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.

2016 Annie Moore Award Recipient Announced
We are pleased to announce the 2016 Annie Moore Award recipient, Peter Quinn.  Mr. Quinn's 1994 novel Banished Children of Eve (Viking/Penguin) won a 1995 American Book Award. His second novel, Hour of the Cat (Overlook), set in Berlin and New York on the eve of WWII, was published in June 2005. Looking for Jimmy: In Search of Irish America (Overlook), a collection of non-fiction pieces, was published in February 2007. All three books are in print. His next novel, The Man Who Never Returned, is currently available from The Overlook Press.

Quinn co-wrote the script for the 1987 television documentary “McSorley’s New York,” which was awarded a New York-area Emmy for “Outstanding Historical Programming.” He has participated as a guest commentator in several PBS documentaries, including “The Irish in America;” “New York: A Documentary Film;” “The Life and Times of Stephen Foster,” as well as the Academy Award-nominated film, “The Passion of Sister Rose.” He was an advisor on Martin Scorcese’s film “Gangs of New York.” He helped conceive and script the six-part documentary “The Road to the White House,” which aired on TG4, in Ireland, in 2009.  Learn More

Latest News

IACI Welcomes New Board Members
At a recent board meeting, three new Board Members were voted in.  Please join us in welcoming them.  James Brennan, MD - 2014 Annie Moore award recipient,
Executive Vice President for Barnabas Health
President and CEO of
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey.
Ned Ginty - Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Ryan Mahoney - Executive Director, Irish American Heritage Museum.

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.



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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