25 Card Game

Card players meet every Thursday at 7:30 pm in the Carolan Room.

How 25 is played:

The game of 25 can be played with any number of players, preferably from 5 to 10, not to exceed 10 players. The object of the game is to see who gets 25 first. Each trick is considered 5 points. To begin the game, any player can deal out the cards. The first player to receive an ace is the player who actually gets the first deal. Each player receives five cards. When the dealer is finished dealing the cards, he turns up the next card. This card is called the head trump. Then each player looks at his hand to see how many trump cards he has. The more trump cards a player has, the better his chances are of reaching 25.

The leadoff man to start the game is to the player’s left. If he leads off with a trump, then all players have to play a trump if they have one. Otherwise, they can play any card. If a player has trump, and does not play it, he is guilty of reneging A simple thought to remember is, “the more of the red, and the less of the black.” Another thought is to watch who is getting close to 25. This is called keeping the game “IN.” It is okay to play a trump card anytime a player wishes. The Ace of Hearts is always a trump regardless of what is played. The 5 card is the best card when trumps are up, followed by the Jack of Trumps, followed by the Ace of Hearts.

A complete description of the game would take several pages. The game of 25 is best explained by sitting down and playing an actual game with people who have been playing the game for years. In short, hopefully in some way, this has helped to bring the basics of the game to you.

The late Tom McInerney, a long-standing member of the club, donated this article.

Children’s Chorus

Join the Children's Chorus

All school-aged member children are invited to join in learning Irish music through movement and singing! 2017 will be the fourth season for our GAC Children’s Chorus.

Over the past two years the Children's Chorus has performed for Memorial Masses, Christmas Fairs, a Christmas Program and a special program commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising, ‘We Will Remember’. The Children’s Chorus frequently shares the stage with the adult Glee Club. Children are also  encouraged to add creative ideas and their various talents during performances.

GAC Children’s Chorus is on break for the summer but will begin rehearsals again Wednesday September 6th at 5pm hope you all can join us!

For more information, please contact Mary Ellen Lyons at maryellen.lyons@outlook.com

Clan na Gael News

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 | 203-760-0117

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.

 

Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band

Lessons for all ability levels from beginners to advanced, of all ages, meets on Mondays at 6:30pm. The band practices in the auditorium of the First Church Congregational in Fairfield (diagonally across the parking lot from the GAC, on the corner of Beach & the Old Post Road). We look forward to seeing you!

For more information, please call Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band (475)329-0202 or visit fairfieldgaelicpipeband.org.

Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night is Friday September 30th from 6-9PM ~

Family Fun Night Challenge

Join us Friday, September 29th for Family Fun Night! DJ Charlie will provide the music to ‘dance your sillies out’, Corky and his staff will provide a ‘kid-friendly’ delicious $5 buffet. All of this happens from 6-9PM.

We are asking EACH FAMILY to donate 1 bag of candy or EACH CHILD to donate 1 can of soup which will be donated to ‘the troops’ and the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk, respectively. Thanks for helping. See you at FFN! Contact Betty: 203-767-0117or betteleary@gmail.com.

PLEASE watch your children. Kids are NOT to leave the room without a parent. Toys are NOT to be brought into the Carolan Room from the Reidy (children’s) Room. NO toys or running on the dance floor. Please pick up food spills and help clear your table.

Buffet is served from 6-7:30pm only and Ice cream is at 8pm. Thank you for your help and consideration in these matters.

Family Fun Night is an opportunity for our young families to come down to the club and have some fun and a meal together.  Family Fun Night takes place the last Friday of the month from 6-9pm.

For more information, please email Bette Leary (203) 366.2027.

Fireside Friend’s Knitting Group

Ever dreamed of knitting a sweater? Or even an afghan blanket. Just bring your yarn and needles and join the GAC’s Fireside Friends every Monday night at 7.pm. in the dining pub.

For more information, please call Mary O’Driscoll at (202).414.9462.

Freamh Eireann Genealogy Group

Fréamh Éireann meets Saturday June 10th @ 10:30pm.

Fréamh Éireann, the Gaelic words for “Irish Roots”, is the name of our genealogy group.  Our interest lies in assisting members of the Fairfield Gaelic – American Club (GAC) interested in researching their family roots.  We focus on, but are not limited to, Irish family research.

