Annual Dinner 2020

Dear Friends of the IACI,

We hope you can join us at this year’s Annual Dinner.  It promises to be a wonderful evening as we recognize Chris Shalvoy for his many contributions to the vibrant Rochester Irish Community and enjoy the songs and stories of Helena Byrne the charming Dublin seanchaí.

Our new venue at Eagle Vale Golf Club is completely accessible and will include a full dinner.

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

Helena Byrne

The ‘Other Life’ Tour – East Coast 2020

Irish Storyteller & Singer Helena Byrne returns to the US East Coast this May 2020.


Following the release of her acclaimed new album ‘Saol Eile’, Helena Byrne will be bringing the ‘Other Life’ Tour to the US East Coast for ten dates.


Do you believe in Ghosts? … The Irish certainly do.


The ‘Other Life’ Tour is a gripping collection of Irish tales of the supernatural. From Haunted Castles and Poltergeists to Guardian Angels and Fairies, Helena delves deep into the captivating world of Irish Ghost Stories, the Irish people’s unique relationship with the Afterlife and some heart-warming Irish songs to help guide the way.


Join Helena on this fascinating journey across the island of Ireland and discover why the Irish still wear the supernatural on their sleeves.


May 7th Flushing NY

May 8th Newburgh NY

May 9th Fairpoint NY

May 10th Utica NY

May 11th Albany NY

May 13th Milford CT

May 14th Hamden CT

May 15th Newport RI

May 17th Canton MA

May 19th Peterborough NH


Further details at

The John O’Sullivan Memorial Film Series


St. John’s Meadows

October - April 2019-2020

 4:00 - 7: 00 p.m.


St. John’s Meadows has easy handicap access, parking in front of building, full buffet, drinks, and signage will direct attendees to the door.


Join members of the Rochester Chapter of the Irish American Cultural Institute for a feis that celebrates some of Ireland's best films.


Buffet will be supplied by the Briarwood Catering and will change monthly. Cash bar available. We will eat first and follow with the film and discussion.

October 6th:

Brand Irish 

Documentary 102 min.  2015


There is more to the Irish than meets the eye! With a diaspora of 75 million, the Irish brand is huge. Here is a look at the role the Irish have played in world culture.



November 3rd:

P.S. I Love You

Drama, Romance 126 min. 2007


A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages to help her start a new life.



January 5th:

Song of the Sea 

Animation 93 min. 2014


An Irish boy and his sister(a Selkie) go on an adventure to free the Faries and save the spirit world.

February 9th:

Leap Year 

Comedy 100 min. 2010


A woman travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day.  Will it work?



March 1st:


Drama 96 min. 2008


Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison with an interpretation of the events surrounding the 1981 IRA hunger strike.



April 5th:

Circle of Friends

Drama, Romance 103 min. 1995


Based on the Maeve Binchey novel. A coming of age story of 3 girls from an Irish village, attending college in post WWII Dublin.

Contact: Katherine McMahon- Flynn

Reservations: At least 5 DAYS PRIOR TO SHOW DATE

Specify Film and date(s):










Dinner Buffet Included

Cost:  General Admission  $25 

IACI members  $20

Member price full series of 6 = $108

General price full series of 6 = $138


Checks Payable to: Rochester IACI,

Mail to: Treasurer, PO Box 18468, Rochester, NY 14618,

Indicate Film Feis on Envelope










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