COVID-19 Info

Dear Friends of the IACI,

We have suspended all activities until further notice due to Covid-19 breakout. We will notify members of upcoming on-line events as they are announced. We hope you stay safe and follow established guidelines.

Mike McCarthy


Join the Rochester IACI to learn more about your Irish heritage

The Irish American Cultural Institute national organization was founded by Eoin McKiernan in 1962 and is a federally recognized 501c(3) not-for-profit group devoted to promoting an intelligent appreciation of Ireland and the role and contribution 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.


The Rochester Chapter of the IACI was started in the 1980s by Rev. John Cavanaugh, CSB, and Bob Kelly, who believed in the mission to support Irish culture. The chapter has been continued under the leadership of founder Eoin McKiernan’s daughter Deirdre McKiernan Hetzler, who remains President Emeritus.


The Rochester IACI is proud to be affiliated with St. John Fisher College, where many of its events are hosted. An advisory board of directors oversees all sponsored events and hosts an annual awards meeting that celebrates the wealth of Irish arts in the Rochester community.


Collaborations with other Irish groups include Comhaltas Ceoltori Eirann (Irish Music Society), the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and LAOH, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and the St. John Fisher College Irish Studies Program.


Rochester Chapter member benefits include:
-- Free admission to most programs
-- Email alerts to Irish events
-- 10% discount at Irish Import Shop
-- Support of Irish Cultural Activities


Visit our membership page for more details

Great Hunger Memorial at St. John Fisher College:

L to R: Ciarin Madden, Deirdre McKiernan Hetzler, Mike McCarthy, Deirdre Hickey, Tim Madigan

Irish Insider Archive


The IACI website now contains an archive of the Irish Insider newsletter, published in Rochester from 1992-1997


Click here to access the archive

© Copyright 2017 Rochester NY Chapter Irish American Cultural Institute,under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.

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