Functioning as a self-help group, the members vary in knowledge but all are able to learn from each other by sharing their research experiences, providing suggestions and guidance, identifying resources, programs, and organizational sources that assist in one’s personal research.We do not conduct research for non-GAC members.Through our monthly meetings we keep members of Fréamh Éireann advised of various genealogical seminars and events as well as members’ successful searches and/or questions.  Minutes and email notices inform members who may not be able to attend.Periodically guest speakers are invited to address either our regular meetings or general meetings open to the public.  Occasionally field trips are arranged to points of genealogical interest.The Genealogy Group meets the second Saturday of the month at 10:30 am in the O’Keefe Room. All members are welcome.  For more information email: fesecretarygac@gmail.com.

 

A Typical Fréamh Éireann Meeting

 Meetings are held monthly, except in July and August, on the 2nd Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., in the O’Keefe Room (2nd Floor) of the Gaelic-American Club (GAC).  Meetings are open to GAC members and their guests.
  • Agenda
  • Reports of upcoming Genealogy Presentations by other groups which might be of interest to members
  • Discussion of possible or potential speakers, and topics, which may be of interest for addressing our group at one of our upcoming meetings or sponsored public forums held at the GAC building
  • (Optional)  Many members, following adjournment, remain to enjoy lunch in the pub, which opens for serving at noon.
    • Welcome any guests
    • Officers’ Reports
    • Committee Reports, if any (Membership, Library, Special Events, Health and Welfare, etc.)
    • New Business
    • Reports by Members on their genealogy research
    • Questions and Answers by anyone with a research question
    • Report on current month’s General Membership Meeting
    • Adjournment
  • Examples of subjects presented at our monthly Saturday morning meetings:
    • Record-keeping models
    • Utilizing various research resources
    • Censuses – United States and Ireland
    • Probate records and wills
    • U.S. city directories
    • Local libraries and genealogy groups
    • Cemeteries
    • Historical fiction novels
    • Sharing family research with family and others
    • Photo books
    • Calendars
    • Publishing family stories and pedigrees
    • Internet site for both research and sharing
    • Ancestry.com, Family Search, myheritage.com, Geni.com
    • Private Facebook group and personal web site.
    • Guest speakers
    • Q and A via Skype with genealogist from Ireland
    • Civil war memorabilia and history
    • Finding your Irish townland and civil parish
    • Growing up in Ireland
    • Researching with genetic DNA
    • Member sharing
    • Reports of information gathered from visiting archives, history and genealogical meetings, or visits to Ireland
    • Details of upcoming events of interest

 

GAA Games for Ireland

SCHEDULE

Sunday, May 28

9:00am GAA Ulster Football Senior Championship: Derry VS. Tyrone
11:00am GAA Leinster Hurling Championship: Dublin Vs. Galway

Saturday, June 3
2:00pm GAA Leinster Football Championship: Dublin Vs. Carlow

Sunday, June 4
9:00am GAA Ulster Football Championship: Down Vs. Armagh
11:00am GAA Munster Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Clare VS. Limerick

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.

GAC Glee Club

 Join the Glee Club

GAC Glee Club is on summer break, but we'll be welcoming new members when rehearsals begin the third Wednesday of September,. So join us as we prepare a unique program of song from the Irish in America. The Glee Club is a great way to celebrate our Irish Heritage. The group rehearses at the club at 6:30pm every Wednesday and begin on September 6th.Come and give it a try!

Recent Performances

The rejuvenated Glee Club has performed for our Memorial Mass, presented a Christmas Program, and "We Will Remember," a program commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising. Although the numbers may be smaller than the original group, the spirit and love for singing vibrantly permeates the Glee Club's reincarnation. New members are always warmly welcomed.

GAC Glee Club

Current Glee Club members stand by their 1995 Glee Club photos. The original photo is on display in the GAC board room.

History

A Strong Beginning

The Gaelic-American Glee Club began in 1995 with fifty enthusiastic singers. The group flourished and grew to over one hundred strong. Co-founders Art Begin and Ed O'Connor led the group through many sucessful years including concerts at The ReginaQuick Center, the Fairfield County Irish Festival, the Levitt Pavillion and a trip to Ireland with a concert at the U.S.Embassy. After twenty years, attrition and changing times brought the group to a hiatus.

