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A few years ago I met Prof. Thomas Truxes of NYU Ireland House and was fascinated by his story of how he found these letters and the tales contained within them. Now on exhibit for the first time thought this would be a great visit to do before the Christmas holidays.

We will stop in to view the exhibit (free) and then following for those interested as an option we can have a Christmas lunch. Tertulia, located on 6th Avenue, a short walk away will be our luncheon spot.  While the inspiration was finding a spot nearby, it was a further bonus that the chef, Seamus Cullen, is of Irish heritage.  Tertulia is a neighborhood gem featuring a varied Spanish fare.

For more info in the exhibit:

More than two hundred and fifty years ago—in the midst of the world's first global war—an Irish wine ship returning home from the French port of Bordeaux was captured at sea by a British warship.

In January 2011, the mailbag from that ship, the Two Sisters of Dublin, was discovered by a New York University professor. These letters, most of them only recently opened for the first time, are the basis of a major exhibition in the Mamdouha S. Bobst Gallery at New York University's Bobst Library — The Bordeaux-Dublin Letters, 1757: The Voice of an Irish Community Abroad.

Drawing on world-class collections of art and never-before-seen historical documents, The Bordeaux-Dublin Letters exhibition takes you back to a time when thriving communities of Irishmen played a prominent role on the European continent.

The exhibition at NYU's Bobst Library reconstructs the early years of the Seven Years’ War, tells the story of the fateful voyage of the Two Sisters of Dublin, and underscores the significance of the Irish presence in Europe and America.

But the heart of the exhibit is the extraordinary collection of letters discovered in 2011. Through them, the voice of an Irish community abroad comes alive, and we enter into a private and intimate world inhabited by ordinary men and women separated from their homeland by war.

The exhibition is open to the public 9am-6pm daily October 25, 2013 to April 1, 2014. Photo ID required to enter the library.

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  • patty

    Thank you once again Bridget for all you do. I really look forward to our outings and learn something new every time.

    December 10, 2013

  • Turlough M.

    Thanks Bridget for arranging our Meetup visit to the Bobst Library at NYU. This first class display of the Bordeaux-Dublin Letters presents a unique insight into Ireland's remarkable global history.

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Patrice

    Fascination story

    December 7, 2013

  • Patrice

    Fascinating exhibit. Now I have to read the book.

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • Denise

    I have to work today. Wish this was later in the afternoon so I could go.

    December 7, 2013

  • Joann

    I am sorry to cancel so late. Woke up not feeling well and don't want to push it with two trains trying to get there.

    December 7, 2013

  • Mary

    Dear Bridget,

    I'm so sorry to have to cancel tomorrow's meetups to which I was looking forward. Long-lost cousins invited themselves over, and I couldn't say "no". Wish I could be with you. Have a great time!

    December 6, 2013

    • Bridget

      Shame to miss you but those cousins could give you some family history...!

      December 6, 2013

  • Denise

    So are we meeting inside the library? In the lobby, at the exhibit...?

    December 3, 2013

    • Bridget

      Hi Leigh, I've updated the meetup message to ask everyone to meet me inside the doors of the library before security. See you Saturday.

      December 3, 2013

  • Edward R S.

    4 maternal great grandparents arrived NYC in the 1880s from Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare (Ryan & McMahon)and Ballylongford (Hickey)and Barleymount, Killarney, Co. Kerry.(Noonan). Paternal great grandfather (Stewart) was Church of Ireland from Tobermore, Co. Derry and a restaurateur in NYC, arriving about 1875. His wife's parents, Patrick S Wren & Annie Murray, were Famine era emigrants from Co. Leitrim.

    1 · November 23, 2013

    • Edward R S.

      Where in Ballylongford? My familia were Hickeys from Cloonaman and Kilelton with related families - McElligott, Cournane, and Kennelly.

      November 23, 2013

    • Joanne

      My paternal grandmother was a Bridget Kennelly, originally from Lacca. She married James Dillon. They raised their family in Dromerin, just down the road from Dromerin National School.

      November 24, 2013

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