Dancing with the GAC Stars

Announcing Dancing with The GAC Stars XI Contestants

•Tim Creagh
•Teri Deal
•Alison Flannery
•Alice Morgan
•Jillian Plomin
•Dylan Strachan

 

 

Don't Miss the GAC Stars on Saturday, October 13th 7PM.
Tickets are $22 and go on sale Friday, September 7th from 6:00-8PM at the GAC.
Or mail check payable to GAC, 74 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824 or drop in Social Mailbox. Tickets sell out quickly!

Monday Night Barbecue is back!

The annual Monday night barbecue is back on September 10th and will continue every Monday night until the weather gets cold. Menu includes: hamburgers, hotdogs, sweet & hot Italian sausage, red hots, chili and much more. All condiments are included. Come, bring your friends and enjoy the delicious food. For more information call 203-644-9073. 

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

OCTOBER 28TH @ 2:30 PM
Feile, Inc. Invites you to a screening of Susan Drew’s documentary, MY NAME IS JOAN.  Susan’s details her story of being adopted, at age two, from Ireland in the late 1950’s and her journey to find her birth mother in Dublin. 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

October 27 & 28 @ 8PM
Clan na Gael Players is presenting a staged reading of SKULL OF CONNEMARA by Martin McDonagh  Saturday October 27 and Sunday October 28th at 8:00. Peg O’Leary is directing the cast of, Mathew Apgar, Noel McGovern, Breda O’Sullivan 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.

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.

AOH Cornhole Tournament

1st Annual Ancient Order of Hibernians Cornhole Tournament
Awarding 1st, 2nd & 3rd Prizes as well as 50/50 Raffle and more. So join us September 22nd, 2018 From 5-9PM at Insports, 29 Trefoil Dr, Trumbull, CT. Food and Drink will be sold by Insports. Make check out to Bridgeport AOH – $100.00 per team of 2 by Tuesday September 18th.Send Check to AOH VP Mark Ryan 26 Riverbend Road, Trumbull CT 203-258-9846, mark.ryan@sbcglobal.net

‘The Drive’ by Tracy James

“THE DRIVE” BY TRACY JAMES
MAKES IT’S WAY BACK TO MANHATTAN
The Drive, winner of 2014 GAC Playwriting contest, made it’s debut at the Manhattan Repertory Theater this past April and will be back in NYC again. It has been accepted into the 2019 NYWinterfest Theater competition in Manhattan premiering February 28th & March 1st & 3rd of 2019 at the Hudson Guild Theater 441 W. 26th street. Special thanks to the GAC, Clan na Gael Players and Feile for their continued support.

Irish Language ~ Get Into It!

2018 is the Year of Irish Language and there are many opportunities for you to learn a little Irish at the GAC! Check the display at the front desk when you come for dinner and grab a language handout—Irish, English translation, and phonetic guide all included!

Do you lead a club or event at the GAC?  We can help you infuse the Irish language into your event!

Want to give your children a rich understanding of their Irish heritage? Jump in our Kids Irish Language classes this summer!  Adult classes are always open as well!  And don’t forget to bring the whole family to the Wee Irish Festival June 17th, where kids can hear stories and music in both English and Irish!

Irish Language Immersion Day is Oct. 6th –  Don’t miss it! Handouts are on club’s information table.

“Learning Irish has been a fun experience for me. It was hard at first learning pronunciation, but now I use it every day. I feel like it connects me to my ancestors, too.”

-Karol “Saoirse” Plomin, Kid’s Irish Class Student

Email DesNolan@OptOnline.Net  for more info!

 

 

Míle Buíochas

MÍLE BUÍOCHAS
On behalf of the board of Féile, Inc., I want to thank everyone who helped make the 2018 Wee Festival a success. Based on my very unscientific survey of those who attended, everyone had a great time. There were lots of activities for all ages, great trad and modern music, tasty food by our talented cooks Pat O’Connell & Jay Dunn and their crew, and the Irish dancing was terrific as usual. The prizes for the raffle and door drawings were better than ever. It was a wonderful display of Irish culture and hospitality at their best.

