IAC News and Calendar
Ceili this Sunday March 9th at Rí-Rá 3 -5 pm
The Irish American Club proudly kicks off the anticipation for St. Patrick’s Day with a Family Ceili this Sunday at Rí-Rá Pub and Restaurant. Music and dancing starts at 3 pm and goes to 5 pm. Plan to stay for dinner and make it a great day with the irish community! See you there.
St. Patrick's Parade
The Irish American Club is excited to once again honor our Patron Saint and the Irish American community in Greater Portland as we host the 2014 St. Patrick's Parade. The date is Sunday March 16th 2014, assembling at the Portland fish Pier parking lot at 11 am and moving off at 12 noon to the Maine State Pier.
As usual Pipe Bands, dignitaries and the flags of all the counties of Ireland will be on display as we celebrate our Irish heritage, culture and traditions.
The evening before the Parade, the Irish American Club will sponsor a celebration Dinner that will be held at the Maine Irish Heritage Center on Sat March 15th 2014 to continue the week of Irish jubilation. Reservations for this event may be made by mail (Irish American Club, PO Box 1683, Portland, ME 04104-1683), by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by contacting Meg Weidman at 508-723-2043.
The reservations are $20 per person and are processed in the order in which they are received. Reservations will be confirmed when payment is received. Reserve early and avoid disappointment!
You can mark your calendar! The Irish American Club returns to Rí-Rá for our February and March Ceilis!
Sunday February 9th and Sunday March 9th at 3-5pm will kick off our build up to our St. Patrick’s Parade. Feel the anticipation as we get ready to have a blast!
Irish Language Class
The Irish American Club’s Irish Language Spring class will begin on February 28st 2014. Beginners and speakers new to the class, are invited to attend the class beginning at 6:30 - 7:15pm, and are welcome to stay for the Advanced Beginners’ class which will run until 9:00pm.
The class is now in its fifth year and the enthusiastic core group has learned much about the Irish language. We look forward to resuming our studies and moving to the next level. Learning Irish is a labor of love.
We meet at the Maine Irish Heritage Center at the corner of State and Gray streets in Portland. The series lasts for 10 classes. There is parking in the lot behind the Center on Danforth Street or on the street.
Cost for the course is $20 for Irish American Club members and $40 for non-members. We will be using the books "Buntus Cainte" and “Progress in Irish” as well as other selected materials. Everyone is welcome to join.
For information, please contact email@example.com or check out the website for information on this and other Club activities. http://www.irishofmaine.org
Mark your Calendar!
Our Ceili Dance Intermediate/Advanced Workshop is coming up on March 6th. Potluck dinner 6-7, class 7-9.
Our Spring Session of Ceili Classes will be starting up soon! The first class will be Thursday, April 3 2014, from 7-9 PM, downstairs at the MIHC. Classes will run for six weeks. The cost is $18 for members and $30 for non-members for the entire session. Please enter from the back of the building and bring either exact change or a check made out to the IAC if possible. These classes are appropriate for beginners, and for those with previous ceili experience. No partners are needed- just come out and have some fun! Irish dance is great exercise, so dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes.
You can also mark the dates of the March Ceili! March 9th 3-5pm at Ri-Ra.
Please feel free to contact us here or at BurnsSisters@gmail.com if you have any questions!
Morrigan and Bridget Burns
IAC Ceili Instructors
40th Anniversary Dinner Celebration
The Irish American Club celebrated 40 years of service to the Irish American community in Greater Portland and the rest of Maine. A celebration Dinner and Dance was held at the Maine Irish Heritage Center on Sat Sept 21st 2013 and ushered in the decade that will see us through to our fiftieth!
A delicious dinner provided by Personal Touch Catering was coupled with the musical selections of Straight Lace a fantastic band from Southern Maine.
Kathy Reilly, the Club President welcomed a large crowd who enjoyed a brief history of the Club from some past presidents, including Robert O'Brien, Bob Kearney and Brendan McVeigh. The biggest appreciation of the night, however, was for Joe Moran, founder, and first President of the Irish American Club.
The evening continued with ceol, damhsa agus craic, until exhaustion put an end to the happy proceedings.
The Club has been in existence since 1973 and has fostered and promoted Irish and Irish-American culture and traditions for members and friends from all around the state of Maine and states beyond our borders.
Congratulations have flowed in to the organization from all quarters and the board and members look forward to a great re-invigorated future, as we head toward that golden 50th anniversary.
Thanks to all our supporters, advertisers and benefactors for getting us to this point. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.
In 1972 the preparations began for the formation of an organization under the direction of Mr. Joe Moran. At that time, Joe and many Irish natives and first and second generation Irish saw a need and acted.
In 1973 the Irish American Club was incorporated with the State of Maine and to this day has brought the Irish of Maine together for music, dance, language, history and many other social events.
Some years ago the Club instituted a St.Patrick's Parade worthy of the City of Portland and for six years the flags of every county in Ireland have been proudly carried in the parade showing our unity and pride.
The parade is held annually in March honoring St. Patrick and the men and women from Ireland who left their homes and traveled to the United States for a better life. They and their descendants have left a rich heritage of which we can all be proud.
Join the Irish American Club. It's your family.
For more information about joining the Club, volunteering or sponsoring the parade, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Patrick's Parade.
A Big Thank You!
On March 17th 2013, St. Patrick's Day, the Irish-American Club sponsored the St. Patrick's Parade in Portland Maine as part of its celebration of 40 years fostering and preserving Irish Culture.
The parade was a huge success, and thanks are due not only to the Board of the Club for their diligent work in organizing, but also to our sponsors who make the parade better because of their contributions.
Special thanks to Pat's Pizza, our new heroes who have stepped up to help us and promised more help in the future.
Long-time supporters Bull Feeney's always come through for us as does Rí-Rá.
In the last few years Gritty McDuff's has come on board, and we heartily welcome them.
Please support our sponsors. Tell them you appreciate their association with the Irish American Club.
As always it was a wonderful spectacle, featuring our first responders, the Dunlap and the Claddagh Mhor Pipe bands, and of course the fabulous Stillson Step Dancers.
Local dignitaries including the Mayor of Portland, Michael Francis Patrick Brennan, U.S. Senator Chellie Pingrie, and State Senator Margaret Craven shared the podium with Mary McAleney of the Maine Irish Heritage Center.
Kathy Reilly, President of the Irish American Club welcomed our guests and recognized and thanked the other Irish organizations who turned out to honor our Patron saint. These included the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Portland Hurling Club and Maine State Gaelic Association's Youth Hurling Development Group.
A special thank you was given to Carlene Stillson and her wonderful dancers who support the Club on a regular basis and have done so for years.
Last but not least the flags of all 32 Counties of Ireland fluttered proudly once again in the breeze, indicating our unity and pride.
It was a wonderful family occasion, worthy of the City of Portland and the whole State of Maine.
Join us next year for the parade. Check this site for the correct time and place and plan for a great time!
After the parade a reception, honoring the Irish American Club's 40 years of service to the Irish community was held at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Food, drink, music and dance ensued.
Why not join the Club, or renew your membership? That's the life blood of the Irish American Club and helps support events like the Parade, Ceili Dancing and Irish Language lessons.