Irish American Cultural Institute

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

Chapters

The IACI fully allows and encourages the establishment of new Chapters. The role of chapters is vital in the overall mission of the IACI. Chapters provide local perspective and input while carrying out meaningful activities that are consistent with the overall mission of the IACI.


Interested in Forming a Chapter?

 

We appreciate your time, energy and interest in serving as a Chapter President for the Irish American Cultural Institute. The work that we do cannot be done without the efforts of our Chapters.

Should there be an existing Chapter in your area, you will be referred to that Chapter.
Please don’t hesitate to let us know what questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to working with you.

Please contact us to learn more about IACI Chapters!

Central NY Chapter

Events in 2017 
Imbolc and New Year's Party - January 22, 2017 with entertainment by the McCarthy Family. 
Irish Film Series hosted by Dr. James MacKIllop - February 6: 1916: The Irish Rebellion;  February 13: December Bride;  February 20: The Story of Ireland, Part II. 
Marching in the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade March 11. 
Hosting  a "Songs and Stories of Ireland" program by Helena Byrne - March 29. 
Participation as a vendor in the Bob Gabor Irish Feis April 29. 
Annual picnic and meeting with board elections June 20. 
Participation in Erie Canal Towpath Day August 11, 2017. 
Participation in the Greater Syracuse Arts and Culture Festival sponsored by Believe in Syracuse, on August 18. 
Participation in the Syracuse Irish Festival on September 8 and 9, selling Irish items and offering miniworkshops in Irish language, tin whistle, and Celtic knotwork, as well as offering Irish language name tags. 
Samhain celebration party on October 30 at the CNY Philanthropy Center. 
 
Events in 2018 
Imbolc/New Year's party January 28.  Entertainment by members, including our Lucht Ceoil music group and guests. 
Irish Film Series with Dr. James MacKillop - Feb 13:  Odd Man Out;  Feb 20: Dancing in Lughnasa;  Feb. 27: The Story of Ireland (Medieval Period). 
 
Marching in the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade March 17. 
 
Participation in LaFayette High School's Shared Heritage Day, April 20.  Our participation included storytelling, workshops on making St. Brigid's crosses and playing the spoons, a demonstration of playing the harp and other traditional instruments, a céilí dance lesson, Irish name tags, and many display items including models of a high cross, a book with reproductions of the Book of Kells, and other items relating to traditional Celtic artwork. 
 
We will participate in the Bob Gabor Feis again on April 28. 
 
 
Ongoing activities:   
We have acted as the sponsoring organization for Young Artist grants to fiddler/violinist Joanna Maressa totaling $5000 in 2018.  We anticipate supporting this gifted musician for another grant this year. 
We continue to have a (small) Irish language class which meets weekly.  For the first time this year we continued through the whole winter instead of having just spring and fall 10-week courses.  Last year we also had monthly Irish language conversation meetings but these have been discontinued.  Although it is not directly a CNY-IACI program, we are pleased that our language teacher has begun teaching Irish through the Oasis program as well, with classes open to ages 55 and up. 
We volunteer at the Samaritan Center, serving dinner once monthly.   
We have a monthly "Irish Saturday" open to members, with a Lucht Ceoil session at 10 AM, storytelling at noon, and an Irish language study group meeting at 1:30.  Attendance is small but persistent. 
We discontinued our website in October of 2017 for technical reasons, but have a new website which is 

Events in 2017 
Imbolc and New Year's Party - January 22, 2017 with entertainment by the McCarthy Family. 
Irish Film Series hosted by Dr. James MacKIllop - February 6: 1916: The Irish Rebellion;  February 13: December Bride;  February 20: The Story of Ireland, Part II. 
Marching in the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade March 11. 
Hosting  a "Songs and Stories of Ireland" program by Helena Byrne - March 29. 
Participation as a vendor in the Bob Gabor Irish Feis April 29. 
Annual picnic and meeting with board elections June 20. 
Participation in Erie Canal Towpath Day August 11, 2017. 
Participation in the Greater Syracuse Arts and Culture Festival sponsored by Believe in Syracuse, on August 18. 
Participation in the Syracuse Irish Festival on September 8 and 9, selling Irish items and offering miniworkshops in Irish language, tin whistle, and Celtic knotwork, as well as offering Irish language name tags. 
Samhain celebration party on October 30 at the CNY Philanthropy Center. 
 
Events in 2018 
Imbolc/New Year's party January 28.  Entertainment by members, including our Lucht Ceoil music group and guests. 
Irish Film Series with Dr. James MacKillop - Feb 13:  Odd Man Out;  Feb 20: Dancing in Lughnasa;  Feb. 27: The Story of Ireland (Medieval Period). 
 
Marching in the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade March 17. 
 
