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Liz Kenny Executive Director of NY Irish Center Long Island City Queens NYThe New York Irish Center

Long Island City NY / June 11, 2008. I had the occasion to spontaneously visit the NY Irish Center in LIC this evening. Liz Kenny, the Executive Director, was my gracious host. It's located near the corner of Jackson Avenue and Vernon Boulevard, so it's within walking distance of most of the commercial areas between the Citicorp building and the East River.

The New York Irish Center Is A Community Center

internet cafe at NY Irish Center LIC NY QueensThe NY Irish Center was founded three years ago to provide new and old Irish immigrants with a cultural center with which they may reconnect to their roots. It also offers a helpline to help those in need. In the future they plan to organize a 24/ 7 helpline to help transplanted Irish make adjustments.

The center welcomes the entire community to its events and hospitality. Liz informed me that many of the center's classes have, at times, been attended by more non-Irish members of the community than Irish, so it's a very [Irish] American institution in regard to its openness. And that's no blarney.

New York Irish Center Provides Cultural Programs

The center provides music classes, Gaelic language lessons, Line Dancing [and other dance classes] as well as hosting lunches for seniors and other such events. The center is home to two drama groups which perform plays and host other theatrical performances in its auditorium. Lastly, there's an internet cafe where one can just come to relax and do a bit of surfing. That will give you time to catch up on what's going on in Queens by logging onto this web magazine Queens Buzz.com.

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