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Dr. Jane O’Meara Sanders added to I.NY festival programme

Dr. Jane O’Meara Sanders was at the centre of the 2016 American presidential election as senior political advisor to, and wife of, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders.

Dr. Jane O’Meara Sanders added to I.NY festival programme

Dr. Jane O’Meara Sanders, the founder of the Sanders Institution, added to I.NY programme, along with Jean Butler, Joseph O’Connor, Trish Long, Maura Kelly and Mícheál Ó’Muircheartaigh.

I.NY, a new festival celebrating the relationship between Ireland and New York, today announced the addition of Senator Bernie Sanders’ senior political advisor and wife to the 2017 festival programme, alongside dancer Jean Butler, author Joseph O’Connor, film producer Maura Kelly, Disney executive Trish Long, and much-loved broadcaster Mícheál Ó’Muircheartaigh.



Over 11 days in October, I.NY explores and celebrates the deep and vibrant connection between Ireland and New York City. The festival invites artists, writers, musicians, educators, entrepreneurs and more to tell the story of how the Ireland New York relationship has impacted their personal, professional and creative lives. It invites as well an audience, from home and abroad, to share their own stories, hear those shared by others, and experience the broader Ireland New York story through a diverse programme of cultural events.

Born in Brooklyn to Irish parents, Dr. Jane O’Meara Sanders is a founding member of the Sanders Institute, a fellowship comprised of leaders dedicated to transforming democracy through the research, education, outreach and advancement of bold, progressive ideas and values. Dr. O’Meara Sanders was also at the centre of the 2016 American presidential election as senior political advisor to, and wife of, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders.

Dr. Jane O’Meara Sanders is appearing as part of the I.NY Annie Moore Talks series, in conversation with Joseph O’Connor, award-winning novelist and Frank McCourt Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. She will discuss the 2016 Presidential election, the Sanders campaign and Institute, the Republican and Democratic rivals faced, and the current political climate in America. She will discuss as well her own Irish heritage, her upbringing in 1950’s Brooklyn in an Irish-American home, and the influence of Irish art, music and literature on her life. Finally, she will tell her and Bernie Sanders’ shared story, having grown up just blocks from each other in Brooklyn, but who first met decades later as a political candidate and activist in Vermont.

The event takes place in the University Concert Hall, Limerick on Thursday 12 October. Information and tickets at €15/18 available from and Joseph O’Connor also guests at the festival on Wednesday 11 October, joining Glen Hansard at The Lime Tree Theatre for a unique evening of conversation and performance. These two leading Irish artists will appear together for the first time, discussing the impact New York has had on their personal, professional and creative lives, and perform the songs and readings which reflect that influence.

Elsewhere in the programme, Tony award-winning TV & film producer Maura Kelly joins designer Orla Kiely and former New York Consul General Tim O’Connor as an invited speaker at the I.NY Gathering in Dromoland Castle on Friday 13 October, while Jean Butler and Trish Long will both speak at the I.NY Creative Education Symposium hosted by the Irish World Music Academy at the University of Limerick. Mícheál Ó’Muircheartaigh joins GAA All-Stars, broadcasters and fellow gaeilgeoirs Dara O’Cinneide and Diarmuid Lyng for a screening of O’Cinneide’s GAA USA focused on the 1947 All-Ireland Football Final played in New York’s Polo Grounds, followed by a conversation of the current reputation and importance of Gaelic Games in New York.

Other, previously announced artists and guests performing at the I.NY festival include David Bowie’s musical director Gerry Leonard, director of the New Yorker Festival Rhonda Sherman, Kathryn Lloyd of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and Qool DJ Marv, Soho House NYC resident and HBO premiere DJ.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.