Irish American Cultural Institute

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

Welcome


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.
 

New Membership Benefit Announced

The Irish American Cultural Institute is the proud publisher of the journal Éire- Ireland, which since its first appearance in 1966 has been the premier journal devoted to Irish Studies in North America. The journal is published twice a year, with Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter issues. It is interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary in scope, though articles on modern Irish history and modern Irish literature dominate the wide-ranging fare. The journal also features articles dealing with the literature and history of Irish America. One issue each year is devoted to a special theme or subject, with the 2019 special issue slated to examine “Irish Music” and the 2020 special issue scheduled to explore “Ireland and the Environment.”

Starting with the Spring/Summer 2018 issue, members will receive an electronic version, in addition to the print version. Please be sure to provide your e-mail to receive the electronic version.

If you are not already a member and would like to become one, please click here.

Irish American Cultural Institute Announces the Revival of The Butler Literary Award


The Irish American Cultural Institute is reviving The Butler Literary Award, which was initiated in 1962 by Patrick and Aimee Butler of St Paul, Minnesota and continued until 2002 when the award was temporarily halted. The award was for a deserving Irish author in English or Irish.

The Butler Literary Award will be offered for what the judges deem to be the best first publication by an Irish writer in any literary genre or a first publication in a new genre by an already published writer in the period between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018.

This year’s judges are Nadine O’Regan, Arts and Books Editor, Sunday Business Post, Fintan O’Toole, columnist and critic, Irish Times and Dr. Eibhear Walshe, Senior Lecturer in the School of English, and Director of Creative writing, University College Cork. The judges are chaired by Catherine Marshall, curator, and art historian and member of the board of the IACI.


The award, for 2,000 dollars, is modest but it is hoped that it will grow from this moment into something that will be of real benefit to Irish writers in terms of critical recognition, publicity and financial benefit. It will be offered every two years.


 The judges have shortlisted three writers for the 2018 Butler Literary Award. They are:

     Arnold Thomas Fanning, Mind on Fire, A memoir of madness and recovery, Penguin Ireland, May 2018

     Caoilinn Hughes, author of Orchid and the Wasp, Oneworld Publications, July 2018

      Emilie Pine, Notes to Self, Tramp Press, July 2018


The winner of the Award will be announced at a reception at Books Upstairs, 17 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 on Monday, 15th October 2018 at 6.30 pm.


Arnold Fanning’s Mind on Fire is a courageous and dramatic account of a decade of mental illness, its impact on himself and those close to him and his eventual recovery.

Orchid and the Wasp is a debut novel by poet, Caoilinn Hughes, about post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. It proves that Irish writing has finally replaced the guilt-ridden catholic family with something very different but troubling and entertaining in equal measure.

Emilie Pine, Notes to Self, is a collection of personal essays based on the author’s thoughts and experience of paternal love, addiction, rape, and infertility, explored with devastating openness.


The biannual O’Malley Art Award will also be announced by the Institute at the reception.


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Eire-Ireland

The Irish American Cultural Institute is the proud publisher of the journal Éire- Ireland, which since its first appearance in 1966 has been the premier journal devoted to Irish Studies in North America. The journal is published twice a year, with Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter issues. It is interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary in scope, though articles on modern Irish history and modern Irish literature dominate the wide-ranging fare. The journal also features articles dealing with the literature and history of Irish America. One issue each year is devoted to a special theme or subject, with the 2019 special issue slated to examine “Irish Music” and the 2020 special issue scheduled to explore “Ireland and the Environment.” The journal is available in print and electronic versions.  Learn More


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Were you once a member of a local chapter of the IACI? Perhaps you are new to our Institute and would like to meet with others in your area who are interested in Irish American Culture?

If you would like to help form a new chapter in your area, or if you were involved in one in the past and would be interested in reforming, please
contact us.


Duchas

 

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!
 
We invite IACI members to share their stories, events, pictures, book/movie reviews, recipes, etc.    To submit material, click here.  


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