James McClay

James McClay

Board Member


Why Did You Get Involved in the MIHC?

James McClay is delighted to have recently joined the board of the Maine Irish Heritage Center where he has volunteered since first seeing the Irish tri-colour hanging from the Gray Street entrance in 2012.


James holds a bachelor’s degree in youth and community work from the University of Ulster and recently graduated with a master’s degree in social work. He came to Maine to join the Spurwink organization where he worked for five years, first as a therapeutic foster parent, and then as the supervisor of a 12-bed residential unit. He currently serves as a child protection investigator for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Irish Roots

Arriving in Maine eight years ago, James grew up straddling the border of Donegal and Derry and considers both his home. He’s been involved in community and social work since the age of 16 and has spent his life working and volunteering with community organizations in both the North and South of Ireland with a particular focus on cross-community peace and reconciliation work.

Interests & Hobbies

James lives in Steep Falls with his wife Meghan whom he met shortly after his arrival in Portland and their Bernese mountain dog Oisin. James is an active member of the Irish American Club of Maine and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He also serves on the board of the newly formed Portland Gaelic Football Club.