Our Proud History

In 1982, the Brooklyn Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (”AOH”) founded the Great Irish Fair of New York (”GIF”) as an annual family friendly event celebrating Irish culture and heritage in this, the greatest city in the world! Following its immediate success, the AOH continued to sponsor and organize the event for well over the next two decades. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of people, both young and old, have attended the GIF. Indeed, to this day, the GIF is one of the best attended annual cultural festivals in New York City.

So that many future generations of Irish Americans can enjoy the proud tradition of the GIF, for the first time in its history beginning in 2007 the event was sponsored and organized by the Irish American Building Society Charities, Inc. (”IABSC”), a duly licensed and registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to carry on the great Irish American tradition of giving.

In keeping with our charitable tradition, please know that 100% of all net proceeds derived from the GIF will be donated to a charitable fund for the benefit of Brooklyn and Queens Diocesan Catholic Elementary Schools.