Susan Flaherty

Susan Flaherty

Board Member


Why Did You Get Involved in the MIHC?

I was lucky to be on the board of the Irish American Club when the decision was made to buy St. Dominics. Right away I could see the potential for this building to once again be a home for Irish culture in Portland. I was lucky enough to be given the task of creating the library for the Center. I have working with great group of volunteers built a library that I feel our members can be proud of. I have so enjoyed learning and sharing the history of the Irish in Portland. I have been lucky to be a part of many amazing events and to see the Center not only survive but thrive. Serving on the board I see as a natural extension of the work I am already doing at the Center


I received my Master’s in Library Science from the University of South Carolina. I have been employed in a variety of library settings. Including Portland Public, Maine College of Art and the Maine Historical Society. My other passion being history, I have been employed at the Victoria Mansion for a number of years in a variety of positions.

Irish Roots

My grandfather on my father’s side of the family was born in Spiddal County Galway. As a young man he left Ireland for America eventually settling in Portland. My father grew up around St Dominic’s he was an alter boy at the church. He along with his brothers and sisters attended St Dominic’s School.

Interests & Hobbies

As a librarian I do love to read. I have been a part of the Community of Portland my whole life and I have found ways to support various local groups. I am a member of the Woodford’s Club. I have been a volunteer at the Mechanic’s Library. I have been a volunteer and a member of the Maine Historical Society. I have been a substitute at the Portland Public Library for a number of years. I have been house manager at AIRE theater.