Our 10th Anniversary Season

Portland Bloomsday 2014

June 16 is known around the globe as Bloomsday, the day on which James Joyce's epic novel Ulysses takes place. Portland joins the celebration with our 5th Annual Bloomsday Portland event, June 11-16. It's fun and it's free!

Wednesday, June 11

Ulysses for Beginners, a rollicking performance piece performed by AIRE (American Irish Repertory Ensemble), 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

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. 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.
7:30 p.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray Street






 AIRE Waves

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.