Here is a list of U.S. museums, libraries, cultural centers and programs devoted to Irish ancestry and contemporary connections. Please let me know what I might be missing, and check back for updates.
(List is in alphabetical order by location.)
Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany, N.Y.
Irish Railroad Workers Museum, Baltimore, Md.
Center for Irish Programs, Boston College, Boston
Irish Cultural Center of New England, Canton, Mass.
Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago
Irish Collections, The Newsberry Independent Research Library, Chicago
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Hamden, Conn.
Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans, New Orleans
Glucksman Ireland House, New York University, New York City
Irish American Historical Society, New York City
Irish Arts Center, New York City
Omaha Irish Cultural Center, Omaha, Neb.
Irish Heritage Theatre, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Irish Center, Philadelphia
Irish Centre of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
Irish Nationality Room, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
Irish Cultural Center of California, San Francisco
Embassy of Ireland, Washington, D.C., plus Consul General offices in six cities and honorary consulates in 11 cities.
Fenian Brotherhood Records and O’Donovan Rossa Personal Papers, and Connolly Irish Collection, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Washington Ireland Program, Washington, D.C.
The American Ireland Fund has chapters in 12 U.S. cities. The global network of friends of Ireland is “dedicated to supporting programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland.”
Irish Network USA has 19 chapters. Its mission is “to bolster business opportunities and economic development between the United States and Ireland; to support and encourage Irish Arts and Culture through film, literature, theater, dance and language; to encourage and promote the mission and expansion of Irish sports, throughout the United States; to support the efforts of local Irish organizations and associations; to serve as a conduit between newly arrived Irish immigrants and their communities in member cities and states.”