Annual Summer Gathering and Picnic

The AICS Annual Picnic will be August 21, noon-4PM. St. Birgitta’s Picnic Grove 11820 NW St. Helens Road (Hwy 30) Portland

Call the AICS phone, 503 286 4812, to tell how many people attending and your choices for hamburgers or hot dogs.
Bring a dish (salad, dessert, etc.) to share.
Beer and soft drinks will be available.  $$$ accepted
If you play a musical instrument, please bring it.
If you want to volunteer with set-up, take-down, games, etc. email Bruce Kenny  (
Be prepared for old-fashion picnic fun!

Tommy McCarthy Family in Concert

Come join and meet THE McCARTHY FAMILY live in the Wee Ceili Room in Tualatin! $20 gets you a concert, potluck and party! All seats are reserved. Email to do so. Social starts at 7pm and the concert and party will go until????????
An exciting evening of Irish Music with The McCarthy Family! A multigenerational quartet playing both traditional Irish ballads and original works, The McCarthy Family captivates audiences with their incredible talent and passionate playing. The Boston-based band is well-known at home and has also traveled the world with their music. The band features Tommy McCarthy, Jr. on fiddle, his wife Louise Costello on banjo and button accordion, daughter Rose on fiddle, and nephew Peadear on Uilleann pipes and whistle.

RIP Joe McAleese

Mr Joe McAleese opened Kells Seattle in 1983. His children carry on his legacy in Seattle, Portland and San Fransisco. He died peacefully at home in Ireland on Sunday. Our thoughts are with all his family at this sad time. RIP Joe

McALEESE (Glenariffe) (suddenly), Joseph, May 15, 2016. R.I.P. 170c Garron Road, Waterfoot. Beloved husband of Ethna, loving father of Charles, Gerard, Paul, Karen and Patrick. His remains will leave Cunning Funeral Director’s Rest Room on Friday evening at 6.30pm to go to St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s Church, Glenariffe for 7.30pm Requiem Mass. His funeral will leave the Church on Saturday morning at 9.45am and proceed to Roselawn Crematorium for 12noon committal. On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy.

Tir Eoghain Ceili Class has MOVED!

Starting the 38th consecutive year of teaching Ulster dance to the community! Mary Rose Kerg and Brother Eugene were the leaders starting the class.

NEW DIGS at St. Therese multi purpose center 1260 NE 132nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97230. New day, every Tuesday. New time 7:30-9:30pm

Céad míle fáilte romhaibh! You’re all very welcome to Féilín Portland na Bealtaine

Céad míle fáilte romhaibh!

You’re all very welcome to Féilín Portland na Bealtaine–a celebration of Irish langauge and culture featuring intensive classroom instruction, an immersive environment, and cultural workshops all within the confines of a spectacular setting in Southwest Portland.

Our parred down “féilín” (little festival) will feature a full day of language learning for Beginning* speakers on Saturday, May 14th and a full day of immersive classes for Intermediate* and Advanced* speakers on Sunday, May 15th. Please, see level descriptions below!


Caitríona Ní Chonaola (Áras Mháirtín Uí Chadhain language school, Co. Galway)

Bob Burke (former Irish language instructor, Marylhurst University)

Brian Ó hAirt (Creative Director, Lanugage Hunters)

Jacinta Keys-Hanlon (Co. Kildare, Ireland)

Each day will be organized into a morning and afternoon block of classes (roughly two 50 min classes per block) punctuated by tea breaks. Lunch will run mid-day for an hour followed by an hour long workshop. Workshops on offer will include sean-nós singing, sean-nós dancing, and Cluichí as Gaeilge (games in Irish). Want to suggest another workshop topic? Contact me!

Expect the total duration of each day to run from 9:30 a.m. to roughly 5 p.m. with minor adjustments to the schedule as needed.


Email to RSVP and to organize payment via cheque, PayPal, or credit card.

Támid ag tnúth go mór leis! Looking forward to celebrating our love of Irish together again!

*Beginning speakers can respond to simple questions dealing with common, everyday interactions. You rely on lists of words and memorized phrases, and can satisfy a very limited number of immediate needs. (Absolute beginners have no language skills whatsoever.)

*Intermediate speakers can particpate in simple, direct conversations on generally predictable topics related to daily activies and personal interests. You can initiate, sustain, and bring to close a number of basic, uncomplicated exchanges, often in a reactive mode with some mistakes. You can also create with the language by re-combining sentences and familiar structures.

*Advanced speakers participate actively in conversation in most informal and some formal settings on topics of personal and public interest. You can narrate and describe in major time frames with sustained accuracy and confidence. You can also deal effectively with unanticipated complcations through a variety of communication techniques.

Brian Ó hAirt

Portland, OR

(314) 974-7073

Annual Appreciation Dinner

Celebrate AICS’s Accomplishments at Appreciation Dinner

This year’s Appreciation Dinner will be held at the Old Spaghetti Factory on Sunday, May 22, from 4 to 6PM.  Cost for members will be $18, and for guests it will be $20.  The choices for entrees are
Chicken Marsala
Spaghetti with Meatballs

The dinner will include coffee or tea, salad, main course, and ice cream.  Soda and other drinks will be “no host.”

Make checks out to AICS, and  write food choice in the memo line.   Send checks for the dinner by May 14 to Debbie Timmins, 9433 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR, 97219.  For questions, please call Debbie at 503 260 3760.

Address for the Old Spaghetti Factory is  0715 SW Bancroft, St, Portland, OR 97239