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

 

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.

 

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.

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.

Annual Cúl Camp

Cúl Camp – 2017

In June, St. Patrick’s GAA Club hosted its annual Cúl Camp, a summer camp in Gaelic football, hurling & camogie with 65 children participating, ranging in ages from 6-15 years of age from June 26-30 at Notre Dame H.S., Fairfield.  Cúl Camps are held in every county in Ireland and throughout North America and seek to improve Gaelic games skills while having a ton of fun.  The following coaches from Ireland & the US passed on their knowledge and passion for Gaelic football and hurling:  James Quinn (Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone – nephew of Paddy Coyle), Liam Coyle (Trumbull – son of Paddy Coyle), Clodagh McManamon (Newport, Co. Mayo), Fergal Guihen (Arigna, Co. Roscommon – nephew of Helen Lavin), Aoife McGirl (Nyack, NY), Ray Holian (GAC Member)(Balla, Co. Mayo), Patrick Makem (Co. Armagh & nephew of legendary Tommy Makem of Clancy Brothers fame!), Pat Daly (Annaduff, Co. Leitrim)(GAC Member), Jack Morrissey (Thurles, Co. Tipperary), Seamus Carbin (Norwalk – son of Declan & Liz Carbin), Timmy Forde (Easton – son of GAC Members Gerry & Noreen Forde), Brendan Watke (Farifield, son of GAC Members Bob & Watke), Declan Ryan & Eimear Ryan (children of GAC Members Pat & Mairead Ryan), Conor Bennett (son of GAC Members Steven & Deirdre Bennett), Liam Holroyd (Fairfield, son of Chris & Stephany Holroyd), Emily Moore (on holidays from Thurles, Co. Tipperary).  The camp relied on any army of GAC members who volunteered their time all week to make the camp successful including: Pat & Mairead Ryan Jarlath & Celine Carbin, Tommy Moran, Paddy Coyle, Brendan Keatley, Gerry & Noreen Forde, Ken Gallagher, and Jimmy McPartlan.  The camp crossing guards were Jim Feeney & John Wright.  A team of volunteers from Lauralton Hall devoted the entire week to take special care of the younger campers including: Caroline Fitzgerald, Lindsay LaPointe, Cate Palaia, Brook Peruigo, Mary Feeney, and and Abby Baisley.  The medical trainer who cared for any bumps and bruises was Jess Trapp of Sacred Heart University.  Special thanks to Mr. Christopher Cipriano, Principal of Notre Dame High School and Mr. Mike Moylan, Director of Dining & Residence Life, Sacred Heart University for their support of this camp and keeping Gaelic games alive in Fairfield County.

U8 Tournament – 2017

St. Patrick’s held its annual U8 Tournament on Saturday June 17th at Notre Dame High School.  GAA Clubs from throughout the tri-state area and Boston sent over 16 teams to participate in this thrilling tournament.  Special thanks to the following GAC Members who volunteered to make this event successful:  Anthony & Liz Giardina who ran the concessions & grill all day, Tommy Moran & Paddy Coyle (Tournament Directors), Tom Quinn (organizing committee and referee), Jack Feeney (referee), Timmy Forde (referee), & Seamus Carolan (referee).   Special thanks to Mr. Richard MacLean whose generous sponsorship of the tournament made it all possible.  Following the game, the adults participated in an exciting encounter featuring Ireland vs USA in Gaelic football (all local players).  Despite the youth, athleticism, & sheer passion of the USA team, Ireland’s experience and uncanny ability for the ball to find the back of net, saw them prevail in a very close but exciting match.  Plans are already being made for the 2018 match!

Féile (Ireland)

John West Féile na nGael and John West Feile Peil na nÓg are the All-Ireland Club festivals for Hurling, Football, Camogie and Handball at Under 14 years of age level.  Teams participating at the National Finals of John West Féile na nGael and John West Féile Peil na nÓg will be nominated by their County Bord na nÓg to represent their respective Counties.  The NY County Board hold intensely competitive tryouts spanning the winter and early spring months in Gaelic Park in the Bronx and Rockland.  This year, the following children of GAC Members were selected to represent New York in this tournament:  Colin Fleming (Gaelic football, son of Chris and Joan Fleming), Luke Giardina (hurling, son of Anthony & Liz Giardina), and Ronan O’Donnell (son of Mike & Kathryn O’Donnell).  The NY team captured the Division 1 Championship amongst fierce competition.  The NY Hurlers made history as the first US team to participate in this tournament they nearly pulled off an amazing result by getting to the Connacht GAA Hurling feile final and just losing out by three points.  Congratulations to Colin, Luke, and Ronan for your accomplishments in Ireland!  We are so proud of you!

For more information  visit www.stpatricksgfc.org or email  admin@stpatricksgfc.org.

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.