Celebrate the Best of All Things Irish in Maine!


For the first time, our annual fundraiser, the Best of All Things Irish in Maine, will be an in-person celebration at the Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland! The show will feature this year’s winners performing live for you from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. We’re also adding a new competition to crown the Best Irish Beers in Maine. You’ll enjoy unlimited pours from Maine’s best Irish beer brewers, including Nonesuch River Brewing, Footbridge Brewing, Bateau Brewing, and Tumbledown Brewing. Several food trucks and carts will be on-site to feed your cravings. Tickets are $60 with VIP and Designated Driver options available as well. Capacity is limited, and we expect a sell-out, so grab your tickets early.

NOVEMBER 20 – YouTube Premiere – 4:00 – 6:00 pm

For the third year running, we will live stream the Best of All Things Irish in Maine to a worldwide audience on Sunday, November 20th at 4:00 pm. Sit back and enjoy the great variety we have come to expect from Maine’s deeply talented Irish musicians, artists, actors, storytellers, and more! Subscribe to our YouTube channel for reminders as the show gets closer.



Diarmuid Delargey and Manu Madeira are both political artists. They are also aware of the role of cultural discourses that speak through all art, and therefore they foreground such discourses unapologetically. While one speaks a resistance to extinction unabated by extractive industry and apathy, the other demands recognition and reimagining of racial regimes of representation and the “masks” of Whiteness that create violence against all Others: gender as well as racial. One is “about” environmental justice; the other is “about” social justice.

Book Talk

Women of the Irish Rising: A People’s History

“Women of the Irish Rising: A People’s History” by Michael Hogan, tells the harrowing story of the Easter Uprising and Ireland’s fight for freedom.  Experience the struggle of the courageous women who were gun runners, cared for the wounded, and even fought in battle themselves.  

New in the Ford Collection at MIHC

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

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.

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"Women of the Irish Rising: A People's History

Book Talk
Livestream 5/15 11:00 AM

Author Michael Hogan writes of the courageous women who were gun runners, cared for the wounded, and even fought in battle themselves during the Easter Rising.  

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.


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