Kevin Burke along with Tommy & Saundra O’Sullivan in a double CD Release Extravaganza

Saturday November 3rd @ 7:30 at The GAC
Admission $20 – $5 for children

Kevin Burke (born 1950) is an Irish master fiddler considered one of the finest living Irish fiddlers. For nearly four decades he has been at the forefront of Irish traditional music and Celtic music, performing and recording with the seminal groups The Bothy Band, Patrick Street, and the Celtic Fiddle Festival.

In addition to his solo albums, Burke has had successful project collaborations with Christy Moore, Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Jackie Daly, Ged Foley and Cal Scott.

In 2002, Burke was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honour given in the United States for folk and traditional arts.

In 2016, Kevin Burke was awarded the “Gradam Ceoil” (Musician of the Year) in the traditional-music awards presented by the Irish-language TV channel TG4.

Acclaimed as “one of the great contemporary folk voices of Ireland”. Tommy O’Sullivan, “stellar guitarist”, has remained one of the hidden treasures of traditional Irish music for many years. He has toured throughout North America and Europe, appearing at many major venues and festivals. Tommy has always kept an active recording schedule having recorded three albums as a member of Sliabh Notes and a duet album with Bothy Band piper, Paddy Keenan as well as two solo albums ‘Legacy’ and ‘Song Ablaze’

Saundra O’Sullivan is from Houston, Texas with native American roots. During high school and college she sang in many choirs and was a featured soloist. She joined the Bayou City Pipes and Drums, bagpipe band, as a tenor drummer and competed in many marching band competitions throughout the greater U.S.A. Through a family member she became interested in traditional Irish music, which led her to attend an annual Irish music retreat in Midlothian, Texas in 2007. There she met Tommy O’Sullivan who was one of the instructors visiting from Ireland.

As they explored singing together they discovered her alto harmonies to be a perfect match for his tenor lead vocals, adding a fertile texture to the overall sound. She has now become a very welcomed addition to the vibrant local music scene in Dingle, Ireland, where Saundra and Tommy now live since their wedding in Houston in March 2010.

Hanging of the Jerseys ~ November 11th 6-8:30pm

Hanging of the Jerseys with Camac
Sunday November 11th from 6-8:30PM

Join in the revelry and fun of this fine tradition celebrating Dublin the All-Ireland Hurling Champs Limerick, All-Ireland Football Champs Dublin and St. Patrick’s Hurling & Football Club

 

 

CnG Presents “Whacked” Nov. 15, 16, 17 @ 8:00 & Nov. 18 @ 2:30

Clan na Gael Fall Play

WHACKED, an adult comedy follows Jack Murphy, whose wife walks in on an embarrassing private moment the night before Thanksgiving. The in-laws, coming to celebrate, notice something amiss and get involved. A Thanksgiving farce stuffed full of sex, family, awkwardness and hilariously needless shame.

Adult language and themes. Not intended for young audiences.

 

Cast: Mat Apgar. Steve Bennett, Joseph Dias,
Eileen Fickes, Bettie Gugginheim, Eamon Speer,
Erin Williams, Byrne White.

Directed by Kelsey Guggeinheim-Dias.

November 15, 16, 17 @ 8:00 Sunday Nov. 18 @ 2:30. Cabaret seating. Reservations: Bette Leary at 203-767-0117 or email: betteleary@gmail.com

 

 

Celtic Rovers on the Road

AS of 11/02/2018 newport mansion trip is sold out

Christmas in Newport Mansion Tour & Holiday Stroll
Saturday, December 8

Day trips planned especially for Senior Members of the Gaelic American Club!

Travel Itinerary

7:30 a.m.: Coffee and lite breakfast at the GAC

8 a.m.: Coach bus departs the GAC

11 a.m.: Self-guided tour of The Breakers

12:30 p.m.: Lunch at Irish American Athletic Club

2:30-4:15 p.m.: Free time to stroll through Newport

4:30 p.m.: Bus departs Newport and returns to the GAC at 7 p.m.

Details

Cost is $50 and includes bus and lunch (alcohol/tip extra).
Space is limited to 35! Deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 9.

To register, e-mail aroach@market-image.com and send check (made out to GAC)
to Ann Ford Roach, 292 Parkwood Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824. Call 203-520-1677 for more information.

