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

The contestants have been chosen and rehearsal under way so watch for ticket sales and see first hand who will champion the 8th Annual Dancing with the GAC Stars Charity Fundraiser on Saturday night October 14th.

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 August 11th @ 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.