About Us

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"One Hundred Thousand Welcomes" to all our members friends and visitors from the Irish American Society of Richmond.

The Irish American Society of Greater Richmond membership is open to native Irish, Irish-Americans and those with an interest in all things Irish. Membership meetings are scheduled monthly and are held at the Dumbarton Library on Staples Mill Road, the Tuckahoe Library off Parham Road, the Boulevard United Methodist Church and other various locations. Dates and locations of the meetings are listed in the newsletter and posted in the IAS calendar and Up Coming Events on this site.

Meeting programs focus on Irish culture and heritage. They have included such topics as: Irish step dancing, sports, genealogy, music, authors, poetry, archeology, Irish/Celtic festivals and photo documentaries of Irish gardens. We hope that both new and current members will find this site a valuable tool for learning about our group and keeping up with the ongoing events, as well as exploring their Irish heritage. And, we also hope that others who visit this site will consider joining our organization.

 

  Former Presidents of the Richmond IAS

  • PATRICK BURKE - JUNE 1992 - MAY 1993

  • RONALD HENDRICKS - JUNE 1993 - MAY 1994

  • COLUM TOIBIN - JUNE 1994 - MAY 1996

  • THOMAS O’DONNELL - JUNE 1996 - NOVEMBER 1996

  • CARROLL GRAHAM - JUNE 1997 - MAY 2005

  • CHRISTOPHER GARRETT - JUNE 2005 – OCTOBER 2006

  • DANIEL BEGLEY - OCTOBER 2006 - MAY 2007

  • GLORIA CAHEN -MAY 2007- JUNE 2011

  • SONYA MOORE- JULY 2011- JUNE 2012

  • DANIEL BEGLEY -JULY 2012-JUNE 2013

  • GLORIA CAHEN -JULY 2013- 2014

  • KARON BELL - 2014- present

Many thanks to those past presidents for their outstanding and lasting contributions to the Society.

Pat and Helen Burke's house in Richmond where it all began.

 

The Irish American Society of Greater Richmond was first organized on March 17th, 1992 at the home of Patrick and Helen Burke, 2400 Riverside Drive in Richmond, Virginia along with co-founders Ron and Kathleen Hendricks.

For more information about the beginning of our society, please read the content of the very first IAS newsletter (May 1992) posted below.

 

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​Mission Statement:

The Irish American Society of Greater Richmond is a non-profit, non-stock corporation whose mission is to promote Irish culture and heritage through educational and public forums. This organization is non-sectarian, non-political and is open to any person regardless of race, color or religion.