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, located in the “red schoolhouse” on Sixth Street in Verplanck, NY. The “red schoolhouse” is a historical building dating to 1876 and built as a labor of love by the local Irish community who were involved in the brick-making industry of the time.
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 partner with the Rotary Horse Show in providing a free trolley shuttle between our events.
The Hudson Valley Irish Center recently welcomed Consul General of Ireland & Mrs. Noel Kilkenny recently who presented a Heritage Grant from the Irish government to enable us to create a series of programs that will promote Irish and Irish American heritage, culture, music, arts and literature in the Hudson Valley Irish Center and the Lower Hudson Valley.
We welcome you to join us at the Hudson Valley Irish Fest Center.