Participation in LaFayette High School's Shared Heritage Day, April 20.  Our participation included storytelling, workshops on making St. Brigid's crosses and playing the spoons, a demonstration of playing the harp and other traditional instruments, a céilí dance lesson, Irish name tags, and many display items including models of a high cross, a book with reproductions of the Book of Kells, and other items relating to traditional Celtic artwork. 
 
We will participate in the Bob Gabor Feis again on April 28. 
 
 
Ongoing activities:   
We have acted as the sponsoring organization for Young Artist grants to fiddler/violinist Joanna Maressa totaling $5000 in 2018.  We anticipate supporting this gifted musician for another grant this year. 
We continue to have a (small) Irish language class which meets weekly.  For the first time this year we continued through the whole winter instead of having just spring and fall 10-week courses.  Last year we also had monthly Irish language conversation meetings but these have been discontinued.  Although it is not directly a CNY-IACI program, we are pleased that our language teacher has begun teaching Irish through the Oasis program as well, with classes open to ages 55 and up. 
We volunteer at the Samaritan Center, serving dinner once monthly.   
We have a monthly "Irish Saturday" open to members, with a Lucht Ceoil session at 10 AM, storytelling at noon, and an Irish language study group meeting at 1:30.  Attendance is small but persistent. 
We discontinued our website in October of 2017 for technical reasons, but have a new website which is 

Events in 2018

1. Imbolc/New Year's Party, with entertainment by members, including our Lucht Ceoil music group and guests (28 January 2018).

2. Irish Film Series hosted by Dr. James MacKillop: “Odd Man Out”; “Dancing at Lughnasa”; and “The Story of Ireland (Medieval Period),” (13, 20, and 27 February 2018).

3. Marching in the Syracuse St. Patrick's Day Parade (17 March 2018).

4. Participation in LaFayette High School's Shared Heritage Day, 20 April 2018. Our participation included storytelling, workshops on making St. Brigid's Crosses and playing the spoons, a demonstration of playing the harp and other traditional instruments, a céilí dance lesson, Irish nametags, and many display items, including models of a high cross, a book with reproductions of the Book of Kells, and other items relating to traditional Celtic artwork.

5. We will participate in the Bob Gabor Feis again on 28 April 2018.

Ongoing activities:

We have acted as the sponsoring organization for Young Artist grants to fiddler/violinist Joanna Maressa totaling $5000 in 2018. We anticipate supporting this gifted musician for another grant this year.

We continue to have a (small) Irish language class which meets weekly. For the first time this year we continued through the whole winter instead of having just spring and fall 10-week courses. Last year we also had monthly Irish language conversation meetings but these have been discontinued. Although it is not directly a CNY-IACI program, we are pleased that our language teacher has begun teaching Irish through the Oasis program as well, with classes open to ages 55 and up.

 

We volunteer at the Samaritan Center, serving dinner once monthly.

 

We have a monthly "Irish Saturday" open to members, with a Lucht Ceoil session at 10 AM, storytelling at noon, and an Irish language study group meeting at 1:30. Attendance is small but persistent.

 

President             Ann Peterson

Vice-President     Mary Kate Walsh

Secretary             Bonnie Kelly

Treasurer             Helen Jennings

 

John Walsh/Jersey Shore Chapter

JOHN WALSH JERSEY SHORE CHAPTER

 

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Our chapter meetings are held on the second Monday of every month, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh in Belmar, NJ, where we have the pleasure of hosting guest speakers who are noted experts on Irish history, culture, heritage and music. 2019 promises to be an especially rewarding year as the topics cover a broad range of interesting subjects:

v  Sword for the Lord: Father John Corby – Dr. John Feeney

v  St. Patrick: Patron of Ireland - Mícheál Ó Máille

v  Constance Markievicz: Irish Rebel Countess – Maureen Brady

v  Irish American Culture: Keeping the Tradition Alive – Linda Dowling Almeida

v  Celebrating James Joyce: Blooms Brothers – Henry McNally & Mícheál Ó Máille

v  Genealogy for Irish Families – Barbara Griffin

All are welcome to attend. The lectures are suitable for adults and students alike. We hope you’ll join us to preserve this knowledge of Irish and Irish-American cultures for future generations.

 

IRISH LANGUAGE COURSE

This year our chapter is launching its first-ever Irish Language Course. The 10-week course, to be held at the Sea Girt Lighthouse, 9 Ocean Avenue, Sea Girt, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings, will start on February 28 and run through May 2, 2019. Award-winning teacher Mícheál Ó Máille, a native Irish speaker born in Connemara, Co. Galway, will be the instructor. Ó Máille has experience teaching all levels of language immersion programs across the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of various Irish language organizations, including Daltaí na Gaeilge and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and has hosted the Irish radio hour at WRSU, Rutgers.

