Irish Language ~ Foghlaim Gaeilge


Monday Evenings:
  • Irish Grammar Class 7:00-8:00 PM, contact
Thursday Evenings:
  • Kids/Parents Irish Learning Helper Session: 6:30-7:30 PM, contact
  •  Beginners Irish Class 6:30-7:30 PM, contact
  • Lower Intermediate Irish Class 7:30-8:30,
  •  Higher Intermediate Class – meets Thursday from 6:30-7:30, contact
  • Grupa Comhra – 7:30- 9:00 PM, contact Cait 203-459-9686.


GAC Irish Language Day & Variety Show

The “GAC Annual Irish Language Immersion Day” will be on October 6th, 2018. It is open to all levels from those with NO Irish to advanced. Irish Language Immersion Day Brochure   or  Pick up a brochure from the front desk.  Irish Language Immersion Day Registration Form.  Any questions please contact: Des Nolan at DesNolan@OptOnline.Net.

For the first time ever in the 70 year history of the club at GAC, an effort is underway to put on an a “Variety Show in Irish” (session style). 2018 is the Year of the Irish Language and we would like to show that the club actively participated in that. The show is being planned for October 6th, 2018, 2:30 to 4 PM. It will be open to the public ($5/person) and a booklet will be published ahead of time with each performance piece in English as well as Irish, so everyone can understand the show on the day.

Currently, we are looking for members of the various activity groups at GAC, (singing, acting, dancing and music), who would be interested in participating in this uniquely historical event. If you’re interested in participating, please talk to your activity leader who’s been contacted already or if you need to work on your own contact Des Nolan directly. Des will help with Irish performance piece selection, pronunciation and provision of simple phonetics as needed. Think a 5 min performance slot, (or multiple of that if needed), with a focus on a relaxed presentation/performance. Traditional pieces are fine, but we’re definitely seeking some contemporary interpretations on the traditional arts. Regardless, dare to be surprising and be entertaining! GAC Irish Language Day & Variety Show Flyer

If you think you might be interested in attending the show (no actual commitment needed) please send an email so we can get an idea of potential attendance.
Contact Information  DesNolan@OptOnline.Net.

From June calendar 

Is fearr Gaeilge briste, ná Béarla clíste.

The quote above from GAC’s June Calendar is pronounced: Iss faar Gay-el-geh brish-teh naw Bay-er-lah clish-teh ~ meaning: “Broken Irish is better than clever English”


  • 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


Every St Patrick’s Day morning at the GAC’s flag raising the Common Prayers and the Irish National Anthem are said in Irish. This year, so all can participate we are offering a Practice Session on Saturday March 3rd, @ 2PM in the Cultural room. Please register with DesNolan@OptOnline.NET. Handouts available on the information table in the club hallway with the Irish, English translation, phonetics and web audio links.



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!

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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:

“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