Annual Claddagh Award Celebration

We are proud and pleased
to announce that this year’s
Maine Irish Heritage Center
Claddagh award recipient is:

U.S. Senator
Susan Collins

Save The Date

Friday November 10th, 2017
at 5:00 PM

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

Details to be announced soon!

Invitations will be mailed after Labor Day.
Please contact us at with any questions.

The Claddagh – a beloved symbol to people of Irish descent – represents the ideals of friendship, love and loyalty. Each year, MIHC awards the Claddagh to a person of Irishdescent who has dedicated his or her life to service within the Maine community.

Raised in Aroostook County, (the Potato Capital of America), Senator Collins is a fourth-generation Irish-American whose first job was picking potatoes as a teenager, and she appreciated the connection to Ireland the work held for her. “I am fortunate to have grown up amid the hard work, determination, innovation and common sense that defines this great industry. To me, nothing says ‘home’ like the sight of potato blossoms stretching as far as the eye can see and the heritage they demonstrate.”

Senator Collins joined the Senate in 1997. She has earned a national reputation for working across party lines and has ranked as the most bipartisan Senator for the past four consecutive years. She chairs the Senate Aging Committee and Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and she serves on theIntelligence Committee and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Known for her Maine work ethic and thoughtful, practical solutions to solving important problems, Senator Collins has never missed a roll call vote. She has cast more than 6,300 consecutive votes since joining the U.S. Senate.

Senator Collins is the 10th annual Claddagh recipient and joins ranks that include Senator George Mitchell and Governor Joseph Brennan.

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Maine Irish Heritage Center
Corner of Gray and State Street
PO Box 7588
Portland, ME 04112-7588
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