This event was the result of a lot of hard work by a very dedicated Festival Committee. All the volunteers deserve a big THANK YOU. GO RAIBH MÍLE MAITH AGAIBH.

We also want to thank the Gaelic American Club for its cooperation in staging the event. Jim Carolan and the Executive Committee, Chris Boccamazzo and the bartenders, Corky and the kitchen staff, Tommy Flaherty and his crew all were invaluable partners.

If you have any questions, comments or are interested in helping out at future Féile events, please email me jminehan@gmail.com John Minehan ~ Pres. Féile, Inc.

Fairfield County “Wee” Irish Festival

Father’s Day June 17th from Noon to 6PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEILE once again will present the Fairfield County ‘Wee’ Irish Festival on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17th from noon to 6pm at the GAC.

Join us for a family afternoon of music, dance, pipers, children’s activities and food!

This year we welcome U.K. Gourmet, Ogham Art and Shamrock Chic as our vendors.
Don’t forget to return your Raffle tickets for a chance to win 1 of 8 prizes – your odds are great!!
Suggested donation is $10 at the door. Check for updates  at Feileinc.org

GAC Members are not limited to number of guests they can bring as non members are welcome to attend.

Clan na Gael Spring Production

Thursday thru Saturday April  5th, 6th, & 7th @ 8PM and Sunday April 8th @ 2:30PM

Cabaret seating, bring your eatables. Drinks available at the bar. For Reservations call Bette at: 203-767-0117. Or email her at: betteleary@gmail.com.

Clan na Gael is in it’s 31st year and continues to present plays by or about the Irish. Thank you for your support and hope you enjoy our productions as much as we enjoy presenting them to you!

St. Patrick’s GAA Club News

ST. PATRICK’S SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

St. Patrick’s congratulates the 47 boys and girls who completed the “Introduction to Gaelic Football” training over the past six weeks. An additional session has been added for Sunday March 25th in Stamford. Please see website www.stpatricksgfc.org for more details or email: admin@stpatricksgfc.org.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

  • St. Patrick’s invites all girls & boys, ages 5 through 18 to play Gaelic Football, hurling, and camogie with the club for the NY GAA Spring 2018 Championship. No prior experience needed.
  • St. Patrick’s will host the Club’s annual summer camp in Gaelic Games from June 25-29, 2018 at Notre Dame High School from 9am to 3pm each day. Please see the website for more details. All are welcome and no prior experience needed!!

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.

 

Monthly Membership Meeting

The Next Monthly Meeting is FRIDAY January 12TH @ 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.

Clan na Gael News

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 […]

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Love in the Title ~ April 5, 6, 7 & 8th.

LOVE IN THE TITLE   by Hugh Leonard   Set in a field in Limerick, three generations – grandmother, mother and daughter – meet on a summer’s day, where three time periods blend: Katie’s present day 2006, Catriona as a housewife in 1964, and Cat as a spirited 20 year old in 1932.    Come […]

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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

Clan na Gael SPRING 2018 PRODUCTION

THURSDAY THRU SUNDAY
APRIL 5TH, 6TH, & 7TH @ 8PM AND
SUNDAY APRIL 8TH @ 2:30PM
Cabaret seating, bring your eatables. Drinks available at the bar. For Reservations call Bette at: 203-767-0117. Or email her at: betteleary@gmail.com.

Clan na Gael is in it’s 31st year and continues to present plays by or about the Irish. Thank you for your support and hope you enjoy our productions as much as we enjoy presenting them to you!

Clan na Gael 8TH ANNUAL ONE ACT PLAY-WRITING CONTEST

8TH ANNUAL ONE ACT PLAYWRITING CONTEST
The Clan Na Gael Players are pleased to announce that the 8th Annual One Act Playwriting Contest will commence March 15th and run thru August 15th 2018. Please email Naoneil@charter.net for the 2018 Contest Instructions and Official Submission Form. Please contact Nancy O’Neil at (203) 377-1070 with any contest questions.

Clan na Gael auditions

Spring Auditions are on Saturday Feb. 24 from 1:00-3:30 and Sunday Feb. 25 from 5:30-7:30. Additional information see flyer on green table in GAC lobby or email opeggyo812@gmail. All auditions are open. No Experience Necessary. Those interested in a staff position come by and sign up.

