- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City festival is celebrating Ireland’s rich heritage through music, dance, theater and poetry.

It’s called CualaNYC (KOO’-luh) after an ancient roadway to the ancient seat of Irish kings.

It runs through June 2 with events throughout the city.

The first annual festival commemorates the centenary of the six-day 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin that led to Ireland’s independence.

It’s organized by Susan McKeown, a Grammy-Award-winning folk singer who divides her time between Dublin and New York.

Highlights include Irish poetry readings on East River ferries and a performance of a Yeats play on the beaches of Coney Island and the Rockaways.

The classic 1926 silent film “The Cohens and the Kellys” will be shown at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Other events can be found on www.cualanyc.com .

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