Our Mission

The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh’s mission is to promote mutual understanding of the Catholic and Protestant traditions in Northern Ireland and economic development throughout all of Ireland.  The Institute fulfills its mission by providing quality programs in job training, economic development, leadership development, educational alliances and reconciliation.

The Institute is a change-oriented organization that collaborates with industry, educational and government institutions in the development of all programs.

Sad passing of Norman Houston

The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh is shocked and saddened to hear of the recent passing of NORMAN HOUSTON.

Mr. Houston was a champion for peace and reconciliation and a great friend to the Institute.

As deputy director of the Northern Ireland bureau in the 1990s and then director there until just last year, Norman’s door was open.  He lobbied hard for Pittsburgh’s International Fund for Ireland Programs and for the Walsh Visa.

He arranged many important meetings on Capitol Hill and in Belfast, promoting our mission for peace, reconciliation and regeneration.

Most recently, Norman appeared in Pittsburgh in February of 2019 as the featured guest of the Pittsburgh Ireland Forum.

He will be dearly missed by board and staff.

May he rest in peace.




J-1 Visas

Connect with opportunities in the United States as part of its “J” Visa programs. The IIP has been approved by the US State Department to offer the following visa programs: J1 Summer Work Travel, J1 Intern Visa, J1 Work Travel Pilot Program for Ireland.