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The La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions and membership fees are used for global outreach and public awareness activities, cultural exchanges, newsletters and other publications, student exchanges, and helping to host Irish delegations from Bantry.


Joining the LBFA gives you an opportunity to learn about Irish culture and heritage, host Bantry residents and represent the United States, the State of Wisconsin, and especially the City of La Crosse.


We accept and appreciate all donations that are either monetary or in-kind. Donations may be sent as a check or money order, payable to "LBFA."  


Thank you for joining and/or donating! 

Sincerely, the Board Members of the LBFA


To Join the LBFA, download the membership form (pdf 2,550 kb). 
Donations in any amount are welcome and encouraged! 

Complete the Membership Application form, become a member and celebrate your love of all things Irish! 

$  10  Student      

$  15  Individual 

$  25  Family         

$100  Corporate


To contribute to the good works we are doing consider becoming a contributor.

$  15  Donor

$  50  Diplomat
$100  Ambassador          
$500  Statesman

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A Special Thank You to our "Claddagh" Supporters:

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  • Bean Juice

  • Breakfast Club & Pub

  • Breidenbach Chiropractic

  • Candlewood Suites - La Crosse

  • Castaways on the Island

  • Cow 97.1 Country

  • Dave's Guitar Shop

  • Fun Fur Pets

  • GECU

  • Hampton Inn

  • Howe's Jewelers

  • Johnson Ops Tree Care

  • Kramer's Bar & Grill

  • KwikTrip

  • La Crosse Community Theatre

  • La Crosse Print

  • Midwest Family Broadcasting

  • Mike Etrheim Woodworking

  • Pettibone Boat Club

  • Pogreba

  • Quillan's Quality Food

  • Rotary, Valley View Club

  • Shimmy's Bar & Grill

  • Tom Sawyer's Bar & Grill

  • Turtle Stack Brewery

  • Ye Old Yosi Style Inn

  • La Crosse Family YMCA

Corporate Members
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Established in 2005, the La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association is La Crosse's link to Ireland. 


The mission of La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association, Inc. is to promote people-to-people diplomacy between Bantry, Ireland and La Crosse, Wisconsin, and to educate by facilitating exchanges and projects so that people may develop a better understanding of each others' cultures, cities, and countries. 


Our relationship with Bantry, Ireland, is unique and features cooperative efforts in such diverse activities as education, sports, the arts, government agencies and public policy, business, and many others. 


La Crosse's varied cultural backgrounds of its citizens has resulted in an environment that ensures foreign visitors are welcome. We support a variety of local cultural education programs, activities and events. Many of these events are supported and coordinated by the City’s International Committee.


In addition, the City of La Crosse has an active International Committee, which ensures representation from each of our seven Sister Cities. This committee brings together citizens interested in promoting international awareness and citizen diplomacy.



Year Established


Current Membership


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Board Members


Join us for meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month
(except Nov. & Dec. when we schedule
a special holiday party/meeting
on a different date)

at the Eagles Club/VFW
630 6th Street South, La Crosse, WI
(unless otherwise noted in the Calendar).
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  La Crosse Bantry Friendship Association

  PO BOX 1071

  La Crosse, WI   54602


President: Lynn Marie West

Vice-President: Ann Nolan

Treasurer: Bri Clement

Secretary: Kathy O'Driscoll

Trustee: Ann Nolan

Trustee: Bob Hillary

Trustee: Mary Monks

Trustee: Kathy Spelker

Past-President: Linda Pfaff

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