• The Life and Diaries of Eleanor Britton (1905-1997)

    For two decades (1949-1969) Eleanor Britton was the face of an American fleet of ocean liners based in Manhattan, Moore-McCormack Lines, and made regular appearances on radio and early television. She wrote over sixty years of diaries mentioning just about every person who made the least impression on her each day...

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  • Our online auction at www.biddingforgood.com is easier and better than ever!

    Starting February 14 to March 31, bid on more than 200 luxury items, special events, trips, trinkets, treasures and treks. Don’t miss the opportunity to sponsor, advertise and donate your signature item, product, package or service for 500,000 shoppers to see!

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  • Makem & Spain

    One of New England’s Favorite Irish Bands

    Saturday, March 19, 2016
    7:30 - 10:30

    at the Maine Irish Heritage Center
    (Corner of Gray & State Street)

    Tickets $20 in Advance or $25 at the Door

    Purchase here or at all Bull Moose Locations or call 883-5182 for questions or tickets

  • 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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Upcoming workshops

presented by Krista J. Ozyazgan, MIHC Genealogist


The 2016 Karen Lemke Lecture: “Living in the Margins: Early Irish Scribes and Their Manuscripts”

A Talk by Dr. Angela Gleason

Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2:00pm
Early Irish scribes, copying the ancient manuscripts that led author Thomas Cahill to claim that “the Irish saved civilization,” wrote personal comments in the margins of their work. Discover how these scribblings opened a window into their authors’ lives and deepest thoughts.

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Upcoming Events at the Maine Irish Heritage Center

  1. An Introduction to using DNA for Genealogy

    February 21 @ 1:00 pm
  2. The Life and Diaries of Eleanor Britton (1905-1997)

    February 28 @ 2:00 pm
  3. Using Gedmatch – a 3rd party tool for Genetic Genealogists

    March 6 @ 1:00 pm
  4. Makem & Spain

    March 19 @ 7:30 pm
  5. Gleanings from Ireland’s Griffith’s Valuation

    April 3 @ 1:00 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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Maine Irish Heritage Center
Corner of Gray and State Street
PO Box 7588
Portland, ME 04112-7588
(207) 780-0118
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