• Save The Date

    Annual Claddagh Award Celebration to Honor Michael Connolly

    Thursday, October 20th at 5:00 PM

    We are proud and pleased to announce that this year’s Claddagh award recipient is Michael Coleman Connolly. Michael is a longtime friend of the MIHC, an accomplished author who has written extensively about the Irish in Maine and in particular the Irish of Portland. Learn more...

  • Dedication of the Governor Joseph E. Brennan Archives

    At the Maine Irish Heritage Center
    Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    5:30-7:30 pm
    Senator George Mitchell
    Keynote Speaker

    This event is free and open to the public

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  • Veteran Maine journalist and columnist Douglas Rooks will read from his biography, Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible

    at the Maine Irish Heritage Center on Sunday September 11th at 2:00 PM

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  • Liberating Imaginations:
    Readings in Modern Irish Fiction

    Where: Maine Irish Heritage Center
    When: 6:30 pm, Wednesdays
    Facilitator: Patricia Parker

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  • The Irish and How They Got That Way

    An exciting collaboration between Portland Stage and Maine State Music Theatre.

    Aug. 16 - Sep 11

    For discounted tickets click here.
  • Maine Gaeltacht DNA Project

    To learn more about our DNA project click here.

Upcoming workshops


Upcoming Events at the Maine Irish Heritage Center

  1. The Irish and How They Got That Way

    August 16 @ 7:30 pm - September 11 @ 2:00 pm
  2. Let’s Talk About It: A Star Called Henry

    September 7 @ 6:30 pm
  3. Douglas Rooks Reading of “Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible”

    September 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  4. Dedication of the Governor Joseph E. Brennan Archives

    September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm



The Maine Gaeltacht Irish DNA Project is housed through the Family Tree DNA website. The project uses the Family Finder autosomal DNA test.

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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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