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

 

Clan na Gael

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.

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.