2019 Executive Committee

Meet the Team

As of October 19th there are no contested positions for the 2019 GAC Executive Committee so there will be no need for an election on Sunday December 2nd 2018. The full list of 2019 Committee Members is as follows:

Gerry-&-Rose

Gerry Reidy

President

Gerry O'Donovan

Gerry O'Donovan

Recording Secretary

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Amy O'Shea

Director 3 Years

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Faith Maciver

Vice President

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Jim Corcoran

Financial Secretary

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Hilary Dee Koreeda

Director 2 Years

Tom Harding

Tom Harding

Treasurer

John Comerford

John Comerford

Sergeant-at-Arms

X-pat

Pat Carolan

Director 1 Year

Mr. & Miss Shamrock Scholarship

High School Seniors with an Irish background may apply for a $3,000 scholarship (Runner-ups will received $1750) beginning November 1, 2018. Applications will be in the Guidance Offices of local Public and Catholic High Schools , as well as on  The Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Celebration  website  www.stpatricksdaybridgeport.com.

The actual judging and reception will be held at the GAC from 4:00-9:00pm on Saturday, December 15, 2018 (Snow date is Dec. 16)

All applications must be submitted to Patty McDonnell (pattymcd2001@gmail.com) by Saturday, December 8, 2018.

St. Patrick’s Diner Dance December 1st

St. Patrick’s Diner Dance December 1st

The St. Patrick’s Gaelic Football And Hurling Club annual dinner dance will take place at 7pm on Saturday December 1st at the Gaelic American Club, Fairfield. Just as in prior years, we will celebrate the Club’s continued growth and numerous successes on the field including NYMB and CYC/National Championships. In addition we will honoring two very dedicated and valued members of our club, Jimmy & Caroline Feeney as well as honoring player of the year Joe Jones.

The dinner dance will feature The McLean Ave band, terrific dinner and dessert and an open bar. the cost of the evening is $100 which includes performances by the Connelly Family, The McLean Ave Band, dinner and open bar.

Ticket purchasing information will follow seating reservations, but we will offer both an electronic payment option, and table captains will be collecting checks and donations on the night of the event. Please note that there is limited capacity at the GAC and we fully expect the dinner dance to sell out quickly; tickets will be sold on a “first come-first served basis” and will be initially offered exclusively to members before other members of the community are invited to purchase tickets.

Please click here to reserve your table / seat today!

For those interested in the submitting an ad for the Annual Dinner Dance Journal

We will follow similar format to years past, and ask that you submit your journal ads via email. Please complete the attached form and send your entry, including artwork / logos / pictures to fundraising@stpatricksgaa.us by November 17, 2018.

2018 St Patrick’s Journal Ad Form

Honoree Gaels of 2018 Jimmy & Caroline Feeney

Green Fields of America Show with Performances by Darrah Carr & Niall O’Leary ~ Oct 24th @ 7:30pm

The Green Fields of America are Mick Moloney, Billy McComiskey, Athena Tergis, Liz Hanley and Brenda Castle

“The Green Fields of America” was formed in 1978 in Philadelphia and still led by musician and folklorist Mick Moloney. The band was created to present and tour some of Irish America’s finest musicians and dancers. “The Green Fields of America” was the first group on either side of the Atlantic to bring together Irish vocal, instrumental, and dance traditions on the concert and festival stage.

Mick Moloney is the dean of Irish-American music, having inspired, trained and toured the best musicians in the United States. For more than twenty years, renowned musician and folklorist Mick Moloney has led a stalwart group of Irish-American instrumentalists, singers and dancers in concerts from coast-to-coast.

Also appearing is  World champion Irish step dancers Darrah Carr & Niall O’Leary who have garnered extensive performance credits including: Carnegie Hall, NBC’s “The Today Show,” Japan’s Osaka Festival Hall, and Disneyworld.  As the Village Voice says “their vibrant and dazzling Irish step dancing becomes a happy dialogue with O’Leary also soloing on the spoons.”

An evening with Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America is an unforgettable experience. They perform a brilliant repertoire of slow airs, jigs, reels, and hornpipes. For the last thirty years, Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America has performed all over the United States. Scores of the finest Irish artists and dancers in America have performed with the group and many have gone on to achieve international fame.


