New! “Portland Irish” T-Shirt


Show up in style at your St Patrick’s Day Events!

Destined to be a classic, this ultra-cotton Hunter Green long-sleeved T-shirt is perfect for the chilly days ahead and some cool summer evenings as well. Net proceeds benefit the Maine Irish Heritage Center.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade


Get Ready to Paint Portland Green with the Irish American Club!

Join us for an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the heart of Portland, Maine! Immerse yourself in Irish spirit with creatively adorned floats and displays showcasing the best of Portland’s very Irish roots.

Immediately following the parade, the Maine Irish Heritage Center will open its big green doors at 34 Gray Street from 1:00 to 4:00 for family-friendly fun. Connect with fellow Portlanders and visitors as we come together to celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of our community. There will be face painting, raffles, food trucks, live music, Irish dance, and more!

Free Admission: This celebration is open to all! Bring your friends and family, and let’s make this St. Patrick’s Day Parade a memorable community event. 

Bangers, Bacon and Beans, oh my!

We’ve restocked many popular items and added meat pasties and McCambridge soda bread mixes – both regular and gluten-free! The freezer is full of bangers, bacon and breads, even a regular and gluten-free soda bread baking kit! Everything in stock will be available for pickup at MIHC on Fridays between 10 AM – 2 PM.

Maine Irish Reads

“The Hearts Invisible Furies”

Next Meeting 3/21 at 7:30 PM

A sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man’s life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland.

In Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

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.  There’s something for everyone, from concerts to genealogy research and office work to greeting visitors and giving tours of our magnificent home in old St. Dom’s. Check out the portal and register at or email to join the team!

Eric C. Brown, Executive Director of the Maine Irish Heritage Center.

Dr. Eric C. Brown

Newly Appointed Executive Director of MIHC

A hearty Irish welcome to Dr. Eric C. Brown who has been appointed Executive Director for the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Brown, the former Provost for UMaine Farmington, 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.”


Imbolc 2024

Fáilte and welcome to the Carrickahowley Gallery’s St. Brigid’s Day exhibition. We are proud to feature the work of Jenny Belton, Eamon Colman, Season Dailey, Mary de Blacam, and Louise Neiland. We hope you enjoy the work of these fine artists.

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.

On-Demand Book Talks at MIHC

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"Murky Overhead"

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"

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"

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

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

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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Special thanks to the Irish government for their investment in the Maine Irish Heritage Center.

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