St. Patrick’s GAA Club News


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 for more details or email:


  • 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:

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: , 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


Maddie Mitchell and Drew Newcomb, Named Mr. & Miss Shamrock

Congratulations Maddie Mitchell and Drew Newcomb, who were named Mr. and Miss Shamrock and runners up Maggie Buckley and Timothy Forde. All were awarded college scholarships from Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.  Well done and wishing you all great success in college!

(Left to Right: Maggie Buckley, Timothy Forde, Drew Newcomb and Maddie Mitchell)

It’s Time to Renew Your Membership

If you have a working email on file with us, you will receive notification on Jan 1 to renew your GAC membership for 2018. If you have no email or have requested paper billing, your invoice will arrive in the mail after December 28th.

For the first time, we are offering a special incentive to the first 250 members who renew for 2018. At the monthly membership meeting in February, we will draw 3 names from the first 250 renewals and those members will receive a free membership for 2018. (This does not include scrip).
Other important information regarding
membership renewal:

  • Please make sure your contact information, especially email and home address are current. You can log into your account to review your information at any time.
  • If you usually receive your renewal from the GAC by email and do not receive an email from us on January 1, please check your settings and spam folder.
  • If you usually receive your renewal by mail and do not receive anything from us by January 6, please let us know. The best way to contact the membership office is via email at
  • Do not discard your white door/scrip card. There is a $10 replacement fee. Your 2018 scrip will be loaded onto that card on April 1, 2018.
  • All 2017 scrip expires on 2/28/18.
  • Contact membership at

Please note: The Gaelic American Club operates on a calendar year and depends on the prompt payment of membership dues. Membership renewal is payable on January 1 each year. We allow up to a 60-day grace period to pay. All memberships must be renewed by February 28, 2018. Beginning March 1, there will be a $100 reinstatement fee added to all renewals.

Starting on January 1st at 12:01 AM the first 250 members to renew their membership will be entered into a drawing to win one of three 2018 GAC memberships. Winning members will be reimbursed for the dues they already paid, but will still be responsible for purchasing script. Only renewals received before January 15th, 2018 will be eligible. Note: Members of the Executive and Membership Committees are ineligible to participate.

The winners of the drawing will be selected at the monthly meeting on February 9th. Winners must be present to accept the prize.

No renewals before January 1st & 12:01AM.

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



Ugly Sweater Contest & Caroling in the Pub


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



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.
Great Gatsby Theme ~ Dress to the Nines




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:

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: | 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
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


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.