 

ESSAY CONTEST

In order to provide a forum for younger generation Irish Americans to dynamically engage with their heritage while inspiring pride in their cultural legacy, our chapter is sponsoring an Essay Contest for high school students who are the children and/or grandchildren of members of various local Irish organizations. The topic for the 2019 contest is: “What being an Irish American means to me in the 21st century.” Three prizes will be awarded, First Place and two Honorable Mentions, to be presented on Monday, June 10, 2019 at our monthly meeting.

 

Visit our website to download an application with entry guidelines:

www.iacijerseyshore.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Application-Form_IACI-Essay-Contest.pdf

 

NEW JERSEY IRISH FESTIVAL

We’ll be participating in the 49th Annual New Jersey Irish Festival to be held at Monmouth Park Racetrack, NJ on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. and will be located in the Irish culture and heritage tent. It’s an enjoyable event that celebrates all things Irish. Be sure to stop by and say hello! For more information on the festival visit www.njirishfestival.com.

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of this chapter, please contact us and be sure to watch for more details on upcoming events and meetings.  

 

 Please Visit our Website for more information.  

Rochester Chapter

 

Among the past and upcoming events of the Rochester Chapter are the following:

(1) The annual Bob Kelly Lecture (named for a co-founder of the Rochester Chapter) was presented in October 2017 by retired college and secondary-school teacher Dr. Bo Smith on the life and work of Countess Constance Markievicz (1868-1927), the revolutionary nationalist, suffragette, socialist, and Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician.  

(2) Later that month, Dr. Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington elucidated the lives and contributions of her grandparents, the suffragette Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, and her husband, the pacifist Frank Sheehy- Skeffington.

(3) In January 2018, Cormac O'Malley spoke on the life and published works of his father, the War of Independence and IRA leader Ernie O'Malley.

(4) In anticipation of the ancient and modern feast of Imbolc on 1 February 2018 (the first day of spring), Rochester Chapter participants learned to make St. Brigid Crosses at a St. Brigid's Day party at the end of January.

(5) In March 2018, in cooperation with the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Rochester Chapter presented an Irish siamsa (entertainment or amusement) at three local libraries. The evening events consisted of a demonstration of Irish bread-making (with bread baked on site and ready to eat by evening’s end); performances by the local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and a local dance school; and two educational talks. One lecture was titled “The Peter Robinson Settlement Project of 1823 and 1825 [in Upper Ontario],” and the other was titled “Watershed Events in Irish History.”

(6) The Chapter participated in the Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 17 March 2018.

(7) The Chapter also participated in “Remembering the Great Irish Famine,” a full-day program on 13 April 2018, sponsored by St. John Fisher College in Rochester. The day ended with a concert featuring the renowned Sligo fiddler Manus McGuire and Dave Curley, a champion step dancer, singer/songwriter, and guitar player.

(8) The Chapter will host its annual dinner on 3 May 2018 at St. John Fisher College, featuring guest speaker Helena Byrne, seanchaí (storyteller) and singer. At this event Dr. Bernard Hart will receive the fifth annual Eoin McKiernan award, named for the IACI founder.

(9) The Rochester Chapter will participate in the Finger Lakes Celtic Festival in Shortsville, NY, on 19 May 2018.

 

The Rochester Chapter also sponsors a “Literary Roundtable,” led by Dr. Bernard Hart and others “with a passion for Irish literature,” and usually held on the final Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Irondequoit Public Library.

 

Lastly, the Rochester Chapter has been sponsoring an Irish Film Feis during 2017 and 2018, with a total of six films in the series, including “The Wind That Shakes the Barley” (2006), “Kisses” (2008), “Jimmy’s Hall” (2014), “Intermission” (2003), “Philomena” (2013), and “In America” (2002). The film series ran from 1 October 2017 through 8 April 2018. General admission was $25 per film or $138 for the series; IACI members paid $20 per film or $108 for the series.

President: Michael E. McCarthy 

President Emeritus - Deirdre McKiernan Hetzler

Treasurer: Mary Ellen Sweeney

Secretary : Gail Kindlon

Literary Roundtable and Film Feis-  Katherine Flynn

Film Feis - Kathleen Russell

Event Liaison - Fionnuala Regan

Membership/Registration/Ducas - Art Smith 

Communications - Jeanne Crane

Website and Flyer Development - Jack Rosenberry 


Advisors 

History and Film Events - John O’Sullivan

Irish Studies Director - Timothy Madigan

Legal Advisor - Edward P. Hourihan Jr,.  LLC

Media Advisor, WROC TV - Maureen McGuire 

 

For more information about the chapter, visit  our website   Or contact us at -iacirochester@gmail.com