The Irish Cultural Society is a group of your friends and neighbors who want to know more about their Irish heritage. The group, non-political by its charter, endeavors to bring together people with the common goal of learning about our roots and supporting Irish culture and study.
Our Next Meeting: Our 2015-16 Season Kicks Off with Poet Connie Roberts!
The poet Connie Roberts will present readings from her recently published book of poems Little Witness at the Irish Cultural Society meeting. The meeting convenes at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15 in the Garden City Library, 60 Seventh Street, across the street from the Garden City Hotel. The meeting is free and open to the public. Professor Roberts teaches creative writing at Hofstra University. She is the winner of many awards for her literary work, including the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Irish Arts Council Award, and the George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award from Hofstra. Click here for more details.
Remembering Martin Kelly and Joseph McCormack
Marty always wanted a pipe band to march with us in the Mineola/Garden City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Colorful, uplifting, exciting, the pipers fit Marty’s larger vision of the Irish Cultural Society as a group which celebrated Irish culture as a feast for the eye and ear, and for the mind, too, as the writers, professors and entertainers at our meetings attest. Where is Martin Kelly’s vision today? When Marty died, he had left an organization that has robust attendance at the monthly meetings, a writing contest that packs the meeting room on Awards Night, and a financial statement which is in the black.
Marty’s greatest contribution to the Irish Cultural Society was himself. No matter how riveting our guests were, his introductions were a part of the delight of the evening. In Marty’s presence we were in a place of acceptance, a kind of Newgrange in Garden City where the light of Ireland beamed on all of us. As one of our members said about Martin and Catherine, “They embraced Cead Mille Failte by their warm, receptive countenances and welcoming smiles.”
Marty was one of the founders of the Irish Cultural Society along with Tom Lee, Ray Coyne, Dan Martin, John McGowan, and Tom Dwyer. He served as president for the last twenty-three years.
We as an organization have
made a contribution to the Martin J. Kelly Scholarship Fund at Freeport High
School, and we have renamed the writing contest the Martin J. Kelly Writing
Contest of the Irish Cultural Society.
May Martin and Catherine rest in peace.
Our latest addition to the archives is "The Ogham Alphabet", written by John Walsh.
Members receive our newsletter, the Hedgemaster, four times a year. The Hedgemaster announces meetings, theater trips, and other news of interest to people interested in matters Irish, and contains an article of about 1000 words on a topic from Irish history or culture. The Book of Kells, the Wild Geese, the Apprentice Boys, the Travelling People, the Brehon Laws, and the Potato Famine are among the many subjects of articles in the Hedgemaster. Please visit our Hedgemaster Archives to sample past articles.
Irish Cultural Society
P.O. Box 247
Garden City, NY 11530