Message from GAC President Gerry Reidy ~ May 2019

Dear Fellow Members,

I want to bring you up to date on the various projects we are pursuing at the Club. As you may know, we have reached the point where we can no longer put off some urgent building repairs.  These include repairs to the roof, replacing a number of leaking windows, repairing the elevator, repairing the side yard fence and augmenting the basement drainage system to take care of the flooding problem. The bad news is that the total cost for the repairs is in the neighborhood of $100,000.00. The good news is that thanks to all the hard work put in the Finance and Facility Committees and others the past five years as well as the dues and price increases; we were able to set aside the required amount to pay for these urgent repairs.

We expect to let the contracts for the roof, windows and fence this month. We have been in touch with another elevator company and hope to resolve this problem in May.  We believe we are close to solving the flooding problem, but we need to do a bit more research on this item.

With regard to the use of the side yard, the present picnic tables and benches are shot and need to be replaced. We intend to put in about 15 tables and benches along with large umbrellas and outdoor game equipment. We will also be purchasing an outdoor rotisserie grill which will allow us to hold a number of Pig and other roasts. Its too late for this Easter, but I thought a lamb roast would be a traditional celebration for next year. Except for the Irish music, even the Apostles would feel right at home.

We are estimating a one time all in one cost of $9,000.00 to make it happen. We don’t have this project specifically identified in the budget which was previously approved, so I will be coming to the members at the May meeting to get approval to spend the money I will get back to you with progress reports from time to time.

Best Regards

Gerry Reidy

 

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum Needs Our Support


Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum in Hamden is facing a crisis. Quinnipiac University has decided that the museum must become financially independent by 2020 or it will close. While many Connecticut Irish Clubs and groups have launched fundraising efforts, we can all help by becoming dues paying members of the museum. There are eight levels of membership starting at $35, and all are detailed in attachments below. We hope that many of you will help save this important Irish Museum in its hour of need, but also to commemorate the sacrifices of our ancestors.

Membership Levels
Membership Application


Membership Levels
Membership Application

St. Patrick’s GAA Club Fundraiser ~ May 18th

St. Patrick’s GAA Club will hold its annual fundraiser on Saturday May 18th at the GAC from 6-11pm. There will be great silent auction items including All Ireland Football and Hurling tickets, weekend getaways in Boston, and cottages in the West of Ireland – all for silent bidding. There will also be music and appetizers. For more information, please visit the www.stpatricksgfc.org.

Karan Casey Band ~ Friday May 24th @ 8pm

Karan Casey is widely acclaimed as the finest and most influential singer of her generation.She first came to prominence as the glorious voice of the sensational group Solas, leaving after several years and four groundbreaking albums to pursue a solo career. And what a career it has been !

Over the course of a quarter century she has released seven remarkable albums, toured extensively worldwide, and collaborated with such diverse musicians as James Taylor, Bela Fleck, Boston Pops Orchestra, Liam Clancy The Chieftains, Maura O’Connell, The Dubliners, Peggy Seeger,
Lunasa and many others. Admission for adults is $20 and Children $5.

For reservations or more info call (203)255-3848 or email tmquinn@optonline.net

A Clan na Gael Production

Is Life Worth Living

This comedy is set in a quiet, seaside town in Ireland where summer brings tourists and entertainers. The arrival of a traveling theatre group presenting the classics, turns the town upside down as the locals begin to emulate the lives of characters in the plays.

Join our brilliant cast: Patrick Lane,Ann McGuire, John Moran, Brian Norris, Dan O’Callaghan, Mike O’Mara, Susan O’Hara, David Pirrie, Jillian Plomin, Eamon Speer, Amy Strachan, Marie Stehl and Byrne White, as they wonder…
Is Life Worth Living
Thursday, April 25th Friday 26th,
Saturday 27th at 8:00pm & Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets: Bette Leary 203-767-0117
Production help and set builders needed
contact: opeggyo812@gmail.com

The Donnelly Dash

The Donnelly Dash ~ Sunday April 14 @ 9am

Run with the Spirit of Tim & Kim in your Heart. After the race, join us for post event gathering at the GAC. Paid participants over 21 can get a free beer at the club – or soft drink for all ages. The kitchen will be open. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Fairfield/TheDonnellyDash

Clan na Gaels Presents ‘Is Life Worth Living’ – by Lennox Robinson

Clan na Gaels Presents ‘Is Life Worth Living’ – by Lennox Robinson

This comedy is set in a quiet, seaside town in Ireland where summer brings tourists and entertainers. The arrival of a traveling theatre group presenting the classics, turns the town upside down as the locals begin to emulate the lives of characters in the plays.

