Founded in 1973 Portland, Maine

Welcome to The Irish American Club

Our Purpose

For over four decades, the Irish American Club

For over four decades, the Irish American Club has served to preserve and promote Irish-American culture, history, and community in Maine.

All Are Welcome

Membership is open to any interested persons

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.

Our Home

The Irish American Club has a permanent home

The Irish American Club has a permanent home at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. The ornate, gothic brick building was finished in 1888 as Saint Dominic’s Church, whose parish served as the bastion of the Irish-American community in Portland for 180 years. With the church’s closure by the Diocese in 1998, the Irish-American community rallied to save and preserve the building as the hearth of our heritage. For more information, visit

What We Do

  • The Saint Patrick’s Dinner & Show
  • The Saint Patrick’s Parade
  • Irish Language Classes
  • Traditional Irish Céilí Dances with Live Music
  • Summer Events & Gatherings
  • Holiday Potluck Dinners
  • Cultural Travel to Ireland and Abroad
  • Irish Cultural Grants
  • Irish Cultural Events

The Club is a Democratically-Run Organization
Officers Are Elected; Members Vote on Major Issues;
General Business Meetings Are Held to Disclose the Club’s Status;
We Are an All Volunteer Organization.

Our Latest News

Ceili – Sunday November 12th, 2023

Our Next Ceili of the 2023/2024 season will be: Sunday November 12th 2023 PLACE: RiRa Bar and Restaurant – Commercial St. Portland Maine TIME: 3pm – 5pm
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Family Ceili – Sunday Nov. 13th @ RIRA

We will be holding our first Ceili of the season and have expanded our offering to include an introduction to Ceili dancing or brush up lesson from 2:30 to 3:00. Time to brush off  the dancing shoes and enjoy seeing friends again. Live music and dancing begins at 3:00. Our Ceilis are always free to all,…
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Irish Language Classes Fall 2022

The Irish American Club is pleased to announce that Irish language classes will return this fall ! There will be 3 levels for beginner, intermediate and advanced beginner students. Come on out and join us in keeping this beautiful language alive! Please see the attached for the course description and dates! Beginners Level:   This level would be…
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Ceili at RiRa – Sunday April 10th – 3PM – 5PM

The Irish American Club’s Sunday afternoon Ceili is back: We hope you can join us for live music and dancing, visiting with friends and a social afternoon! PLACE: RiRa – 72 Commercial Street Portland TIME: 3PM – PM Sunday April 10th
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2022 St. Patrick’s Parade Sponsors

The Irish American Club would like to Thank:- RiRa Portland, Nonesuch River Brewing, Portland Longshoremen 861, Barbara White & Barney McClelland Nappi Distributors, The Portland Club. The Saint Patrick’s Parade is only possible with the help of many volunteers and our financial sponsors. The Club would like to thank all of our volunteers and also…
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St. Patrick’s Parade 2022 Sunday March 13th

The Saint Patrick’s Parade will be held in person this year on Sunday March 13th beginning at Noon on Commercial Street in Portland! It has been too long since we have been able to hold the parade and whether you are a marcher or a spectator we hope you can join us. With the need…
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