• Sunday Hosting

    Sundays, 12:00PM - 4:00PM
    Irish Dancing at the Cottage

    The cottage is open to the public every weekend and every fourth Tuesday. Stop in for a cup of Irish tea and a slice of soda bread while enjoying traditional Irish music and dance or joining in for some classic Irish songs.

    • 1st Sundays:

      Irish Step Dancing
    • 2nd Sundays:

      Irish Step Dancing
    • 3rd Sundays:

      Irish Instrumental Music Seisiún
    • 4th Sundays:

      Irish Singing
    • 5th Sundays:

      Irish Instrumental Music Seisiún
  • Saturday Music Session

    Saturdays, 4:00PM - 6:00PM

    Every Saturday afternoon, the cottage is open during the intermediate music session.

  • Free Tuesdays

    Fourth Tuesdays, 12:00PM - 2:00PM

    As a part of Balboa Park's Free Tuesdays rotation, the cottage is open every fourth Tuesday.

Free Class Offerings

  • Irish Language Class

    Irish Language Class

    Classes in Irish Gaelic are offered frequently at the cottage, depending upon instructor availability. Be sure to check our calendar below to see what our current offerings are.

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    • Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle

      Instructor(s): Niamh Thornton and Shanti Hofshi
      Class Times: Tuesdays, 7:00PM - 9:00PM
      Next Class: June 27th, 2017

      An introductory Irish Gaelic conversation circle. No prior knowledge of Irish is expected, but any level is welcome to participate. This activity is free of charge and all materials are provided.

    • Irish Gaelic Songs

      Instructor(s): Shanti Hofshi
      Class Times: Thursdays, 7:00PM - 9:00PM
      Next Class: June 29th, 2017

      This class will be a survey of Irish Gaelic songs as a means of learning Irish grammar, idiom and vocabulary. We will be listening to and analyzing one or more songs each week. This is not a singing class, but the material we study will be useful to you if you wish to sing in Irish. A basic knowledge of Irish (e.g. one previous beginner class) is recommended. The class is free of charge and all materials are provided by the instructor.

  • Irish Music Sessions

    For more information: HOI Irish Music Sessions

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    Musical Resources:
    -The Session
    -O'Neill's Music of Ireland by Miles Krassen, Oak Publications
    -Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Irish Session Tune Book by Kevin Gow

    Children's Session
    • Intermediate Music Session

      Class Times: Saturdays, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
      Next Session: July 1st, 2017

      An Intermediate Irish Session meets at the cottage each week. Musicians at an intermediate level are welcome to join in, and members of the public are welcome to stop in and enjoy the music. Players must bring their own instruments.

    • Introductory Music Session

      Class Times: Sundays, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
      Next Session: July 2nd, 2017

      Every Sunday morning, the House of Ireland offers a free introductory Irish session music class at the House of Ireland Cottage in Balboa Park, San Diego. All players of all levels are welcome to participate. Players must bring their own instruments.

  • Celtic Art Class

    Celtic Art Class

    Instructor(s): Mary McDermott and Sandra Arevalo
    Class Times: 1st Saturdays, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
    Next Class: July 1st, 2017
    Topic: Creating Celtic Designed Tote Bags

    Join us at the House of Ireland for an interactive Celtic Art class.

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  • Irish Knitting Class

    Instructor(s): Sandra Arevalo and Erin Ratelle
    Class Times: 2nd Saturdays, 11:00AM - 3:00PM
    Next Class: July 8th, 2017
    Topic: Cabling

    Classes are free and open to knitters of all experience levels. At the beginning of each class beginning techniques will be covered, while the latter portion of the class will be open for more advanced practice. Demonstration materials will be provided, but knitters are also encouraged to bring their own projects. Our resident "knit-wits" look forward to seeing you and sharing the joy of Irish Knitting! Find us on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/house-of-ireland-knitters

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  • Coloring Book Day

    Instructor(s): Mary McDermott
    Class Times: 3rd Saturdays, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
    Next Class: July 15th, 2017

    A free coloring book session, open to all! Materials will be provided.

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