Saturday April 13th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day 37th Annual Parade on Friday, March 15th:
Come celebrate your Irish heritage and march with the Gaelic American Club.
We meet in the Harbor Yard lot at 11:20 and the parade steps off at noon!
So put on your green and get ready to hop, skip or reel!
Please email email@example.com if you plan to march.
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!
Join us for a day of learning how to research Irish genealogy. Seminars are presented by Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF, Belfast) for an all-day seminar. Topics cover all of Ireland (32 counties) and challenges tracing Irish ancestors. This is the only stop in Connecticut for these experts during their 2019 North American tour.
Sign up online through: www.tinyurl.com/irishfamilyhistoryday2019
Additional event details and a mail-in registration form can be found at https://fegenealogy.org/
A limited number of opportunities for 20-minute private consultations are available (first-come basis) at additional cost payable directly to UHF.
Admission for those who haven’t pre-registered is available at the door on the event day (subject to availability)
Lunch is included in admission fee.
Meet the Team
As of October 19th there are no contested positions for the 2019 GAC Executive Committee so there will be no need for an election on Sunday December 2nd 2018. The full list of 2019 Committee Members is as follows:
Director 3 Years
Hilary Dee Koreeda
Director 2 Years
Director 1 Year
VIDEOGRAPHERS NEEDED FOR ORAL HISTORY VIDEO PROJECT
Volunteers are needed to assist in the filming of interviews for the Oral History Video Project. This is a great learning opportunity for young people!
If you are interested in assisting in the filming process, or if you are an Irish-born member interested in being interviewed, contact Peggy O’Leary at 203-243-8124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. PATRICK’S SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
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: email@example.com.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
- 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!!
The Next Monthly Meeting is FRIDAY April 12TH @ 7PM ~
APRIL MEMBERSHIP MEETING STARTS AT 7pm
FOLLOWED ANDY COONEY BAND WITH DEIRDRE REILLY
Join us for this very special evening with Dee Reilly, the Irish American Country Star and the famous, Andy Cooney and His Band. Show is free and seating first come first serve.
On the second Friday of every month all GAC members are invited to attend the Monthly Membership meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to update members on club operations and the on goings of the many committees, socials, and activities that take place on a regular basis. This meeting is when some of the most important decisions for the club take place. If you’re interested in the future of the GAC and want to contribute to its prosperous future, then should attend the next meeting.
Auditions for Clan na Gael’s Fall Production
Auditions for WHACKED an Adult comedy will be held Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday 23rd from 1:00-3:30. Needed are: 5 men and 3 women age range 20’s to 65. Production dates are November 15, 16, 17 & 18. Auditions are open to all. No experience necessary. For more information contact the director firstname.lastname@example.org
Clan na Gael SPRING 2018 PRODUCTION
THURSDAY THRU SUNDAY
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: email@example.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!
Clan na Gael 8TH ANNUAL ONE ACT PLAY-WRITING CONTEST
8TH ANNUAL ONE ACT PLAYWRITING CONTEST
The Clan Na Gael Players are pleased to announce that the 8th Annual One Act Playwriting 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.
Clan na Gael auditions
Spring Auditions are on Saturday Feb. 24 from 1:00-3:30 and Sunday Feb. 25 from 5:30-7:30. Additional information see flyer on green table in GAC lobby or email opeggyo812@gmail. All auditions are open. No Experience Necessary. Those interested in a staff position come by and sign up.
7TH ONE ACT PLAYWRIGHT CONTEST
• Tour de eclipse by Rose Leahy
• Michael’s Wedding by Alison Flannery
• Egg, scrambled by Rob Rooney
The winning plays will be read on Sunday, Oct 15th from 2 to 4pm in the Carolan Room. The Reading is free and everyone is welcome to come spend a entertaining afternoon with us. There will be an opportunity at the end of the Reading for the audience to discuss the writing and performance process with the playwrights, actors and directors. Refreshments will be served.
It’s A Wonderful Life
BY TOM LANDRY
November 16-18 @ 8pm & 19 @ 2:30pm
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.
Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org | 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!
Clan na Gael Celebrates 30 years of presenting plays by or about the Irish. We continue in our fine tradition by offering these upcoming programs:
• 2017 One Act Playwriting Contest ~ Accepting submission until August 15;
• Free 4-Week Summer Workshop ~ July 25th;
• Auditions for Fall Production ~ Sept 30th & Oct 1st.