Join our brilliant cast: Eileen Fikes, Patrick Lane, John Moran, Brian Norris, Dan O’Callaghan, Susan O’Hara, David Pirrie, Jillian Plomin, Amy Strachan ,Marie Stehle, Michael Stephan and Byrne White as they wonder…
Is Life Worth Living

Thursday 4/25, Friday 4/26, Saturday 4/27 at 8:00pm & Sunday 4/28 at 2:30pm
Tickets: Bette Leary 203-767-0117
Production help and set builders needed
contact: opeggyo812@gmail.com

“Pasture to Pavement” Irish History Lecture

This lecture presented by Hilary Mhic Suibhne, explores the parallels and intersections in the lives of working-class Irish and urban work horses in 19th century New York City.

This talk will trace the role of horses in Irish culture and how the lives of the living four-legged machines of New York City and those of poor Irish immigrants, whose labor was central to the development of the city, revolved around one other.

Hilary was educated at University College Dublin and at New York University. She currently teaches Irish language at New York University NYC and is External Examiner in Irish at Vassar College. In addition to publishing many journal and periodical articles and essays, she has co-edited and co-translated a collection of 32 essays written in Irish by the late Barra Ó Donnabháin. Tickets – $5.00 (Students with ID $2.00)

Send check payable to Feile, Inc. to:

Mary Adams-Arroyo, 221 McGrath Ct
Stratford, CT 06615
Email: marroyo@optonline.net
Subject: Irish History Lecture | 203-377-2346

Mothers Day Brunch


Treat Mom to a Delicious Buffet with Delightful Entertainment with complementary Prosecco!
$24 Adults $12 for Children U12
Sunday May 12th | 11-2pm

TICKETS: On sale at GAC Fri Apr 26 & Sat Apr 27: 6 – 8 pm or Please use Reservation form (link below) make check payable to GAC & drop off to Social mailbox or mail to GAC, Attn: Social. Please include # Adults, # Children, phone & e-mail address. Tickets must be purchased by May 8th. Contact Social@gacemail.org

Reservation Form

St. Patrick’s GAA Club annual Cúl Camp 2019

A summer camp in Gaelic football, hurling & camogie for children 5-15 years of age from June 24-28 at Notre Dame H.S., Fairfield. Whether you’re seeking to improve skills or never played, this camp is designed to introduce children to the excitement and challenges of Gaelic games. GAA Certified coaches direct from Ireland.

Camp hours are 9am-3pm each day. Graduation & medal ceremony on June 28th with family lunch & social at the GAC. Space is limited. Early registration and sibling discounts available. visit www.stpatricksgfc.org or email training@stpatricksgaa.us.

Father’s Day Celebration Fundraiser

Save Sunday June 16 for Feili Inc’s Father’s Day Celebration Fundraiser

Join us from 12-noon to 6pm at the GAC for food, raffles and music by The Highland Rovers celebrating 25 years together, pipers, dancers, vendors and more. $10 requested donation at the door. Updates to come!

CLAN na GAEL AUDITIONS

Auditions for Clan na Gaels Spring Production of “Is Life Worth Living” by Lennox Robinson Saturday March 9th from 1:30 to 3:30 and Sunday March 10th from 1:30 to 3:30

Auditions for this comedy are Saturday March 9th from 1:30 to 3:30 and Sunday March 10th from 1:30 to 3:30 and and we’ll be casting parts for five females (20’s-60’s) and eight males (20’s -60’s) for the production.

The setting is a small, quiet, seaside country town in Ireland where summer brings tourists and entertainers. The arrival of a traveling theatre group, presenting the classics, turns the town upside down as they begin to emulate the lives of the characters in the plays.

Show dates are Thursday, April 25th Friday 26th, Saturday 27th at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:30pm.

Auditions are open to all. No Experience Necessary. Clan na Gael is an open, welcoming and encouraging group for anyone interested in acting, and/or working backstage on the production. Come Play With Us! as we begin our 32nd season. For further information contact opeggyo812@gmail.com

Stand up Comedy & ‘Forty Shades of Green Tour’

Saturday March 23rd @ 7:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Fun-Fundraiser to propel Tracy James’ acclaimed play “Forty Shades of Green Tour” to the Fringe Festival in Scotland.

This fun filled evening features the hilarious production of “Forty Shades of Green Tour” and the comedic talents of Christine O’Leary, Frankie Fuhrman, Robb Coles, Micaela Fagan & Mat Orefice!
Written and directed by Tracy James, the “Forty Shades of Green Tour” has entertained audiences from the GAC, to Ireland, to Manhattan and now with your support onto the Fringe Festival at Greenside Venue in Edinburgh, Scotland in August 2019. The World’s Largest Arts Festival!
Tickets $20, For Reservations call Elizabeth Power 203 873-6556 Or email 40Shades2019@gmail.com Cabaret seating, Cash bar, Raffle tickets, door prizes and more. A Special Thank You to The Gaelic American Club and Feile Inc for their support!