Rebirth of a Treasured Tradition

In 2015 the Glee Club was revived by Mary Ellen Lyons, a newly retired New Canaan Public Schools music teacher. "Commemorating the 1916 Rising needs voices to be raised in song!" Mary Ellen insisted. With the blessing and support of the GAC executive board and the urging of past Glee Club members, rehearsals began in the Fall of 2015.

Irish Language ~ Foghlaim Gaeilge

Wednesday Evenings:

Irish Grammar Class 7:00-8:00 PM, contact JMinehan@gmail.com.

Thursday Evenings:

Kids/Parents Irish Learning Helper Session: 6:30-7:30 PM, contact DesNolan@optonline.net.

 Beginners Irish Class 6:30-7:30 PM, contact Cecia.Dalzel@quinnipac.edu.

Lower Intermediate Irish Class 7:30-8:30,  DesNolan@optonline.net.

 Higher Intermediate Class – meets Thursday from 6:30-7:30, contact JMinehan@gmail.com.

Grupa Comhra – 7:30- 9:00 PM, contact Cait 203-459-9686.

 

Irish Literature Group

Literature Group

The group will meet on Monday, September 18th at 7:30 in the library to discuss Edna O’Brien’s The Little Red Chairs. The New York Times says it is a “Boldly imagined and harrowing new novel that is both an exploration of the theme of Irish provincial life from the perspective of girls and women and a work of alternate history in which the devastation of a war-torn Central European country intrudes upon the primal innocence of rural Ireland.” New members are most welcome!

Do you like to read and  discuss a book written by or about the Irish, be it a mystery, a thriller or just some romance? Then join the Irish Literature Group, we meet on the 3rd Monday of the month. For more information phone Clare Burnett 203-255-3848 or email her at clareburnett@optonline.net.

 

 

Monday Night Musicians

Young or old, beginner or advanced, Monday night is your time to practice with the instruments associated with Irish Traditional Music. Come by every Monday at 8:00 pm!

For more information, please email Tim Quinn at tmquinn@optonline.net.

Seniors Activities

Senior Lunch is Thursday september 29th at 12 noon ~

Please bring non-perishable food items for Operation Hope to the Senior Lunch on Thursday, September 29th at 12 noon.  Don’t forget to call for reservations by Sunday, September 24th. Cost for lunch $7 for members and $9 for non-members. Ann Hague 203-374-5198; Shirley McMenamy 203-268-5083; Sally Savage 203-366-4826.

Senior Lunch is generally the last Thursday, of the month  at 12 noon.  But please do call for reservations by the Sunday prior.  Cost for lunch $7 for members and $9 for non-members.

Are you retired with some free time? Why not get active with the GAC Seniors? Join us for Senior Lunch on the last Thursday of the month.

Other Senior Activities include:

Day Trips
Bingo & 50/50 raffle
Movie viewings
Musical entertainment

The Senior group also participates in charity activities for organizations like Operation Hope, Turkey Drive, Under the Bridge, Salvation Army, and the Merton House.

 

For more info contact Faith Maciver at fmaciver@easct.com or 203-520-8048.

Set Dancing

Have you ever sat and watched a group on Set Dancers circling around and round. They all seem like they are having a grand old time. Then why not join them. Well here’s your chance…Lace up your dance shoes because Set dancing resumes on Thursday Sept. 14th at 7:30pm. All are welcome! Brian Reynolds 203-214-2921.

Trivia Night

TRIVIA NIGHT IS FRIDAY October 6th @ 8PM ~

 

We have prizes for Trivia… gift cards / drink certificates and holiday prize bags.  Free admission… You can order food in from the kitchen or bring your own snacks too! Play in teams… bring some friends and form a team or make some new ones!

Any questions or concerns please contact 203-520-8048

St. Patrick’s Hurling & Football Club

St. Patrick’s GFC is the fastest growing Gaelic football club in the tri-state area.  The club, headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut, was created in 2003 to provide training, instruction, and athletic competition in Ireland’s favorite sport, Gaelic football.  Prior to the Club’s inception, children and adults interested in learning or competing in Gaelic football had to travel to clubs located in New Haven or New York.  In just a few short years, the Club has grown dramatically from four founding members to over 150 members and five teams in youth (Under 8 through U-14) and adult levels.