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

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


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 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.


  • 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


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 membership@gacemail.org.
  • 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 membership@gacemail.org

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 DesNolan@OptOnline.net