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.

October 13, 2021
Garden City Casino

Our Next Meeting: 
Irish Immigrants in the  American Civil War


Our next evening will focus on the impact of the Civil War on Irish-born men and women, their participation in the military, the catastrophic effect of the massive loss of life on the communities where they lived in the United States and on their families in Ireland. The politics of war, from the decision to join the army, to the rising resistance to the draft, to the New York Riots, are woven through the talk, but the human stories are at center stage.  Irish revolutionaries, nursing nuns, laboring men and their wives, share the spotlight.  From Bull Run, to Gettysburg, to the hunt for Lincoln’s assassins, Irish immigrants were key to how the war played out.

The speaker will be Pat Young, Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra Law School where he also directs the Immigration Law Clinic.  He writes the online series The Immigrants’ Civil War, publishes the Reconstruction Era blog, and writes about both topics for the scholarly website Emerging Civil War.  Professor Young graduated from Hofstra Law School.  He works in immigrant groups providing legal services.

Join us on Wednesday, October 13th at the Garden City Casino - please note the venue change. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, and is free and open to the public.

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
Winner Announced!

The members of the Irish Cultural Society and the members of the H.W. Wilson Foundation are pleased to announce and congratulate the First Place winners of the 2021 Martin J. Kelly Writing Contest:
  • Max McConville, Oyster Bay High School

  • Taylor Wolfe, H. Frank Carey High School

  • Madeline Rose, Wantagh High School

A complete listing of all winners can be seen by clicking here.

All participants in this year's contest received a Certificate of Merit, and each school's library represented by our participants receives a copy of The Immortal Irishman, by Timothy Egan, which is a biography of Thomas Francis Meager.

This year, our contest challenged 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 wrote 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 wrote 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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