• The Maine Irish Heritage Center invites you to the Eighth Annual Claddagh Celebration

    2015 Claddagh Award Ceremony Honoree

    Jim Wellehan

    President & Co-owner of Lamey-Wellehan Shoes

    Friday, November 13, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

    The Maine Irish Heritage Center
    Gray & State Streets, Portland, Maine

    Please click here to purchase Claddagh tickets and sponsorships.

  • 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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  • Duchas Lecture: The Great Feast of Samhain: Celtic Halloween

    October 25 @ 7:00 pm

    Local author and historian Matthew Jude Barker presents the story of the ancient feast of Samhain (pronounced "sow-in"): New Year’s Eve, in the traditional Celtic calendar -- or Halloween, as it’s called in this country.

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  • Schooner Fare to perform at MIHC Saturday, November 21 at 7:30-10:30PM

    Brothers Chuck and Steve Romanoff begin their 40th year as Schooner Fare with return engagements to some of the most venerable venues for folk and acoustic music. From Washington, D.C.'s Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts to Maine's Chocolate Church Art Center, Schooner Fare performs lively concerts to folks of all ages, singing such signature original songs as Portland Town, Day of the Clipper, We the People, and Scufflebutt with high spirits and their unique brand of Maine's Down East humor.

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