Many groups in the Milwaukee area have Irish and other Celtic interests and foster and promote Celtic, Irish or Irish-American culture. Interests range from genealogy to dancing, currach racing and hurling to art, theater and music. Although these groups have no official linkage to the ICHC, the Center, in keeping with its role in promoting and supporting the culture, encourages you to explore the variety of interests shown here and to contact any of the groups directly for more information on how you might participate in their activities.
Organization Description  Contact
Ancient Order of Hibernians Promotes friendship, unity and Christian charity among its members by providing assistance to the aged, sick, blind and infirm members, and working to advance the principles of Irish nationality.
Cashel-Dennehy School of Irish Dance The Cashel Dennehy School of Irish Dance is a nonprofit organization that promotes the Irish heritage as well as national and international sports competition. We offer lessons for children of all abilities, ages 5 and up, who have an interest in learning Irish dance. We hope to build and preserve a love and respect for Irish culture through the various aspects of Irish dance. Information
 phone: 414 297-9213
Conradh na Gaeilge Craobh Curtin is a local chapter of Conradh na Gaeilge, the Gaelic League, which promotes use of the Irish language and offers classes, workshops and related events in the Midwest and the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Bruce Barr
 email: scotach @
phone: 262 843-3573
Emerald Society of Wisconsin An organization of active and retired local, state and federal law enforcement officers and others employed in the criminal justice system who are of Irish descent or have an interest in fostering and furthering Irish heritage. Also has associate members from outside of the law enforcement profession.
Charter member of the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES).
Glencastle Irish Dancers, Inc. A Milwaukee-based school of Irish dance offering classes for children through adults. Glencastle's philosophy is to teach in a friendly, positive and nurturing way to encourage self-confidence, discipline and respect for the art form. Bridget Jaskulski, TCRG
 email: Glencastleid @
 phone: 414-383-0621
Irish Currach Club of Milwaukee Fosters the Celtic nautical heritage and promotes the sport of currach racing. Sponsors displays and a regatta at Milwaukee Irish Fest and participates in races and rowing for sport and for pleasure. Maggi Matousek
 phone: 262 376-0369 or 0356
McMenamin Irish Dance Academy Established to promote Irish heritage as well as national and international sports competition, the Academy requires no auditions. The school provides a safe, friendly atmosphere that nurtures the dancers as they learn. Students of all abilities and ages gain self-confidence as they master their steps, while developing poise and self-discipline. Aine McMenamin Johnson, TCRG
 phone: 414 967-7038
Milwaukee Gaelic Football Club   Brad Matthews
phone: 414 271-1639
Milwaukee Hurling Club Educates individuals of all ages about the ancient, Irish sport of hurling in an inclusive environment that fosters positive sportsmanship and benefits our
members socially, mentally and physically.
Karen Fink
phone: 414 297-9490
Milwaukee Irish Arts A group dedicated to the initiation, presentation and promotion of Irish and Irish American arts in the Midwest with particular emphasis on theatre, film and the visual arts. Kathy Radaj 
 phone: 414 229-5947
Milwaukee Set Dance Club The club promotes and sponsors set dancing, including classes, workshops and dances. Sets are traditional, adult social dances from Ireland danced to those great jigs and reels that characterize traditional  Irish dance music. Julie Gale
phone:414 321 3521 
Shamrock Club of Wisconsin The Shamrock Club is the oldest and largest Irish American organization in the State of Wisconsin. It was founded on March 17, 1960, in Milwaukee. There are chapters throughout the sate of Wisconsin. Chapters hold monthly meetings, organize St. Patrick's Day parades, raise the flag over the State Capitol, as well as other Irish related activities. email:
Trinity Academy 
of Irish Dance
The Trinity Irish Dance program uniquely centers on the empowerment of each child, with lessons focused on self-confidence and choice, allowing each child to decide their own level of participation in Irish dance. Students are never required to compete, but are always allowed the opportunity. Instructors use a distinct, noncompetitive teaching method that places children on a “journey” through Ireland, teaching the beauty of the dance form as well as cultural and life lessons along the way. Information
 phone: 773-774-5961
 toll free: 877-326-2328
Wisconsin Scottish Wisconsin Scottish is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the heritage and culture of Scotland and the British Isles. email:

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