House of Ireland

House of Ireland Welcome to the House of Ireland, a member of the HPR International Cottages in Balboa Park!
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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 citizenshi

p, 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!

That's a wrap on     Day 1! What a whirlwind!Join us tomorrow (Saturday, Decembernenll), starting at 11 AM for Day 2!
12/02/2023

That's a wrap on Day 1! What a whirlwind!

Join us tomorrow (Saturday, Decembernenll), starting at 11 AM for Day 2!

Join us today for the first night of Balboa Park's December Nights! Enjoy scrumptious Irish stew, non-alcoholic Irish co...
12/01/2023

Join us today for the first night of Balboa Park's December Nights! Enjoy scrumptious Irish stew, non-alcoholic Irish coffee, and an assortment of tasty baked treats at the cottage starting at 3pm! And of course, don't miss a trip to the International Spirits Garden for Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick's on tap, as well as Irish coffees with a bit more Irish in them. πŸ˜‰β˜˜

Join us this Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 for the annual International Christmas Festival at Balboa Park'...
11/30/2023

Join us this Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 for the annual International Christmas Festival at Balboa Park's December Nights! As usual we will have piping hot Irish stew, a delectable assortment of home baked goods, and cheerful caroling available at the cottage, not to mention whiskey and properly-poured Irish pints in the International Spirits Garden!

Event hours are 3 - 11pm on Friday and 11am - 11pm on Saturday, but don't wait! Our stew is always a crowd-pleaser and is likely to sell out well before the end of the night.

We hope to see you all as we celebrate the holiday season!

The Council of Himselfs πŸ˜‰
05/07/2023

The Council of Himselfs πŸ˜‰

Join us today for the 40th Annual Ethnic Food Fair! We will be serving our ever popular Irish Stew, non-alcoholic Irish ...
05/07/2023

Join us today for the 40th Annual Ethnic Food Fair! We will be serving our ever popular Irish Stew, non-alcoholic Irish Coffee, and a delicious array of home-baked goodies! The event runs from 11 AM to 7 PM, but don't count on the stew lasting that long!

Our great group of volunteers are ready to kick off this year's lawn program!
03/12/2023

Our great group of volunteers are ready to kick off this year's lawn program!

Join us today for our annual Lawn Program! We will be serving Irish Stew, Irish coffee (non-alcoholic), and delicious ba...
03/12/2023

Join us today for our annual Lawn Program! We will be serving Irish Stew, Irish coffee (non-alcoholic), and delicious baked goods beginning at 11 AM and continuing until 5 PM. Be sure to grab a seat for our stage performance beginning at 2 PM and featuring live music and traditional Irish dancing!

The cottage will be closed today while we march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade! The parade kicks off at 10:30 AM at Fif...
03/11/2023

The cottage will be closed today while we march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade! The parade kicks off at 10:30 AM at Fifth and Laurel - be sure to give us a wave as we pass!

Don't forget to join us at the cottage tomorrow for our annual Lawn Program, featuring live music, dancers, and delicious Irish stew!

For directions and parade info: http://www.stpatsparade.org/

Keeping cozy today at the cottage with an
12/18/2022

Keeping cozy today at the cottage with an

A big thank you to everyone who came out to see us last weekend at December Nights! We hope you're keeping cozy as the w...
12/10/2022

A big thank you to everyone who came out to see us last weekend at December Nights! We hope you're keeping cozy as the weather crisps up!

Join us today for our regular hosting starting at noon, including live music after 3 PM. Unfortunately our monthly Celtic Art Class has been rescheduled - please join us next Saturday, December 17, for both the "Celtic Christmas Tree Ornaments" project and our monthly Irish Knitting Class.

We are so thrilled to be back in action for December Nights! Come by the cottage today for our ever popular Irish Stew a...
12/03/2022

We are so thrilled to be back in action for December Nights! Come by the cottage today for our ever popular Irish Stew and some tempting desserts at the cottage, and stay to enjoy festive caroling! Drop in to the Spirit Garden (back in our usual location behind the cottages!) for an Irish Coffee or a pint of Guinness.

