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 four 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 24th Annual Washington's Saint Patrick's Day Ball
The Irish American Cultural Institute will hold it's 24th annual Washington's Saint Patrick's Day ball on Saturday, February 25th at 6 p.m. at the Madison Hotel in Morristown, NJ.
The event celebrates General George Washington declaring St. Patrick's Day as a holiday in appreciation for the bravery, courage, loyalty and sacrifice shown by his Irish soldiers while encamped in Morristown NJ in 1780. General Washington awarded this holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence".

This year, there will be two awards - The  Annie Moore Award is named for the first immigrant to be processed at Ellis Island. The award is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment of excellence through business, commerce, education or the arts. The 2017 Annie Moore Award will be presented to Patricia Cunningham, National Account Manager for United Airlines.  Patricia is a past president of the Airline Sales Manager Association in New York City and was the first female president of SKAL in New Jersey.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the US-Ireland Council.  Patricia is a second-generation Irish American with roots in Roscommon on her father's side.
The second, 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, and whose achievements have made an impact on these cultures.  The 2017 Eoin McKiernan Award will be presented to Professor Christine Kinealy, world-renowned Irish historian and prolific author, founding director of the Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University, and professor of history at Quinnipiac.

Dates for 2017 Irish Way Announced

Enjoy the rich heritage and tradition of Ireland while also experiencing the country’s distinct culture face-to-face. This unique program, in it’s 37th year, was founded on the belief that fostering an appreciation of other cultures is an important part of an individual’s development.

Students receive an education that goes beyond any nation. The Irish Way is truly a lesson in international citizenship.


Since 1976, our executives, managers, teachers and counselors have successfully led countless groups of students to the Emerald Isle.


Our experienced team is dedicated to helping students learn the Irish culture and Irish traditions, as well as maintaining the highest level of education, safety, and fun.


The superior experience and safety that the Irish Way Team provides is only matched by the quality selection of educational workshops, classes, and fun-filled Irish tours provided to each student.


Goals of the Irish Way include:


To provide students with the opportunity of living and learning in a different cultural environment.

To provide each student with a broad understanding of the cultural, economic, political, and social life in contemporary Ireland.

To provide an international travel experience which inspires students to explore other areas of the world.

By the end of the Irish Way, each participant will have:


Experienced campus living with their peers from all over North America.

Developed an understanding of the evolution of Irish social and political history from early AD to the present day, as well as how developments in Ireland have affected and influenced the rest of the world. Learned and been able to participate in the joys of Irish folk dancing.

Been introduced to the basics of the Irish language.

Working knowledge of Irish drama, music, and song.

Engaged in and have a general understanding of Irish sports; such as Gaelic football, hurling, and rugby.

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Latest News

New Northern NJ Chapter

The IACI is proud to announce their newest chapter.  Based in the Morristown, NJ area, this chapter will be working closely with the Jersey Shore Chapter and Drew University in co-sponsoring events.  Tentative plans include a day trip to the Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University and a concert featuring Mick Maloney at Drew University.  Chapter Officers will be:  President - Barbara Lyons, Vice-President - William Rogers, Secretary - Nancy Farrell, Treasurer - Carol Buck.  Should you be interested in joining this chapter, contact us

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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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