Irish American Cultural Institute

Providing leadership and resources to preserve, interpret, and promote Irish and Irish American Cultures

About Us

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 programmi


The resources we provide demonstrate our core values as an organization.  The IACI is...


An Arts & Culture Resource.  Recognizing the depth & creative core of the Irish legacy, the IACI seeks to support and promote Irish and Irish-American artistic and cultural initiatives on both sides of the Atlantic.


An Educational Resource.  Passing on the rich history of Ireland and Irish America is a keystone of the IACI.  We aim to educate the entire public on the many facets of Irish culture and history, with special emphasis on educating America's younger generation, as they are history's critical link to the future.


An Information Resource.  With over 40 years of institutional memory, the IACI is a leading source of knowledge regarding Irish & Irish American cultural, social, governmental, and educational organizations.


A Funding Resource.  The IACI places high priority in supporting continuing research and growth of Irish and Irish American history and culture.

Mission Statement

The Irish American Cultural Institute provides leadership and resources to preserve, interpret, and promote Irish and Irish American Cultures.
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


IACI Board of Directors


James S. Donnelly - Chairman

F. Peter Halas - Vice-Chairman

Al Nunan - Treasurer

Barbara Lyons - Secretary

Joseph Brennan

Michael Farrell

Edward F. Ginty

Ned Ginty

Catherine Marshall

Deirdre McKiernan-Hetzler

Cormac O'Malley

Nicholas Wolf


Carol Buck, Executive Director




Laying the Foundation

Incorporated in 1964 in Minnesota, the foundations of the Irish American Cultural Institute were actually laid by a series of television programs in 1962.

In writing a series of of programs on Ireland for television, Dr. Eoin McKiernan,  received such  an overwhelming response that he was encouraged  to create the Institute. Read More 

Contact Us


Irish American Cultural Institute

PO Box 1130

Margaretville, NY  12455

Phone:  973-605-1991








Governance & Financials


As a nonprofit organization, we share our governance policies and financial information so you can have confidence in how we are using gifts from our generous donors, like you.  Learn More