We hope you're all enjoying that extra hour as Daylight Savings Time wraps up! If you're looking for somewhere to spend ...
11/06/2022

We hope you're all enjoying that extra hour as Daylight Savings Time wraps up! If you're looking for somewhere to spend that new free time, why not drop by our All-Levels Music Session from 10:30 AM - 12 PM?

Members, don't forget that we have a big meeting tonight at 5:30 PM - it's time to elect the officers of the Board for next year! Zoom links have already been emailed out - please contact Shanti if you did not receive a link and would like to join in.

Join us this morning from 10:30 to noon for the All-Level Music Session! Although this is not a class, this session is o...
10/02/2022

Join us this morning from 10:30 to noon for the All-Level Music Session! Although this is not a class, this session is open to those with their own instruments who would like to come and share a tune!

Members, don't forget to join us on Zoom at 5:30 PM tonight for our monthly membership meeting. The meeting link has been emailed out - please contact Shanti if you did not receive it and would like to attend.

Happy October! πŸŽƒJoin us today, October 1, from noon to 3 PM at the cottage for this month's Celtic Art Class: "Celtic de...
10/01/2022

Happy October! πŸŽƒ

Join us today, October 1, from noon to 3 PM at the cottage for this month's Celtic Art Class: "Celtic designs on pumpkins (Samhain)". Afterwards, stick around to hear traditional Irish tunes from the Intermediate Music Session at 4 PM.

We hope you're all keeping cool this summer!Our August Knitting Class will kick off today at noon - or drop by for a sco...
08/13/2022

We hope you're all keeping cool this summer!

Our August Knitting Class will kick off today at noon - or drop by for a scone as our knitters work their needle magic!

If you're in the park later in the afternoon, don't miss our weekly Intermediate Music Session from 4-6 PM.

With Summer just around the corner, here's a look at what the House of Ireland will be up to this month!* Our final Iris...
06/05/2022

With Summer just around the corner, here's a look at what the House of Ireland will be up to this month!

* Our final Irish Gaelic Songs class for the session will be this week on Tuesday, June 7, from 7 - 9 PM via Zoom. Email [email protected] for more information on our free Gaelic classes, including to be notified when our next class starts up!

* The Irish Knitting Class will be meeting at the cottage on Saturday, June 11 from 12 - 3 PM. As always, this class is free and drop-in, so feel free to bring your work in progress or even just your curiosity to join our resident "knit-wits"!

* Our next Celtic Art Class will be at the cottage on Saturday, June 18 from 12 - 3 PM, featuring Father's Day picture frames.

* Of course, our weekly music sessions at the cottage are still on schedule, with the Intermediate Session meeting on Saturdays from 4 - 6 PM and the All-Levels Session meeting Sundays from 10:30 AM - 12 PM. Those with instruments who feel up to speed are welcome to join in, and all are welcome to listen!

Members, don't forget to join us tonight at 5:30 PM on Zoom for our monthly membership meeting. The link has been emailed out - please contact Shanti if you didn't receive it and would like to join.

Happy May (and lΓ‘ Bealtaine sona dhaoibh)! We have an exciting month ahead!* Our new Irish Gaelic Songs class is underwa...
05/01/2022

Happy May (and lΓ‘ Bealtaine sona dhaoibh)! We have an exciting month ahead!

* Our new Irish Gaelic Songs class is underway, meeting Tuesday nights via Zoom from 7 - 9 PM. Email [email protected] for more information.

* Our Celtic Art Class will be meeting at the cottage next Saturday (May 7) from 12 - 3 PM working on painted silk potpourri bags for Mother's Day.

* The Irish Knitting Class will be meeting at the cottage the following Saturday (May 14) from 12 - 3 PM.

