Celebrating Irish Culture Extends Beyond St. Patrick’s Day For One Group
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With St. Patrick’s Day a few days away, many are looking forward to wearing green and being Irish for the day. But that celebration lasts beyond March 17 for the Irish American Cultural Institute, which shares culture and history of Ireland every day of the year.
“Year round, we are very busy,” said F. Peter Halas, chairman emeritus of IACI. “When we started, nationally, this was the only organizations that did anything with Irish history and culture.”
Founded in 1962, the organization holds close ties with Ireland. “We are the only organization whose patron is the president of Ireland,” Halas noted. IACI also keeps the Ireland connection alive, having loaned its Helen Hooker O’Malley Art Collection, valued at more than $1 million and containing the works of several Irish artists, to Ireland’s University of Limerick.
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