• Sunday & Saturday Hosting

    Sundays & Saturdays, 12:00PM - 5:00PM
    Irish Dancing at the Cottage

    The cottage is open to the public every weekend. Stop in for a cup of Irish tea and a slice of soda bread while enjoying traditional Irish music and dance or joining in for some classic Irish songs.

    • 1st Sundays:

      Irish Step Dancing
    • 2nd Sundays:

      Irish Step Dancing
    • 3rd Sundays:

      Irish Instrumental Music Seisiún
    • 4th Sundays:

      Irish Singing
    • 5th Sundays:

      Irish Instrumental Music Seisiún
  • Saturday Music Session

    Saturdays, 3:00PM - 5:00PM

    Every Saturday afternoon, the cottage is open during the intermediate music session.

  • Free Tuesdays

    Fourth Tuesdays, 12:00PM - 2:00PM

    As a part of Balboa Park's Free Tuesdays rotation, the cottage is open every fourth Tuesday.

Free Class Offerings

  • Irish Language Class

    Irish Language Class

    Classes in Irish Gaelic are offered frequently at the cottage, depending upon instructor availability. Be sure to check our calendar below to see what our current offerings are.

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    • Irish Gaelic Conversation

      Instructor(s): Shanti Hofshi
      Class Times: Tuesdays, 7:00PM - 10:00PM
      Next Class: January 23rd, 2018


      This session will be focused on simple Irish conversation with supporting grammar and vocabulary. Basic knowledge of Irish is assumed (one prior beginning class). The class is free of charge and all materials are provided.

  • Irish Music Sessions

    For more information: HOI Irish Music Sessions

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    Musical Resources:
    -The Session
    -O'Neill's Music of Ireland by Miles Krassen, Oak Publications
    -Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Irish Session Tune Book by Kevin Gow

    Children's Session
    • Intermediate Music Session

      Class Times: Saturdays, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
      Next Session: January 20th, 2018

      An Intermediate Irish Session meets at the cottage each week. Musicians at an intermediate level are welcome to join in, and members of the public are welcome to stop in and enjoy the music. Players must bring their own instruments. Session times may change seasonally, so please check the website or calendar to double check!

    • Introductory Music Session

      Class Times: Sundays, 10:30AM - 12:00PM
      Next Session: January 21st, 2018

      Every Sunday morning, the House of Ireland offers a free introductory Irish session music class at the House of Ireland Cottage in Balboa Park, San Diego. All players of all levels are welcome to participate. Players must bring their own instruments.

  • Coloring Book Day

    Instructor(s): Mary McDermott
    Class Times: 3rd Saturdays, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
    Next Class: January 20th, 2018

    A free coloring book session, open to all! Materials will be provided.

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  • Cottage Closed for Cleaning

    Instructor(s): TBD
    Class Time: 12:00AM - 12:00AM
    Next Class: January 27th, 2018

    The cottage will be closed today for cleaning - please visit us tomorrow or later on during the week!

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  • Celtic Art Class

    Celtic Art Class

    Instructor(s): Sandra Arevalo
    Class Times: 1st Saturdays, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
    Next Class: February 3rd, 2018
    Topic: Celtic designs on cotton tote bags

    Join us at the House of Ireland for an interactive Celtic Art class.

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  • Irish Knitting Class

    Instructor(s): Sandra Arevalo and Erin Ratelle
    Class Times: 2nd Saturdays, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
    Next Class: February 10th, 2018

    Classes are free. Advanced knitters will be on hand with demonstration materials to teach beginning techniques, but knitters of all levels are also encouraged to bring their own projects. Our resident "knit-wits" look forward to seeing you and sharing the joy of Irish Knitting!

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