ICCHV Advances through SEQR process

Another major step forward!!
After submitting a full application and completing all parts of the New York State SEQR process (State Environmental Quality Review) over the past few months, the City of Kingston Planning Board rendered a Negative Declaration, determining the ICCHV will NOT have any significant adverse environmental impacts. This is a very unique process to New York State, as it requires all state and local government agencies to consider environmental impacts equally with social and economic factors. We are extremely excited to move ahead, and proud of the building committee and team of consultants who have worked very hard to ensure every part of this State requirement was addressed.
Abú a chara!

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State Supreme Court approval

From the Kingston Daily Freeman, 5/10/17: Untitled

A judge has upheld the city Zoning Board of Appeals decision that the Abeel Street site of the proposed Irish Cultural Center is properly zoned for the facility. State Supreme Court Justice Richard Mott backed the zoning decision in an eight-page ruling dated Tuesday that dismissed a lawsuit filed by neighbors of the site. The lawsuit, filed last Dec. 15 in state Supreme Court in Kingston, challenged the Nov. 15, 2016, decision by the Zoning Board of Appeals that the Irish center would be in the Broadway/West Strand zoning district and therefore allowed. The plaintiffs argued the property is separate from the district. “The detailed record provides a rational basis for the ZBA’s decision,” the judge wrote. “… Accordingly, the ZBA determination must be upheld.”

When asked about the decision by local media, ICCHV Executive Director Robert Carey responded, “We have taken into consideration feedback from various review boards, neighbors and consultants. As a result of their collective input we have reworked the façade design and site plans making the Irish Cultural Center a building the community can be proud of.  I believe the neighbors will come to see this project as a welcomed addition to the neighborhood and a cultural asset to help grow and strengthen our community. While we are going through the process of developing an Irish Cultural Center we are very busy supporting our mission utilizing space in multiple buildings throughout the local area.   One example of our need for space is the growing demand for Bagpipe lessons. The space they are presently using, Arace Electric, for beginner’s class, is now too small to accommodate all interested students. The advance classes are held at the White Eagle Benevolent Hall. The students ages are from 8 to 62. They come from all over the valley, some as far away as Peekskill/Hunter/Millbrook. Dance lessons and language classes are being held at St Mary’s Parish Kingston and Kingston Catholic School. We are looking forward to bringing all these programs and others together into one building.”

Brexit-Irish Border Lecture

img_0131On November 14th, 2016, Paul Tully represented the ICCHV at Molloy College’s Irish Studies Institute, for a presentation on “The Effects of Great Britain’s Exit from the European Union on the Irish Border”. The lecturer was a professor from the University of Limerick, Dr. Ruan O’Donnell.

Dr. O’Donnell reviewed the historical development of Great Britain’s association with the European Union, and the political controversies that led to the vote to withdraw. Since Great Britain is Ireland’s most significant trading partner, with reportedly one billion dollars of exports a week being sent to Great Britain from Ireland, the return of a “hard border” with tariffs would have very negative effects, economically and politically.

Both Scotland and Northern Ireland had voted to remain within the EU, so part of the discussion focused on the reaction of leaders in Scotland, and possibilities involving a trade zone comprising the three entities.

Pictured are Dr. Ruan O’Donnell (left) and ICCHV representative Paul Tully.

 

Zoning Board Approval

zoning-approval_11-15-16On Tuesday evening, November 15, 2016, the City of Kingston Zoning Board of Appeals upheld a recent ruling by the Code Enforcement Officer, that the uses planned by the ICCHV are in fact allowable on the parcel we own along the beautiful Rondout waterfront.

“In June, Building Inspector Joseph Safford had ruled the 32 Abeel St. property was properly zoned for the center because, in his opinion, the land fronts a section of the RT District that allows commercial use of the property. Neighbors of the property had challenged Safford’s decision, leading to the Zoning Board of Appeals action. In its resolution, the Zoning Board of Appeals said it had reviewed all the files and records maintained by the city in relation to 32 Abeel St., as well as various maps, surveys, deeds and information submitted by the individuals who filed the appeal of Safford’s decision and those representing the Irish Cultural Center.”

