Special Events

The Spirit of Ireland Gala

The Spirit of Ireland Gala is one of the largest gatherings of supporters of Irish arts and culture here in New York. For the past ten years, this stunning event has been hosted by our organization’s Honorary Co-Chairs, Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne. This year’s gala will take place in New York on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Each year we present the Spirit of Ireland Award to individuals who have made a remarkable contribution to the fields of arts and business and who embody the spirit of the Irish — our tenacity, creativity, resilience, integrity, humor, charisma, indomitability, and of course our unique talent for storytelling.

  • Steve Martin, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award winner
  • Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • Sharon Patrick, co-founder and former CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

2016 Spirit of Ireland Gala Honoring Ursula Burns, Jean Butler, and Hozier 

2015 Spirit of Ireland Gala Honoring Roma Downey, Eileen K. Murray, and Cassandra Wilson

2014 Spirit of Ireland Gala Honoring Martin Hayes, Robert J. McCann, with Special Guest Sting 

Irish Arts Center Winter Solstice Benefit Performance


“What Christmas should be about- celebration, craic, good music and song, the closeness of friends and family.” —Bill Whelan, composer of Riverdance

Celebrate the holidays with Irish Arts Center as the one and only Mick Moloney takes audiences on an eclectic journey through world and American musical holiday traditions.

The Benefit Performance will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2017 for which VIP tickets, Host Committee packages, and sponsorships are available, and include pre-show brunch with the performing artists, backstage visits, signed CDs, and more.

Please contact Adam Lamberg at 212-757-3318 x222 or adam@irishartscenter.org to learn more. 

Show Your Love
(Our Annual Member’s Party)

Every year in February we welcome our new members and show our love and thanks to all our Friends, Patrons, Benefactor and Leaders at or annual Members party, graciously sponsored by Mutual of America.

Tickets to Show Your Love start at $125 and include a year-long complimentary IAC Friend-level membership

Show Your Love 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Mutual of America 

Our 2018 Show Your Love Honorees
GRAINNE & JOHN DUDDY
RUTH O’FARRELL & OLENA RIPNICK-O’FARRELL 
KEVIN MURPHY 

Our 2018 Show Your Love Host Committee
Monica Brady, Deirdre Brady-Lawless, Tessa & Declan Breslin, Emerson Bruns & Nik Quaife, Chris Carney, Darrah Carr & David Byrne, Rachel Conlan, Anne E. Cosgrove, Claire & Kevin Donaghy, Jim Gilmartin & Ruairi O'Neill, James Douglas Hislop, Kelly E. Jones & Daniel Howell, Jen & Derek Joyce, Tom & Whitney Kennedy, Brendan & Natalie Kenny, Jeanne Kempton & Damien Corr, Emily-Jane Kirwan & Jay Grimm, Tara McCabe, John & Carly Murphy, Lisa Mary Sullivan.


To get involved or learn more about joining the Host Committee please contact Nik Quaife at 212-757-3318 x207 or nik@irishartscenter.org.

Raise your glass for the WRITE reasons this St. Patrick's Day and #GetLit with Irish Arts Center

On a day when the entire city is feeling a little bit Irish we wanted to celebrate Ireland and Irish America's incredible impact on the world of literature. Please consider joining the fun and helping New York City #GetLit this St. Patrick's Day.

Claddagh Circle Luncheon

Claddagh Circle Luncheon: Collage of Anne Anderson, Loretta Brennan Glucksman and Kelli O’Hara

Our inaugural Claddagh Circle Luncheon took place at the 21 Club on June 8, 2017 honoring outgoing Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Anne Anderson and featured a special, intimate performance by Broadway star and Tony Award-winner Kelli O’Hara. 

For more information about our 2018 Claddagh Circle Luncheon, please contact Adam Lamberg at 212-757-3318 x222 or adam@irishartscenter.org.

Spring Cocktails

Spring Cocktails: Chris cracking up Pat and Jim

Our annual Spring Cocktail party held at the renowned New York Athletic Club is an intimate gathering to celebrate our Claddagh Circle and a variety of artists, athletes, and luminaries.

Irish Arts Center Golf Outing 

Irish Arts Center Golf Outing

Join us at Harbor Links Golf Course for a spirited day out on the greens for all of the craic, great food and drink, a whole lot of free goodies, contests, raffles, and of course a wonderful round of golf on a links style course. 

For more information about joining us for next year’s 18th Annual Irish Arts Center Golf Outing in May 2018 please contact Adam Lamberg at 212-757-3318 x222 or adam@irishartscenter.org.

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