House of Ireland

House of Ireland Welcome to the House of Ireland, a member of the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. Check our website for additional availability, including several free classes and live music sessions!

House of Ireland celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2010. We are the oldest Irish cultural organization in Southern California. The House of Ireland is a member of the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, Located in Balboa Park, San Diego California.

House of Ireland celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2010. We are the oldest Irish cultural organization in Southern California. The House of Ireland is a member of the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, Located in Balboa Park, San Diego California.

Operating as usual

09/15/2021

Please join us as we celebrate the life of Nolan Spencer on September 18th 2021.

Have an Irish instrument and want to learn how to play like a Chieftain? 😉 Drop by our Introductory Music Session at 10:...
09/12/2021

Have an Irish instrument and want to learn how to play like a Chieftain? 😉 Drop by our Introductory Music Session at 10:30 AM to get started!

Current and prospective members, join us at 5:30 PM on Zoom for our first post-summer monthly meeting. Links will be sent to your email, so keep an eye on those inboxes!

Have an Irish instrument and want to learn how to play like a Chieftain? 😉 Drop by our Introductory Music Session at 10:30 AM to get started!

Current and prospective members, join us at 5:30 PM on Zoom for our first post-summer monthly meeting. Links will be sent to your email, so keep an eye on those inboxes!

We hope you all had a lovely Labor Day weekend! Join us today at noon for our monthly Knitting Class, and at 4pm for our...
09/11/2021

We hope you all had a lovely Labor Day weekend! Join us today at noon for our monthly Knitting Class, and at 4pm for our Intermediate Music Session.

We hope you all had a lovely Labor Day weekend! Join us today at noon for our monthly Knitting Class, and at 4pm for our Intermediate Music Session.

The House of Ireland has been thrilled to welcome so many new and familiar faces back into the cottage since our re-open...
09/11/2021

The House of Ireland has been thrilled to welcome so many new and familiar faces back into the cottage since our re-opening in July! In keeping with updated health requirements, masks are now MANDATORY while inside the cottage, regardless of vaccination status. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

The House of Ireland has been thrilled to welcome so many new and familiar faces back into the cottage since our re-opening in July! In keeping with updated health requirements, masks are now MANDATORY while inside the cottage, regardless of vaccination status. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Cobbling is close enough to knitting, right? 🤔
08/14/2021

Cobbling is close enough to knitting, right? 🤔

Cobbling is close enough to knitting, right? 🤔

Our musicians are back in the house! #balboapark #internationalcottages #irishmusic
07/10/2021

Our musicians are back in the house! #balboapark #internationalcottages #irishmusic

Our musicians are back in the house! #balboapark #internationalcottages #irishmusic

Join us today at noon for our first back-to-in-person session of our Irish Knitting Class! All our classes are free and ...
07/10/2021

Join us today at noon for our first back-to-in-person session of our Irish Knitting Class! All our classes are free and open to the public, whether you're an experienced knitter or have never held a set of needles before! Feel free to bring your own project to work on, or pick up a new technique from one of our advanced knitters.

We will also be welcoming knitters to the cottage via Zoom (as our signal strength allows) - the link is in the newsletter for members, but you can also message us for assistance.

Be sure to stop by from 3 to 5 PM to hear our Intermediate Music Session.

Join us today at noon for our first back-to-in-person session of our Irish Knitting Class! All our classes are free and open to the public, whether you're an experienced knitter or have never held a set of needles before! Feel free to bring your own project to work on, or pick up a new technique from one of our advanced knitters.

We will also be welcoming knitters to the cottage via Zoom (as our signal strength allows) - the link is in the newsletter for members, but you can also message us for assistance.

Be sure to stop by from 3 to 5 PM to hear our Intermediate Music Session.

A happy and healthy Fourth of July to you all!Before heading out to the fireworks , drop by the cottage beginning at 10:...
07/04/2021

A happy and healthy Fourth of July to you all!

