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:



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

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


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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Irish Language Class with Bob & Georgine

Learn the Irish language with music and dance!McDonald Language Class

Classes begin Thursday April 24, 7pm, with instructors Bob MacDonald & Georgine Meagher, have fun while learning the Irish language in a full cultural immersion experience, including songs and ceili/set dancing. Be a part of the Hudson Valley Gaeltacht!

To register, and for more information, please contact:

It all begins Thursday, April 24, 7pm, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

An Evening with Andy Cooney

Please join us at the Hillside Manor Restaurant, 6pm on Saturday May 17th, featuring the one and only Andy Cooney

With his outstanding voice and dynamic stage presence, Andy has always been… a favorite among young and old everywhere.

Also performing will be the Solas An Lae American Irish School of Dance, New York’s groundbreaking educational and performance institution of American Irish Dance.

Donations are $50.00 per person, and will include a delicious buffet. Please join us for a night of great entertainment, food, and Craic.

For more information contact Kieran Devlin at 340-9384, or e-mail, kieran332

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