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.
 

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


We invite you to join us Saturday, February 24th, 2018, 6-11pm, at the Madison Hotel, Morristown, New Jersey.

 Every year, the IACI commemorates this unique historical moment with the Washington’s St. Patrick’s Day Ball, fittingly held within a stone’s throw of Washington’s Headquarters National Park in Morristown.  The Washington's St. Patrick's Day Ball is an annual gala to benefit the established educational, arts, and cultural programming of the Irish American Cultural Institute (IACI).  The evening is a blend of history, pageantry, music, and dance. 

 

The evening begins with a cocktail reception and traditional fife and drum troupe lead the transition from the cocktail hour to the ball room.  The Ball commences with a re-enactment of George Washington’s 1780 St. Patrick's Day proclamation.  Dinner is served and attendees will enjoy dancing to the music of  an Irish-American band providing the perfect blend of Irish traditional jigs and reels and American rock and roll.  


The Washington’s St. Patrick Day Ball is one of the IACI’s most successful fundraising events and provides vital support to the programs and initiatives of the Institute.


This year, there will be two awards -    The Annie Moore Award is bestowed on an individual who has made significant contributions to the Irish and/or Irish American community and legacy.  The  Annie Moore Award is named for the first immigrant to be processed at Ellis Island. The award is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment of excellence through business, commerce, education or the arts.

The second, the Eoin McKiernan Award, was established and named for the Founder of the Irish American Cultural Institute.  Dr. Mc Kiernan devoted his life to, and set the standard for, Irish studies. His achievements in and contributions to the world of Irish studies and Irish culture were immeasurable.   The award is given to honor and recognize an individual who  exemplifies those ideals, and whose achievements have made an impact on these cultures.

The 2018 Annie Moore Award will be presented to Patrick Dunican.  

Mr. Dunican is a nationally recognized law firm leader who was highlighted in 2010 by Law360 as one of the nation's most innovative law firm managing partners. Mr. Dunican has been named for seven consecutive years to NJBIZ's "Power 100" list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business. In 2007, he was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young, for his work building and leading a dynamic and growing professional services company. 




The 2018 Annie Moore Award will be presented to Patrick Dunican.  

Mr. Dunican is a nationally recognized law firm leader who was highlighted in 2010 by Law360 as one of the nation's most innovative law firm managing partners. Mr. Dunican has been named for seven consecutive years to NJBIZ's "Power 100" list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business. In 2007, he was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young, for his work building and leading a dynamic and growing professional services company. 

The 2018 Annie Moore Award will be presented to Patrick Dunican.  

Mr. Dunican is a nationally recognized law firm leader who was highlighted in 2010 by Law360 as one of the nation's most innovative law firm managing partners. Mr. Dunican has been named for seven consecutive years to NJBIZ's "Power 100" list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business. In 2007, he was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young, for his work building and leading a dynamic and growing professional services company. 

The 2018 Annie Moore Award will be presented to Patrick Dunican.  

Mr. Dunican is a nationally recognized law firm leader who was highlighted in 2010 by Law360 as one of the nation's most innovative law firm managing partners. Mr. Dunican has been named for seven consecutive years to NJBIZ's "Power 100" list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey business. In 2007, he was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young, for his work building and leading a dynamic and growing professional services company. 
The 2018 Eoin McKiernan Award will be presented to Denis Mulcahy, Founder of Project Children.  The organization was founded in 1975 by Denis, a member of the New York Police Department Bomb Squad. After watching too many news accounts of violence, the Cork native reasoned that if Protestant and Catholic children could spend time together in an environment that was not toxic with war, they would be less likely as adults to hurl bombs at each other, and Project Children was born. That first summer, he and his wife Miriam brought six children, three Protestant and three Catholic, to spend the summer with them in their home in New York State.

Since then, the program has brought 22,000 children from Northern Ireland to spend the summer with 1,500 host families in the United States.

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Shop at Amazon.com and Support the IACI!


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the IACI every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the IACI. 
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1.) Visit smile.amazon.com. It's just like shopping on amazon.com.
2.) Sign in. Simply use your existing Amazon credentials. If you don't have an account, you can create a new one.
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Join A Chapter

 

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.


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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!
 
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