• The Black 47 Band

    The Black 47 Band comes to the Asylum in Portland on October 23rd at 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 8:00) Taking their name from the worst year of the Irish Potato Famine, Black 47 burst onto the American scene in 1993 with its single, Funky Céilí from the CD, Fire of Freedom. The band's signature eclectic sound, socio-political lyrics and off-the-wall live shows paved the way for other Irish influenced bands such as Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys...

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  • Duchas Lecture: The Vikings in Ireland:
    A Meeting and Melding

    Award-winning Maine author James L. Nelson returns to the MIHC with “Dubh-linn,” the second book in his trilogy “The Norsemen Saga.” Jim’s talk will focus on how the Vikings became integrated into Irish society and the significant influence they had on Irish art, culture and trade.

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  • Celtic Fair and State Street Stroll

    Each year MIHC participates in the State Street Stroll, a collection of craft fairs up and down State Street. We are pleased to team up with Mercy Hospital, St. Luke's Church and the State Street Church to bring you this kick off the holiday season! Take the stroll and join in the fun!

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  • Seventh Annual Claddagh Award

    We are delighted to announce that the recipient of its seventh annual Claddagh Award is Sara J. Burns, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Maine Power a subsidiary or Iberdrola USA. The Claddagh, which exemplifies the ideals of friendship, loyalty and love, is a beloved symbol of Irish people all over the world. Each year, the Maine Irish Heritage Center honors a distinguished Irish-American in Maine ...

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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. Black 47 Concert at the Asylum

    October 23 @ 9:00 pm
  2. Duchas Lecture: The Vikings in Ireland: A Meeting and Melding

    October 26 @ 2:00 pm
  3. Celtic Fair

    November 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  4. Annual Claddagh Award Celebration

    November 21 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 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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Contact Us

Maine Irish Heritage Center
Corner of Gray and State Street
PO Box 7588
Portland, ME 04112-7588
(207) 780-0118
irishhc@maine.rr.com
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