Irish American Cultural Institute

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

IACI Award Ceremony

We invite you to join us Sunday, October 1, 2023, 5-9pm, at the Spring Lake Manor, Spring Lake, New Jersey.


The event benefits the established educational, arts, and cultural programming of the Irish American Cultural Institute. The mission of the IACI is to provide leadership and resources to preserve, interpret, and promote Irish and Irish American cultures.  Recognizing the depth & creative core of the Irish legacy, the IACI serves as an arts & culture resource, an educational resource, and a funding resource.

The Annie Moore Award is bestowed upon an individual who has made significant contributions to the Irish and/or Irish American community and legacy.  The Annie Moore Award is named for the first immigrant to be processed at Ellis Island. 

The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through business, education, or the arts.


The 2023 Annie Moore Award will be presented to John Carr.  

Desmond started in the hotel and restaurant business at the age of 14 in his native Dublin, along with his four brothers, all following their father William Lloyd, himself a chef, into the business. By age 18 Desmond was setting sail on prestigious passenger liners, including those of the Pacific, Orient, and Cunard lines, and on the RMS Queen Elizabeth, traveling all over the world while honing his skills as a waiter, wine waiter, and captain in the most prestigious of settings. 

In 1963 Desmond and his wife Alice immigrated to the United States, where they made their home in New Jersey. Desmond worked for various restaurants within the Rod Keller family, first as a waiter but eventually reaching the position of general manager at Rods Steak and Grill in Morristown. Desmond remains grateful for his 18 years of working with the Keller family. 

Once opened in Morristown, Desmond’s Grand Café took a mere six months to receive three stars from the New York Times. Recognition from the Times as well as excellent ratings by the Zagat Guide have been frequent throughout the years.


John is very proud of his Irish heritage. He can trace his Irish roots to both County Donegal and County Roscommon where his paternal great-grandparents and his maternal grandparents emigrated from respectively. He credits his parents and family for instilling a strong sense of pride in his Irish heritage.


As a charter member of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh (FSOS), Jersey Shore Chapter, John has dedicated the past 32 years to serving the club and his community. John served on the Executive Board of the FSOS as 1st and 2nd Keeper of the Shillelagh, Corresponding Secretary, Trustee, Vice President, and President. Some of John’s undertakings include Chairman of the Annual Christmas Toy Drive which benefits dozens of local charities as well as thousands of less fortunate members of the community. He is also instrumental in organizing the annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas Party for the members’ children and grandchildren for 20 years. In 2004, John was named Hometown Hero by the Asbury Park Press. In 2008, he was honored as the “Irishman of the Year” by the Friends of Brian Boru in Essex County. In 2009, John was honored as the FSOS “Irishman of the Year.” Additionally in 2012 John was honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Belmar/Lake Como Saint Patrick's Day Parade. He has also served as past chairman and is the current president of The New Jersey Irish Festival held at Monmouth Racetrack. Each year the festival committee makes many contributions to local charities; John is proud of the contributions made. Finally, John was an honoree of the Giblin Association’s 2016 Community Service Award.


As a charter member of the FSOS, John has seen the membership expand and thrive. He is proud to have been part of the building committee responsible for the new Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh clubhouse. John worked tirelessly to ensure the project moved forward successfully. His selflessness and boundless energy is an inspiration to all who know him.

John is a proud graduate of Seton Hall University, and he is currently employed by North Star New Jersey Lottery as a sales representative. John currently resides in Oakhurst with his wife Eileen and their children, Evan, Bill, and Caroline.

The Eoin McKiernan Award was established and named for the Founder of the Irish American Cultural Institute.  Dr. Mc Kiernan devoted his life to, and set the standard for, Irish studies. His achievements in and contributions to the world of Irish studies and Irish culture were immeasurable.   The award is given to honor and recognize an individual who exemplifies those ideals.

The 2023 Eoin McKiernan Award will be presented to Kevin Kenny.

Kevin Kenny is Glucksman Professor of History at New York University, where he serves as Director of Glucksman Ireland House. ​He received his undergraduate degree in Modern History from the University of Edinburgh and his PhD in US History from Columbia University. His books include​ Making Sense of the Molly Maguires (Oxford University Press, 1998)​, The American Irish: A History (Longman, 2000), Peaceable Kingdom Lost​: The Paxton Boys and the Destruction of William Penn’s Holy Experiment ​(Oxford University Press, 2009), ​and ​Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2013). ​In addition, he has edited two collections of historical essays, New Directions in Irish-American History (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003) and Ireland and the British Empire (Oxford University Press, 2004), and he serves as general editor of the Glucksman Irish Diaspora Series (New York University Press). Professor Kenny’s latest book, The Problem of Immigration in a Slaveholding Republic: Policing Mobility in the Nineteenth-Century United States (​​Oxford University Press 20​2​3), explains how the existence, abolition, and legacies of slavery shaped American immigration policy as it moved from the local to the national level in the century after the American Revolution. Professor Kenny currently serves as President of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and as a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians. Oxford University Press published a 25th anniversary edition of his Making Sense of the Molly Maguires in September 2023.


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To pay by check, please download the order form and mail.  To order/pay by credit card, please see below:  

Individual Ticket:  $100

Includes a selection of fine food, open bar (beer & wine).  Tables accommodate 10-12 guests. Please be sure to indicate if you would like to be seated with a particular group or attendees.

Names of Attendees

Commemorative Dinner Journal


Show your support for the IACI and the 2023 Award recipients with an advertisement or congratulatory message in the Program Journal.


Back cover (color):  $1000 Full Color Page:  $600 
Full B&W Page:  $400 
Half B&W Page:  $200
Quarter B&W:  $100


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