Irish American Cultural Institute


Welcome to the Irish American Cultural Institute


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.

Washington's St. Patrick's Day Ball


Every year, the IACI commemorates this unique historical moment with the Washington’s St. Patrick’s Day Ball, fittingly held within a stone’s throw of Washington’s Headquarters National Park in Morristown.  The Washington's St. Patrick's Day Ball is an annual gala to benefit the established educational, arts, and cultural programming of the Irish American Cultural Institute (IACI).  The evening is a blend of history, pageantry, music, and dance. 


The centerpiece of the ball is the IACI’s Annie Moore Award presentation. The Annie Moore Award is bestowed on an individual who has made significant contributions to the Irish and/or Irish American community and legacy.  This year's recipient is John A. Brennan, MD, MPH.  Dr. Brennan is the Executive Vice President for Barnabas Health and the President and CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.     Learn More

IACI Announces 2014 Awards


The IACI/NUIG Visiting Fellowship in Irish Studies is made possible by joint funding from the Irish American Cultural Institute and the National University of Ireland,Galway.  It is granted to an Irish studies scholar, typically a resident of the United States, and provides a semester (4 months or more) at the National University of Ireland-Galway. 

This year's recipient, Sean Farrell is Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Rituals and Riots: Sectarian Violence and Political Culture in Ulster, 1784-1886 (2000), which was awarded the Donald Murphy Prize for Distingished First Book by the American Conference for Irish Studies in 2001. Additionally, he has co-edited (with Danine Farquharson and Michael de Nie respectively) two collections of essays on modern Irish history and culture and published widely on nineteenth-century Irish history. Currently Past President of the American Conference for Irish Studies, he is working on a book project entitled Building the Kingdom of God: Christ Church and the Making of Victorian Belfast.

The 2014 winner of the  IACI sponsored Muriel Gahan Crafts Award, is  Rhiannon Ewing James, a ceramic artist who is currently working in Denmark.  This annual award is given through the Royal Dublin Art Society. This €1,000 scholarship is for emerging craft workers aged 30 years or under.

Fergus Martin was recently chosen as the winner of the O’Malley Art Award.   He established his reputation initially as a painter with an acute interest in space, leading seamlessly to a painterly exploitation of sculptural form, but very recently he has been breaking new ground with photography that has a performative element.

Irish Way


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  Learn More

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.

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



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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