Irish Cultural Centre of California
Established in 2007,The Irish Cultural Centre of California (ICCC) celebrates and promotes Irish culture and heritage for the benefit of our community.
The Centre, a 501(c)3 public nonprofit, is the result of a strategic planning process conducted by the United Irish Cultural Center, a social club established in 1974 in San Francisco. Located in the social club’s beautiful facility at 2700 45th Avenue in San Francisco, California, the ICCC is the hub of all things Irish in California. The Centre is a collaborative, unique space where people come together to celebrate the Irish: past, present, and future.
ICCC programs & support include:
- Arts, Literary and Theatrical programs, including, but not limited to book readings, theater productions, art shows, workshops and book clubs. The Centre is working with existing cultural organizations in the San Francisco area to coordinate and promote these events.
- Irish Language programs that offer opportunities for individuals to learn the Irish language. Currently, Comhaltas offers classes in introductory and intermediate Irish on Saturdays. Visit Comhaltas’ website, sf.ccewest.org, for more information about their classes. Since 1999, Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeltachta (Irish Immersion Weekend) brings native language teachers from Ireland, and students from all over the country for intense Irish instruction in four levels from introductory to advanced. More information at http://www.onesourcegraphics.com/Gaeilge/DeireadhSeachtaine.html.
- Music and Dance programs that provide the general public with the opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary Irish and Celtic music and dance. See the Comhaltas website, http://sf.ccewest.org, for what’s available locally, at the UICC and elsewhere.
- Athletic programs that promote Irish games such as hurling/camogie; handball; rounds and road bowling; and Irish football. Future programs may include organizing opportunities for individuals to learn and compete in these supports. The Centre also sponsors broadcasts of Irish games at its facility for viewing by the general public.
- Health and Wellness programs that will promote exercise and health education with a specific focus on health issues that affect the Irish/Irish-American community.
- Irish Education and Preservation, The Patrick J. Dowling Library, the first all-Irish library in the United States, is maintained by the Centre. The public has access to this collection which includes books, periodicals and multimedia, including material in the Irish language.
- Scholarship program, ICCC Leo Walsh Scholarship Program, has awarded more than 325 scholarships to eighth graders and high school seniors entering the next level of their education.