7TH ONE ACT PLAYWRIGHT CONTEST


The Clan Na Gael Players are please to announce the winners of the 7th One Act Playwright Contest. The winning plays are:

• Tour de eclipse by Rose Leahy
• Michael’s Wedding by Alison Flannery
• Egg, scrambled by Rob Rooney

The winning plays will be read on Sunday, Oct 15th from 2 to 4pm in the Carolan Room. The Reading is free and everyone is welcome to come spend a entertaining afternoon with us. There will be an opportunity at the end of the Reading for the audience to discuss the writing and performance process with the playwrights, actors and directors. Refreshments will be served.

It’s A Wonderful Life
BY TOM LANDRY
November 16-18 @ 8pm & 19 @ 2:30pm

Step back in time with us, to Radio Station WBFR on Christmas Eve during the war years of the 1940’s. Where cast, crew and audience are prepped for the live broadcast. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, the well loved Christmas show, features more than twenty roles filled by men women and children of all ages.
Reservations: betteleary@gmail.com | 203-767-0117

At each performance our audiences are invited to share a champagne toast and cake with us in celebration of our 30th Anniversary!

Clan na Gael Celebrates 30 years of presenting plays by or about the Irish. We continue in our fine tradition by offering these upcoming programs:
• 2017 One Act Playwriting Contest ~ Accepting submission until August 15;
• Free 4-Week Summer Workshop ~ July 25th;
• Auditions for Fall Production ~ Sept 30th & Oct 1st.

Over the years we’ve improved our craft both on and behind the stage. Hundreds of kids and adults have been involved in the fun and excitement of “putting on a show”. Each production brings forth new actors and production staff. Each performance brings the afterglow of satisfaction that comes from being a part of the CnG team.

You are warmly invited to come Play with us! We are an open and welcoming group, are we love getting new people involved.

F​REE 4 week Summer Workshop!

​Led by one of the experienced director/actor/improv staff: Bettie Guggenheim, Barry Halprin or Eamon Speer. The sessions meet on Tuesdays beginning July 25 from 7:30-9:30pm and will cover Improv, Scene Study, Developing Believable Characters​ and more.

2017 One Act Playwriting Contest

The Clan na Gael is excited to once again sponsor its One Act Playwright Contest beginning March 15th, 2017 and running through August 15th, 2017. The purpose of the contest is to support and encourage emerging playwrights and to provide a stage for scripts that might not otherwise find one. Playwrights of all ages are encouraged to enter.

7th Annual Clan na Gael Playwright Contest

For more information contact: Nancy O’Neil at (203) 377-1070 or Naoneil@charter.net.

 

 

Clan na Gael’s Fall Production

Open Auditions for Clan na Gael’s Fall Production of It’s A Wonderful Life” By Tom Landry are Sept. 30 from 1:00 -3:30pm and Oct. 1 from 1:00 – 3:30pm. No experience necessary. Actors and staff will be needed. Large cast, including children. Show Dates are: November 16,  17, 18 & 19.

We are fun! Come play with us!  For further information contact: opeggyo812@gmail.com

History

The Clan na Gael Players had a humble beginning in 1987. Cardboard sets, lights in tin cans, folks dragged in from the bar to play a part! Ahh, but the audience enthusiasm towards this raggle-taggle group—that’s what made the Clan na Gael Players!

In addition to performing live theatre at the Gaelic-American Club, Clan na Gael has gone on the road to perform elsewhere – civic groups, fundraisers, pubs, schools and libraries. We have toured plays in Ireland twice, in Counties Kerry and Clare, in 2009 and 2016.

From the pens of such well-known playwrights as O’Casey, Gregory, and Keane have come several CnG productions. Equally, we point with pride to the premier productions where we have been privileged to work with playwrights in the creation of their work. Comedy, drama, music, song, dance, well-known and unknown, are all parts of Clan na Gael.

To all, thank you for supporting Clan na Gael! We look forward to continuing our stated purpose of presenting plays by or about the Irish. We hope you will continue to enjoy them as much as we enjoy presenting them to you. Break-a-Leg!

