Our Irish Outreach Coalition works with partners in the community to share far and wide the love, knowledge, and understanding of the Irish culture, its unique history, and the traditional arts Ireland is famous for. For ten years now, we have been providing Irish cultural programming for festivals, schools, businesses, and events in Minnesota.

Special Collaborations

Vaulted ceiling, heavy iron light fixtures, and bookshelves all around make for a great place to study.

 University of St. Thomas and O'Shaughnessy Library

Center for Irish Studies Spring Symposium - CANCELLED

Hardship to Hope: James Tuke, Archbishop Ireland and the Irish Emigration of the 1800s

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10 am - 3pm at the John Roach Center (JRC) 126

  • 10-11 a.m. - Jane Kennedy “Any Small Power”: A Tribute to James Hack Tuke (Read Jane's article "Journey to Uncertainty" in the Arts Review.)
  • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. - Reception in LIB 108. Official launch of "Fleeing from Famine: James Hack Tuke, a Philanthropist in the West of Ireland."
  • 1-2 p.m. - Charlie Heymann "The Music of Emigration": A Talk and Performance
  • 2-3 p.m. - Eamonn Wall "The Ship's Manifest: Irish-American Poet Journeys"
  • 6:30 p.m. - Evening Reception: Kickin' It Irish  at The Celtic Junction.
O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize Winner Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

University of St. Thomas and the Center for Irish Studies

2020 O'Shaughnessy Poetry Prize Winner Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh - CANCELLED

Poetry Reading by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

Friday, April 24,  7:30 - 9 pm at the John Roach Center at UST

Free. Hear the latest winner of the annual O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award given by UST’s Center for Irish Studies read her bilingual work in English and Irish and sign copies of her books.

Colloquium – O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize Winner Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 12 pm - 1 pm at the McKiernan Library at Celtic Junction Arts Center

Free and open to the public. Irish College of MN’s Lavinia Finnerty in conversation with O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize 2020 Winner, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh. Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is an Irish poet who writes in the Irish language. Discussion will be in Irish and English. Visit her website here.


Looking for a unique performance for a Corporate Event, Fair, Festival, or Wedding?

CJAC will connect you with a variety of entertainment including:

  • Riverdance-style performances
  • World-class musical acts
  • Customized experiences for your special event
Children coloring knotwork at a table during an outreach event.


Ireland’s arts are one of its most valuable exports. CJAC and the Irish Outreach Coalition will bring a custom program to your school or community which can include:

  • Folklore
  • Irish Language
  • Traditional Music
  • Stepdance


CJAC Lobby

*Please note. Tours are not available while special events are taking place.

Bring your group of 10 or more people to tour Celtic Junction Art Center’s (CJAC) 15,000 square foot Irish Cultural Center that boasts the best of the old and the new. Experience our four unique programs with Directors from the Eoin McKiernan Library, the Irish College of Minnesota, the Celtic Junction Concert Series and its Irish Outreach Coalition.  

Duration: 1 -1 ½ hours

Timing: by appointment only*

  • Weekdays 10-3 
  • Weekends 12-3

Cost: General admission tours are $5 per person 

  • $5 additional p.p. for Tea, Coffee & Treats Reception
  • $5 additional p.p. for a short Dance & Music Program*

Focus: Tours will cover the Cultural center and its programs. Choose to add a Tea, Coffee and Treats Reception, a Dance and Music Program, a Whiskey Tasting, and/or a Catered Lunch.

Group size: 10 - 50 people

Whiskey tastings & catered lunches are priced a la carte.  Full-length, music and dance show productions are available on and off site - price upon request.

Booking: Must book a minimum of 2 weeks in advance

Interested? Email outreach@celticjunction.org 

Annual Outreach Events

March: Kickin' It Irish

April: Irish Arts Week Reception

May: Children's Fair

July: Saint Paul Saints' Irish Night

October: Fall Festival Fundraiser

December: Celtic Holiday Hooley

Irish Outreach Partners