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Celebrating Irish Heritage

in North Jersey, and everyone is welcome

Letter from our President

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November 4, 2023

Grand Marshal Installation Brunch

The Great Hunger

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday, May 6th at 10:30am for the Great Hunger Commemoration at the Bergen County Courthouse Flag Pole, and paid tribute to those who lost their lives during The Great Hunger. 

41st Annual Bergen County St. Patrick's Day Parade

Kevin J. Duffy Memorial Scholarship Contest

The Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County, Inc., a tax-exempt educational and charitable organization, announces the 2023 Kevin J. Duffy Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest.  Named in memory of a past council member and president who upheld an inspiring vision of promoting Irish culture and heritage, each year the Council awards a scholarship of a thousand dollars to the winner and five hundred dollars to the second-place winner.


Open to all graduating high school seniors in Bergen County planning to attend an institution of higher learning, the essay contest is for the purpose of promoting awareness and knowledge of Irish and Irish-American culture. 


Three topics in Irish and Irish-American studies are provided.  The applicant may select one topic for the essay.  The winner will receive a thousand dollar scholarship, and the second-place winner will receive a five hundred dollar scholarship.  The panel of judges is composed of educators and members of the Council.  


Essay winners are encouraged to participate, if possible, in the Council’s annual Great Hunger Commemoration at the Bergen County Courthouse, attending the event to accept their scholarships and read their essays.  The Great Hunger Commemoration is tentatively scheduled for the first or second Saturday of May.


If there are any questions, please email:



Respectfully yours,


Deirdre Spollen-LaRaia, Ed.D.


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