Before heading out to the fireworks , drop by the cottage beginning at 10:30 AM for our Introductory Music Session, and between 11 AM and 4 PM for our weekly open hours and a warm Céad Míle Fáilte from our volunteers!

Also this week:
SATURDAY
12 PM: Our next Irish Knitting Class, both in person and via Zoom!
3 PM: Weekly meeting of our Intermediate Music Session.

A happy and healthy Fourth of July to you all!

Before heading out to the fireworks , drop by the cottage beginning at 10:30 AM for our Introductory Music Session, and between 11 AM and 4 PM for our weekly open hours and a warm Céad Míle Fáilte from our volunteers!

Also this week:
SATURDAY
12 PM: Our next Irish Knitting Class, both in person and via Zoom!
3 PM: Weekly meeting of our Intermediate Music Session.

Join us today at noon for this month's Celtic Art Class - "Painted canvas bags with Celtic designs"!If you're in the par...
07/03/2021

Join us today at noon for this month's Celtic Art Class - "Painted canvas bags with Celtic designs"!

If you're in the park later in the afternoon, be sure to stop by between 3 PM and 5 PM to hear our Intermediate Music Session as well!

Join us today at noon for this month's Celtic Art Class - "Painted canvas bags with Celtic designs"!

If you're in the park later in the afternoon, be sure to stop by between 3 PM and 5 PM to hear our Intermediate Music Session as well!

After many long and lonely months, we are excited to be OPEN once again, resuming our full roster of activities and wish...
07/03/2021

After many long and lonely months, we are excited to be OPEN once again, resuming our full roster of activities and wishing you all Céad Míle Fáilte! ☘️

We appreciate your patience, both over this long closure and in the coming months while we navigate reopening as safely as possible for our hosts and our visitors. As per current guidelines, masks are optional for our vaccinated visitors.

After many long and lonely months, we are excited to be OPEN once again, resuming our full roster of activities and wishing you all Céad Míle Fáilte! ☘️

We appreciate your patience, both over this long closure and in the coming months while we navigate reopening as safely as possible for our hosts and our visitors. As per current guidelines, masks are optional for our vaccinated visitors.

Join us today at noon on Zoom for our monthly knitting session! If you need the link, check your newsletter, the minutes...
05/08/2021

Join us today at noon on Zoom for our monthly knitting session! If you need the link, check your newsletter, the minutes, or just reach out to us on Facebook.

Join us today at noon on Zoom for our monthly knitting session! If you need the link, check your newsletter, the minutes, or just reach out to us on Facebook.

Our Irish Gaelic Songs course is now underway, Tuesdays on Zoom from 7 PM - 9PM! Email gaeilge@houseofireland.org to joi...
04/13/2021

Our Irish Gaelic Songs course is now underway, Tuesdays on Zoom from 7 PM - 9PM! Email [email protected] to join the class.

Our Irish Gaelic Songs course is now underway, Tuesdays on Zoom from 7 PM - 9PM! Email [email protected] to join the class.

Members, don't forget to join us for our virtual meeting tonight at 5:30 PM, moved from our usual weekend due to the Eas...
04/11/2021

Members, don't forget to join us for our virtual meeting tonight at 5:30 PM, moved from our usual weekend due to the Easter holiday! The Zoom link will be sent out prior to the meeting.

Members, don't forget to join us for our virtual meeting tonight at 5:30 PM, moved from our usual weekend due to the Easter holiday! The Zoom link will be sent out prior to the meeting.

Join us today at noon for our Irish Knitting Class, free to all on Zoom! The link was provided in the newsletter for mem...
04/10/2021

Join us today at noon for our Irish Knitting Class, free to all on Zoom! The link was provided in the newsletter for members and is the same for all 2021 classes. If you need it, or if you have any trouble joining in, just send a message to this page and we'll be happy to help.

Join us today at noon for our Irish Knitting Class, free to all on Zoom! The link was provided in the newsletter for members and is the same for all 2021 classes. If you need it, or if you have any trouble joining in, just send a message to this page and we'll be happy to help.