Dancing with the GAC Stars

DWTS-2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL the 2018 GAC Stars

The energy in the Carolan Room was ablaze last Saturday night during the "Ninth Annual Dancing with the GAC Stars Charity Fundraiser"! Congratulations to Alice Morgan, as her impressive hustle got her top scores and first place. Teri Deal's fantastic and fun West Coast Swing landed her in second place. Cheers to all the remaining dancers for their outstanding performances. Alison Flannery's "Cinderella' inspired Viennese Waltz started the show with grace and beauty. Tim Creagh's elegant Waltz wowed the judges and audience; Jillian Plomin's Samba to Ed Sheeran's "Galway Girl" stole our hearts; and Dylan Strachan's spicy Salsa brought the crowd to their feet! Bravo on another successful fundraiser! Mark your calendar for next year's show taking place on Saturday, October 12, 2019

DWTS 18-tim

Tim Creach

DWTS 18-alice

Alice Morgan

DWTS 18-teri (1)

Teri Deal

DWTS 18-jillian

Jillian Plomin

DWTS 18-alison

Alison Flannery

DWTS 18-dylan

Dylan Strachan

Monday Night Barbecue is back!

We’ll be barbecuing every Monday night @ 6:30pm until the weather gets cold. Menu includes: hamburgers & cheeseburgers ($4 & $5), hot dogs, sweet & hot Italian sausage, red hots, chili ($2), knockwurst & Bratwurst ($3) and much more. All condiments are included.  Come, bring your friends and enjoy the delicious food. For more information call 203-644-9073 or email poc6575@optimum.net.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd FROM 4-8:30 PM

GAC’S OKTOBERFEST
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 FROM 4-8:30 PM
ENTERTAINMENT BY BERNIE’S
ORCHESTRA & BAVARIAN DANCERS

Enjoy Our Oktoberfest Buffet served from 5-7PM Spatan Oktoberfest Beer on Tap Fun & Games Cash, Bar.
$23 Adults and Kids 7 and under are $5.
Make checks payable to GAC & drop off to
Social mailbox or mail to GAC. Attn: Oktoberfest.
For more info contact: Social@gacemail.org

Saturday and Sunday 22nd & 23rd ~ 1:00-3:30

Auditions for Clan na Gael’s Fall Production

Auditions for WHACKED an Adult comedy will be held Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday 23rd from 1:00-3:30. Needed are: 5 men and 3 women age range 20’s to 65. Production dates are November 15, 16, 17 & 18. Auditions are open to all. No experience necessary. For more information contact the director guggenheimk@gmail.com

GAC Irish Language Day & Variety Show

The “GAC Annual Irish Language Immersion Day” will be on October 6th, 2018. It is open to all levels from those with NO Irish to advanced. Irish Language Immersion Day Brochure   or  Pick up a brochure from the front desk.  Irish Language Immersion Day Registration Form.  Any questions please contact: Des Nolan at DesNolan@OptOnline.Net.

For the first time ever in the 70 year history of the club at GAC, an effort is underway to put on an a “Variety Show in Irish” (session style). 2018 is the Year of the Irish Language and we would like to show that the club actively participated in that. The show is being planned for October 6th, 2018, 2:30 to 4 PM. It will be open to the public ($5/person) and a booklet will be published ahead of time with each performance piece in English as well as Irish, so everyone can understand the show on the day.

Currently, we are looking for members of the various activity groups at GAC, (singing, acting, dancing and music), who would be interested in participating in this uniquely historical event. If you’re interested in participating, please talk to your activity leader who’s been contacted already or if you need to work on your own contact Des Nolan directly. Des will help with Irish performance piece selection, pronunciation and provision of simple phonetics as needed. Think a 5 min performance slot, (or multiple of that if needed), with a focus on a relaxed presentation/performance. Traditional pieces are fine, but we’re definitely seeking some contemporary interpretations on the traditional arts. Regardless, dare to be surprising and be entertaining! GAC Irish Language Day & Variety Show Flyer

If you think you might be interested in attending the show (no actual commitment needed) please send an email so we can get an idea of potential attendance.
Contact Information  DesNolan@OptOnline.Net.

The Celtic Calendar & Cross Quarter Days

22nd in a Series on Irish History Lectures on Sunday, October 21st @ 2pm.
This lecture will discuss the Celtic cross quarter days: Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh.

