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SAINT PATRICK’S PARADE PORTLAND

 SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH

12 NOON, COMMERCIAL STREET 

CELEBRATE THE IRISH!!! 

The IRISH AMERICAN CLUB'S PARADE starts at the Portland Fish Pier parking lot and proceeds east towards Franklin Street.  Come and celebrate all things IRISH with the 32 county flags of Ireland, Claddagh Mohr and Dunlap Pipe Bands, Stillson School of Irish Dance, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Maine Police Emerald Society, the Sisters of Mercy celebrating 150 years in Maine,the Maine Irish Heritage Center, Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance, public safety officials from Portland and surrounding towns plus many, many more!

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ANNUAL SAINT PATRICK’S DINNER

TAKING RESERVATIONS NOW~~~DON’T MISS IT

MARCH 7TH, 2015, THE IRISH AMERICAN CLUB’S ANNUAL SAINT PATRICK’S TRADITIONAL DINNER AND SHOW WILL BE TAKING PLACE AT THE MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER!

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!!  IN RECENT YEARS THIS HAS BEEN A SELLOUT!  FABULOUS FOOD BY PERSONAL TOUCH CATERERS, CASH BAR, LIVE MUSIC BY “BITTER BREW”, IRISH DANCE DEMONSTRATION BY THE STILLSON SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE, RAFFLES, AND SO MUCH MORE….

THE FUN STARTS AT 5 PM, $25 FOR MEMBERS, AND $30 FOR NON MEMBERS.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AND CAN BE MADE BY CONTACTING CLUB2@IRISHOFMAINE.ORG OR CALLING KATHY REILLY AT 712-5191

   

 

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JANUARY GENERAL MEETING

Tuesday, January 20th, 6:30 PM

MIHC

Business meeting, refreshments

PROGRAM:  Life in Northern Ireland with Brendan and James

PREVIEW of October 2015 trip with Evan of Longer Vacations

 

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It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Susan Reilly, Co-founder of the American Irish Repertory Ensemble, as a result of a tragic automobile accident on Tuesday, December 23rd, while traveling on the Massachusetts Turnpike to visit family for the holidays.  Tony was seriously injured, remains hospitalized and is facing a long recovery. 

Tony and Susan have been great friends of The Irish American Club for many years and have always played an important role in the promotion of Irish culture by way of their theater productions in the Portland area.  Susan's many portrayals of strong Irishwomen always struck a familiar chord with the audience.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her. 

We especially ask that you keep Tony in your prayers throughout his recovery and please remember their families and friends at this sad time.

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IAC GENERAL MEETING

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21st AT 7:00 PM THE IRISH AMERICAN CLUB WILL JOIN WITH THE MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER IN WELCOMING THE CONSUL GENERAL OF IRELAND BREANDAN O'CAOLLAI ALONG WITH THE VICE CONSUL JILLIAN O'KEEFFE. THIS HISTORIC VISIT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CENTER.

Consul General O'Caollai was appointed to his position in October 2013. He will be giving an overview of consular services giving special attention to the role of his office in applications for citizenship and passport application. He will be meeting earlier in the day with Mayor Mike Brennan.. There will be refreshments served after the talk. Please come and show your Irish pride!

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Thanks to everyone who turned out on September 17th to help us celebrate Half Saint Patrick's Day! It was great 'CRAIC' ! The music was lovely, the company superb, the appetizers spectacular and best of all we raised some cash that will go towards the IAC sponsored Saint Patrick's Parade next March!

Go raibh maith agat!!

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Language Class

 The Irish American Club’s Irish Language class has completed its winter session, but will begin the Spring session on Friday February 13. Classes will be held at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Further information will be available later.

Everyone is welcome. The fee for the class is $40 for a ten week session ($20 for Irish American Club members). If you are interested, email: club2@irishofmaine.org o r bmcveigh@maine.rr.com.

