Irish Society of North Alabama
The Irish Society of North Alabama is a 501(C)(3) non-profit membership organization with the purpose to promote the Irish culture in Northern Alabama through education, dance, music and the arts. The Irish Society of North Alabama’s largest annual event is the Ellen McAnelly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in downtown Huntsville the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish Society hosts or sponsors Irish or Celtic cultural events such as concerts, ceilis (dances) and guest speakers.
In order to further promote the Irish culture, the Irish Society participates in community educational events such as the iFest (International Festival at UAH), Burritt on the Mountain’s Heritage Days, the Tennessee Valley Scottish Society’s Highland Games and the Panoply Arts Festival. The Irish Society, when available, visits local schools to promote the Irish culture.
The Irish Society supports United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley’s annual “An Irish Evening” fundraiser by providing Irish themed activities and many members provide the evening entertainment. In addition, the Irish Society partners with Still Serving Veterans for an annual fundraising gala “Huntsville Irish Christmas and Whiskey Tasting” in November featuring Irish music and dance.