"Ask the Club" Responses
looking for the definition of "Shaskeen". I have found it is a
pub, the name of a band, and the name of a song, but I'm not sure what
the real definition is.
A: "Shaskeen" is Irish Gaelic for "marshy land", the place where peat is cut.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join the Club?
You can join the Club simply by mailing your dues by check payable to
the Irish American Club, PO Box 1683, Portland, ME 04104, or paying via
Pay Pal on this website. All we need is you contact information,
including your mailing address, to enroll you. We will process
your membership usually within 24 hours, and you should receive your
first newsletter during the first week of the month.
How Irish do I need to be to join the Club?
None. We are a social club that is designed to enjoy and pass on
Irish culture, not hoard it. Think of it like taking a French
language class, an Italian cooking class, or a Flamenco dance
class—it’s the beauty of the culture that matters, not the pedigree of
the students. We welcome all kinds from all paths of life.
When does the Club meet?
The Irish American Club hosts general monthly meetings on the third
Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Maine Irish Heritage Center
between September and May. We recess during the summer months,
June through August.
How would I quit the Club?
If at any time you wish to withdraw your name from the membership
rolls, please inform us in writing and we will oblige. Email is
acceptable. We will not ask you any questions or otherwise delay
the process. If the Club is not at fault for the departure, past
dues (including current dues) will not be refunded. However, any
departing member may request that the Board of Directors considers
their case for a refund. If you have been automatically renewed
and did not wish to be so, please contact the Club soon after the
transaction, and we will make it right.
What is the difference between the Irish American Club and the Maine Irish Heritage Center?
When discussing the two entities, we call them the “Club” and the
“Center” to differentiate. The Irish American Club is a 501(c)7
non-profit social club. The Club was founded in 1973 and puts on
mostly social events. The Club has a Board of Directors and a
voting membership. Donations to the Club are not
tax-deductible. The Maine Irish Heritage Center is a 501(c)3
non-profit facility. The Center was established in 2002 after the
acquisition of the former Saint Dominic’s Church in order to restore
and renovate the building into an Irish cultural forum. Donations
to the Center are tax-deductible. The Center has an Executive
Director, a board, and no membership. These two organizations,
while often collaborating in endeavors, are entirely autonomous.