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.

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IACI Announces Recipient of 2016 NUI-Galway Fellowship
The IACI/NUIG Visiting Fellowship in Irish Studies is made possible by joint funding from the Irish American Cultural Institute  and the National University of Ireland,Galway.  It is granted to an Irish studies scholar, typically a resident of the United States, and provides a semester (4 months or more) at the National University of Ireland-Galway.

Breandán Mac Suibhne (PhD, Carnegie Mellon) was the recipient of the IACI-National University of Ireland, Galway Fellowship for 2016. A historian of society and culture in modern Ireland at Centenary University, New Jersey, Mac Suibhne's publications include, with David Dickson, Hugh Dorian, The Outer Edge of Ulster: A Memoir of Social Life in Nineteenth-Century Donegal(Dublin, 2000; South Bend, 2001), the most wide-ranging lower-class account of Ireland's Great Famine, and, with Enda Delaney, Ireland's Great Famine and Popular Politics (London and New York, 2016); he was also a founding editor, with critic Seamus Deane, of Field Day Review(2005-), a journal of political and literary culture published in Dublin. In Fall 2017 Oxford University Press will publish his The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland, a micro-history of loss and betrayal in a west Donegal community in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. The IACI Fellowship enabled him to spend spring semester at the Centre for Irish Studies in the National University of Ireland, Galway, researching his next book on the Great Famine; among the sources he consulted were records of the National Folklore Collection, held on microfilm in NUIG, and disparate materials collated by the British state now held in the National Archives of Ireland, Dublin. This research has also received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Philosophical Society

Latest News

New Northern NJ Chapter

The IACI is proud to announce their newest chapter.  Based in the Morristown, NJ area, this chapter will be working closely with the Jersey Shore Chapter and Drew University in co-sponsoring events.  Tentative plans include a day trip to the Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University and a concert featuring Mick Maloney at Drew University.  Chapter Officers will be:  President - Barbara Lyons, Vice-President - William Rogers, Secretary - Nancy Farrell, Treasurer - Carol Buck.  Should you be interested in joining this chapter, contact us

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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