AICS 2017 Summer Picnic

The AICS Picnic, August 27 at the grove at St. Birgitta in Linnton.  A beautiful day with great food, games and prizes, entertainment and dancing and lively conversation.



The picnic on the 27th will be from noon until 4 p.m. at St. Birgitta’s grove, 11820 NW St. Helen’s Road.  Patrick Seed, chair, and friends are planning a fun time with games, music, prizes and great food.  Hamburgers, hotdogs and fixings and beverages will be provided by the AICS.  Please bring your favorite salad, dessert or bread to share.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations 2018 Dream-Team meeting

March 17, 2018 may seem far into the future, but to have a successful St. Patrick’s Day celebration means the hard work start now.

Mark your calendar for July 20 at 7 p.m. to be at the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Fire Station #65 Conference room at 3425 SW 103rd in Beaverton.  Please consider joining the team and helping make important decisions for March 17, 2018.  We will be laying the groundwork for bringing another great St. Patrick’s Day event to the metro area.  Decisions will be made about the event’s hours, admission fees, entertainment, food, bar, decorations, advertising, raffle, sponsors and donors, and more.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, would you please send your input to the chair, Brendan Kerg, at or

August 2017 AICS Board Meeting


August 2017 AICS Board Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 5 at 10 a.m.  Location to be decided.  Mary Rose will send board members the location and the agenda in plenty of time.

Save the date….AICS Annual Picnic August 20

The AICS Annual Picnic will be Saturday, August 20 from noon until 4 p.m. at St. Birgitta’s grove, 11820 NW St. Helen’s Road.  Bring your favorite salads, desserts and breads and the AICS will provide hot dogs and hamburgers and beverages.  By August 15, call the AICS phone (503-286-4812) with your preference of hot dogs or hamburgers so we can have a general idea of how much to order.  Many thanks to Patrick Seed for chairing this event.  Let us all step up and help Patrick made this a fun event.

Summer Festivals — A successful AICS presence depends on you!

Upcoming Festivals

Highlander Festival in Kelso – September 9 and 10

Beaverton International Festival new date is September 16

Celtic Faire PDX in Hillsboro is September 23

Ceilí of the Valley Samhain Celtic New Year in Salem is October 21.
There is great interest in AICS participating in the Highlander Festival in Kelso this year for the first time.  

The Beaverton International Festival that traditionally has been in July is moved to September 16 this year.  This is the same date as the AICS September general meeting. The Beaverton International Festival is a delightful, worthwhile event and even with the two events on the say day, AICS should work on making this happen.  The key to our participation in these festivals is to get commitments from volunteers.  Without volunteers, we will be backing out of these festivals.  So please call or e-mail Mary Rose to volunteer – 503-254-1377 or

Famine Memorial 2017

The AICS annual Memorial Day ceremony to honor the bravery of those who came from Ireland to North America between 1845 and 1852 took place on May 29, 2017 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Tim Birr was the piper, Jim O’Connell recited poetry.

Jim O’Connell Adds Poetry to Famine Memorial

Jim O’Connell’s readings on a gray Memorial Day morning added context to the memory of a time of great sorrow for many of our ancestors.

Oregon Famine Memorial Monument on Memorial Day

For several years the All-Ireland Cultural Society has laid a floral wreath at the Oregon Famine Memorial Monument on Memorial Day. The walk to the monument has been accompanied by a piper. This year it will be Tim Birr. Jim O’Connell and JJ Grealish will present readings to remember our ancestors who died in the Famine.
We encourage all members, their families, and others of Irish descent to attend this beautiful ceremony. This will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th. We will assemble at 9 a.m. near the Famine Memorial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery (click for directions) at the intersection of W. Burnside and SW Skyline. You can’t miss it! The monument itself is a 13-foot sandstone Celtic cross.

Hope to see you there!

AICS Appreciation Dinner 2017

Nearly 40 AICS members and guests joined together on a sunny May 21 for a dinner to appreciate the efforts of all who helped make the past year a success.