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

 

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.

Dancing with the GAC Stars VIII

YOU could be the next winner of the upcoming “Dancing with the GAC Stars VIII”! Seeking members to dance in the 8th annual charity fundraiser on Saturday, October 14th. NO experience necessary. Members of ALL ages welcome, including children. This is your chance to be a part of one of the most spectacular events at the GAC and raise $$ for a charity of your choice. Must commit to weekly dance lessons beginning in July at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Southport. If interested and/or have questions, contact Fran Tartamella at fitzmella@yahoo.com or 203-260-4180.

Failte Committee

We are looking for volunteers to sit at the front door on St. Patrick’s Day. We will have 2 hour shifts starting at 10AM. We will need 2 people at the door for each time slot. If there is an overwhelming surge of volunteers, we may be able to arrange 1 hour shifts. These volunteer slots fill up quickly so call in your preferred times ASAP! New volunteers are welcome – it’s the best seat in the Club that day!!

To volunteer for the ‘door’, please call Bette Leary at 203-767-0117. Time slots will be given out with the caller’s preference as they come in.

ALL MEMBERS will be required to show their membership card or pay the $5 guest fee.

All guests will be charged $5 on St. Patrick’s day. Be sure to have your membership card with you. Many of the door volunteers don’t know long standing members by sight or by name so PLEASE have your card with you.

“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.

Children’s St. Patrick’s Day Party

Join us for the fun Saturday, March 11th from 11 am to 1 pm for Children’s St. Patrick’s Day Party that  includes a performance & mini lesson by Lenihan School of Dance. There will also be a  buffet lunch available for $5. Contact Kelly Takacs kellyanntakacs@yahoo.com

Cultural Night

Celebrate your Irish Heritage Wednesday March 8th @ 7:30pm .

Emceed by Noel McGovern, GAC’s Cultureal Night features The Shamrogues, Lenihan School of Irish Dance, St. Patrick’s Gaelic Football Club, Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Ban, Clan na Gael, Set Dancers  Irish Language Club

Lúnasa with Karan Casey

Lúnasa with Karan Casey ~ Wednesday March 1 @ 7:30pm
One of the most popular bands on the international Celtic music scene Lúnasa will be joined by Karan Casey, one of the most innovative and proactive voices in Irish folk music.

TICKETS: General Public: $30; Senior Citizens: $25; Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $25; Students (with ID): $15. For information, visit www.edgertoncenter.org or call the box office at 203-371-7908. Members of the Gaelic American Club can use the code GAC2017 for a special discount.

 

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