Karen Ní Chonghaile, who is with the Irish Language Society of Boston and is a native of County Galway, will be our lecturer. Karen has taught Irish from elementary to post-graduate level. She attributes her near-native fluency and her love of Irish grammar to a succession of inspirational educators, living in the native speaking Conamara Gaeltacht and her honors degree in Irish and Translation Studies.

Tickets – $5.00 (Students with ID $2.00) Send check payable to Feile, Inc. to: Mary Adams-Arroyo

(For a definition of quarter days and cross quarter days see: www.almanac.com/content/quarter-days-and-cross-quarter-days)

My Name is Joan

Feile, Inc. Invites you to a screening of the Award-winning documentary
“My Name is Joan”
Produced and Directed byMargaret Stapor CostaAries Productions LLC

“My Name is Joan” tells the story of Susan Drew, a woman who was born Joan Fagan to an unwed mother in the St. Patrick Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, Ireland on May 16, 1949. While the documentary chronicles Susan’s journey to find her true identity, it also highlights the illegal exporting of children for profit by the Catholic Church to families in other countries while the Irish Government turned a blind eye.

Mother and Baby homes were the norm in Irish society for unwed mothers since the nation became a state in 1922. An unmarried woman who became pregnant was viewed as a criminal. In most cases, their so-called “crime” of having sex outside of wedlock and becoming pregnant was a worse crime than murder. Therefore, in the wisdom of the Church, the women needed to be imprisoned and punished.

Unwed mothers were shunned by society and their families. The state-owned mother and baby homes, which were run by the Catholic Church, were oftentimes the only option for an unwed mother. But by entering them, the women unknowingly gave up all of their rights and dignity. Daily verbal and physical abuse by the nuns was common. Women worked heavy, manual labor into their 3rd trimesters. Women were denied drugs and proper medical care during labor. Once their babies were born, they had limited time to be with them as they had to return to hard labor to “pay for their sins.” They were called “fallen women.” They were told that while men had urges, the women should have been strong enough to withstand a male’s advances. In an overwhelming number of instances, these unwed mothers were raped. These rapes were committed by strangers, males in a position of power in a work situation and also by members of the clergy.

While Sue was taken from her mother when she was over two, she is considered lucky by many in Irish society. The majority of children who were not adopted were sent to institutions or bachelor farmers to work at hard labor with no chance for advancement because no education was provided. Oftentimes, these children were abused and no record of their whereabouts was ever kept once they left the home.

In 2015, a inquiry was launched by the Irish government to investigate what went on in mother and baby homes between 1922 and 1998. This Commission of Investigation is due out with their findings in 2018. The Commission has still not released their findings and 2018 is nearing an end. Many believe the inquiry will not shed light on what really happened to mothers and their children in these homes, and believe the Government is dragging its feet and hoping the issue will die as the people who were directly affected or those who engineered the illegal adoptions die.

The Irish Government still denies adopted children access to their information even though forced adoption affects at least a quarter of the Irish population. Children and mothers who go searching for each other are denied information that could reunite them. It is also believed that the Catholic Church and the Irish Government have destroyed all records pertaining to a mother and child’s time in the home in an effort to keep the “sins” of the nation buried. To this day, there are still many children and mothers who continue to search for each other.

The screening will be held on October 28th and will be followed by a Question and Answer forum and reception.  The event will run from 2:30-4:30 and is open to all Free of charge.

Skull of Connemara

Saturday October 27th at 8PM & Sunday October 28th at 7PM
(Please note the times for this reading have been updated since printing of October Sceala)

Clan na Gael Players is presenting a staged reading of SKULL OF CONNEMARA by Martin McDonagh  Saturday October 27 t 8PM and Sunday October 28th at 7PM. Peg O’Leary is directing the cast of, Mathew Apgar, Noel McGovern, Breda O’Sullivan, David Pirrie and Byrne White. This macabre, graveyard, black humor, set in Leenane, is recommended for mature audiences and is a fitting nod to the approach of All Saints Day.

For more information contact:  Bette Leary at 203-767-0117 or email: betteleary@gmail.com

 

Oral History Video Project

VIDEOGRAPHERS NEEDED FOR ORAL HISTORY VIDEO PROJECT
Volunteers are needed to assist in the filming of interviews for the Oral History Video Project.  This is a great learning opportunity for young people!  

If you are interested in assisting in the filming process, or if you are an Irish-born member interested in being interviewed, contact Peggy O’Leary at 203-243-8124 or opeggyo812@gmail.com.