Thanks to the support and the planning of the Consulate General of Ireland, the Irish American Writers and Artists Salon will be presenting its second “road” Salon at the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute in Philadelphia on June 7, 2013, with a reception at 6 pm followed by the Salon at 6:30.

Founded in 1850, the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square was created to help working Catholic children, often Irish and German immigrants, to continue their education. It is the oldest private club of its kind in the nation.


The Salon will feature a group of regular presenters from the New York City Salons along with a group of presenters from Philadelphia.

The New York presenters for this second road Salon will be:

Kevin R.McPartland is a native Brooklynite, novelist, and short story writer. His novel Brownstone Dreams is being published in June by Boann Books and Media. His work has appeared in such publications as AIM Magazine, Chicago, IL, Grit Magazine, Williamsport, PA, and a much-revered anthology of short stories by Vietnam Veterans entitled, Adventures In Hell, Ritz Publishing, 1990.

Guenevere Donohue is a Native New York theatre artist: actress, playwright, designer, singer/songwriter and poet. She recently made her directing debut with the NYC premiere of Passing Through, by Tristan Grigsby, at Theatre for The New City. Guen has performed her original plays at Cherry Lane Studio, Dixon Place, Metropolitan Playhouse, The Makor Center, and The Boulder Fringe Festival. She penned and played the roles of Jackson Pollock in The Painters’ Project and Constance in Krack, both directed by George Bartenieff, and was awarded a John Golden Playwrights Fellowship for The Poecock. Currently Guenevere is working on, Killer Is My Name, a music-theatre piece, about her US Marine/Spy father, warrior culture, and growing up in the Bronx. Some favorite roles in things she did not write — Queen Margaret in Wars of The Roses, Hamlet in Hamlet, Arkadina in The Seagull, and being a movement theatre ensemble member at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Good craic!


Mark William Butler is a playwright, composer, and short story writer who has over thirty theatrical productions to his credit, including the upcoming staging of his one-act screwball comedy, “The Laundry War,” in The Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival in New York City. His one-act musical, “Bad Christmas Sweater,” won a Best Play award at the same festival last year, and is slated for a full-length showcase production this holiday season. His short story, “Cool and Clean and Crisp,” was featured in the Best American Erotica book series (Simon & Shuster, edited by Susie Bright), and was cited in Ms. Bright’s How to Write a Dirty Story. His other stage shows include Cat Gets Credit CardInstant HappySecret Santa’s Juicy Jollies and God and Friends – One Night Only! His brother, actor and director Richard P. Butler, will be singing Mark’s original composition.

Maura Mulligan was born in Aghamore, County Mayo in the west of Ireland. A retired NYC public school teacher, Maura has a Masters Degree in Education from Hunter College of the City University of New York. In her Mayo farm, she dibbled the spuds and danced on stage before immigrating to America in 1958. In the bustling new world of New York, she worked as a telephone operator, and later, answered a higher call to become a nun. After leaving religious life, she taught English to speakers of other languages and Irish to speakers of English. Currently, she teaches ceílí dance in Manhattan. Maura’s writing has appeared in The Irish TimesIrish America MagazineThe Irish EchoThe Irish Examineras well as online. Call of the Lark, a memoir published by Greenpoint Press in 2012 received rave reviews in Mayo, Australia and the US.

John Kearns (MC and presenter) is a native of the Philadelphia area and the Treasurer and Salon Producer for Irish American Writers and Artists. John is the author of the short-story collection, Dreams and Dull Realities and the novel, The World. His novel-in-progress, Worlds, was a finalist in the 2002 New Century Writers’ Awards. He has had five full-length and five one-act plays produced in Manhattan, including In the WildernessSons of Molly MaguireIn a Bucket of Blood, and Designers with Dirty Faces. His fiction has appeared in The Medulla Review and Danse Macabre. John’s poems have appeared in in the North American Review, the Grey Sparrow Journal, and Feile-Festa, and the ASBDQ experimental text journal. John has a Masters Degree in Irish Literature from the Catholic University of America.

Joining us once again from the Irish Consulate and the IAW&A will be:

Marie Reilly: A premier Irish fiddler from Co. Longford who performs with a unique, distinctive Leitrim style passed down through eight generations, Marie has won numerous championship competitions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Fleadh Great Britain and a myriad of festivals throughout Ireland, England, Scotland and the USA.  Marie appeared on national television in Ireland, performed in concert at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, Glucksman Ireland House at New York University and at the Lincoln Center OurLand Festival, the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University, CT and the Cell Theatre, New York. Marie recently released a CD, The Anvil, dedicated to her father, Michael Reilly from Drumreilly, Co. Leitrim.

The Philadelphia presenters will be:

Jared Michael Delaney, Associate Artistic Director of Inis Nua Theatre Company: is well-known to Philadelphia audiences, having appeared on stage at the Walnut Street Theatre (The Glass Menagerie; Phila. and regional tour), Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre, Lantern Theater (Barrymore Award, “Outstanding Ensemble” for The Comedy of Errors), Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Penn. Shakespeare Theatre, Phila. Artists’ Collective, Azuka Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theater and others. Regionally, he has been seen at the Folger Theater (DC), Sierra Rep. Theatre (CA) and River Valley Rep (NY). Jared has appeared in Inis Nua productions of Crazy Gary’s Mobile DiscoTrad (Philly and NYC), Skin DeepGagarin WayThe Early Bird and Dublin by Lamplight. Following his appearance inTrad, he accepted the position of Associate Artistic Director and, with that, a seat on our board. Among his duties for Inis Nua, Jared selects and directs the Reading Series and produces The Craicdown!, Inis Nua’s annual musical fundraiser.

Paraic Keane: Born in Dublin, Ireland into a musical family, Paraic Keane has been around Irish Trad sesisiuns his whole life. His father Sean Keane has been a member of The Chieftans for over 40 years and his uncle James Keane is a world famous button box accordion player. With this background it’s not hard to imagine Paraic’s talent and ability when it comes to playing Irish traditional fiddle. Paraic himself has performed all around the world since his teenage years and has performed both solo and with bands, including the Chieftans, in places like Germany, Japan, Las Vegas and Florida. He’s been living in the Philadelphia area for the past 5 years and can be found leading seisiuns at Fergie’s, the Plough & the Stars, Con Murphy’s, The Hill Tavern and other Philly pubs. Paraic also teaches Irish style fiddle in his spare time. He currently resides in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

Gabriel Donohue is a multi instrumentalist. Singer/songwriter. He has performed with the Chieftains, Eileen Ivers Band. Michael Flatley, Joanie Madden and Seamus Connolly. He has produced scores of CDs. He has recorded with the Boston Pops and played at Carnegie and the Royal Albert Hall.

Dr Marian Makins is an accomplished singer in the traditional Irish genre. She sings in Scots and Irish Gaelic. She is featured in an upcoming film called Trumpet my Return. She holds a Ph.D. in Classical Studies and teaches writing at the University of Pennsylvania.

VenueCatholic Philopatrian Literary Institute
Address: 1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
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Phone:(215) 567-2909
Time: 6 pm.

Hope to see you there!


Other “road” Salons with other IAW&A presenters are in the works!  Stay tuned.