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The United Irish of Dayton, Inc. strive to unite Irish groups in the Dayton area to promote the rich but often invisible historical, religious, and cultural heritage of the Irish people through education, service, charity, and community events.
The United Irish of Dayton, Inc. was founded in 1973 when ten independent Irish groups in the greater Dayton area came together to represent Ireland at the first "World A'Fair." We have remained an integral part of this three-day, multi-cultural annual event that attracts more than 20,000 people each year. With more than 400 committed members, we have worked on other similar cultural community events throughout the state. We have helped to promote cultural education through such historical works as "The Great Hunger" and "Women of Ireland" displays. We have provided, on permanent loan, a copy of The Book of Kells to the International Student Club at the University of Dayton. We have planned, organized, and executed a number of dynamic public concerts showcasing talented and renowned Ohio Celtic musicians and dancers. We recently supported the restoration of a circular, sixteen-foot wide stained glass church window depicting Saint Patrick with both the American and Irish flags in Ironton, Ohio. With the help of the Five Rivers MetroParks we organized, promoted, and staffed the first Dayton Celtic Festival where more than 45,000 people experienced some of the richness of Celtic culture. The United Irish of Dayton, Inc. is eager to continue and expand the mission upon which we were founded.
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