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Our Mission

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.

We have eight scheduled meetings during our season (September through May) at the Garden City library, usually the second Tuesday of the month. Our guests at these meetings are experts in subjects relating to Ireland and the Irish, or are talented in voice, music, or drama with an Irish twist.

We sponsor a writing contest open to all of the high school students in Nassau County. This contest encourages improvement in writing skills and promotes Irish culture in the schools. In 1995, our contest became international with our "twin" organization in Leicester, England, judging our top papers for an overseas prize.

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.