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The House of Ireland was founded during the California Pacific International Exposition of 1935-36, held in Balboa Park. In all, fifteen original cottages were constructed and twenty countries (including Ireland) were represented. Today, the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages encompass thirty-three national groups.

Since its inception, the House has served to promote good citizenship, to bring people together in friendship, and to disseminate both Irish and Irish-American history and culture. We strive to foster strong ties to the greater San Diego Irish community through relationships with the Irish Congress of Southern California, the San Diego Youth Gaelic Football Association, San Diego's many schools of Irish dance, and much, much more!

75th Anniversary Logo

House of Ireland Officers & Board

  • President
    Gary Jones
    an tUachtarán
    President
  • Vice President
    Kim Edwards
    an Leas-Uachtarán
    Vice President
  • Treasurer
    Maureen Ostrich
    an Cisteoir
    Treasurer
  • Secretary
    Shanti Hofshi
    an Rúnaí
    Secretary
  • HPR Delegate
    Mary McDermott
    an Toscaire
    HPR Delegate

House of Ireland Queen & Court

  • Queen
    Caítlin Edwards
    an Bhanríon
    Queen Emerita
  • Princess
    Madison Goodman
    an Banphrionsa
    Princess

  • Ashleigh Roach
    Ashleigh Roach
    an Bhanríon
    Queen In Memoriam

Contact Us

Trying to contact the House of Ireland? If you have the chance, why not drop by the cottage during our open hours to say hello? We are also available digitally at info@houseofireland.org, and through our Facebook page.

Directions & Map

From I-5

NorthboundSouthbound
  • Take the B Street/Pershing exit to Pershing Drive.
  • At the stoplight, turn left onto Florida Drive.
  • Turn left after passing the Naval Medical Center, and take Zoo Place up the hill.
  • Turn left onto Park Boulevard.
  • Continue past the museums, the playground, and the World Beat Center. Turn right onto Presidents Way.
  • Parking is available in the lots to the left and right. From the four-way stop at the intersection of Presidents Way and Pan American Road East, the International Cottages are across and to the right.
  • Take the 10th Avenue exit and keep right onto 10th Avenue.
  • Turn left onto A Street and continue until the street ends at San Diego City College.
  • Turn left onto Park Boulevard.
  • After crossing the bridge, turn left onto Presidents Way.
  • Parking is available in the lots to the left and right. From the four-way stop at the intersection of Presidents Way and Pan American Road East, the International Cottages are across and to the right.

From I-163

NorthboundSouthbound
  • Take the Richmond Street/Zoo - Museums exit, and continue up the hill on Richmond Street.
  • Turn right onto Upas Street.
  • Turn right onto Park Boulevard.
  • Continue past the zoo, the museums, the playground, and the World Beat Center. Turn right onto Presidents Way.
  • Parking is available in the lots to the left and right. From the four-way stop at the intersection of Presidents Way and Pan American Road East, the International Cottages are across and to the right.
  • Take the 5 South/Park Boulevard exit, and follow the signs for Park Boulevard.
  • Turn left onto Park Boulevard.
  • After crossing the bridge, turn left onto Presidents Way.
  • Parking is available in the lots to the left and right. From the four-way stop at the intersection of Presidents Way and Pan American Road East, the International Cottages are across and to the right.