New Members & Not-so-New Members Volunteer Fair

Sunday May 20th from 3 to 6pm

Come by to welcome our newest members and learn about the many committees, clubs, activities, and events offered at the GAC. Explore how you can get involved. Bring the whole family for a FUN day with backyard games, music in the pub, ice cream for the kids and even a raffle for a FREE annual membership.

 

Easter Rising Commemoration

Easter Rising MonumentThe annual 1916 Easter Commemoration will be held on Sunday May 6th, at 12 noon at the monument at the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Rd, Fairfield.  A wreath laying to the memory of those who died for Ireland’s freedom will take place. Guest speaker will be Dr. Patrick (Pat) Carolan. For information contact Pat, 203-644-9073 or poc6575@optimum.net.

 

Two Scholarship Opportunities

GAC Scholarship – The Fairfield Gaelic American Club is pleased to offer two $2,000 scholarships to deserving high school seniors attending a four-year college in the fall. Recipients will be announced in early June of 2018. Scholarship is open to children and grandchildren of GAC members. Deadline is May 21st. GAC Scholarship Application.

Feile Scholarship – Feile is pleased to offer three $2000 scholarships, open to high school seniors who will be attending college in fall 2018. Deadline is May 15. Announcement will be made in June and awards will be presented at the Wee Irish Festival on Sunday, June 17 at the GAC. Feile Scholarship Application  or visit www.feileinc.org.

Irish History Lecture

“The Gaelic Idea: Reinventing Irish Dance”

Presented by Sarah Churchill, adjunct professor of Art History at Housatonic Community College, the lecture focuses on Irish dance, a social dance form with humble origins, which today enjoys unprecedented worldwide popularity. With active dance communities in nearly 20 countries, seemingly boundless merchandising, and countless sophisticated stage production spin-offs, Irish dance is a global industry whose gross profit is almost incalculable. This lecture traces the development of Irish dancing, from the earliest days to the post-Riverdance boom, considering the ways in which the aesthetics of dancing and its purpose in Irish social life have changed over the course of its history, reflecting wider changes in Ireland itself.

Tickets: $5 ($2 students with ID)
Send checks made payable to Feile, Inc.
Mary Adams-Arroyo, 221 McGrath Ct., Stratford, CT 06615.
Email: marroyo@optonline.net  Subject: Irish History

Evening with Two Extraordinary Women 4/11 @ 7:30

AN EVENING WITH TWO EXTRAODINARY WOMEN
Mags Riordan and Suzanne Strempek Shea
Wednesday, April 11th @ 7:30pm ~ Tickets $10

Mags Riordan is a guidance counselor turned humanitarian who has built and now runs a medical clinic in the south central African country of Malawi.
Riordan first traveled to Malawi from her native County Kerry nearly 20 years ago, on the anniversary of her son Billy’s drowning death in the impoverished but physically beautiful country. After initially considering starting a school in Malawi’s Cape Maclear to honor her son’s memory, Mags recognized a more pressing need: basic medical care in a land where there is one doctor for every 800,000 people.
Suzanne Strempek Shea is author of This Is Paradise, a gripping storing that recounts Riordan’s remarkable story of grief, grace and determination.

A Feile Sponsored Event

 

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 see how the trio of women relate, share, laugh and learn through time! 
 
Produced by Nancy A. O’Neil & Directed by Peggy S. O’Leary
 
Starring Marie Stehle, Kelsey Guggenheim-Dias and Tory Tallberg 
 
Shows: April 5, 6 & 7 at 8:00 pm and April 8 at 2:30 pm
 
Reserve today by contacting Bette Leary:

2018 ~ The Year of Irish Language

The Irish Government has declared 2018 the Year of Irish Language. People are encouraged to speak or learn some (or more) Irish. In light of that, the following Irish events are offered:

A new display exists at the front desk, in which every couple of months there will be a different set of handouts with Irish, English Translation and Phonetics on some interesting topics.

Assistance to all activity groups and staff within the club to work with them to introduce a little Irish to their activity or work.

An open invitation to participate in the Common Prayers/Anthem in Irish at the club’s flag raising on St Patrick’s Day or in a practice session 2PM Saturday March 3rd, or the Irish Language Immersion Day on October 6th. Handouts for both activities are on club’s information table. The one for St Patrick’s Day has English Translation and Phonetics.

Also, please come and see some Irish performed at the Cultural Night. For more information contact Des @ DesNolan@OptOnline.Net

8th Annual One Act Play-writing Contest

The Clan Na Gael Players are pleased to announce that the 8th Annual One Act Play-writing 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.

Children’s St. Patrick’s Day Party

Join us for the fun Saturday, March 10th 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

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!!

Guinness Events 3/12 & 3/25

Monday March 12 ~ Learn to Pour Your Own Guinness All Participants get a complementary full glass of Guinness from 7-9pm in the Pub.

Sunday March 25th ~ Guinness Glass Etching from 1-3pm in the Pub. Space is Limited ~ First come First Serve!

My Name is Joan – February 25, @ 2:30 pm

A documentary about club member, Susan Drew’s search for her birth mother. She was born Joan Fagan to an unwed mother in the St. Patrick Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, Ireland in 1949. The film follow’s 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 documentary will be followed by a Q&A with Susan and a meet and mingle reception with refreshments. All are welcome. Seating will be on a first come basis. There will be a free will donation basket. Info: opeggyo812@gmail.com

Dying the Good Death: The Irish Wake and American Popular Culture

Irish History Lecture Sunday, Feb 18, 2017 @ 2 -4pm

Presented By Dr. Bridget English, University of Illinois at Chicago

Beginning with the nineteenth century notion of an “American wake”–a party thrown for loved ones immigrating to America–this talk will explore the significance of the Irish wake as a point of contact between Irish and American cultures. The Irish wake was traditionally a site of liminality at which point the living and the dead could intermingle and inhabit the same space. Literary and cultural depictions enforce this magical quality to the wake, focusing on its wild, primitive and uncontrollable aspects.

Dr. Bridget English holds a PhD in English from Maynooth University in County Kildare, Ireland. Her research interests lie in modern and con­ temporary Irish fiction and culture , theories of the novel, death studies, modernism, and the medical humanities. She has taught a variety of writing and literature courses at Maynooth University, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Registration: $5 per person-Students $2 with ID

Sorry, we cannot accept GAC scrip or credit cards

Help us plan seating and refreshments by registering in advance Register on-line at: marroyo@optonline.net , subject: “Irish History” and mail your check, payable to “Feile, Inc.” to: Mary Adams-Arroyo 221 McGrath Court, Stratford, CT 06615

Please provide name, address, phone and email

For more information, call Mary at (203) 377-2346

Sponsored by: Feile, Inc.

Hosted by: Freamh Eireann Genealogy & GAC Language Groups