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The Irish American Heritage Museum is a permanently chartered 501(c)3 non-profit with an educational mission. It is committed to the basic tenet that preserving one’s heritage is vital to providing a cultural and historical foundation to future generations of Americans.

Our museum in Albany, New York, provides year-round access to our exhibits, our Paul O’Dwyer Library, lectures, presentations, film screenings, book signings and other special programs and events.

The Museum was an integral force in providing instruction in New York State’s public schools about the Irish Famine of 1845-1853.  Further, we are the first Museum of its kind here in America to have exhibited at the National Library in Dublin.

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Upcoming Events

  • A Night in November. A play set in Northern Ireland, written by Marie Jones.

    September 21, 2018

    Directed by Stephen O' Connor and starring Parker Cross. Friday & Saturday, 21st and 22nd at 7pm. Sunday 23rd September 3pm. The play follows Kenneth McAllister, a Protestant man from Belfast, who gets swept up in the excitement of the World Cup, as he travels to New York to support the Republic of Ireland. Interrogating the sectarian traditions that he was raised with, this very funny but poignant play is about a man realizing that he can have a hand in his own destiny. The themes of sectarianism, tolerance, and prejudice are still topical today.

  • 50th Anniversary of the Fr. Peyton Family Rosary Benefit Dance.

    September 23, 2018

    Please contact John Leonard at 518 573 2213 for tickets. Andy Cooney and the Irish Show Band, the Munro Brother Pipers and the Farrell School of Irish Dance will perform. Tickets cost $25.00 and the event is on at the CDIAA Hall, 375 Ontario Street, Albany.

  • The Palace presents Celtic Thunder

    September 24, 2018

    Celtic Thunder live shows are known for dramatic effects via lighting and choreography as well as realistic Irish stage sets with authentic Irish instruments. The performances have dramatic solos, compelling ensembles, and comedic acts.

  • Lughnasa Feast!

    September 26, 2018

    Eating together is always a celebration! Join us at the CDIAA Hall on Ontario Street for a Harvest festival/Lughnasa dinner, with stories and other Celtic traditional fun. Dinner and Dessert provided. $15 per person. Email info@irish-us.org or call 518 427 1916 to confirm your seat. Celebrate the Taste and Traditions of Ancient Ireland!

  • Two Exciting Activities at the Museum for Winter!

    September 30, 2018

    Join our Book Club and Knitting Circle. The Museum will host two different activities in the Fall and Winter. We will have a knitting and crochet class, where we will learn how to knit in the Aran Sweater tradition, knitting panels for a fabulous patchwork quilt. If you can "plain and purl" then you will be able to learn how to do these beautiful patterns. We also intend to host a book club which will start in October. Readers will take turns leading a session on the book of their choice. We will confirm the days we will meet when people sign up. Email the museum at info@irish-us.org to sign up for these fun activities.

  • The Palace Presents The Lord of the Dance.

    October 1, 2018

    Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games continues to thrill audiences around the globe with its intoxicating mix of dance and music that fuses the traditional with the contemporary in a classic tale that showcases the exceptional talent of the cast.

  • 19th Annual Joseph J. Dolan Jr. Mostly Irish Classic Golf Tournament

    October 1, 2018

    Our re-scheduled Golf Tournament. The 19th Annual "Mostly Irish Classic" benefits the Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany, NY, and its educational programs. Now in its 32nd year of preserving & presenting Irish history, culture and influence throughout the Capital Region, the State, and the United States, the Museum's mission of public education tells of the contributions of the Irish in America. Our 2018 venue is the historic Mohawk Golf Club in Niskayuna, New York. So please join us for a good cause and a fine day of traditional Irish hospitality: good golf, fine food, stories, laughter, friendships and fundraising. Enjoy an all-inclusive day of great golf: shot-gun start, scramble format, lunch, complimentary selection of golf equipment gifts, free beverages on the course, complimentary "Adjustment Hour" that includes an Irish whiskey tasting, the Mohawk's Great Chef Dinner, fantastic raffle & auction items, & awards & prizes: Winning Foursome, Longest Drive, Closest-to-Pin, Hole-in-One, Putting Contest. For more information, sponsorship support, and registration please call the Irish American Heritage Museum (518) 427-1916 or email info@irish-us.org.

  • 19th Annual Joseph J. Dolan Jr. Mostly Irish Classic Golf Tournament

    October 1, 2018

    Join us for an excellent day out at one of Albany's most popular courses. Registration and lunch is at 11 am with a shotgun start at 12.30.

  • Save the Date! The Governor Hugh L. Carey Awards Gala.

    November 2, 2018

    Join us for the Museum’s Annual Hugh L. Carey Awards Gala on Friday, November 2nd at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, beginning with a 6:00 PM reception and a 7:00 PM dinner. For many years, Hugh Carey served on the Museum’s Board of Advisors, providing guidance and helping facilitate the Museum’s educational programs and events. The Museum’s Board of Trustees annually bestows the Hugh L. Carey Award reflecting the spirit of his own public service. The Award honors individuals who make significant contributions to improving our society, as Hugh Carey did, through community and public service; the arts; cultural endeavors; the health care, teaching, law/justice, science, sports/athletics and other professions. More details to follow.