IAC News and Calendar
Sharing the traditions!
The Irish American Club’s traditional
educational division is in full flow. The
organization is currently teaching classes in Irish Language, Irish Ceili
Dancing and Tin Whistle.
On February 28 2014 Irish
Language Class began. This session saw a great interest among new beginners
with seven new people signing up. Beginners, advanced beginners and
intermediate learners all benefit from the interaction. This ten week session will
see five years completed for the core group. The class was formed in 2009 and
this fall we will begin our sixth year!
On April 3 2014 Irish Ceili
Dance Class began. This class is taught by the fabulous Burns sisters who provide
fun and skill to a growing number of new interested dancers, and seasoned
lovers of Ceili dance. This is the place to sharpen your skills for the Ceilis
at Ri-Ra and Bull Feeney’s in Portland Maine. Morrigan and Bridget Burns are
wonderful ambassadors for the Irish American Club and Ceili dancing.
On March 30 2014 the Irish
American Club instigated a Tin Whistle class led by Whit Ford. This is a truly Irish
traditional atmosphere where accomplished musicians share their talents with others.
The class is just getting underway and great hopes are envisioned for people
interested in expressing their culture in a musical way.
For more info on these
classes, contact the club at email@example.com
Dancing up a storm!
The Irish American Club’s Spring Session of Ceili Classes will be starting on Thursday, April 3 2014, from 7-9 PM, downstairs at the MIHC. Classes will run for six weeks. The cost is $18 for members and $30 for non-members 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at BurnsSisters@gmail.com if you have any questions!
Morrigan and Bridget Burns
IAC Ceili Instructors
St. Patrick's Parade
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.
As usual 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 agaibh.
The evening before the Parade, the Irish American Club sponsored a celebration Dinner that was be held at the Maine Irish Heritage Center on Sat March 15th 2014 to continue the week of Irish jubilation.
Irish Language Class
The Irish American Club’s Irish Language Spring class will begin on February 28st 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 fifth 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 email@example.com or check out the website for information on this and other Club activities. http://www.irishofmaine.org
Mark your Calendar!
Our Spring Session of Ceili Classes will be starting up soon! The first class will be Thursday, April 3 2014, from 7-9 PM, downstairs at the MIHC. Classes will run for six weeks. The cost is $18 for members and $30 for non-members 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.