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 six 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.

Join Us for the IACI Monthly Virtual Presentation

As part of our monthly virtual presentation series, our next program coming directly from Ireland, will take place on
Wednesday, April 27th at 6pm EST. Professor Christine Kinealy will present Frederick Douglass: a freedom fighter in Ireland.

 Between 1790 and 1860, approximately 30 Black abolitionists visited Ireland although, for the most part, their stories have been forgotten. In contrast, Frederick Douglass’s visit to Ireland in 1845 to 1846 has been widely commemorated on both sides of the Atlantic. He described his time in the country as ‘transformative’ and ‘the happiest moments’ of his life. 

This talk looks at Douglass’s historic visit to Ireland and the various ways in which it has been remembered. 

Professor Christine Kinealy is Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University and her most recent publication is Black Abolitionists in Ireland (2020).   

Tickets to the online event are free for members of the IACI. If you are an IACI Member you will automatically receive a link to the program. All presentations will be archived and available at no charge to IACI members. If you are not a member and would like to take advantage of this member benefit Join Now

Upcoming Schedule
Timothy McMahon on the Partition of Ireland, 1920-21—on Wednesday, May 11
Martin Dowling on Irish traditional music —on Wednesday, May 25, from Ireland
Michael Hogan on Irish women of the Easter Rising—on Wednesday, June 22 or June 29
The Irish Way Program

The Irish Way is a study abroad program in Ireland offered to high school students.  

During the summer in Ireland, students are introduced to its magical landscape and rich heritage through a variety of workshops, classes, and tours.  Emphasizing culture, education, travel, safety, and fun, our programs ensure a unique and unforgettable journey for every student.  Learn More

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

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.



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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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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