Irish American Cultural Institute

Providing leadership and resources to preserve, interpret, and promote Irish and Irish American Cultures


Founded in 1962, the Irish American Cultural Institute (IACI) is the leading Irish American cultural organization. The IACI is a federally recognized 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit national organization devoted to promoting an intelligent appreciation of Ireland and the role and contributions of the Irish in America. The IACI is strictly apolitical and nonsectarian, and is the only Irish American organization that has as its patron, The President of Ireland.

Over the past four decades, the IACI has carved an honored place for the Irish dimension in American life. No comparable body has such an impressive track record of achievement and sustained programming.

IACI Plans Traditional Irish Music Tour 

The latest IACI Irish Perceptions program is planned for April.  Featuring two well known musicians, the tour is planned for several venues, including  April 12:  New England Cultural Center (Canton, MA), April 13: Rochester, NY,  April 14:  Ithaca, NY, April 15:  Quinnipiac University (CT),  April 16:  Spring Lake Heights, NJ, April 20:  Seton Hall University (NJ),

Manus McGuire, originally from Sligo is one of Ireland's best known traditional fiddle players who has been to the fore of the Irish music scene both at home and abroad for many years. He has performed and recorded with groups Buttons and Bows, Moving Cloud and Brock McGuire Band in addition to recording fiddle albums with his brother Seamus McGuire and solo CDs, "Saffron and Blue" and "Fiddlewings".
It was the recognition from these last two recordings that hugely contributed to his selection as male Irish traditional musician of  the year in the U.S. (2006) by the Irish American News in Chicago.

Dave Curley, from Corofin County Galway, now resident in Chicago, is a much respected multi- instrumentalist, singer and dancer. He graduated with honours from the University of Limerick's groundbreaking Irish Music and Dance programme and later became a creative member of award winning bands, Slide, Runa and Brock McGuire Band. He also tours with Grammy award winner Moya Brennan of Clannad.  His most recent CD " A Brand New Day" is a wonderful testimony to his creative song writing with its contemporary style yet displaying his roots in Irish traditional singing at the highest level. Added to all of this, he is a champion Irish dancer!  
 If you are interested in attending one of the performances, please contact us.

This program is made possible through partial funding from Culture Ireland. 

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This informative e-newsletter offers members insights into Irish culture, history, and the latest happenings at the IACI. Besides providing updates on IACI programming, this publication offers feature articles, educational information, book reviews, and a wealth of other information.  It's Irish American culture, delivered straight to your e-mail inbox!  Click here to sign up!
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A Message From Our Patron

"I am delighted to be Patron of the Irish American Cultural Institute, an organisation that does such valuable work in strengthening and maintaining the important links that exist between Ireland and America.  Here in Ireland we are very proud of our wider global family, and feel a special connection with the United States who have welcomed so many generations of Irish emigrants into their communities.  We are deeply appreciative of all that the Irish American community contributes to our country, of the pride you still feel for your Irish heritage and culture and of your dedication to maintaining and showcasing that culture to other communities across the globe." 

MICHAEL D. HIGGINS, President of Ireland