AMERGAEL History


Amergael’s history began with discussions on March 16, 1986 with a small, but loyal group that met weekly beginning in May of 1986 at St. Thomas Church on Long Beach Island. The first slate of officers was elected in October of that year. For a time Amergael met at the Manahawkin Elks Lodge. We then moved to Ocean Acres Country Club for two years. In October of 1988, we moved to the new Stafford Township Recreation Center in the Beach Haven West section of Manahawkin, and now our current meeting place is in the Ocean Acres Community Center on Nautilus Avenue in Manahawkin.

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month, except July and August, at 6:30 PM.

Over the past years our organization has contributed to many local causes and to appeals from families in times of sickness or distress. We also have sponsored annual “scholarship awards” for graduating high school seniors from local high school (20+ years with Southern Regional). In 2009 we started giving a scholarship to a high school senior who is related to an Amergael member who has been active for at least 2 years.

In an effort to promote and encourage the development of Irish Culture in the Jersey Shore area, we have actively participated in the Annual New Jersey Irish Festival , the Stafford Township Founders Day Parade and the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Seaside Heights. Our members have raised funds through dinner dances, Chinese Auctions, flea markets, "Your Mother’s Irish Tea", the Ship Bottom Irish Festival, etc. We have enjoyed many meetings which included speakers on Irish culture as well as other various subjects. In 2010 we started our annual Irish Arts Day which gives individuals the opportunity to experience Irish music, dance and art.

Amergael’s goal is to promote an appreciation of, and to encourage the study of Irish culture, Irish history, education, Irish language, the visual arts,dance and music emanating from the Irish culture.