2016 Phoenicia International Festival of The Voice

The Irish Cultural Center Hudson Valley is proud to announce our support and sponsorship of the 2016 Phoenicia International Festival of The Voice.
Through our many contacts, members of the ICCHV have organized the travel and lodging for musicians to come from County Donegal, Ireland, to perform for the final day of the festival, titled “Grand Finale: A Festive Celtic Celebration”.
Award winning traditional Gaelic vocalist and instrumentalist Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride, soloist Noeleen Ni Cholla and the young musicians of An Crann Óg, will be performing on August 7, 2016, beginning at 4:30pm.
Tickets are going fast, so purchase yours now at:
http://phoeniciavoicefest.tunestub.com/shows.cfm

 

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Easter Rising Centenary NYC Bus Trip

IMG_1598With the shimmer of the Freedom Tower above, and the Statue of Liberty across the Hudson River, there couldn’t have been a better setting to commemorate the Easter Rising Centenary.

Invited by the office of the Irish Consulate General of NYC, a group of Ulster County AOH and LAOH members and many others, representing the Hudson Valley, made the bus trip to Lower Manhattan on Sunday April 24th. The day long ceremony honored those who sacrificed everything 100 years ago and celebrated the important contributions of America, especially New York, in Ireland’s quest for Independence.

The day began with members of the FDNY and NYPD Pipes and Drums, marching in the dignitaries, then, welcoming remarks from the Irish Consulate General, Lieutenant Governor of New York, New York City Officials, and the Irish Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, TD. Exciting, yet solemn moments continued throughout the morning, with a prayer from Fr. Gary Donegan of Belfast, and culminated with a reading of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, by Captain Peter Kelleher of the Irish Defense Forces, in full dress uniform. Music and dance filled the afternoon with performers such as Cherish the Ladies, Seo Linn and Ulster County’s own Dylan Foley, Sean Earnest and other members of The Yanks. Readings, historical lectures and traditional seisiúns took place to a capacity crowd inside the Pier A Harbor House, including sean nós dancing by the ICCHV’s Event Coordinator, Siobhan Butler. It was a fabulous day, with sights and sounds enjoyed by all, from a once in a lifetime opportunity. A few of us got to chat with Ambassador Anne Anderson, Consul Barbara Jones and other dignitaries, who were delighted that we travelled down to take part in the memorial.

Meeting with members of Irish Network New York

Irish Network NY visit

The Irish Network New York are co-hosts of a series of lectures on
the Easter Rising of 1916, which led to Irish independence.

Pictured left to right are: The ICCHV’s own Kevin Ginty; Ms. Caroline
Regan, Board Member of the Irish Network New York; Mr. Daniel McLean,
Co-Chair of the Irish Network New York; and the  ICCHV’s director, Bob
Carey.

Visit to the Irish Consulate NYC

Consulate Visit 4-5-16

On Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, the ICCHV was invited to attend a lecture on the Irish Revolution by a distinguished professor from Trinity College, Dublin. This lecture was part of a series marking the 100th Anniversary of the Rising that led to Irish Independence, and was co-sponsored by the Irish Consulate and the Irish Network.

Please note: April 24th is the actual date that the Irish uprising began, and events are being scheduled to commemorate that day! The location will be: Pier A, Battery Park, New York City. Ceremonies and Irish cultural entertainment begin at 11:00 AM and continue throughout the day. All are invited!

Pictured (r. to l.): ICCHV’s Director Bob Carey, Professor Eunan O’Halpin, Deputy Consul General Anna McGillicuddy, Kevin Ginty, and Paul Tully.

Albany visit with Irish Consul General

3-15-16 Albany Consul General Visit

On March 15, 2016, the Irish Cultural Center Hudson Valley was invited to a “Celebration of Irish Heritage” at the Executive Mansion, the residence of the NYS Governor, in Albany. Representing the ICCHV were Paul Tully and Lauren Tully, pictured here with Consul General Barbara Jones, Irish Consulate, New York. It was announced at the reception that New York State will be officially recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rebellion (April 24th, 1916).

Irish Ambassador visit – 8/30/2014

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Photo: Ryan Paraggio/For the Poughkeepsie Journal

Malachy McCourt speaking

Photo: Rose Burnett Bonczek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a bright, cool Saturday evening of August 30, down on the Rondout creek waterfront, the ICCHV held an event that likely will go unrivaled in this area ever again. Over 200 guests, performers, dignitaries, award winning writers, well known actors and members of the press, welcomed Ireland’s Ambassador to the US, Anne Anderson, to Kingston. The evening was filled with music, wonderful foods, and passionate, supportive words of support for the ICCHV project from local politicians and the Ambassador herself. “When we see the Irish Cultural Center go up there, it will be a resource for the whole community and a source of pride and identity for the Irish American community,” said Anderson. The Ambassador’s sentiments were echoed by local clergy, politicians, and Actor/Author, Malachy McCourt, who brought the event to a close with jokes and song.

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