County Societies in Irish America: The Fifth Province

November 19, 2010

The Fifth Province:
County Societies in Irish America

November 15, 2010 through January 25, 2011

at Consulate General of Ireland, New York City

The impulse to recreate a sense of home through social, cultural and sporting events can be documented wherever the Irish have settled in the world.  New York City can claim the largest cluster of Irish county societies, with the greatest longevity.

These dynamic societies have provided benevolent, protective, and fraternal sustenance for Irish immigrants since the late 1840s, especially after the founding of their umbrella body, the United Irish Counties Association, in 1904.  A strong county connection also nurtured and helped preserve Irish identity for the next generation.

At one time or another people from every one of Ireland’s thirty-two counties have come together in this way, encouraging strong relationships built around common roots.

Join us in celebrating the lifetime commitment many Irish men and women made to their heritage through membership in county societies. For them, America is Ireland’s Fifth Province.

November 15, 2010 – January 25, 2011
Consulate General of Ireland, New York
345 Park Avenue, 17th floor
between 51st and 52nd Street
New York, NY 10154

For an appointment
Tel: (212) 319-2554
Hours: Monday – Friday 12-2pm
Identification required to enter the building


Saturday, January 22, 2011, 11am–4pm
Come record your Irish county society stories or donate materials to the Archives of Irish America!

An exhibition by New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House & Archives of Irish America, created in partnership with the United Irish Counties Association of New York with funding from the Government of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme.