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 - "A Celebration of an Irish Christmas"
Jim Hawkins’ “Celebration of an Irish Christmas” show consists of stories, songs, and poetry illustrating the many facets of an Irish Christmas celebration. The meeting will be held at the Garden City Library, 60 Seventh Street, across the street from the Garden City Hotel, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11. Click here for full meeting details.
Ray Coyne - A True Gentleman
When Ray Coyne died on July 2, 2013, we lost one of our founders. Not an absentee founder, he and Sally were avid members of our audience at meetings. Many of us remember the gift of a handshake and a smile and a friendly greeting from Ray. Comfortable in front of an audience, Ray often served as host or Master of Ceremonies or presenter at our functions. He made our 35th anniversary at the Wantagh Inn a history lesson on our origin and our heroes. He was the MC at the best of the Easter Monday Memorial services in 2009. Ray will always hold the distinction of being the only one of us to read his granddaughter’s winning essay at our Writing Awards Ceremony. Her skills in writing were no doubt inherited from her grandfather who published an article on James Joyce and Nora Barnacle in the February-March 2002 issue of the Hedgemaster. How many of us found our place in the crowd at the Garden City/Mineola St. Patrick’s Day Parade by looking for a black bowler hat atop the head of a handsome Irishman, Ray Coyne. The crowd of mourners at Ray’s funeral at St. Joseph’s Church in Garden City was testimony to the esteem to which the Coynes are held in the community. Our sympathies go out to Sally, Chris and the Coyne grandchildren. May this great and good man 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