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ARTICLES BY SUBJECT 253 THE IRISH AMERICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE This index to ÉIRE-IRELAND marks a significant achievement in publishing . ÉIRE-IRELAND, the journal of the Irish American Cultural Institute, was founded by Éoin McKiernan in 1965 and began as a pioneering effort in academic publishing. McKiernan served as editor in the years 1965–86. James J. Blake was appointed editor in 1987 and served through the Fall of 1989. Thomas Dillon Redshaw became editor for the Winter 1989 issue and completed his term in 1995. The Board of Directors of the Institute appointed Nancy Curtin of Fordham University and Vera Kreilkamp of Pine Manor College as editors in 1996. James S. Donnelly, Jr., University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Philip O’Leary, Boston College, were appointed as Senior Consulting Editors. Now completing 34 years in print, ÉIRE-IRELAND has assumed leadership in interdisciplinary work and become the hallmark for Irish Studies internationally. ÉIRE-IRELAND is received in more than thirty countries world-wide. The success of ÉIRE-IRELAND is also the success of the Irish American Cultural Institute (IACI). Founded in 1962 by Éoin McKiernan and the late Patrick Butler, a St. Paul, Minnesota businessman and philanthropist , the IACI has grown from a local group of friends to an international organization with a comprehensive mission as a cultural institute . The members of the Board of Directors of the Institute come from across America and Ireland. John P. Walsh of Morristown, New Jersey has been chairman of the board since 1988, piloting the organization through years of growth. One of the first efforts of the Institute was the writing and production of fifty-three half-hour programs on Irish life, history, and literature, broadcast nationwide on educational television. The mission and focus of this series has been repeated in many of the Institute’s subsequent programs with a conscious effort to deepen American appreciation for the many facets of Irish culture. The Institute also seeks to nurture the arts in Ireland through grants and awards. The first IACI gift, a $10,000 grant to author Máitín Ó Cadhain, established a new standard of financial support for Irish arts. The IACI/Butler Literary Award has been presented to more than 50 poets, writers, and playwrights working in the Irish language as well as in English. The IACI/O’Malley Art Award has been given annually since 1989 to promote achievement in the visual arts in Ireland. The IACI/Heritage Award, supported by the Heritage Council of Ireland with additional assistance from Bord Faílte, honors Irish efforts to interpret and to promote an appreciation of the diversity of Irish history at the community level in Ireland. The IACI/Muriel Gahan Craftsmanship award, named for Dr. Gahan of the RDS in recognition of her outstanding work in the preservation and development of Irish crafts, is given annually to the artisan judged best of show at the yearly Crafts Competition of the Royal Dublin Society. The Institute also provides awards to students of traditional music through Na Píobairí Uilleann. Institute-sponsored concerts of Irish music, both traditional and classical , have included the performance of Archie Potter’s Symphony No. 2 in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1982 (the first all-Irish symphonic program ever performed by an American orchestra), and the commission and performance of The Children of Lir by harper and composer Patrick Cassidy at Dublin’s National Concert Hall in 1990. Traditional groups presented under IACI auspices over the years include The Chieftains, De Dannan, Mary Black, and Cherish the Ladies. American tours of theatrical presentations by Irish companies, and the commission of a ballet based on the epic Táin Bó Cuailnge, have also expressed the Institute’s commitment to the arts. Other Institute programs and accomplishments include the Irish Way summer program for American high-school students. Now in its 25th year, more than 2,700 particpants have studied in Ireland during the summer through the Irish Way. This structured program of classroom study, field trips, Irish sports and music, and a week spent living in an Irish home provides students with a valuable introduction to a lively culture and to international citizenship. A newsletter and educational supplement, Dú . cas...

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ISSN
1550-5162
Print ISSN
0013-2683
Pages
pp. 253-255
Launched on MUSE
2017-08-31
Open Access
No
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