Affiliate Organizations

The Maine Irish Heritage Center (MIHC) is home to the Irish American Club of Maine (IAC), its founding partner, and the Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band. The Center is affiliated with the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), the Portland Hurling Club, the Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance (MGSA), the Stillson School of Irish Dance, the Maine Police Emerald Society, the Burns Sisters Irish Dance and the American Irish Repertory Ensemble (AIRE). We house the Governor Joseph E. Brennan Archives (dedicated September 2016) and we are a John Ford Center.

Irish American Club

Irish American ClubFor over three decades, the Irish American Club has served to preserve and promote Irish-American culture, history, and community in Maine. Membership is open to any interested persons, regardless of their background. The Irish American Club is a non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-partisan social club.  Click here for a list of upcoming IAC events.  For the most up-to-date list and for more information about the Club, visit their website at


American Irish Repertory Ensemble

AIREAIRE Theater is dedicated to presenting the best in classic and contemporary Irish and Irish American theater to New England audiences to share the power and beauty of Irish theater and to raise awareness and understanding of Irish culture. Since 2004,  AIRE has mounted 20 productions and is the lead producer of Bloomsday Portland, the annual celebration of James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses on June 16.

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Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band

Claddagh Mhor Pipe BandOur mission is to bring bagpiping and drumming to the community, creating ensemble sound from each member striving towards their personal best and continuing to improve. Experienced players, beginners and everyone in between are encouraged to join. The name Claddagh Mhor is derived from the claddagh, a symbol of friendship (hands), loyalty (crown) and love (heart); and the gaelic word, mhor (pronounced more), meaning great or big.

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Stillson School of Irish Dance

Stillson School of Irish DanceThe Stillson School of Irish Dance is under the direction of Carlene Moran Stillson. Carlene has a long tradition of dancing having started at age 4 under the direction of her aunt at the Lenihan School of Irish Dance in New Haven, CT. She has competed in the New England Regional, North American and World Championships. In existence for twenty years, the school is the only certified school of Irish dancing in the state of Maine. The school’s dancers compete all over New England and place in the New England Regional Irish Dancing Championships annually.

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Portland Hurling Club

Portland Hurling ClubThe Gaelic sport of Hurling is alive and growing in Portland, Maine. If you are a player, a fan or are interested in learning more about “The Fastest Game on Grass,” we welcome you to join us. We have players with a range of experience and talent. If you are looking for a quick, fun new sport … look no further. Contact us at the email address below to learn more, or stop by at a practice session. We will play both local Pub League games and inter-city games against our rivals in Concord, NH and Worcester, MA as well as a few other cities. New or potential players are encouraged to come to our Wednesday Pub League games. Someone will be on hand to explain the sport and introduce the skills. Come find out about the sport and give it a try. If you would like more information, please contact us at

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Ancient Order of Hibernians

Ancient Order of HiberniansThe Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) (Irish: Sean Ordú na nÉireannach) is an Irish Catholic fraternal order whose members must be Catholic and of Irish descent. Its largest membership is now in the United States, where it was founded in New York City in 1836. Its purpose was to act as guards to protect Catholic churches from anti-Catholic forces in the mid-19th century, and to assist Irish Catholic immigrants, especially those who faced discrimination. Many members had a background with the Molly Maguires and it has become an important focus of Irish-American political activity in more recent years. For information, contact James McClay at 207-409-4295 or

Maine Police Emerald Society

Maine Police Emerald SocietyThe mission of the Maine Police Emerald Society is to develop a spirit of brotherhood and fellowship amongst its members as well as to promote police professionalism among Gaelic/American law enforcement officers. Our Society is dedicated to recognizing and promoting the accomplishments and contributions of our ancestors and fellow Gaelic-Americans to the law enforcement community. We’re also devoted to developing a spirit of fraternalism and fellowship and promoting positive public sentiment towards the law enforcement community. For more information visit or

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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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