Our 10th Anniversary Season

Portland Bloomsday 2014

Join the re-joyce-ing at the 5th Annual Bloomsday Portland celebration, June 11-16, honoring James Joyce's epic novel Ulysses. This year, we're also marking the 100th anniversary of the publication of Joyce's short story collection Dubliners. It's fun and it's free!

Wednesday, June 11

Ulysses for Beginners, AIRE's rollicking performance piece, uses scenes, songs, and humor to explain the story line of Ulysses in one hour.
7:30 p.m., Bull Feeney's Pub, 375 Fore Street

Thursday June 12

The Dead, a screening of John Huston's masterful 1987 film of Joyce's short story from Dubliners. 6:30 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Room 5

Saturday, June 14

Tea and Trivia kicks off the Bloomsday Walk with a Joycean trivia contest, music, and refreshments.
11:00 a.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray Street

Poldy's Perambulation is a Bloomsday Walk from the Maine Irish Heritage Center to various spots in downtown Portland, including pubs, bookstores, and the Portland Public Library, with excerpts from Ulysses read by AIRE actors at each location. Costumes encouraged!
Noon-4:00 pm., Downtown Portland

Monday, June 16

Readings from Dubliners and Music by Castlebay. To mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce's short story collection Dubliners, AIRE actors and Joyce lovers will read from the stories and the noted Celtic music duo Castlebay will perform.
7:30 p.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center






 AIRE Waves

AIRE Receives Grant

AIRE is pleased to announce that we have received a $2,000 grant from the John Robert Gregg Fund of The New York Community Trust.  We are very grateful for this generous support of our work, which will help us to continue to bring the best of Irish and Irish American theater to our audiences.

AIRE Is Celebrating
its 10th Anniversary!

Tinkers Wedding

We’re thrilled to reach this milestone, and so proud of the work we’ve done to share the power and beauty of Irish theater and raise awareness and understanding of Irish culture.  


Since 2004, we have produced 20 shows, from classics by Sean O'Casey, J.M. Synge and Dion Boucicault to contemporary works by Brian Friel, Martin McDonagh and Conor McPherson.  We've done rarely-produced short plays by Eugene O'Neill, current comedies by Frank and Malachy McCourt and Ronan Noone and the original pieces A Celtic Christmas and Ulysses for Beginners.  And we've produced six Bloomsday celebrations, establishing a tradition that is growing every year.


We’re delighted to have found an artistic home here as Maine’s Irish Theater Company,, and we thank all of you who helped to make that happen.  Please join us this year as we continue our quest to engage and entertain you by touching your heart, stimulating your mind, and appealing to your sense of humor.