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The 4th annual meeting of the Network of Irish Cultural Centres of North America



(New York, Thursday January 28 2021) More than 120 North American-based presenters and programmers of Irish culture met Culture Ireland and the Ireland Consular Network virtually today, for the 4th annual meeting of the Network of Irish Cultural Centres of North America (NICCoNA).

Co-hosted by the Consulate of Ireland in New York and Culture Ireland, NICCoNA is a state-and-province wide association of presenters and programmers of Irish culture based in the USA and Canada. Members including Irish Arts Center and Irish Repertory Theatre in New York, Contemporary Irish Arts Center in Los Angeles and the Milwaukee Irish Fest present a regular annual programme of Irish arts, which have been severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. 

The meeting focussed on future planning and the ways members could continue to operate and programme including online presentation of Irish artists with Culture Ireland support.

The agenda included an overview by Ireland’s Ambassador to the USA, Daniel Mulhall of upcoming events across the US and Canada to celebrate both St Brigid’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. Each of the eight US and Canada based Consul Generals (representing Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Ottawa, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York) also attended the meeting to meet and share concerns with their regional centres and programmers.

Participants were introduced to the work of a  selection of artists showcasing at the upcoming Folk Alliance International Conference and South by Southwest SXSW  as well as a sneak-peek at the upcoming Ireland in Music film due to broadcast on PBS around St. Patrick’s Day.

Director of Culture Ireland, Christine Sisk said, “ The strong attendance at this gathering is a true indicator of the interest in Irish arts in the US and Canada. Culture Ireland support  of online  performances will enable Irish artists to reach North American audiences until artists can travel and perform again in person in these fantastic venues.” 

Consul General of Ireland in New York, Ciarán Madden said, “Of course we are disappointed not to be gathering in person as we usually do this time of year in New York but the great benefit of these times is that we can welcome even more people to the table and it’s so encouraging to see so many people and organizations from across the continent.” 

At the 2020 meeting of NICCoNA it was announced that the Government of Ireland would appoint a New York-based Cultural Officer. Such an appointment was made in November 2020 and  the Newly appointed Head of Cultural Affairs in New York, Nik Quaife said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Culture Ireland and the US Embassy Network to create opportunities for Irish artists across the US and Canada.”





Phoenix Irish Arts Atlanta

Return to the Green Festival  - Greenville

Aris Theatre Group Atlanta

Irish Studies, Georgia Southern Univ, Savannah

College of Charleston

Clemson College Charleston

Celtic Heritage Festival of Savannah

Savannah Irish Festival

Charlotte Irish American Center

Music City Irish Fest Nashville


Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans

North Texas Irish Fest

Flynn Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas Houston

James Joyce Quarterly (University of Tulsa)

Lyon College

Irish Cultural Society of San Antonio

Austin Celtic Festival

Flynn Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas Houston

Kansas City Irish Fest


The University of New Mexico

Kansas City Irish Center


Boston College

Irish Cultural Centre of New England

Irish American Club of Maine

Maine Irish Heritage Center

Eire Society of Boston

Boston Irish Film Festival



Here Come Everybody Players


Toronto Irish Players

Irish Society of Halifax

Toronto Bloomsday

Irish Film Festival Ottawa

St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts

Ireland Park Foundation, Toronto


Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago

Irish American News, Chicago

Murphy Roche School of Music

Francis O'Neill Arts Week

Shepherd School of Music

Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati

Hudson Valley Fest

Chicago Irish Film Festival

O'Brien Family International Office

Milwaukee Irish Fest

Iowa Irish Fest

Celtic Junction Arts Center, St. P

Irish Fair of Minnesota

University of Notre Dame, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

Chicago Irish Movie Houli

Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati


Dublin Irish Fest, Ohio

Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago

Milwaukee Irish Fest

Chicago Bloomsday

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Center for Celtic Studies

Celtic Junction Arts Center, St. P

Gaelic Park, Chicago

Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

Indy Irish Fest

Celtic Junction Arts Center, St. P

Gaelic League of Detroit

Chicago International Film Festival

Ward School of Music

Irish Theatre of Chicago


Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library

Irish Screen America

The Great Irish Fair

Contemporary Irish Arts Center


The Rosenbach, Philadelphia

Irish American Society of Suffolk, Nassau & Queens

Irish American Cultural Institute New Jersey

Irish Cultural Center, Utica

United Irish Cultural Center

Irish American Writers & Artists

Irish Arts Center, NYC

Irish American Cultural Institute

New York Irish Center

Catskill Irish Week

Irish Repertory Theatre

Catskills Irish Arts Week

Pittsburgh Irish Festival

Center for Irish Studies, Villanova University

Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University

Irish Screen America

Origin Theatre Company


Irish Visions LLC

Irish Repertory Theatre

Inis Nua Theatre

Origin Theatre Company

Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center

Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany

American Conference for Irish Studies/LeMoyne C

Irish Arts Center


Irish Culture Bay Area, San Francisco

United Irish Cultural Center

United Irish Cultural Center

DFA - San Francisco

Irish Studies at UC Berkeley

Portland Monthly

Eugene O'Neill Foundation, Tao House

Irish Heritage Club

United Irish Cultural Center

Method Gallery

Corrib Theatre



Solas Nua

Georgetown University

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