The Hudson Valley Irish Fest uses your donations to fund the Fest operations, donations to support local charities, and in the creation of the Hudson Valley Irish Center, now located and soon to reopen at Mount St Francis, 250B South Street, at the southern end of the Peekskill Metro North Station in Peekskill.
The Hudson Valley Irish Center nows holds an extensive library of Irish literature and historic documents, The Hudson Valley Irish Library includes the collections of stalwart’s Ray Bermingham and Ray O’Hanlon, editor of Irish Echo newspaper. Our Library curator, Liam Murphy eagerly awaits donations from authors, publishers and private donors.
Following the 2009 Hudson Valley Irish Fest a joint donation with the Peekskill St. Patrick’s Parade Committee to the Peekskill Field Library created the Dr. John McGurty, Sr. Literature and Media center dedicated to Irish history, literature and culture. Increased membership and activity in our local Irish organizations, Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 18 and the formation of the new Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 18 can be directly attributed to the Fest.
We are members of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce and we’re proud to each year share the date with the Rotary Horse Show located nearby at Blue Mountain. Many of our families share double duty volunteering and participating at both great events.
Larry Kirwan, Playwright, Author, Founder/ Leader of Legendary Black 47, President of Irish American Writers & Artists, Celtic Crush SiruisXM radio host performs live at the Hudson Valley Irish Center.
All sides of the spectrum of young and old enjoy the cultural and educational programs at the HVIC.
The Hudson Valley Irish Center are grateful to our patrons, the Irish Abroad Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General of Ireland New York. Last year we welcomed Consul General Barbara Jones and the Fest was visited by Deputy Consul General Anna McGillicuddy and her family. We thank the Consulate General of Ireland for each year presenting a Heritage Grant from the Irish governmen to enable us to continue a series of programs that promote Irish and Irish American heritage, culture, music, arts and literature in the Hudson Valley Irish Center and the Lower Hudson Valley.
Easter Week 2015 the Center welcomed Dr. Ruan O’Donnell, University of Limerick Head of History Department and 16 Lives Series Co-Editor and author of the series biography of Patrick Pearse, for a talk on ‘Irish America’s Important Role in the Easter Rising’
June 2015 saw the Hudson Valley Irish Fest & Center’s part in the Centenary Commemorations of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa’s Passing with a GAA 7’s Match at Gaelic Park and Commemoration that was recognized as the Official Opening Event of the Global 1916 Easter Rising Centenary Commemorations by Irelands Minister of Foreign Affair Charlie Flanagan. Teams came from as far as Detroit, Michigan. Barbara Jones, Consulate General of Ireland participated and representatives of the O’Donovan Rossa family, Williams and Rossa Cole filmed the event for their documentary project. www.rossafilm.com
We welcome you to join us at the Hudson Valley Irish Fest Center.