The Irish American Club of Maine

For over three decades, the Irish American Club has served to preserve and promote Irish-American culture, history, and community in Maine. 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. Click here for a list of upcoming IAC events. For the most up-to-date list and for more information about the Club, visit their website at www.irishofmaine.org.

American Irish Repertory Ensemble (AIRE)

AIRE Theater is dedicated to presenting the best in classic and contemporary Irish and Irish American theater to New England audiences to share the power and beauty of Irish theater and to raise awareness and understanding of Irish culture. Since 2004, AIRE has mounted 20 productions and is the lead producer of Bloomsday Portland, the annual celebration of James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses.

Claddagh Mohr Pipe Band

Our mission is to bring bagpiping and drumming to the community, creating ensemble sound from each member striving towards their personal best and continuing to improve. Experienced players, beginners, and everyone in-between is encouraged to join. The name Claddagh Mhor is derived from the Claddagh, a symbol of friendship (hands), loyalty (crown), and love (heart); and the Gaelic word, "mhor" (pronounced more), meaning great or big.

Stillson School of Irish Dance

The Stillson School of Irish Dance is under the direction of Carlene Moran Stillson. Carlene has a long tradition of dancing having started at age 4 under the direction of her aunt at the Lenihan School of Irish Dance in New Haven, CT. She has competed in the New England Regional, North American, and World Championships. In existence for twenty years, the school is the only certified school of Irish dancing in the state of Maine. The school’s dancers compete all over New England and place in the New England Regional Irish Dancing Championships annually.

Portland Hurling Club

The Gaelic sport of Hurling is alive and growing in Portland, Maine. If you are a player, a fan or are interested in learning more about “The Fastest Game on Grass,” we welcome you to join us. We have players with a range of experience and talent. If you are looking for a quick, fun new sport … look no further. Contact us at the email address below to learn more, or stop by at a practice session. We will play both local Pub League games and inter-city games against our rivals in Concord, NH, and Worcester, MA as well as a few other cities. New or potential players are encouraged to come to our Wednesday Pub League games. Someone will be on hand to explain the sport and introduce the skills. Come find out about the sport and give it a try. If you would like more information, please contact us at PortlandHurlers@gmail.com.

Ancient Order of Hibernians

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) (Irish: Sean Ordú na nÉireannach) is an Irish Catholic fraternal order whose members must be Catholic and of Irish descent. Its largest membership is now in the United States, where it was founded in New York City in 1836. Its purpose is to act as guards to protect Catholic churches from anti-Catholic forces in the mid-19th century and to assist Irish Catholic immigrants, especially those who faced discrimination or harsh coal mining working conditions. Many members had a background with the Molly Maguires and it has become an important focus of Irish-American political activity in more recent years.

Maine Police Emerald Society

The mission of the Maine Police Emerald Society is to develop a spirit of brotherhood and fellowship amongst its members as well as to promote police professionalism among Gaelic/American law enforcement officers. Our Society is dedicated to recognizing and promoting the accomplishments and contributions of our ancestors and fellow Gaelic-Americans to the law enforcement community. We’re also devoted to developing a spirit of fraternalism and fellowship and promoting positive public sentiment towards the law enforcement community.

Burns Sisters Irish Dance

Instruction and Ceili Calling by sisters Bridget M. Burns and Morrigan K. Burns, TMRF. Lessons at the Maine Irish Heritage Center (paused due to covid) and community Ceili dances are fun for all.

Portland Women’s Rugby Club

About Portland Women’s Rugby: Portland Women’s Rugby Club was founded in the 1970s. The team is a diverse group of women with all backgrounds of rugby, driven to improve and grow our club. Currently, Portland competes in Division II of the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU), playing 15’s during the Fall and Spring seasons. The team typically practices 2x/week with matches on Saturday.

Portland Rugby Club

Maine's original rugby club. Founded in 1969, Portland Rugby Club is Maine's premier rugby club. The club's long history makes it one of the supporting pillars of New England Rugby, routinely fielding two men's sides, boys U19 and one women's side each weekend, encompassing players of all ages and levels of experience.