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The Irish Heritage Center was founded to promote the Irish Culture through the study of customs, dance, education, film, genealogy, history, language, lectures, literature, music, mythology, poetry, social interaction, song, sport, theater and the visual arts. You don’t have to be Irish to experience all that we have to offer. Everyone is welcome! You just have to want to have a good time.
The Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati is hosting our first Celtic Camp in June 2019 for all children in grades 1-8. Click here for more information
Congratulations to our Irish American Theatre Company, travelling to Ireland with the play “Port Authority” by Conor McPherson!
The Irish Center in the News:
Click here for the Article The Cincinnati Enquirer June 2018
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1916 Easter Rising
April 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Imagine what would have happened if the BBC had been in operation in 1916. Now imagine that it has decided to broadcast a special program from Dublin on April 24, the date of a festive bank holiday and the running of the Irish Grand National. However, in the midst of the broadcast a revolution breaks out! The BBC’s on-the-scene correspondents begin to report the dramatic events, while the program’s host back in the studio try to figure out what the crazy Irish are up to.
That is the premise of our presentation commemorating the 103rd anniversary of the Easter Rising. Our talented cast of readers will mix history and humor inspired by the old CBS radio series, “You Are There”. Please join us for a unique blend of fact and imagination in the Pub Room one night only at 7:30 pm on Wednesday April 24. Everyone gets the member discount of only $10.
Drowsy Lads in Concert
April 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
****Special IHC Event****
The Drowsy Lads thundered onto the Irish music scene in the US over 15 years ago and have become fan favorites at every turn. Sticking to traditional roots the Lads bring a fire and excitement that is quickly winning over audiences. 2018 brought the release of their 4th album, Everyone In, and the distinction of “Best Irish American Band of 2018”. With an undeniable genuineness that flows from their live performances, the future continues to look bright for these Lads.
Ohio brothers John and Daniel McKewen, father and son Phil and Josh Franck, and lifelong friend Bryan Brookes bring to the stage a concoction of “we dare you to hold still” Irish dance tunes as well as a full emotional gamut of songs and good humor. Their authentic approach and deep enjoyment of people is a refreshing surprise to both casual music-lovers and those steeped in hardcore Trad.
Besides packing out theaters, concert halls, clubs and pubs, the Lads are lighting up Irish festivals including Milwaukee, Dublin, Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Louisville. They were also featured at Lakeside Ohio’s Chautauqua series for four years, the beautiful Murphy theater for three, and were guest artists with the Otterbein University Orchestra.
Each Lad is a multi-instrumentalist, and the combined lineup includes fiddle, button accordion, tenor banjo, flute, whistle, guitar, bouzouki, Uilleann pipes, 5-string banjo, concertina, and bodhran.
The Lads are fond of creating their own spirited arrangements and offering occasional original compositions, even mixing in some bits of Bluegrass or Classical. But these never get in the way of their obsession with the pure old Irish tunes, songs, wit, and friendship that has defined Irish music for centuries.
Call the IHC Box Office for Tickets, 513 533-0100 or click here for online tickets.
Eimear Arkins & Eileen Gannon in concert
May 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
3905 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226, USA
****Special IHC Event****
Eimear Arkins & Eileen Gannon have been lighting up the Irish music scene in St. Louis for the past several years. Eileen, a St. Louis native, is one of the top Irish harp players in the world. She has won numerous accolades including the highly coveted Senior Harp title at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann (World Irish Music Championships). She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from University of Limerick. In 2017, Eileen launched her debut album The Glory Days Are Over.
Eimear is an award winning singer and fiddle player from County Clare with eleven solo Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann titles to her credit. She has performed throughout the US and Ireland with acclaimed bands like Cherish The Ladies, Teada, and The Paul Brock Band. She has toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and Bru Boru in Ireland, Britain, North America, Canada and China. Eimear released her debut album What’s Next? In June 2018.
Eileen and Eimear are both tutors at St. Louis Irish Arts and have been guest artists at numerous festivals throughout the world including Catskills Irish Arts Week, New York; World Expo 2015, Milan; Viljandi Parimusmuusika Festival, Estonia; St Louis Tionol; Canadian Celtic Celebration; O’Flaherty Retreat, Texas and Festial Interceltique de Lorient, France.
Together they will perform a blend of haunting harp melodies, sean nos songs, and plenty of toe-tapping dance tunes!