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Come help Irish on Grand celebrate 25 years of being our favorite Irish import shop in the Twin Cities!  From 10am - 6pm, stop by to extend congratulations to Maeve and Liam and to enjoy performances by many local Irish groups, including our Open Sky Ensemble at 3pm.

We are happy to support our local elementary school's arts programming at Hamline Elementary's Fall Festival from 12-4:30pm.  Come watch and listen to our Starling Youth Ensemble perform at 12:30pm and stop by our information table as well!

End your day with relaxing, beautiful music from Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty at a CD release concert for Norah's latest CD, Spinning Yarns! 8pm at the Celtic Junction.  **Admission FREE for children under 16!**

Don't miss The Gloaming, a group made up of virtuosic musicians Iarla Ó Lionaird (singing), Thomas Bartlett (piano), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger), Martin Hayes (fiddle) & Dennis Cahill (guitar), when they perform at the McGuire Theater at the Walker Arts Center from 8-10pm.

Take a road trip to Dodgeville, WI for a FREE concert with Charlene Adzima and Andreas Transo from 2-3pm.  

The Murphy Beds bring their traditional and original folk songs to the Celtic Junction at 7pm.

**Give to the Max Day - Thurs., Nov. 12th
**CIM Fall Recitals - Sunday, Dec. 6th

This is not meant to be an exhaustive listing of all of the possible events within the Irish community in the Twin Cities.  For more listings, please visit the 
IMDA's Event Calendar, which is a great resource for local events.
3 ways you can help CIM leading up to GTTM Day:
  1. Tell your friends why you support CIM on social media.
  2. Create your own fundraiser page for CIM. Simply click on the orange "fundraise" button at 
  3. Schedule your donation ahead of time!
  4. Include CIM as one of the charities you will support on GTTM day.  Did you know that most donors donate to more than two causes on GTTM day every year?  Go Minnesota!!!

CIM's GiveMN page - you can actually donate any day, not just on November 12th.

CIM 10th Anniversary Video Tells Our Story
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We are excited to share with you our promotional video, made in celebration of CIM's tenth anniversary. Thank you to Steve Flynn of GoodLooking Films for helping us bring the story of
the Center for Irish Music to a wider audience. Please take a few minutes to watch the video and share it with your friends and family. 
Support CIM Every Time you Shop!

Each time you shop, you can help raise money for CIM!  Simply click on the following link and save it in your bookmarks. That way, every time you shop you'll be brought directly to our Amazon smile site.  Happy shopping and thank you for supporting The Center for Irish Music.  

'Like' CIM on Facebook!
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The CIM has a very active Facebook page.  Please join us there for the most up-to-date announcements, posts related to traditional Irish music, and upcoming events.

CIM has a 
YouTube Channel
Click below to view videos of many public performances by CIM ensembles at the Irish Fair of MN, St. Patrick's Day events, local coffee shops, and summer fairs.

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CIM has a LinkedIn group and we encourage CIM members to contact each other via this social networking site.
Dear CIM students and supporters, 

This Sunday from 4-6pm, we will be hosting a celebration of thanksgiving for all of our wonderful volunteers.  Did you know that over 125 people volunteer for the Center for Irish Music every year?  Of 125 volunteers, 26 plan and execute our two big annual events, Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event and the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, giving hundreds of hours (and expertise) to our organization.  The Center for Irish Music truly would not be what it is without the incredible generosity of our volunteers.  Thanks to each and every one of you who has given your time to the Center for Irish Music in the past 11 years.  You have helped us grow into the thriving Irish music school that we are.

We'd love to extend an invitation to new students and families to join our volunteer team this year!  If you are interested, contact us by filling out the online volunteer form or by emailing

Thank you, and enjoy the beautiful autumnal weather!  We hope to see you at one of the many events happening this weekend.
-Norah Rendell,  
CIM Executive Director

Irish on Grand Celebrates 25 Years!

