GAA Lecture ~ Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 @ 2PM

THE GAELIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION:
THE LIFEBLOOD OF IRELAND

Presented by Professor Mike Cronin, Academic Director of Boston College Ireland.

Professor Cronin was educated at the University of Kent and Oxford University where he was awarded his D.Phil. He has published widely on various aspects of Irish history, and is a
renowned scholar in the area of sport. He is a regular media commentator on aspects of Irish and sporting history.

His lecture will explore the history of the GAA, and discuss how central it has been to the creation and maintenance of Irish identity.

The GAA is more than simply a sporting organization, and has been instrumental in supporting the Irish language and culture, as well as having played a key role in many of the pivotal moments in Ireland’s political history. With the apparent demise of the Church as a central force in Irish life, the GAA stands alone as the only mass movement in the country and across its diaspora.

Registration:  $5.00 (students $2.00 with ID) to: marroyo@optonline.net

Sunday, Oct 22, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Gaelic – American Club

 

Don Stiffe Concert ~ Friday October 20th @ 7:30PM

DON STIFFE CONCERT
FRIDAY OCT 20 @ 7:30PM

The GAC is thrilled to present Don Stiffe, critically acclaimed as one of the greatest singer/songwriters to have emerged on the Irish Folk Scene in recent years “Don Stiffe, has a voice of rare expression and distinctive timbre that deserves to be heard far and wide.” So don’t miss the opportunity to experience this captivating performance! $20 per person at the door | children free

Congratulations David & Ann Marie Curtin

2018 Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day
Parade Grand Marshals

David & Ann Marie Curtin are the great-grandchildren of Irish immigrants and very active in the Irish cultural community as members of the Gaelic American Club; Ancient Order of Hibernians, John F Kennedy Division; and long-time supporters of the communion breakfast, St Patrick’s Scholarship dinner and marched in the Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day parade with the Fairfield Garden Club and the Irish Scholarship Committee for more than 20 years.

“Ann Marie and I will walk again – as we have for the last 20 years – in particular as a remembrance of our great-grandparents and for all those who came both before and since. On this coming St. Patrick’s Day we should remember that we’re all immigrants,” said David, a retired Verizon executive.

Both from Syracuse, N.Y., The Curtins moved in 1980 to Connecticut, where they raised their five children: Meghean, Paul, Dave, Dan and Neil and are now the proud grandparents of 17 grandchildren. Ann Marie is a retired special education teacher in the Fairfield Public School system. Both are daily communicants at St. Pius X church in Fairfield, where Ann Marie is both a Eucharistic minister and lector.

The 2018 parade will be on Friday, March 16 in downtown Bridgeport.

Day of Irish Language & Culture ~ Sat Oct 7 from 8:30 to 5 pm

Lá Gaeilge
The annual Day of Irish Language & Culture Event
Saturday, Oct. 7 – 8:30 am – 5 pm

You are invited to attend a one-day Irish language immersion course presented by the GAC Irish Language classes and Feile, Inc.  Classes are offered for all levels: No Irish, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced/Fluent. All class materials are included.  The day also features  a variety of cultural workshops,  door prizes, coffee and light breakfast, lunch, music and at least a month’s worth of “craic”, so join us for the most fun you’ve had since the last Lá Gaeilge.
Cost-all inclusive:  $50/pp
Early Bird registration – by Sept. 15 – $40/pp
Bring a friend – $40/pp  |  Students with ID – $25/pp
Registration forms will be available in the GAC lobby  or
contact us for more information or questions:
Roibin Griskus  rdgriskus@aol.com
Cait Thopsey: kthopsey01@gmail.com
Maire-Eilis Vollemans:  meov608@gmail.com

Trad Music Session

Enjoy live trad music led by the Shamrogues on the first Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm. All musicians are welcomed to sit in on the session. So dust off those instruments, warm up your voice and get energized with Traditional Irish Music.

 

Saturday, September 30th 4 ~ 8:30 PM

Oktoberfest Celebration with Entertainment  by Bernie’s Orchestra  &  Bavarian  Dancers

Enjoy Our Oktoberfest Buffet 5 – 7pm Spaten Oktoberfest Beer on Tap Fun & Games Cash Bar $22 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

 

 

Dancing with the GAC Stars III

Meet the GAC Stars!

Don't Miss the GAC Stars Dance for Local Charities on Saturday, October 14th 7PM. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased by mailing  check payable to GAC, 74 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824 or drop in Social Mailbox. Tickets sell out quickly!

Brian Thomas

The Tiny Miracles Foundation

Joan Hoar

St. Ann's Church

 

 

Dancing
With the GAC
Stars Saturday
October 14th
at 7pm

Debbie DeLorenzo

Bridgeport Rescue Mission

Mary Ellen Lyons

Swim Across the Sound

Suzanne Moore

Project from the Heart

Jack Tartamella

Alzheimer's Association - Long Island Chapter

Susan O'Hara

Mercy Learning Center

 

 

Tickets are
on Sale Now
and will
Sell out fast!

 

 

Come out and suppport the GAC Stars
and their charities!

