One of our main objectives at the Aisling Irish Community & Cultural Center is to "keep the tradition alive" by preserving and promoting Irish culture.
We are proud to run a number of programs that celebrate, maintain and educate the community on Irish culture and heritage.
We launched our first amateur photographic exhibition of Irish and New York landscapes in December 2013. The photographs were taken by amateur photographers and showcase iconic landscapes and landmarks throughout Ireland and New York State. Everybody is welcome to come into the center to view over seventy framed images which were chosen from over 800 entries submitted from people all over the world. Our front window features two of these stunning images representing “ Ireland by day, New York by night”.
GAA and other Irish Organizations
We work closely with the GAA and other Irish organizations in New York to ensure we are all striving collectively towards a common goal (cúl) to preserve and promote all aspects of Irish culture. We are delighted to facilitate GAA and other club meetings here at the Aisling Center in keeping with the ethos of a community center.
Irish Language Classes
The Aisling Center offers Irish language classes for both children and adults as language is an important way of celebrating our culture.
Children’s classes are taught by a qualified National School Teacher who has extensive experience in Gaelscoil Schools. These classes are of particular interest to families who may be planning on relocating to Ireland or to parents who would like their children to have a basic grasp of the the Irish language because of its importance in terms of the Irish culture.
Both the book “While Mem’ry Brings Us Back Again” and documentary DVD to ensure that this particular era of emigration (1920 – 1960) has secured its place in history. The book and DVD include beautiful old photographs and archival footage that will evoke fond memories for many people who immigrated to America during that era. While the participants spoke mostly of their new life in America, the pattern of their social life was directly tied to their strong sense of pride in their Irish culture. For the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Irish-born immigrants, it will provide a meaningful insight into the emotional journey experienced by their forefathers.
Contact us at (914) 237-5121 if you are interested in purchasing a copy.