Over the years we’ve improved our craft both on and behind the stage. Hundreds of kids and adults have been involved in the fun and excitement of “putting on a show”. Each production brings forth new actors and production staff. Each performance brings the afterglow of satisfaction that comes from being a part of the CnG team.
You are warmly invited to come Play with us! We are an open and welcoming group, are we love getting new people involved.
FREE 4 week Summer Workshop!
Led by one of the experienced director/actor/improv staff: Bettie Guggenheim, Barry Halprin or Eamon Speer. The sessions meet on Tuesdays beginning July 25 from 7:30-9:30pm and will cover Improv, Scene Study, Developing Believable Characters and more.
2017 One Act Playwriting Contest
The Clan na Gael is excited to once again sponsor its One Act Playwright Contest beginning March 15th, 2017 and running through August 15th, 2017. The purpose of the contest is to support and encourage emerging playwrights and to provide a stage for scripts that might not otherwise find one. Playwrights of all ages are encouraged to enter.
Clan na Gael’s Fall Production
Open Auditions for Clan na Gael’s Fall Production of It’s A Wonderful Life” By Tom Landry are Sept. 30 from 1:00 -3:30pm and Oct. 1 from 1:00 – 3:30pm. No experience necessary. Actors and staff will be needed. Large cast, including children. Show Dates are: November 16, 17, 18 & 19.
We are fun! Come play with us! For further information contact: email@example.com
The Clan na Gael Players had a humble beginning in 1987. Cardboard sets, lights in tin cans, folks dragged in from the bar to play a part! Ahh, but the audience enthusiasm towards this raggle-taggle group—that’s what made the Clan na Gael Players!
In addition to performing live theatre at the Gaelic-American Club, Clan na Gael has gone on the road to perform elsewhere – civic groups, fundraisers, pubs, schools and libraries. We have toured plays in Ireland twice, in Counties Kerry and Clare, in 2009 and 2016.
From the pens of such well-known playwrights as O’Casey, Gregory, and Keane have come several CnG productions. Equally, we point with pride to the premier productions where we have been privileged to work with playwrights in the creation of their work. Comedy, drama, music, song, dance, well-known and unknown, are all parts of Clan na Gael.
To all, thank you for supporting Clan na Gael! We look forward to continuing our stated purpose of presenting plays by or about the Irish. We hope you will continue to enjoy them as much as we enjoy presenting them to you. Break-a-Leg!
For more information, please contact Peggy O’Leary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGULAR CLASS SCHEDULE
- Irish Grammar Class 7:00-8:00 PM, contact JMinehan@gmail.com.
- Kids/Parents Irish Learning Helper Session: 6:30-7:30 PM, contact DesNolan@optonline.net.
- Beginners Irish Class 6:30-7:30 PM, contact Cecia.Dalzel@quinnipac.edu.
- Lower Intermediate Irish Class 7:30-8:30, DesNolan@optonline.net.
- Higher Intermediate Class – meets Thursday from 6:30-7:30, contact JMinehan@gmail.com.
- 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”
2018 IS 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
LEARN COMMON PRAYERS & ANTHEM in IRISH
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 DINNER DANCE
St Patrick’s GAA Club will host it’s annual dinner dance beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday Dec. 1nd at the GAC. We are pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2018 “Gaels of the Year” Award are Jim and Caroline Feeney 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 2018 Senior Gaelic Football Player of the Year Award is Joe Jones . Tickets are $100 and include live band, cocktail hour, dinner, dessert, and open bar. Tickets and table reservation requests may be sent to email@example.com. Commemorative journal ads may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
INTO TO GAELIC FOOTBALL FOR CHILDREN
Mark Your Calendars! St. Patrick’s G.A.A. Club will host its annual winter training program “Introduction to Gaelic Football for Children 6-8 Years Old” on Saturdays from 4-5pm at The Field House in Fairfield for six weeks beginning on Sat Jan 19, 2019. All training is non-contact and emphasizes fun, games, hand-eye coordination and basic skills. Cost is $60 and includes T-shirt and graduation ceremony. Limited capacity. To register, please visit: www.stpatricksgfc.org. Email questions to: email@example.com.
St. Patrick’s GFC is the fastest growing Gaelic football club in the tri-state area. The club, headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut, was created in 2003 to provide training, instruction, and athletic competition in Ireland’s favorite sport, Gaelic football. Prior to the Club’s inception, children and adults interested in learning or competing in Gaelic football had to travel to clubs located in New Haven or New York. In just a few short years, the Club has grown dramatically from four founding members to over 150 members and five teams in youth (Under 8 through U-14) and adult levels.