And here it is, the moment you've been waiting for! Our 2021 Lawn Program!We hope you enjoy both our new content and som...
03/14/2021
Welcome to the House of Ireland 2021 Lawn Program

And here it is, the moment you've been waiting for! Our 2021 Lawn Program!

We hope you enjoy both our new content and some throwbacks to lawn programs of old, and we hope to open our doors to see you all soon!

Check out the playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLohF9RRRBC8T7GNLoukm-gGAaxP9WX9ZH

Check it out as a web page instead:
https://houseofireland.org/lawnprogram2021.php

President Shanti Hofshi welcomes you to the House of Ireland 2021 Lawn Program.For more information on the House of Ireland, see our website:https://www.hous...

What a year it's been!Our knitting class is well underway today - there's still plenty of time to join in if you're feel...
03/13/2021

What a year it's been!

Our knitting class is well underway today - there's still plenty of time to join in if you're feeling the March spirit! Send the page a message for the Zoom information.

Also, don't forget to check back tomorrow for a special lawn program surprise. ;)

What a year it's been!

Our knitting class is well underway today - there's still plenty of time to join in if you're feeling the March spirit! Send the page a message for the Zoom information.

Also, don't forget to check back tomorrow for a special lawn program surprise. ;)

We hope to see you all tonight at 5:30pm for our monthly members meeting! As usual, the Zoom link was emailed out to mem...
03/08/2021

We hope to see you all tonight at 5:30pm for our monthly members meeting! As usual, the Zoom link was emailed out to members.

There are also a few fun announcements coming soon, so stay tuned!

We hope to see you all tonight at 5:30pm for our monthly members meeting! As usual, the Zoom link was emailed out to members.

There are also a few fun announcements coming soon, so stay tuned!

How time flies! It's Knitting Day again - join us for some fun Valentine's Day project suggestions, or just the usual ca...
02/13/2021

How time flies! It's Knitting Day again - join us for some fun Valentine's Day project suggestions, or just the usual camaraderie!

We will be meeting on Zoom from 12-3 PM. The meeting information was sent out in the newsletter and minutes, but please contact Erin or message this page if you would like the information.

It's the second Saturday of the month which means it's time for knitting! Join us today on Zoom from noon to three! The ...
01/09/2021

It's the second Saturday of the month which means it's time for knitting! Join us today on Zoom from noon to three! The link went out in the newsletter for members, but message us if you need any assistance.

It's the second Saturday of the month which means it's time for knitting! Join us today on Zoom from noon to three! The link went out in the newsletter for members, but message us if you need any assistance.

We are so excited to kick off 2021 with you all! Join us on Zoom tonight at 5:30pm for our monthly members meeting - che...
01/03/2021

We are so excited to kick off 2021 with you all! Join us on Zoom tonight at 5:30pm for our monthly members meeting - check your email for the link!

While we are still without a re-opening schedule as we monitor the COVID-19 situation, we are still offering some of our classes via Zoom, including:
- a new Beginning Irish Conversations class starting this week (Tuesdays, 7-9pm)
- our monthly Irish Knitting class/stitch session (second Saturdays, 12-3pm)

We are so excited to kick off 2021 with you all! Join us on Zoom tonight at 5:30pm for our monthly members meeting - check your email for the link!

While we are still without a re-opening schedule as we monitor the COVID-19 situation, we are still offering some of our classes via Zoom, including:
- a new Beginning Irish Conversations class starting this week (Tuesdays, 7-9pm)
- our monthly Irish Knitting class/stitch session (second Saturdays, 12-3pm)

Our last knitting class (and last official House of Ireland activity) for the year is underway!Work out the stress of 20...
12/12/2020

Our last knitting class (and last official House of Ireland activity) for the year is underway!

Work out the stress of 2020 in knits and purls with us! :)

Our last knitting class (and last official House of Ireland activity) for the year is underway!

Work out the stress of 2020 in knits and purls with us! :)

It's the second Saturday which means it's time for knitting! Join us today on Zoom from noon to three! The link went out...
11/14/2020

It's the second Saturday which means it's time for knitting! Join us today on Zoom from noon to three! The link went out in the newsletter for members, but message us if you need any assistance.