Today, we will be open for our usual hosting hours from 11 AM to 4 PM. From 10:30 AM to 12 PM the All-Level Music Session will be in the cottage - drop by to hear live Irish music, or if you have your own instrument bring it along and join in!

Members, don't forget to join us tonight at 5:30 PM on Zoom for our monthly membership meeting. The link was emailed out this week - please contact Shanti if you didn't receive it and would like to join.

Gearing up for today's lawn program - can you tell we're thrilled to be back in person?    ☘️
03/13/2022

Gearing up for today's lawn program - can you tell we're thrilled to be back in person? ☘️

Curious about our lawn program schedule? We are going GREEN this year and it is available on our website! Scan the QR Co...
03/13/2022

Curious about our lawn program schedule? We are going GREEN this year and it is available on our website! Scan the QR Code below to view or download the PDF. Or, visit directly athttps://houseofireland.org/LawnProgram2022.pdf

Join us for our annual celebration of Irish culture - back in person for the first time since 2019! We will be serving I...
03/13/2022

Join us for our annual celebration of Irish culture - back in person for the first time since 2019! We will be serving Irish stew, Irish coffee (non-alcoholic), and delicious baked goods from 11 AM to 5 PM. Be sure to grab a seat for our stage performance beginning at 2 PM, featuring traditional Irish music and dance and much more!

Celebrity sighting - official House of Ireland representative  and entourage!
03/12/2022

Celebrity sighting - official House of Ireland representative and entourage!

Join the House of Ireland in celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the return of the 40th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade a...
03/12/2022

Join the House of Ireland in celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the return of the 40th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival! This year's theme is "Irish Building America". The House of Ireland will be marching in the parade, which kicks off at 10:30 AM at 5th & Laurel. Be sure to wave at us as we pass by!

For more information: http://www.stpatsparade.org

It's official - we will be reopening the weekend of February 20!Per Park guidelines, both our volunteers and our visitor...
02/07/2022

It's official - we will be reopening the weekend of February 20!

Per Park guidelines, both our volunteers and our visitors will be required to wear masks inside the cottage. We appreciate everyone's cooperation in keeping our cottage a safe and welcoming place to visit, and we can't wait to see those smilin' Irish eyes! ☘

The International Cottages will be closed for the remainder of the month as a precautionary measure.While we will miss s...
01/15/2022

The International Cottages will be closed for the remainder of the month as a precautionary measure.

While we will miss seeing your cheerful masked faces for the time being, this does not mean that all activities are quiet! Our language class (Irish Gaelic Conversations) continues to meet on Tuesday nights at 7 PM via Zoom, and our monthly knitting class will be meeting via Zoom as well for this month and next month (Jan 15 and Feb 12).

Stay tuned for further updates, and as always please reach out if you are interested in participating!

Stay cozy this winter!
12/07/2021

Stay cozy this winter!

Happy December! Another strange year has flown right by, and we've been so glad to have you all with us along the way!We...
12/05/2021

Happy December! Another strange year has flown right by, and we've been so glad to have you all with us along the way!

We are open for our usual hosting hours until 4 PM, but Taste of December Nights (just across Park Blvd) will be open until 10 PM, featuring a selection of baked goods from all of HPR!

Members, don't forget to join us tonight at 5:30 PM on Zoom for our last meeting of the year. The link was sent out via email - please contact Shanti if you didn't receive it and would like to join.

How time flies! Did you remember to set your clocks back this morning?Get the morning off to a great start with our Intr...
11/07/2021

How time flies! Did you remember to set your clocks back this morning?

Get the morning off to a great start with our Introductory Music Session at 10:30 AM. Members, don't forget to join us tonight on Zoom for our monthly members meeting at 5:30 PM! Contact Shanti if you need the link.

Join us this afternoon for knitting (12 - 3 PM) and our intermediate music session (4 - 6 PM)!
10/09/2021

Join us this afternoon for knitting (12 - 3 PM) and our intermediate music session (4 - 6 PM)!

09/15/2021

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

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665 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA
92101

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Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

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