Please join the Center for Irish Music and the Twin Cities' Irish community in celebrating Irish on Grand's 25th anniversary on Saturday, October 3rd from 10am to 6pm!  There will be music and dance performances throughout the day and specials inside the store.  The CIM's Open Sky Ensemble will perform at 3pm.

Congratulations, Irish on Grand, on 25 years of being our favorite Irish import shop!  
Congratulations and Deepest Thanks to Mike & Jan Casey
Mike & Jan Casey, volunteering at CIM's Eigse CIM, A Gaela Event
Congratulations to long-time CIM supporters and volunteers Mike and Jan Casey on receiving the 2015 Curtin-Conway award!  The Curtin-Conway Award is awarded annually by the Irish Fair of Minnesota to someone who has made significant contributions to the Irish cultural community in the Twin Cities and/or Minnesota. The award includes a $1,000 donation by the Irish Fair to the Irish cultural charity of the recipient's choice.

Mike and Jan Casey are active members of the local Irish community. Mike has been involved with Irish Fair since the early days, and under his leadership the Fair's Cultural Area has grown significantly. Mike is a long- time MC for the IMDA Landmark Center events, serves on the board of the Irish Fair, and performs with the Celtic Collaborative Irish theater group.

In addition to being an active volunteer with Irish Fair (including creating the impressive 50-year history of Irish music in the Twin Cities display), Jan has been a dedicated member of the IMDA's board since 2006. Since her involvement began, the entertainment at the Landmark Center events has grown to include a children's stage, Irish theater, expanded Tea Room music and seminars. She regularly updates the IMDA website and Facebook page, and contributes each month to the IMDA newsletter. Jan created and continues to coordinate both the IMDA'S Decade of Dance Award and IMDA's Educational Grant Program.

Thank you to the Caseys for choosing the Center for Irish Music as their charity of choice! Your support means the world to us, and will help us to continue in our mission of "handing down the tradition!"
The Third Volume of the Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection is Available

The Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection is a historic compilation of 1,500 Irish tunes from the repertoire of Paddy O'Brien of County Offaly, an All-Ireland accordion champion and one of the world's outstanding performers of Irish traditional music. In more than five decades as a musician, Paddy has gained a reputation as a walking encyclopedia of Irish music; it's estimated that he carries in his head the melodies of more than 3,000 Irish tunes. Created especially for serious students of Irish music, this unique collection can help today's players learn Irish music the way it was traditionally handed down-by ear.

Paddy has also written a few poems about some of the older musicians and fellow players who have taught him a lot about the music. Here's a video of Paddy reading one of those poems, 'MacMahon from Clare.' 

The subjects are characters like Tommy Potts, Willie Clancy, Sonny Brogan, Seamus Ennis, Páidí Bán O Bríain, Micho Russell, Michael Dwyer, Sean Maguire, Tony MacMahon, Julia Clifford, John Kelly, Jack Dolan, Bill Harte, and a few others as well. 


Every Monday at 7:30 - 8pm on KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis or 106.7 FM St. Paul.  

On KBEM-FM 88.5 FM, Saturdays from 12 - 1pm AND on internet radio on Saturdays from 10 - 11am and Sundays from 12 - 1pm.  

Congratulations to the Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling Club Camogie Team!

The Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling Club (TCRE) has been a great supporter of the Center for Irish Music over the years,  so it is with great enthusiasm that we offer our congratulations to the TCRE camogie team on their North American GAA title win!  The championship game was held on Sunday, September 6, in the afternoon withering heat.  The TCRE team defeated the Seattle Gaels in a barn-buster second half comeback. The score at the half time whistle was 1-06 to 1-01 in favor of Seattle but Twin Cities took the favorable wind for the second half and came back to win 6-05 to 1-07; the TCRE defense allowing only one point over the bar after the half time; a total score of 23 to 10, in favor of Junior Camogie 2015 National Champions, Twin Cities.

Special congratulations to CIM community members and students Stacey Peterson, Megan Cole, and Sarah MacFarland!

To learn more about the TCRE, or for information regarding opportunities to join the club or simply learn more about the sport of hurling, please visit or contact the club at

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