performers at the hibernian cultural centreThe AOH and LAOH often partner with the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, Fiddlers' Green Pub, the City of Worcester, and other local organizations to present cultural and educational events. The public is always welcome! We invite you to bring your family and explore your heritage, to enjoy a high quality of performers and lecturers, to make new friends and to become part of our vibrant community.

We host ongoing, cultural activities at the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre, including:
- twice-monthly traditional music sessions
- monthly bluegrass jam sessionmonthly open mic event, live music every Friday night, and  karaoke every Saturday night

Please view our calendar for details of our ongoing events, as well as special events like festivals, performances and family activities.

A Celtic Christmas Concert featuring Robbie O'Connell and Aoife Clancy

with special guest Rose Clancy

Worcester Hibernian Cultural Center, Saturday December 6th 8:00pm

Born in County Waterford and raised in Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary, Robbie O’Connell needs no introduction to Irish music fans. As a nephew of the Clancy Brothers, he began touring with his uncles in 1977 and recorded 3 albums with them.

His album of original compositions, Love of the Land, was voted the #1 acoustic album of 1989 by WUMB in Boston. He has toured and recorded as a member of The Green Fields of America with Mick Moloney, Jimmy Keane. The title track of their album, "Kilkelly," was voted "Best Album Track of the Year" in Ireland and was featured on the seminal television documentary on Irish music, “Bringing It All Back Home.”

Also from Carrick-on-Suir is Aoife Clancy. Her father Bobby Clancy of the legendary Clancy Brothers, placed a guitar in her hands at age ten, and by age fourteen she was playing with her father in nearby pubs. Since then she has made her own mark in Irish and folk music as a member of the Grammy-nominated Cherish the Ladies and other music projects. With seven recordings under her belt in the last decade, Aoife has clearly established herself as one of the divas of Irish and contemporary folk music.

Tickets :$20 in advance, $25 at the door

For tickets and information please contact Bud Sargent 508-868-07552 or Helen Foley 508-799-7775


Scotland's legendary Battlefield Band at the Hibernian Cultural Center

Saturday November 15th 8pm & Sunday November 16th 3pm

Saturday evening November 15th at 8PM and Sunday afternoon Nov 16th at 3PM Scotland's legendary cutting edge folk group, the BATTLEFIELD BAND will take the stage at the Hibernian Cultural Center at 19 Temple St., Worcester, MA for what promises to be a memorable performance from this internationally acclaimed and award winning band.

These are benefit concerts for three of Worcester's leading organizations that preserve, present, and nurture Celtic culture and traditional music. Saturday evening's performance will benefit the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Center and WCUW 91.3fm Community Radio. Sunday's 3PM matinee performance will benefit and include the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band.

With recent awards for Best Album of the Year (2013), Best Song of the Year (2014), , Scottish Folk Band of the year (2011), Best Live Act (2003) and more, the Battlefield Band continues its long tradition of delighting audiences around the world with their cutting edge, high energy modern folk music. Their distinctive sound comprised of dueling fiddles, highland pipes, whistles, guitar, and voices take their audience on a musical journey across the highlands and islands of Scotland.

Few bands have achieved the recognition and success enjoyed by the Battlefield Band. And now they are coming to Worcester, MA and the Hibernian Cultural Center for just two benefit concerts. This is truly an opportunity to see and hear one of the all-time great Celtic bands so don't wait to purchase your tickets.

Tickets : $25 at the door, or available in advance from several sources, all listed below

Fiddler's Green Pub in the Hibernian Cultural Center has tickets for sale at the bar to anyone for either show and may be purchased in advance for $20 until Nov 14th.

WCUW 91.3fm also has advance tickets available for both shows for $20. Call ahead to Troy at WCUW at 508-753-1012 to arrange your pick-up.

The AOH/LAOH via Helen Foley who can be reached at 508-799-7775 or emailed at

The Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band via Colum Lundt who can be reached at 978-500-5283 or emailed at

The promoter, Sounds of Scotia Productions via Barry Sullivan who can be reached at 774-437-3328 or emailed at


From the Great Blasket America – the Last Memoir of an Islander

Worcester Hibernian Cultural Center, Sunday October 26th 2:30pm

Mike Carney was born in 1920 on The Great Blasket Island just off the southwest coast of Ireland. Raised under challenging circumstances in that unique and isolated Gaelic-speaking community, Mike sets out to seek a better future in Dublin - and eventually in America.

The unattended death of his brother from a treatable illness back home set off a chain of events that led to the evacuation of the Island by the government. Mike played a pivotal role, personally lobbying the great Éamon de Valera to relocate the few remaining Islanders who were living in increasingly desperate conditions.

Joining the millions who emigrated from Ireland to the United States, Mike settled in Springfield, Massachusetts, along with two-dozen other former Islanders. While taking full advantage of opportunities offered by his adopted country, he never lost his love for the nation of his birth. He says it’s like loving both parents.>

This is also a story of persistent efforts to promote Irish culture in America and to preserve the memory of The Great Blasket; to respect and honor roots left behind and to set down new roots in a new land.

Written as Mike approaches the age of ninety-two, this memoir may be the last of a long line of books written by Blasket Islanders, including the widely-read Thomas O’Crohan, Maurice O’Sullivan and Peig Sayers. This first-person saga includes the dimension of emigration and a focus on preserving the Island’s legacy. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, it recounts one man’s life, but speaks to the experience of many.

Always entertaining, Mike chronicles a lifetime devoted to family, community and ethnic heritage. All the while, he seems haunted by the immortal words of O’Crohan: ‘. . . for the like of us will never be again.’


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