The Montana Gaelic Cultural Society (MGCS) was founded in 1997 by Thomas Sullivan and Richard Newman, two engineers from Missoula. Since that time, the MGCS has sponsored classes in the Irish language, Irish dance classes, music and drama presentations, and ten successful Irish Festivals. There is now an Irish Studies Program at the University of Montana, and work is being done toward the establishment of an Irish Cultural Center in Butte.
It is the aim of the MGCS to continue developing such programs, increasing membership and support so that access to the Irish and Gaelic culture is provided to all Montana communities. To accomplish this, it is vital to build memberships, with an eye toward establishing access to the organization throughout the state of Montana.