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.

25th Washington's St. Patrick's Day Ball

From the moment you arrived to the sound of bagpipes, you knew there was something “Irish” in the air. This was only a hint of what was in store for attendees of the recent IACI Washington’s Irish St. Patrick’s Day Ball. The evening began with a cocktail reception and a bagpiper leading the transition from the cocktail hour to the ball room. The Ball commenced with a re-enactment of George Washington’s 1780 St. Patrick's Day proclamation.

Consul General Ciaran Madden offered his congratulations to Annie Moore Award recipient Patrick Dunican, and Eoin McKiernan Award Denis Mulcahy, and the IACI for their valued programs and contributions. The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, added his congratulations with a letter acknowledging the accomplishments of both recipients, as well as those of the IACI.

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed dinner and dancing to the music of the Primetime Band, who provided the perfect blend of Irish traditional jigs and reels and American rock and roll. The wide assortment of items offered at the Irish and Silent Auctions created some lively bidding with a trip to Ireland being one of the most popular items.

The IACI would like to thank everyone who took part in what some said was “the best event they have ever attended.” We look forward to seeing you all at the 2019 Ball!

Patrick Dunican Jr. (left), winner of the Annie Moore Award & Denis Mulcahy, winner of the Eoin McKiernan Award.

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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