Welcome to the new ICCHV newsletter! 
We'll be keeping you up to date on all the planning for our new state-of-the-art center, along with Irish events and news in the region. Enjoy!
Visionary plans
The ICCHV is a vibrant new resource and, ahead, a unique destination celebrating Irish-American culture in the Hudson Valley. The Irish Cultural Center vision is on its way to becoming a reality as we continue to prep our building plans. As we work hard to establish our new hub, you can look to us as a resource for Irish-happenings in our area.

Join us  
The ICCHV leaders meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month @ 5:30pm, 20 Broadway, Kingston. (Please note new location). We invite anyone who like to be a part of our unique vision to get involved- community, business and individual leaders are most welcome.

A brief history 
The Vision: The concept for the ICCHV was born in 2011, when a small group leaders of the community set their minds on creating and celebrating the passionate community that is the Irish-American experience. The physical center itself has been long in the making. Now, with a significant grant from New York State, and donations from enthusiastic supporters, the 15,000-square foot facility will soon be underway. The Center will be located on Abeel Street in Kingston's bustlin Rondout District. Our capital fundraising and construction plans continue in earnest, with the goal of completed construction by 2017.
A meaningful location. This site is important in Irish-Hudson Valley history. Once dubbed "Little Dublin," the Rondout was a building block to the country's canals, as well as an early Irish-American community centered on faith and family. Today, that Irish spirit lives on - it's also the location for the popular Hooley on the Hudson™ hosted by the Ulster County Ancient Order of the Hibernians every September, and the finishing point for the Kingston St. Patrick's Day parade.

Irish at the Oscars 

Did you know the Irish were heavily represented at this year's Academy Awards?
Michael Fassbender and Saoirse Ronan were nominated for their lead performances in Steve Jobs and Brooklyn, along with director Lenny Abrahamson for his intimate and gripping direction of Emma Donoghue's (screenplay nomination) Room. The short film Stutterer won the Oscar, by Irish filmmakers Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage!
March means St. Patrick's Day celebrations!
Shamrock Run
The  2016 Shamrock Run is gearing up! Greg Riley is again team leader and this year's run will help support the Semper Fi Fund, handled by Don and Teresa Baker and honoring Steve Schallencamp. A fixture of running in the community, he has participated, volunteered and organized events over the past 40 years in our area. Call for volunteers! The organizers are in need of more help on race day, so please contact volunteer coordinator Kevin Roach to jump in. More info and applications can be found at shamrockrunners.org.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Preparations are well under way for the 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade! The parade is Sun. March 13 and steps off at 1pm sharp from the Kingston Plaza in the historic Stockade district in Uptown, and continues through the City of Kingston to the Rondout.
Congratulations to our 2016 parade dignitaries:
Grand Marshal: Christine Hein*
Mayor of the Day: Rose Ferraro Bruck*  
Irish Princess: Hallie Rose Gardner
Bearer of St. Patrick: Liam Doyle
* pictured above
Please visit the Ulster County AOH website for more information: ulsteraoh.com.
A unique destination
The Irish Cultural Center celebrates Irish-American culture in the Hudson Valley. We will promote and preserve all the spirited traits that make us who we are - Irish literature, music, dance, stories, poetry, art, drama, crafts and history - and pass on that culture to the next generation.

We look to provide a warm and welcoming place for all who want to share in our great Irish-American experience. All things Irish-American will be celebrated at the ICCHV.

Be a part of the Irish Cultural Center's development by supporting us through a monetary gift. The ICCHV is a not-for-profit educational organization with 501(c)3 designation. Therefore, your donation is tax deductible. Anyone interested in our mission is encouraged to donate to the ICCHV building fund!  Thank you.

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