Some of board members were privileged to meet with the Mayor of Naas, Ireland, our Irish sister city, and the Chairperson of the Naas Twinning Group (sister city organization of Naas). The event was sponsored by the Omaha Sister Cities Association (OSCA) and held here in Omaha at the Brazen Head Pub. The event was well attended with past Mayor, Jim Suttle and former City Councilman, Marc Kraft in attendance. Also represented were the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The Naas city officials came to Omaha to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Omaha Sister Cities Association and is the first time a standing mayor of Naas has visited Omaha.
Omaha Irish Cultural Center in the News!
One of our main goals is to get a permanent home for Irish culture in Omaha. A building that can be a place not only for displaying the history of the Irish who settled in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, but a place where we can keep that culture alive and vibrant through music, song, literature and poetry, dance and language. A place that not only helps us connect to the past, but also helps us forge a bright future. The OICC was in the news talking about this project! Check it out!
OMAHA IRISH CULTURAL CENTER
The Omaha Irish Cultural Center was founded on 30 September 2013. Our mission is to enhance awareness and knowledge of Irish culture in our area and the impact the Irish have had on the development and history of Omaha, eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. We accomplish our mission by hosting cultural events, offering educational classes and creating strategic partnerships with organizations and individuals in Ireland and the US.
Locally we will offer a variety of classes related to Irish culture. These include music, Irish language and Irish dance classes. One of the best ways to understand and learn about a culture is through art and language. It tells so many wonderful stories about struggles, joyful events, beliefs, and history.
Cultural events are a way the general public can experience Irish culture in a fun and entertaining way. These include musical events, readings by Irish authors, festivals celebrating Irish history and culture, art openings, and theater. We hope to bring many such events to Omaha over the coming years.
We look forward to working with many groups and individuals to create additional opportunities and experiences. We envision cohosting events with other groups, partnering with Irish organizations to bring Irish artists and musicians to Omaha, or working together with local organizations on cultural events. These types of partnerships will enable us and our partners to offer more to Omaha, eastern Nebraska, and western Iowa than is possible alone.