• Translations Revisited

    A BBC Documentary by Maurice Fitzpatrick - 9/14 at 2pm
    In 1980, Brian Friel's luminous play "Translations" -- about the beauty of language, the diversity of cultures, and how people transcend differences -- was performed amid the strife of Derry, Northern Ireland. In 2013, the play was again staged in that city - but in a place that had been transformed by fifteen years of peace. The film looks at the significance of "Translations" and asks ...

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  • The Signatories 1916

    Songwriter Pat Waters will present an evening of music and images celebrating the seven signers of Ireland’s proclamation of independence from England in 1916.

    The Maine Irish Heritage Center will host “The Signatories of 1916″ at 8 pm on October 3. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

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  • Culture That Endures

    In 1997, St. Dominic's Church was purchased by the City of Portland and gifted to the Irish American Club and Friends of St. Dominic’s.

    This paved the way for the creation of the Maine Irish Heritage Center. The Center has a thriving genealogy program, an impressive library, and a museum and archives, all devoted to Portland and Maine's Irish-American past. We open our doors to community groups and programs of all kinds and welcome you to stop by and check out our facility!

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  • Your Wedding at the
    Maine Irish Heritage Center

    Our stately, majestic building is a perfect venue for your unforgettable wedding day. The upper level (former sanctuary) has spectacular 60 foot cathedral ceilings, elegant wooden pews, a long traditional aisle, beautiful stained glass windows and historic bell will enthrall you and enchant your guests, creating a wedding celebration you will cherish forever!

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In this video, Susan Kimball looks back at Maine's Irish history. Please click to view the video.

Upcoming Events at the Maine Irish Heritage Center

  1. Saltwater Celtic Music Festival

    October 3 - 5
  2. The Signatories 1916

    October 3 @ 8:00 pm
  3. Duchas Lecture: Samhain Revels

    October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  4. Celtic Fair

    November 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Local History

Wedding Celebrations

Our resident historian and genealogist, Matthew Jude Barker, presents “The Irish of Portland, Maine: A History of the Forest City Hibernians,” an overview of the Irish-American experience....

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Wedding Celebrations

Wedding Celebrations

Our stately, majestic building is a perfect venue for your unforgettable wedding day. The upper level’s spectacular 60 foot cathedral ceilings, wooden pews, traditional aisle, beautiful stained glass windows...

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Everything Irish

Everything Irish

MIHC is home to the Irish American Club, its founding partner, A Company of Girls, and the Claddagh Mohr Pipe Band. The Center is affiliated with many Irish social and cultural groups...

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News & Events

Upcoming Events

There is always something going on at the Maine Irish Heritage Center including our Duchas lecture series and our annual Claddagh awards ceremony. Learn more about recent news and upcoming events...

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We are command central for everything Irish in Portland Maine and the surrounding communities.    Learn more...

Contact Us

Maine Irish Heritage Center
Corner of Gray and State Street
PO Box 7588
Portland, ME 04112-7588
(207) 780-0118
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