Learn to Sing Christmas Carols in Irish

It’s always a fun time and No Prior Irish is Needed! English translations, phonetical pronunciations and videos links will be provided.

  • Kids with Parents, Thursday,  Dec  7th @ 6:30pm.
  • Teens / Adults, Thursday,  Dec. 7th @ 7:30pm.

Seating is limited in the Cultural Room, so to reserve your spot please contact DesNolan@OptOnline.net

 

 

Ugly Sweater Contest & Caroling in the Pub

TWO FUN HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13TH @ 7PM!

Ugly Sweater Contest Wednesday

Haul out the holly, deck the halls and join us for some holiday cheer. Gather with friends by the fire place and sing along with us and participate in The ‘Unique’ (nice way of saying ugly) Christmas Sweater Contest!

Caroling in the Pub with Colleen Filush, Jeff McHugh & Jimmy Cyr

What better way to show off your off ‘unique attire’ and spread cheer than to sing along with Colleen, Jeff and Jim who’ll gather ’round the hearth to play your holiday favorites! So don’t forget the fun starts at 7pm! Light fare served.

 

Christmas Music Program with The GAC Glee Club & Children’s Chorus

Carol Along with the Glee Club and Children’s Chorus -Saturday December 9th @ 4pm

Come sing-along and enjoy the show then stay and have dinner with friends and family.  There is no admission charge – just patronize the club by dining with us.  Special visit by some “Wren Boys” seeking coins to donate to ‘Woofgang’, a group started by GAC members to support the employment of adults with disabilities.  ’Woofgang’ produces pet treats. So come out and join in the holiday spirit!

 

New Years Eve CocKtail Party

 

GREAT GATSBY
NEW YEAR’S EVEN COCKTAIL PARTY
DECEMBER 31ST – 8 PM TO 1 AM
MUSIC BY OUTSIDE CHANCE


Open Bar 9 to 12:30 pm
Hot & Cold Hors d’ouevres,
Seafood, Pasta & Carving Stations
Ticket Price: $75 per person. Drop off or mail check payable to GAC, Attn. Social – NYE.
Please Reserve by ASAP this event sells out fast.
Tickets will be on sale at the club on Friday 12/1 from 6:30-
8pm; Friday 12/8 from 6:30-8pm and Wednesday 12/13 6:30-8pm. social@gacemail.org.
Great Gatsby Theme ~ Dress to the Nines

 

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Honoring Gerry & Noreen Forde

St. Patrick’s GAA Annual Dinner Dance

St Patrick’s GAA Club will host it’s annual dinner dance beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday Dec. 2nd at the GAC. We are pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2017 “Gaels of the Year” Award are Gerry & Noreen Forde for all their hard work, dedication and countless hours of volunteering for the GAA, the GAC, & promoting traditional Irish cultural activities in Fairfield County. In addition, the recipient of the 2017 Senior Gaelic Football Player of the Year Award is Ray Holian (Co. Mayo). Tickets are $75 and include live band, cocktail hour, dinner, dessert, and open bar. Tickets, table reservations and commemorative journal ads may be sent to: stpatsjournal2017@gmail.com.

Nov. 16, 17 & 18 @ 8pm and Nov 19 @2:30pm

Clan na Gael presents

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.

 

Tickets are $15 per person. Reservations: betteleary@gmail.com | 203-767-0117

At each performance our audiences are invited to share a champagne toast and cake with us in celebration of our 30th Anniversary! Cast of Thirty!! What a way to celebrate our 30th Anniversary!!

Director:  Peggy S. O’Leary
Music Coordinator: Valerie Huegel
Cast:
Mat Apgar
Brad Baldwin
Emily Barksdale
Peter Bellew
Steve Bennett
Patricia Brady
Mike Burke
Joey Diaz
Eileen Fickes
Ally Flaherty
Adam Guggenheim
Betty Guggenheim
Kelsey Guggenheim
Barry Halpin
Valerie Huegel
Pat Lane
Helen Loughrey
John Moran
Dan O’Callaghan
Lila O’Callaghan
Susan O’Hara
David Pirrie
Jillian Plomin
Karol Plomin
Max Plomin
Patrick Plomin
Shannon Roccio
Eamon Speer
Byrne White
Janine Wolfe

 

 

 

Sunday November 13 from 2-4PM

TRAD FOR TROCAIRE 

The Irish Clubs of Fairfield Prep, Lauralton Hall, and St. Joseph’s High School, will host the 3rd Annual Trad or Trocaire on Sunday November 13 from 2-4 pm. Trocaire, the official social justice and relief organization of the Catholic Church in Ireland assists poor and impoverished communities in the developing world by providing food, medical care, and basic necessities.  Events are held in every county in Ireland and 3 years ago, children of GAC members at local Catholic high schools held the first Trad for Trocaire event outside of Ireland and has since raised over $4,000! So come listen to our traditional Irish musicians playing their hearts out for a good cause and show your support for our high schoolers trying to make a difference in the world. Kindly accepting “free will” offering at the door – no amount is too small.

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!

DWT Brian 2017

Brian Thomas

The Tiny Miracles Foundation

DWT Joan 2017

Joan Hoar

St. Ann's Church

 

 

Dancing
With the GAC
Stars Saturday
October 14th
at 7pm

DWT Debbie 2017

Debbie DeLorenzo

Bridgeport Rescue Mission

DWT Mary Ellen 2017

Mary Ellen Lyons

Swim Across the Sound

DWT Suzanne 2017

Suzanne Moore

Project from the Heart

DWT Jack 2017

Jack Tartamella

Alzheimer's Association - Long Island Chapter

DWT Susan 2017

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