivals+Zz4AzCMaaP-l-215x300is a  New York tradition since 1999.
How it’s Irish: Films and performers come from Ireland, and the U.S. premiere of “Tee to Green,” starring Aidan Quinn, is co-sponsored by Tourism Ireland.

Thor? What Thor?

The Craic Festival starts tonight, and the opening gala is not cancelled! If you haven’t been to the Craic, getting out of the storm and into the Tribeca Cinemas or Mercury Lounge may be just what the doctor ordered. Liam Neeson, my boyfriend (girl can dream) will appear for a Q-and-A after the U.S. premiere of “Road,” about the Dunlop racing dynasty in Ireland. Neeson narrates the film.

The events start on Thursday, March 5, and run through Saturday, March 7. There’s also a Kids Fleadh, moving to Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick St., on Saturday, March 7, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. with family-friendly short films.

More details after the jump!craiclogo-largeAll events at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varic Street, except the music, which is at the Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston St.

ShortWay_Tilted_2-212x300March 5 – Opening Night Gala

Tee to Green


Starring & Narrated by Aidan Quinn (my other boyfriend) with Rory McIlroy
Directed by Andrew Gallimore

“From Tee to Green” is a documentary about the History of Golf in Ireland.

7:30 p.m.

McIlroy, Rick O’Meara and Padraic Harrington will appear.

March 6 – Friday Night Gala road-212x300

U.S. Premiere of “Road,” starring Liam Neeson.

Produced and directed by Michael Hewitt and Dermot Lavery, of DoubleBand Films.

“Road” is a documentary about the Dunlop family, united by success and tragedy.

Q-and-A will follow with Neeson.

7:30 p.m.

granny-300x168March 7 – Closing Night Gala

Retrospective of Animation of Brown Bag Films

Brown Bag Films is the award-winning film company that was nominated for two Oscars for Best Short Animation (“Granny O’Grimm” and “Give Up Yer Aul Sins”).

7 p.m.

Craic Music Fest – March 7 Julie+Feeney+Live+Electric+Picnic+2+by+Ruth+Medjber-1

Mercury Lounge

Special Musical Guests:

The Narrowbacks

The Shackles

Julie Feeney

Pat McGuire

8 p.m.



Kids Fleadh is three parts: Best of Irish Short films, Storytelling and Irish Step Dancing with the Niall O’Leary Step Dancers. FREE goodie bags for the kids. Free tea & scones served as well.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Gwen Orel
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