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.

 The 24th Annual Washington's Saint Patrick's Day Ball
From the moment you arrived to the sound of bagpipes, you knew there was something “Irish” in the air. This was only a hint of what was in store for attendees of the recent IACI Washington’s Irish St. Patrick’s Day Ball. The evening began with a cocktail reception and a bagpiper leading the transition from the cocktail hour to the ball room. The Ball commenced with a re-enactment of George Washington’s 1780 St. Patrick's Day proclamation.

Consul General Barbara Jones offered her congratulations to Annie Moore Award recipient Patricia Cunningham, Eoin McKiernan Award recipient Christine Kinealy, and the IACI for their valued programs and contributions.   The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, added his congratulations with a letter acknowledging the accomplishments of both recipients, as well as those of the IACI.

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed dinner and dancing to the music of the Primetime Band, who provided the perfect blend of Irish traditional jigs and reels and American rock and roll. The wide assortment of items offered at the Irish and Silent Auctions created some lively bidding with a trip to Ireland being one of the most popular items.

The IACI would like to thank everyone who took part in what some said was “the best event they have ever attended.” We look forward to seeing you all at the 2018 Ball!

IACI Northern NJ Chapter & Drew University Present Helena Byrne, Irish Folklore Storyteller and Singer March 22nd - Drew University

Combining her love of Irish folklore and passion for the performing arts, Helena regularly performs as a seanchaí (storyteller) & singer.  Helena interweaves tales of the Other World and the mysterious Fairy Folk with traditional Irish songs and wonderful insights into Irish life of days gone by.??Akin to the traditional travelling seancha of times past, Helena is renowned for bringing her  spellbinding stories and songs to diverse audiences in settings large and small. From young to old, Helena will bring your imagination into the fascinating world of the Leprechaun, the Banshee, the Pooka and the supernatural.


Helena has been enchanting audiences with Irish stories & songs for many years. She is a Resident Storyteller for Irish Folk Tours show “An Evening of Food, Folklore & Fairies”,  ranked as TripAdvisor’s Number One “Nightlife in Dublin” event and nominated as  CIE Tours “Best Evening Performance in Ireland” 2016. 

She has also performed for companies such as Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Libraries, Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, the National Leprechaun Museum and the Yarn Storytelling Festival in County Wicklow. 
Helena also produces her own storytelling events and concerts throughout Ireland.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 7pm
Drew University
Crawford Hall
36 Madison Ave. Madison, NJ

Cost- Students-free, IACI members-$5, non-members-$10  

RSVP: / 973-605-1991

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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

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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
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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