IAC News and Calendar
SUMMER PICNIC AND ELECTIONS
We had a wet day, but a lot of fun on Sunday July 27th at Shoreway Park, SMCC South Portland at the
Irish American Club picnic. We finally ratified our new Board of Directors . So now we can relax for the Summer before we gear up for our busiest six months from October through March. Stay tuned for info on the preparations for our annual St. Patrick's Dinner and the big Parade. You may want to help our new Board which is:-
President Kathy Reilly (2 year term)
Treasurer Mary McVeigh (2 year term)
Sargent –at-Arms James McClay (2 year term)
Publications Director (Open) (3 year term, you may be interested)
Recording Secretary Norine Burns (1year left of a 2 year term being vacated.)
Social Director Meg Weidman
Cultural Director Parnell Terry
Membership Director Brendan McVeigh
If you are interested in playing a vital role in your Irish American Club, please contact the Club and let us know.
Irish Ceili Dance Class
Our Fall Session of Ceili Classes will be starting up soon! The first class will be Thursday 10/2, 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 at BurnsSisters@gmail.com if you have any questions!
Irish Language Class
The Irish American Club’s Language will begin on Thursday October 9th at 6:30pm for Beginners and returning beginners and on Friday October 10th at 7:oopm for Advanced Beginners. Friday classes will be at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, Thursday’s class location to be announced.
Everyone is welcome. The fee for the class is $40 for a ten week session ($25 for Irish American Club members). If you are interested, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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