Dr. Eric C. Brown
Newly Appointed Executive Director of MIHC
The former Provost for UMaine Farmington will assume his new role in Portland effective December 1st. Brown is excited about his new role and promises to open “the great green doors” of the Center to the Portland community even wider. “We are a vital community center and a unique artistic and cultural resource for the Irish community. I am honored and privileged to lead the Center at this pivotal time in its storied history. I am thrilled to build upon many longstanding traditions and collaborations while deepening our connections throughout Portland and the state.”
IRISH FOOD AT MIHC
Fill Your Cart up! Order Deadline 12/11!
The next delivery will be scheduled for mid-December. Purchase your products by 12/11. Note that products do sell out. Buying them early ensures that you won’t miss out.
New this month! Cameron’s Meat Pasties and our special Cadbury Christmas Selection Stocking with a Maine Twist!
Maine Irish Reads “Normal People”
“”[A] novel that demands to be read compulsively, in one sitting.”
—The Washington Post
“[Rooney] has been hailed as the first great millennial novelist for her stories of love and late capitalism. . . . [She writes] some of the best dialogue I’ve read.” —The New Yorker
2023 Annual Appeal
Watch your mailbox to read about the marvelous story unfolding at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Your continuing support will help us reach our widening audience through genealogy research, history programs, and Irish arts and culture. A card is included for you to share your story about one of your Irish relatives who influenced you along the way. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Rent Our Space
The perfect venue for any occasion!
Host your event in the heart of Portland at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, one of the most magnificent buildings in Maine. It’s the ideal venue for weddings, music, theater productions, film screenings, workshops, business meetings, club gatherings, lectures, luncheons, parties, reunions, funerals, and life celebrations.
Samhain is the last of Ireland’s four seasonal festivals, marking the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. This is a liminal time, when the boundary between this world and the Otherworld is lifted. Ancient burial mounds open, the Aos Sí (supernatural beings or fairies) emerge, and the spirits of the dead seek hospitality among the living. As the sun sets on the season, and the earth lays to rest, bonfires are lit to hold back the dark, and guises are donned to become it. For this show, co-curators Robin Savage and Chris Gray are proud to feature the work of Kait Gallaugher, Elyse Grams, Linda Rowell-Kelley, Eliza Ulmer, and Jordan Wood, whose works effortlessly tread this liminal space of Samhain. We hope you enjoy the work of these fine artists.
Try Out Our Volunteer Portal
Use our online volunteer portal to discover how you can connect with us and make a difference in our community. From concerts to genealogy research; and office work to greeting visitors and giving tours of our magnificent home in old St. Dom’s, there’s truly something for everyone. Check it our and register at volunteer.maineirish.com.
On-Demand Book Talks at MIHC
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.
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.
Our stately, majestic building is the perfect venue for your unforgettable celebration. Learn More
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Maine Irish Heritage Center
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Thursdays 10:00 – 2:00
Fridays 10:00 – 2:00
Our sincere thanks to our members, donors, business sponsors, grant and foundation supporters.
Special thanks to the Irish government for their investment in the Maine Irish Heritage Center.