IAC News and Calendar
A Company of Girls presents:
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
Serving the greater Portland community for the past
sixteen years, ACOG is an award-winning, nationally recognized after school
theater/arts prevention program. The program is offered throughout the
school year free of charge and provides transportation, when possible, for
girls and their families to meeting dates and field trips. ACOG’s staff members
work directly with girls to actively create and implement activities that
support and connect to the greater community.
What a great time to support this great
organization! Check them out!
Chocolate Church, Bath presents:
Irish Christmas in America
The Chocolate Church’s holiday season includes the best in Celtic music. This is music that stirs the soul, enchants the heart and gets feet tapping.
Don’t miss LUANSA! (Nov29) they are internationally acknowledged as being the finest Irish instrumental band of recent times. Tickets $22 in advance.
An Irish Christmas with Luminere (Pauline Scanlon, Eilis Kennedy, Donogh Hennessy) (Dec 7) is a hugely popular show of top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. Tickets $28 advance.
The Chocolate Church Arts Center is located 804 Washington Street, Bath. Doors open at 7pm and the show(s) start at 7:30pm. Tickets are available online www.chocolatechurcharts.org or by calling box office 207-442-8455.
The IAC Annual Pot-luck Christmas Party
The Irish American Club’s annual Pot-Luck Christmas party will be held on Thursday December 12th at St. Pius Parish Hall, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland.
Socialize from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dinner at 6:30pm
Bring your favorite dish to share. Music and fun. Ceili workshop to follow dinner.
Irish Language Class
The Irish American Club’s Irish Language Spring class will begin on February 21st 2014. Beginners and speakers new to the class, are invited to attend the class beginning at 6:30 - 7:15pm, and are welcome to stay for the Advanced Beginners’ class which will run until 9:00pm.
The class is now in its fourth year and the enthusiastic core group has learned much about the Irish language. We look forward to resuming our studies and moving to the next level. Learning Irish is a labor of love.
We meet at the Maine Irish Heritage Center at the corner of State and Gray streets in Portland. The series lasts for 10 classes. There is parking in the lot behind the Center on Danforth Street or on the street.
Cost for the course is $20 for Irish American Club members and $40 for non-members. We will be using the books "Buntus Cainte" and “Progress in Irish” as well as other selected materials. Everyone is welcome to join.
For information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website for information on other Club activities. http://www.irishofmaine.org
40th Anniversary 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 50th anniversary.
Thanks to all our supporters, advertisers and benefactors for getting us to this point. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.
Mark your calendar:
Our Fall Session of Ceili Classes will be starting up soon! The first class will be this Thursday, 10/3, from 7-9 PM, downstairs at the MIHC. Classes will run for six week, and the cost is $18 for members, and $30 for nonmembers for the entire session. Please enter from the back of the building and bring either exact change or a check made out to the IAC if possible. These classes are appropriate for beginners, and 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 feel free to contact us here or at BurnsSisters@gmail.com if you have any questions!
Morrigan and Bridget Burns
IAC Ceili Instructors
The Irish American Club picnic was held on Sunday July 28 at Shoreway Park on the SMCC Campus .
Although a foreboding sky threatened to wash out the entire day, the hardworking board members and regular volunteers of the Irish American Club met at the center early to get the stuff together and head over to set up for a fun day.
And yes, the turnout was down due to the threat of inclement weather. With setup almost complete, St. Patrick must have been taking a nap, because a fairly healthy downpour announced its presence and drove workers and picnickers alike under cover. But, after a few minutes the jackets were off again and the finishing touches were applied.
Thanks to two young men, whose names I can't remember, (a senior moment) we had some great music through our P.A. system. The picnic was on!
Members and friends started to show up and it felt like a good old picnic again! Joe Markley, one of our favorite entertainers began his performance at noon and a crowd quickly assembled around him in great appreciation. Joe sang and played and the audience joined in. Meanwhile, Rich and Carol Hofsaes performed their frequent duty for the Club serving up burgers, hotdogs, crab cakes, onion rings and fries. I can still taste them! Yumm!
Of course the Stillson School of Dance, our perennial supporters treated us to a great performance, enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Carlene, and all the dancers and parents of the dancers for giving up their time for us every year.
The afternoon was completed by Melissa Bragdon and session group from 317 Main in Yarmouth. The feet were flying to lively music. They took a breather for us to draw the annual Raffle. Here are the winners:
First: Catherine Gavin Yarmouth
Second: Frank Walsh Gray
Third: Greg Morneau Scarborough
Many thanks to everyone who make the day great by attending the picnic, purchasing raffle tickets, renewing their membership and offering their support when it’s needed. These include your board of directors, Kathy Reilly, Bob Kearney, Mary and Brendan McVeigh, Meg Weidman, Parnell Terry and Jocelyn Riley. Also Rich and Carol Hofsaes, Matt Tracy, Steve Linsky, "Big" Don Waterhouse, Joe Markley, and this weekend, Frank Walsh, a new member to our ranks who made a generous donation to the Club. We thank them all.
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, contact email@example.com.
St. Patrick's Parade.
A Big Thank You!
On March 17th 2013, St. Patrick's Day, the Irish-American Club sponsored the St. Patrick's Parade in Portland Maine as part of its celebration of 40 years fostering and preserving Irish Culture.
The parade was a huge success, and thanks are due not only to the Board of the Club for their diligent work in organizing, but also to our sponsors who make the parade better because of their contributions.
Special thanks to Pat's Pizza, our new heroes who have stepped up to help us and promised more help in the future.
Long-time supporters Bull Feeney's always come through for us as does Rí-Rá.
In the last few years Gritty McDuff's has come on board, and we heartily welcome them.
Please support our sponsors. Tell them you appreciate their association with the Irish American Club.
As always it was a wonderful spectacle, featuring our first responders, the Dunlap and the Claddagh Mhor Pipe bands, and of course the fabulous Stillson Step Dancers.
Local dignitaries including the Mayor of Portland, Michael Francis Patrick Brennan, U.S. Senator Chellie Pingrie, and State Senator Margaret Craven shared the podium with Mary McAleney of the Maine Irish Heritage Center.
Kathy Reilly, President of the Irish American Club welcomed our guests and recognized and thanked the other Irish organizations who turned out to honor our Patron saint. These included the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Portland Hurling Club and Maine State Gaelic Association's Youth Hurling Development Group.
A special thank you was given to Carlene Stillson and her wonderful dancers who support the Club on a regular basis and have done so for years.
Last but not least the flags of all 32 Counties of Ireland fluttered proudly once again in the breeze, indicating our unity and pride.
It was a wonderful family occasion, worthy of the City of Portland and the whole State of Maine.
Join us next year for the parade. Check this site for the correct time and place and plan for a great time!
After the parade a reception, honoring the Irish American Club's 40 years of service to the Irish community was held at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Food, drink, music and dance ensued.
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.
The Irish American Club is excited and proud to announce the dates for the rest of the Fall-Winter Series of Ceilis at Bull Feeney's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Portland Maine.
The IAC will once again present Irish traditional culture at its finest as Morrigan and Bridget Burns lead the Ceili dances, superbly supported by the Portland Ceili Band. Join the enthusiastic dancers of all levels, no partner needed. Come join the fun! Stay for dinner.
The dates are:
Sunday Oct 20th at Bull Feeney's from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday Nov 17th at Bull Feeney's from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Upcoming Intermediate /Advanced Ceili Workshop for people with prior ceili experience!
Look out for next event or contact the Burns sisters at the info below.
Please RSVP to BurnsSisters@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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