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 five 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 Announces New Membership Program

In partnership with the IACI Jersey Shore chapter, we are proud to announce a new monthly virtual program, which will be free to IACI Members.

This month, Dr. Christine Kinealy of Quinnipiac University will discuss the awe-inspiring Maud Gonne, heiress, actress, activist, and founder of the 'Daughters of Ireland.' She was a fervent nationalist orator who worked to free Ireland from British Rule. She opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921 in support of objections raised by Eamon De Valera. Ms. Gonne's life was dedicated to the Irish people and the birth of the Irish nation.


Dr. Kinealy is the founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University and an authority on Irish history. She was named “one of the most influential Irish Americans” by Irish America magazine. Dr. Kinealy is the author of numerous publications on topics including the Great Hunger and the abolition movement in Ireland. Her most recent book titles are: Daniel O'Connell and the Anti-Slavery Movement; Frederick Douglass and Ireland; and, Black Abolitionists in Ireland.

All IACI Members are welcome to attend this presentation (at no cost) online via Zoom.  Advance registration is required and attendance is limited.  If you are an IACI Member and wish register contact us. If you are not already a member, but would like to join to take advantage of this member benefit join now.  Alternately, non-members may purchase tickets ($10 plus Eventbrite fees) 

Schedule of Presentations:

5/10 “Memories of Our Fathers in the Irish War of Independence” Cormac O’Malley, Peggie O’Brien, Mícheál Ó Máille

6/14 “Ireland Divided: Eamon De Valera and Michael Collins” Lorcan Collins (Dublin), creator and host of “Revolutionary Ireland” podcast

7/12 “Revolutionary Dublin, 1921” Liz Gillis (Dublin), author of Women of the Irish Revolution

8/9 TBD

9/13 “Mapping the Burning of Cork” – Helene O’Keeffe (Univ. College Cork)

10/11 “Outrage: Women's Experiences of Violence and War in Ireland, 1921” Mary McAuliffe (UCD), author of We Were There: 77 Women of the Easter Rising

11/8 “The Anglo-Irish Treaty & Creation of Irish Free State” Speaker TBD

12/13 Holiday Musical Party

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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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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