Happy November! We hope you're all enjoying that extra hour (and remembered to set your clocks back)!Join us tonight for...
11/01/2020

Happy November! We hope you're all enjoying that extra hour (and remembered to set your clocks back)!

Join us tonight for our monthly members meeting via Zoom (check your email for the link).

We are still closed for anything in person but do have some upcoming Zoom activities for the month:
- The Beginning Irish Gaelic class will be wrapping up on Tuesday, November 10. Stay tuned for future offerings, likely next year!
- Our Irish Knitting Class will be meeting again at noon on Saturday, November 14. If you don't have the Zoom information from last month or from the newsletter, please contact Erin or message this page!

We'll be getting started with our Knitting Class on Zoom at noon today! If you'd like to join us but don't have the info...
10/10/2020

We'll be getting started with our Knitting Class on Zoom at noon today! If you'd like to join us but don't have the information, message the page and our instructor will help you access the meeting.

October already! Join us tonight for our monthly members meeting via Zoom. Please reach out to Shanti if you need the li...
10/04/2020

October already! Join us tonight for our monthly members meeting via Zoom. Please reach out to Shanti if you need the link!

Also on our Zoom docket this week:
- Beginning Irish Gaelic, Tuesday @ 7pm
- Irish Knitting Session, Saturday @ 12pm

While the House of Ireland will remain closed until further notice, we are keeping active on Zoom! Our monthly meeting w...
09/13/2020

While the House of Ireland will remain closed until further notice, we are keeping active on Zoom! Our monthly meeting will be held at its regular time tonight - please contact Shanti for the meeting information!

We'll be getting started with our Knitting Class on Zoom at noon today! If you'd like to join us but don't have the info...
09/12/2020

We'll be getting started with our Knitting Class on Zoom at noon today! If you'd like to join us but don't have the information, message the page and our instructor will help you access the meeting.

September already! We hope you are all well (and keeping cool during this heat wave!).As a reminder, as per our usual tr...
09/07/2020

September already! We hope you are all well (and keeping cool during this heat wave!).

As a reminder, as per our usual tradition our September meeting will be next Sunday, September 13th, to avoid conflicting with Labor Day weekend. We are still fully digital, so please reach out to Shanti or Gary for the meeting details!

For those of you who have been waiting for another opportunity to take one of our Beginning Irish Gaelic classes, you're in luck! This fall's session kicks off tomorrow, September 8th, at 7pm on Zoom. Again, please contact Shanti for the information.

Finally, our September Knitting Class will be this coming Saturday, September 12th! If you have the Zoom information from last month, you are good to go - if not, please contact Erin for the meeting info.

Hope you are all having a pleasant summer! Here are some updates on activities for the months ahead:- Look for a new Beg...
08/01/2020

Hope you are all having a pleasant summer! Here are some updates on activities for the months ahead:

- Look for a new Beginning Irish Language class starting in September! This is planned as a Zoom class in our usual Tuesday night time slot (7 - 9pm). Contact Shanti for details!

- The House of Ireland has teamed up with The Irish Outreach Center​ to offer an Irish language class for kids on Tuesday nights from 6 - 7pm. This class kicked off on July 21. Contact Shanti for more information!

- Our Irish Knitting Class will be meeting on Zoom again on August 8 at our usual time slot, 12 - 3pm. Contact Erin or message this page for more information!

Don't forget to join us for a special meeting and Zoom check-in at our regular time (5:30pm) tonight! Please contact Sha...
07/12/2020

Don't forget to join us for a special meeting and Zoom check-in at our regular time (5:30pm) tonight! Please contact Shanti for the meeting information.

Join us at noon today on Zoom for our monthly Knitting Class & Stitch Session!Check the newsletter or message the page f...
07/11/2020

Join us at noon today on Zoom for our monthly Knitting Class & Stitch Session!

Check the newsletter or message the page for Zoom meeting information (please note that the link has changed since last month but should not change for the remainder of the year).