GAC Irish Immersion Day – July 8th

GAC kids and families! Come to the GAC and take advantage of this great learning opportunity! A series of sessions will be presented throughout the day on various subjects in the Irish Language. The sessions are open to all, including those with no prior Irish whatsoever. English translation and phonetics will be provided for all material. You can come for one or more of any of the sessions (based on your interests). All sessions will be held in the Cultural Room upstairs in the club, which has limited comfortable seating, so to reserve the best seats register your interest with DesNolan@OptOnline.Net ahead of time, your friendly Irish Language Coach/Druid. Also email me if you have any questions.

9:30 to 10:45 AM: Nursery Rhymes & Friendly Compliments
11:00 to 12:15 AM: Blessing Yourself & Saying the Common Prayers

Lunch Break

1:15 to 2:30 PM: National Anthem & Irish Language Pride Poem
2:45 to 4:00: A Couple of Traditional Songs in Irish
4:15 to 5:30 PM: A Couple of Pop Songs in Irish

All Day Irish Music Session ~ Starts at Noon on Saturday June 10th

TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC DAY
SATURDAY JUNE 10 @ NOON ~

The GAC will host the first annual Traditional Irish Music Day (“Trad Day”)in the Pub at noon. There will be a rapid fire series of music sets featuring numerous All-Ireland Champion musicians and singers, as well as our own local musicians and dancers. Featured performers include Brian Conway, Mattie Connolly, Damien Connolly, Don Meade, Josephine McNamara, Loretta Murphy and many more, including our own Shamrogues and Might Shamrogues.

A formal concert in the Carolan Room will follow the pub sets, at 7pm featuring the renowned uilleann piper Cillian Vallely (of Lunasa fame), All-Ireland Champion fiddle sensation David Doocey and Ryan McGyver on guitar and songs. Admission to Concert: $20.

We’ll cap off the evening with an open session back in the pub immediately following the concert.  So plan to join us for an extraordinary day of music and song, and bring the family. This is a rare opportunity to introduce your children to their Irish musical heritage.

Wee Irish Festival ~ June 18th with dance, song, piping, food, drink, and great craic from noon to 6pm

With no Irish Festival this year, are you wondering what you’ll do on Father’s Day? Why, let’s have a celebration anyway!

Feile, Inc. and the GAC are bringing you a “Wee Festival” Fundraiser! Join  us for a day of dance, song, piping, food, drink, and great craic!

Featuring: The Highland Rovers, Camac, Lenihan School of Irish Dance, Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band, The Shamrogues, Sheeaun Academy of Irish Dance and Once Removed. Suggested donation: $10

 

Monthly Membership Meeting

The Next Monthly Meeting is FRIDAY OCTOBER 13TH @ 8PM  ~

On the second Friday of every month all GAC members are invited to attend the Monthly Membership meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to update members on club operations and the on goings of the many committees, socials, and activities that take place on a regular basis. This meeting is when some of the most important decisions for the club take place. If you’re interested in the future of the GAC and want to contribute to its prosperous future, then you most welcome  should attend the next meeting.

Ceili in the Carolan Room

Ceili in the Carolan Room
March 11th 6 to 9.30 pm
Music by The Pride of Moyvane, Who come to us all the way from NYC. So put on those dancing shoes. Bring your friends, a bit bring a finger food and get warmed up for St Patrick’s Day! $20 at the door.

53rd Annual St. Patricks Scholaship Dinnner

Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn at 7:00pm. The Scholarship Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization which provides an annual contribution to full-time college students for each of four years of study regardless of race, religion, creed or color. In addition to the annual dinner, the committee graciously accepts private donations. Tickets, $125.00 pp, (cash bar) for scholarship applications contact Dave Howe at (203) 767-6519 or davehowe173@gmail.com.

Oral Video History Project
The Feile, Inc. sponsored Oral Video History Project is moving forward. We began by collecting interviews from fifty six subjects. They graciously shared their own unique emigration stories with remembrances, feelings, thoughts and insights. We then copied each interview to a dvd and presented one to each person interviewed. Our plan is to continue interviews, as well as making available the recorded interviews for research, study and promoting our Irish Culture.
We will also be applying for grants to fund the making of documentary film. We are, therefore, looking for people with documentary skills: editors; film makers; videographers; and production people. We welcome your support. The steering committee for the project are: Joan Klienknecht, Eileen Lynam . Noel McGovern, John Minehan and Peg O’Leary. For more info: Peg O’Leary at: opeggyo812@gmail.com.

Finn Magill & Paul McKenna Concert

Finn Magill & Paul McKenna
Friday March 24 @ 7pm
This award winning duo is sure to get your toes tapping and your heartstrings snapping with their mix of traditional tunes and original songs. Don’t miss this special show in the Carolan Rm. Fee $20.

“My Name is Joan” A Documentary

“My Name is Joan” A Documentary
Wednesday March 8th @ 6pm
Bethel Cinema

The story of Susan Drew, (known to many of us at the GAC) was born Joan Fagan to an unwed mother in the St. Patrick Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, Ireland in 1949.  While the documentary chronicles Susan’s journey to find her true identity, it also highlights the illegal exporting of children by the Catholic Church to families in other countries for profit while the Irish Government looked the other way.  The Irish Government still denies adopted children access to their information even though forced adoption affects at least a quarter of the Irish population. The screening is March 8 @ 6pm at The Bethel Cinema, 269 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT. Tickets will be available at www.bethelcinema.com.