Welcome to the Lancaster Irish American Cultural Society
Our purpose is to
- Promote and foster the Irish culture in Lancaster County and elsewhere
- Perpetuate the history of Ireland and its people
- Encourage friendship, loyalty and kinship among those people of Lancaster County interested in Irish culture, traditions and history
- Promote civic participation within the Lancaster County community through works of charity
Upcoming Local Irish Events
Below is a listing of Irish events that we thought you may be interested in.
Irish Music Sessions
Tellus 360 in downtown Lancaster hosts traditional Irish music sessions featuring Dave Pedrick, guitarist for local Irish band, the Kilmaine Saints, on the 4th Sunday of each month. The sessions begin at 2:00 PM, and there is no charge. Local musicians are welcome to come and join in the jam. For more information, go to www.tellus360.com.
Kilmeen Drama Group Performance
The Kilmeen Drama Group from Cork, Ireland will give two performances of John Millington Synge's famous play, The Playboy of the Western World at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster. Performances are at 7:30pm on Wednesday October 29th, and Thursday October 30. The event is being co-sponsored by Tellus 360. For tickets,, or more information, contact the Ware Center at 717-871-7600, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Declan O'Rourke Concert
WXPN Radio and Tellus 360 welcome celebrated Dublin singer/songwriter Declan O'Rourke back to Lancaster for a performance to be given at St. James Episcopal Church, at 119 N. Duke Street on Wednesday, November 5, at 7:30pm. The concert will include O'Rourke's U.S. debut of "Mile 59", his song about Duffy's Cut. Backing O'Rourke for this concert will be a fifty person choir from Lancaster Bible College. O'Rourke is a household name in Ireland and the U.K., and a multi-platinum recording artist. He has been described as "classic sounding...literate, grown-up pop...colored with subtle finger-picked acoustic guitar along with his warm, enveloping voice." Opening the evening will be Mickey Coleman who will be performing his own song about Duffy's Cut. For tickets, or more information, call 717-393-1660.
Lancaster Irish American Cultural Society November General Meeting
LIACS will hold its November General Meeting on Sunday, November 9, at 1:30pm, at Tellus 360. For more information, contact Tim St.Clair at email@example.com, or 717-285-5000.
2nd Lancaster Rose and Shamrock Celtic Festival
The 2nd Lancaster Rose and Shamrock Celtic Festival will be held on Saturday, November 22, at the Ware Center and Tellus 360 - both in downtown Lancaster. The Ware Center will host the event from noon until 9:00pm, and will feature live music, craft/gift vendors, various workshops, beer tastings, and food. Tellus 360 will host live music from 3:00pm until 12:30am. For tickets, or more information, contact the Ware Center at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 717-871-7600.
Membership in this organization will be open to any person interested in fostering and promoting Irish culture, traditions and history as well as participating in charitable work for the Lancaster County community.
Yearly dues are $10 per person. Family members under 18 are free. Please send checks to:
32 Penny Road
Holtwood, Pa. 17532-9603
- LANCASTER IRISH membership form10.02 K | 8/30/2010
Duffy's Cut Update
In June, 1832, a group of 57 Irish immigrants from Donegal, Tyrone, and Derry arrived in Philadelphia. They were brought to Chester County by a fellow Irishman named Philip Duffy as laborers for the construction of the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, Pennsylvania’s pioneering railroad. Within six weeks, all were dead of cholera and possibly violence, and were buried anonymously in a ditch outside of Malvern.
The Duffy’s Cut Project is an ongoing archival and archaeological search into their lives and deaths and seeks to provide insight into early 19th Century attitudes about industry, immigration, and disease in Pennsylvania. With the help of the Chester County Emerald Society, we obtained an official State Historical Marker for the site in March, 2004, thereby putting Duffy’s Cut on the map of history. The marker was dedicated on June 18, 2004, and was placed by us at the intersection of King Rd. and Sugartown Rd. in Malvern. br>
July 2010: Human Bones Found
August 2010: CNN Interview (video)
For more information and pictures please visit: Duffy's Cut Project Home Site