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CEILI DANCE CLASSSES  Just in time.....you can learn a few basic steps in the next few weeks and be ready for the first CEILI DANCE on October 26th!  Classes are ongoing  Thursdays, from 7 - 9 PM, downstairs at the MIHC for several more weeks. These classes are appropriate for beginners, and also for those with previous ceili experience. No partners are needed - just come out and have some fun! Irish dance is great exercise, so dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. (please enter from the back of the building and bring either exact change or a check made out to the IAC.)

Contact: BurnsSisters@gmail.com with questions.


 

Club History

In 1972 the preparations began for the formation of an organization under the direction of Mr. Joe Moran. At that time, Joe and many Irish natives and first and second generation Irish saw a need and acted.

In 1973 the Irish American Club was incorporated with the State of Maine and to this day has brought the Irish of Maine together for music, dance, language, history and many other social events.

Some years ago the Club instituted a St. Patrick's Parade worthy of the City of Portland and for six years the flags of every county in Ireland have been proudly carried in the parade showing our unity and pride.

The parade is held annually in March honoring St. Patrick and the men and women from Ireland who left their homes and traveled to the United States for a better life. They and their descendants have left a rich heritage of which we can all be proud.

Join the Irish American Club. It's your family.

For more information about joining the Club, volunteering or sponsoring the parade, contactclub2@irishofmaine.org.

Why not join the Club, or renew your membership? That's the life blood of the Irish American Club and helps support events like the Parade, Ceili Dancing and Irish Language lessons


St. Patrick's Parade 2014

 The Irish American Club once again honored our Patron Saint and the Irish American community in Greater Portland on Sunday March 16th 2014. The assembled participants moved off from the Portland Fish Pier at 12 noon, marching to the Maine State Pier.

 Pipe Bands, dignitaries and the flags of all the counties of Ireland were on display as we celebrated our Irish heritage, culture and traditions.

It was evident that the parade is growing, as young and old marched with the famous and not so famous. Mike Michaud addressed the assembled crowd at the Maine State Pier, agreeing that all ethnic groups should embrace their heritage, an opinion that was universally agreed on by the Portland City manager Mark Rees and the Mayor of Portland, Mr. Michael Brennan.

Pipe bands, Trade Unions, Step Dancers and the flags of all the 32 Counties of Ireland were flying high in a crisp breeze. Our first responders from all over greater Portland helped keep us safe and organized as they displayed their Honor and Color Guards. The Maine Police Emerald Society was out in force and was once again, thanks to Lt. Janine Roberts, an irreplaceable factor to our  organization. The parade was a great success again this year. Thanks to all who helped make it so. Go raibh míle maith agat.

The evening before the Parade, the Irish American Club sponsored a celebration Dinner that was  held at the Maine Irish Heritage Center on Saturday March 15th2014 to continue the week of Irish jubilation.

 

40thAnniversary Dinner Celebration

 The Irish American Club celebrated 40 years of service to the Irish American community in Greater Portland and the rest of Maine. A celebration Dinner and Dance was held at the Maine Irish Heritage Center on Sat Sept 21st 2013 and ushered in the decade that will see us through to our fiftieth!

A delicious dinner provided by Personal Touch Catering was coupled with the musical selections of Straight Lace a fantastic band from Southern Maine.

Kathy Reilly, the Club President welcomed a large crowd who enjoyed a brief history of the Club from some past presidents, including Robert O'Brien, Bob Kearney and Brendan McVeigh. The biggest appreciation of the night, however, was for Joe Moran, founder, and first President of the Irish American Club.

The evening continued with ceol, damhsa agus craic, until exhaustion put an end to the happy proceedings.

The Club has been in existence since 1973 and has fostered and promoted Irish and Irish-American culture and traditions for members and friends from all around the state of Maine and states beyond our borders.

Congratulations have flowed in to the organization from all quarters and the board and members look forward to a great re-invigorated future, as we head toward that golden 50thanniversary.

Thanks to all our supporters, advertisers and benefactors for getting us to this point. Go raibh míle maith agat..

 


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