New in the Ford Collection at MIHC

Join two of the world’s foremost experts on John Ford for an inside look at his roots in Portland. Read more…



The Best of All Things Irish in Maine

Our second annual, “Best of All Things Irish in Maine 2021” was a true showcase of the extraordinary array of Irish Arts and Culture in Maine. We premiered two new videos. The first is a look at the story of the Irish in Lewiston-Auburn, once the most Irish city in Maine. We also have a short film about our magnificent home – old St. Dominic’s church and our restoration and preservation plans.

Watch the Entire Show  |  View Individual Segments



The Samhain Exhibition

Welcome to the Carrickahowley Gallery’s Samhain Exhibition, Ancestors / The Dead. We are pleased to welcome returning artists Syra Larkin and Robin Savage. It is fitting, in this season of reconnection with the past, that we as a gallery invoke and explore our own, bringing back these two outstanding artists. Both active artists, and very much alive, Larkin and Savage nevertheless delve restlessly into themes of ancestry and death. We hope that their works, like the spirits of Samhain, will linger with you.


Get The MIHC 2022 Calendar

We are very pleased to offer the premiere edition of the Maine Irish Heritage Center’s 2022 Calendar.

By popular demand, this edition focuses on the people whose determination and indomitable spirit forged the path creating the vibrant community we’re all proud to be a part of.

Book Happenings at MIHC

The Fall is shaping up to be a busy time for all things books. Join us for the launch of Michael Connolly’s touching novel about an Irish immigrant family at the turn of the 20th century. Then, don’t miss Briget Connelly’s Book Talk about her fascinating personal journey researching the Connemara Irish in Minnesota. There are stunning parallels to our own genealogy projects here in Maine.

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"Murky Overhead"

Book Launch
On Demand

Enjoy the official launch of Murky Overhead, the latest book and debut novel from Michael Connolly. Music, special guests, and an engaging lecture about life in Portland Maine in the early 1900s.

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"Forgetting Ireland"

Book Talk
On Demand

Join author Bridget Connelly as she recounts her journey to discover her Connemara family’s roots and uncovers unexpected surprises.

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"Old Ireland in Colour"

Book Talk
On Demand

The Irish lived life in color. Now, you can view the history of Ireland from the mid-1850s through the end of “The Troubles” in stunning detail.

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Searching for John Ford

On Demand

Join author Joseph McBride, and film historian Gerald Peary, for a look at how Ford’s Maine roots shaped his prolific career as arguably the world’s finest film director.

Fáilte – Welcome!

Discover everything we have to offer as The Hub of All Things Irish in Maine. Enjoy these videos showcasing our organization or head over to our YouTube channel and watch them all.


Home of the Maine Gaeltacht Irish DNA Project.  Download the genealogy form to get started. Learn more…


Our stately, majestic building is the perfect venue for your unforgettable celebration. Learn More

Everything Irish

Irish American Club of Maine, the Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band, the Ancient Order of Hibernians… Learn More


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