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 www.maineirish.com.

What We Do

  • The Saint Patrick’s Dinner
  • The Saint Patrick’s Parade
  • Irish Cultural Classes including Irish Gaelic, Ceili dancing, Set dancing, Bodhran drum, Tin Whistle, and a pick-up Irish music session
  • Traditional Irish Céilí Dances with Live Music
  • Summer Family Picnic
  • Holiday Parties
  • Monthly Meetings with Entertainment & Speakers
  • Field Trips around New England, Canada, and Ireland
  • Irish Cultural Grants
  • Club Discounts at Businesses and Theatres

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 Volunteer Driven.

Our Latest News

Irish Language – Fall 2020

We hope that everyone is healthy and staying safe in these unusual times.  We are pleased to announce that the Irish language study groups will be offered again this fall. All groups will be on-line until further notice.  Beginning Irish: For those interested in starting the language and/or reviewing very basic conversation and introductory aspects of…
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Saint Patrick’s Parade 2020 Cancelled

It is with regret that the Irish American Club informs you that the 2020 Portland Saint Patrick’s Parade scheduled for Sunday, March 15, has been cancelled.       We know this is disappointing news for all our parade marchers and spectators. The Irish American Club feels in light of the present situation it is the…
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Language Classes

Irish Language: Winter/Spring 2020 Session First Class: January 24th 2020 (Friday) Place: Maine Irish Heritage Center – Library Time: 5:30 – 6:45 Drop in Session 7:00 – 8:45 Class Cost: $20 Irish American Club Members $40 Non Members. Class will meet every other week from January 24th through May 15, 2020 in the Library at…
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Saint Patrick’s Parade 2019

       Irish American Club members and friends were out in force in St. Patrick’s month of March. Crowds of people packed Commercial Street in Portland Maine to witness the largest parade yet, presented by the Irish American Club and MC’ed by gifted local actors Tony Reilly, founder of AIRE Theatre and Paul Haley.        The…
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