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The IACI participates in a myriad of Events, Parties, Festivals and Volunteerism throughout the year.
On Sunday, 3rd February, 2019 we will have Imbolc, (pronounced Im as in him, bol as in Molly and c would be ick as in pick) -- which is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of Spring. It is also the feast day of Saint Brigid. This event will be held at the Genesee Grande in Syracuse from 1 - 4 p.m. The Menu will be Chicken, Potatoes, Ziti, Salad, and Desserts. Cost is 25 $ for Adults -- Kids < 12 are Free. Entertainment will be provided. Send Checks to Helen Jennings, 199 Skyview Terrace, Syr., N.Y. 13219 -- postmarked no later than 7 days prior to Event. Also, R.S.V.P. by calling
In March, we have one of our HUGEST events, the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Syracuse; always on a Saturday and always well-attended - no matter how cold.
Then comes Feis, (pronounced Fesh as in mesh), which is a traditional arts and cultural festival, with heavy emphasis on Irish Dance. This year to be held at the NYS Fairgrounds, Saturday 27th April, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We hold our Annual Picnic on Tuesday June 18th, 2019 which is a Tuesday from 4 - p.m. to 8 - p.m. at Erie Canal Park, which is in Dewitt. Contact Ann for more info (315)-299-8225. We will be serving Burgers, Barkers, Chips, Salad, Drinks and Dessert, with entertainment such as Irish Story telling, and Music. ALWAYS a grand time!
In early September on a Fri/Sat, there is our HUGE annual Irish Festival held in Clinton Square in Syracuse, NY. This year, 2019, it is Fri 6 Sep - noon to 11 p. and Sat the 7th - 11 to 11 p. We offer tin whistle lessons, beginning Irish lessons, Irish Designs for Children to color, and free Irish name tags for all ages. Also, we have books, jewelry, paintings/postcards, knitted items and music CDs for sale. There are several Irish bands there, too and folks selling Irish and other type foods.
In October, held at Jazz Central, 441 East Washington Street in Syracuse on 13, 20 and 27th October, 2019 at 2 p.m. is our Film Series, showing three Irish Films with Popcorn and lively Commentary afterward. The Films may be such classics as The Quiet Man with John Wayne, as an example. This year, 2019, Oct 13th - will be The Rising of the Moon, 1957, directed by John Ford w/ Tyrone Power and Cyril Cusack. On 20 October, we'll show Shake Hands with the Devil, a 1959 film starring James Cagney, who plays an Academic that turns into a die-hard opponent of the 1922 Treaty. Finally, on the 27th of October there will be the movie The Journey, a recent 2016 film, depicting Unionist fire-brand Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein Leader Martin McGuiness, who find themselves in a long Car ride together, and the unexpected Twists that follow! Tickets are
$10.00; can be purchased at the Door.
Btw, Street parking is available.
Also, end of October, there is Samhain, NOT pronounced Sam Hain; (it is Sow as in now and wen as in then). The American Halloween is patterned after Samhain, btw. Samhain was the division of the year between the lighter half (summer) and the darker half (winter). At this time, the division between this world and the otherworld was at its thinnest, allowing Spirits to pass through. Treats were often left to appease these restless Spirits. Samhain will be at Coleman's Irish Pub in Syracuse, Sunday 28 Oct 2018 from 2 - 4 p.m. There is a $ 10 cover charge at the Door - (Costumes Optional) - which includes a snack-plate, non-alcoholic drinks, and entertainment. E-MAIL A.S.A.P. to make Reservations, PLEASE! There will be no organized Samhain Festivities this year 2019. Have a Safe/Sane Celebration.
Join members of the CNY-IACI Saturday, November 17th, 2018 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for an informative discussion of the role of Douglas Hyde in shaping modern Ireland, and particularly the controversies facing Hyde and the Gaelic League in the pivotal early years of the 20th Century. We will be in Community Room # 1 of the Community Library of Dewitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Rd., Jamesville, NY. Members and Public are welcome; Event is free, but please let us know you'll be there by e-mailing by Thurs 11/15. Thanks.
Throughout the year, we hold Casual language classes on a regular basis, taught by a Native-speaker. These will be held at Onondaga Library, starting at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p. on Sept 12th, 2019, every Thursday except Thanksgiving.
AND Formal Classes start at Oasis beginning Fri the 20th of September at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is Irish I Class. On 9/20 from 11:45 to 12:45 is Irish Class II. There is no Mtg. the Friday after Thanksgiving, and Class terminates on 12 December.
E-mail for Addresses, Directions etc; -- email@example.com.
Lucht Ceoil, music makers in Irish, (pronounced Look-t Kyol -- o as in mole) is a monthly, casual meeting of members interested in playing and singing Irish music. No pressure to be Professional. There are flutes, penny whistles, mountain dulcimer and bodhran. Lucht Ceoil has done two musical programs for Betts Library Summer Music Series and two programs for the Centers at St. Camillus. Bring your music instruments and join us for some musical fun.
On a regular basis, too, IACI does Volunteer work at the Samaritan Center, 215 N. State St., Syracuse on (Day varies month-to-month) for two hours, from 3 - 5 p.m. serving meals to deserving Folks in the Community. Frequently, we serve between 250 and 500 Meals, when our group volunteers. The Center serves over 9000 Meals per month. Come Volunteer with us if you like. Contact Ann by the 5th of each Month to find out Volunteer Day and Date (315)-299-8225.
Our Board Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Hazard Library from 1:00 to 2 (ish) p.m.
ALL are welcome.
(There are other things we've done which may be a one-time happening, not listed here.)
In conclusion, we are a VERY active organization and would love for YOU to join us! For info on becoming a member and/or participation in any of the aforementioned activities -- please e-mail us at the following:
REMEMBER, you need not be Irish to join our Group, you need only
to have a love and appreciation of Irish Culture! Thank-you.