Simply stated, the mission of Gaelic Park is to preserve and promote the culture and heritage of Ireland. The Irish national games of Gaelic football, hurling and camogie provide a fitting beginning. The expanded mission, however, includes the music, dance, language, literature, theatre, art, and religion of Ireland. Besides the Gaelic Athletic Association, Gaelic Park provides a home for numerous independent organizations and groups to celebrate a multitude of Irish activities. Its mission is alive and will continue to expand and evolve along with the heritage and culture of Ireland.
Many changes have taken place over the years with additional banquet facilities, an Irish Pub and office space being added. Gaelic Park continues to receive many dignitaries and celebrities through its doors. Among its distinguished visitors are Presidents Mary Robinson, Mary McAleese and Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, Ambassadors Noel Fahey and Mulholland, several G.A.A. Presidents and First Lady Hilary Clinton. Entertainers from all over Ireland, Canada and U.S. have entertained the community with wonderful concerts through the years.
Gaelic Park also played a role in the Irish immigration reforms of 1990. It supported the United States’ and Ireland’s stamp in honor of the millions of victims of the Irish Famine and the simultaneous issuance of the stamp in 1999. It also sponsored “An Gorta Mor,” an exhibition in memory of the Irish Famine. A memorial dedicated to the victims of the Irish Famine which depicts an Irish family weakened by the famine but strengthened by their togetherness was unveiled in October of 1999 and is on permanent display at the entrance to Gaelic Park.
Over the years, Gaelic Park has introduced many special events in which the community participates and enjoys, such as Irish Fest, Chicago Feis, Ireland on Parade, Heritage & Harvest Day, Monthly Musical Luncheon, The Sunday Classic Carvery, Mingle & Jingle Christmas Parties, Family New Year’s Eve Party and much more.
Today, Gaelic Park continues to thrive. Its cultural endeavors are supported by the beautiful indoor and outdoor wedding facilities, by Irish Fest, and by its many members and dedicated volunteers.