Our June knitting class is well underway! We'll be around until 3PM for any stitchers who might be in a mood to (digital...
06/13/2020

Our June knitting class is well underway! We'll be around until 3PM for any stitchers who might be in a mood to (digitally) wander by!

Check your newsletter or message this page if you need the meeting link!

Another big thank you to everyone who joined us for our monthly meeting!We will be remaining closed until further notice...
06/08/2020

Another big thank you to everyone who joined us for our monthly meeting!

We will be remaining closed until further notice, but have a few updates:
-Our Irish Gaelic Songs Class will have its final meeting this week. Stay tuned as there will likely be further Zoom offerings in the near future!
-Our Irish Knitting Class will be meeting again on Zoom this Saturday.
-Though we do not usually have meetings in the summer, we will have an additional House of Ireland meeting on Sunday, July 12 to discuss guidance for re-opening of the cottages.

See you all on Zoom!

While the House of Ireland will remain closed until further notice, we are keeping active on Zoom! Our monthly meeting w...
06/07/2020

While the House of Ireland will remain closed until further notice, we are keeping active on Zoom! Our monthly meeting will be held at its regular time tonight - please contact Shanti for the meeting information!

Also this week (via Zoom):
TUESDAY
7 PM: The final session of our Irish Gaelic Songs class! Email [email protected] for more information.

SATURDAY
12 PM: Our next Irish Knitting Class. Please message this page for the Zoom information!

The House of Ireland is missing you all especially this weekend, in the absence of our traditional Ethnic Food Fair! We ...
05/24/2020

The House of Ireland is missing you all especially this weekend, in the absence of our traditional Ethnic Food Fair! We know you're all missing our stew as well. 😉☘️

Rather than gathering in person, we would love if you would share a favorite memory of the cottage below!

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665 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA
92101

General information

Open weekly on Saturdays from 12pm - 5pm and Sundays from 11am - 4pm. Check our website for additional availability, including several free classes and live music sessions!

Opening Hours

Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

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Enjoy a cup of tea and soda bread in our replica of an old Irish cottage hearth and be transported to the Emerald Isle. Relax and enjoy the traditional Irish dance music or sing along to your Irish favorites.

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Thank you Sandra for hosting the natural dye art class. So much fun!! I look forward to more art classes.
From our past.Irish Wolfhound, Irish Bangers, Parade Time, Fernanda and Sharon, Back in 2014, and Supporting SDSU.
Ok ... who has a little Jamesons at home so they can test this recipe?
Join the fun ever 2nd Saturday of the month with the Irish Knitters. All level invited and especially encouraging to beginners!
Today I was treated with the HOI singers. One of the many reasons to volunteer.
Celebrating Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday at the House of Ireland which is also celebrating it's 75th year. How cool is that! Smokey Bear Birthday Banner Challenge
Hello San Diego folks! Its time for the annual Rose-Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance (RRAID) recital! This will be a wonderful family experience of Irish music and dance. RRAID is one of the many dance schools who participate in the parade and dance on the Ashleigh Roach North stage. Reserve your tickets early and enjoy the show. More important than Riverdance because it is performed by our own dancers of our community.
Join Ireland’s most exciting young tenor Emmet Cahill as he embarks on his biggest solo tour to date and debuts his brand-new album, ‘Blessings of Music’. This follows his number-one World Music album ‘Emmet Cahill’s Ireland’ on the Sony Music USA label and his sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. The concert will be at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 16th at 7:30 p.m. Emmet will perform songs from both albums, as well as Broadway standards, nostalgic favorites and beloved church hymns. And no Emmet Cahill concert is complete without the ever-popular “request medley” segment, which often brings surprises from the audience! Emmet is known as a principal singer with the acclaimed Irish music show Celtic Thunder. As a solo artist, he has performed in over 70 cities across North America and has been a featured guest artist with several US symphonies. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of songs and stories! Tickets are $30 - $45 and may be purchased at the door or online at www.emmetcahill.com/tour-dates/.