For more information, please contact Peggy O’Leary at opeggy0@gmail.com.

 

GAA Games from Ireland

ALL-IRELAND FOOTBALL FINAL SEPTEMBER 2ND

 

 

 

 

$25 per person – includes breakfast

8:15am Minor Final: Galway vs. Kerry Minors
10:30am Senior Final: Dublin vs. Tyrone

The GAC broadcasts the GAA games live from Ireland via satellite every Sunday from May through September.   All are welcome to come down and support the games and cheer on their favorite Hurling and Football teams.  For more information, contact Tom Moran

Gaelic Football

Gaelic Football can be described as a mixture of soccer and rugby, although it predates both of those games. It is a field game which has developed as a distinct game similar to the progression of Australian Rules. Indeed it is thought that Australian Rules evolved from Gaelic Football through the many thousands who were either deported or immigrated to Australia from the middle of the nineteenth century. Gaelic Football is normally played on a pitch (playing field) approximately 137m long (150 yards) and 82m wide (90 yards).

The goalposts are the same shape as on a rugby pitch, with the crossbar lower than a rugby one and slightly higher than a soccer one. The ball used in Gaelic Football is round, slightly smaller than a soccer ball. It can be carried in the hand for a distance of four steps and can be kicked or “hand-passed”, a striking motion with the hand or fist (similar to serving in volleyball). After every four steps the ball must be either bounced or “solo-ed”, an action of dropping the ball onto the foot and kicking it back into the hand. You may not bounce the ball twice in a row. To score, you put the ball over the crossbar by foot or hand / fist for one point or under the crossbar and into the net by foot or hand / fist in certain circumstances for a goal, the latter being the equivalent of three points. Each team consists of fifteen players, lining out as follows: One goalkeeper, three full-backs, three half-backs, two midfielders, three half-forwards and three full-forwards.

Goalkeepers may not be physically challenged while inside their own small parallelogram, but players may harass them into playing a bad pass, or block an attempted pass. Teams are allowed a maximum of five substitutes in a game. Players may switch positions on the field of play as much as they wish but this is usually on the instructions of team officials. Officials for a game comprise of a referee, two linesmen (to indicate when the ball leaves the field of play at the side and to mark ’45” free kicks and 4 umpires (to signal scores, assist the referee in controlling the games, and to assist linesmen in positioning ’45’ frees). A goal is signaled by raising a green flag, placed to the left of the goal. A point is signaled by raising a white flag, placed to the right of goal. A ’45’/’65’ is signaled by the umpire raising his/her outside arm. A ‘square ball’, when a player scores having arrived in the ‘square’ prior to receiving the ball, is signaled by pointing at the small parallelogram.

Hurling

Hurling is a game similar to hockey, in that it is played with a small ball and a curved wooden stick. It is Europe’s oldest field game. When the Celts came to Ireland, as the last ice age was receding, they brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and unique pastimes. One of these pastimes was a game now called hurling. It features in Irish folklore to illustrate the deeds of heroic mystical figures and it is chronicled as a distinct Irish pastime for at least 2,000 years.

The stick, or “hurley” (called camán in Irish) is curved outwards at the end, to provide the striking surface. The ball or “sliothar” is similar in size to a hockey ball but has raised ridges. Hurling is played on a pitch approximately 137m long and 82m wide. The goalposts are the same shape as on a rugby pitch, with the crossbar lower than a rugby one and slightly higher than a soccer one.

You may strike the ball on the ground, or in the air. Unlike hockey, you may pick up the ball with your hurley and carry it for not more than four steps in the hand. After those steps you may bounce the ball on the hurley and back to the hand, but you are forbidden to catch the ball more than twice. To get around this, one of the skills is running with the ball balanced on the hurley To score, you put the ball over the crossbar with the hurley or under the crossbar and into the net by the hurley for a goal, the latter being the equivalent of three points. Each team consists of fifteen players, lining out as follows: 1 goalkeeper, three full-backs, three half-backs, two midfielders, three half-forwards and three full-forwards.