of the Garden City Area

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 welcome new members at any time. Please download our membership application and bring it with you to any meeting, or mail it to us!

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A Gaelic Quatrain for Steven McDonald

Forgiveness --

It confirmed your saintliness

To people needing heroes.

The world owes you endlessness.


February 10, 2021


Garden City Casino

Our Next Meeting: 
The Voice That Calls Across the Years


Our October 2019 meeting enlightened us on the career of the great Irish tenor, John McCormack, but the meeting also created a desire to know more about John McCormack and to hear more of "The Voice That Calls Across the Years".

Responding to this demand, we have invited Mike Fitzpatrick to tell us more about the great Irishman and his extraordinary career. In a presentation utilizing video and the re-mastered recordings of John McCormack, Mike will talk about the people who were a major influence in John McCormack's career along with some of the songwriters whose songs he recorded and made famous. And the evening would not be complete without the songs of Ireland that made John McCormack the "Irish Minstrel".

Mike has had an abiding interest in John McCormack for over forty years, which accounts for his passion to bring John McCormack's greatness to organizations like ours. Mike is currently president of the Nassau County Civil War Roundtable. Lovers of music and Irish culture will fill our seats.


Join us on Wednesday, February 10th at the Garden City Casino - please note the venue change. The meeting begins at 7:30pm.

Face coverings are required and social distancing is expected to be practiced by those in attendance. Maximum attendance is 40, so arrive early to make sure you get a spot!


The Hedgemaster Archives is our link to our heritage. Please browse our rich collection of Irish culture and history to learn some more of our lineage. We have significantly added to our collection, so take a look at the new additions! 



Contest Details

The Annual Writing Contest is named in honor of Martin J. Kelly, a founding member of the society and its past president for 23 years until his passing on July 2, 2015.

To learn more about Martin, please click here.

2021 Writing Contest
Now Underway!

Welcome to the Martin J. Kelly Writing Contest!


This year, our contest challenges students to compose an essay in which the writer identifies him/herself through references to indicators or emblems of the writer’s heritage or interests.  A model of such an essay of identity, The Meaning of Irishness by George E. Ryan. Click here to view Mr. Ryan's essay.

Contest entrants will write an essay built upon references to the things which people accumulate from their heritages and interests.  Our model essay has references to the books, music, art and other cultural elements of Mr. Ryan’s Irish heritage.  Entrants will write an entertaining essay which refers also to the indicators of heritage in their homes or to the signs in a room which show a person’s passionate interests.  Indicators of heritage include religious symbols, foods, celebrations, languages and so much more.  Indicators of passionate interests include reading material, special clothing, posters and so much more.  Heritage need not be of another country– America, too, has produced emblems of an American heritage.

We express our appreciation to our sponsor, The H.W. Wilson Foundation



Irish Cultural Society
of the Garden City Area


P.O. Box 247, Garden City, NY  11530


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