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
Annual Dinner 2019
The Rochester Chapter of the IACI had its Annual Dinner on Tuesday May 7, 2019 in the Wilson Formal Lounge at St. John Fisher College. We filled the room to capacity and had a wonderful evening honoring the lifetime achievements of John and Joe Dady. The keynote speaker was Ireland’s Consul General of New York Ciaran Madden who spoke on the many intricacies of the Brexit issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Comedy 100 min. 2010
A woman travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day. Will it work?
Drama 96 min. 2008
Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison with an interpretation of the events surrounding the 1981 IRA hunger strike.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
L to R: Mike and Ann McCarthy, Deirdre McKiernan Hetzler, Carol Dady, Ciarin Madden, John Dady
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