Early Bird Special & Family Fun

FULL IRISH BREAKFAST ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY with SOCCER on the TELLY
The GAC will be serving Full Irish Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and Televising the Soccer games. T’is truly a dream come true!

EARLY BIRD FOOD MENU
Monday thru Friday 4-6pm includes a choice of taco plate, slider, plate, mozzarella stix plate each for $2.00 so come join us for a drink!

FOR OUR FAMILIES
We miss you, so be assured we have enough space allotted around each table that we are able to set up a cornhole game for the kids at their table. So come and enjoy!

July 7th @ 7pm

GAC’s infamous Trivia Night (the outside edition) is happening on July 10th @ 7pm. Please call (203 254 0673) to reserve a table as this event will sell out! No snacks can be brought into the Club (as per the Governor’s regulations), but the happy hour and regular menu will be available. Rain date: Friday July 17th.

Outdoor Dining Procedures

Please follow “social distancing” protocol while enjoying Outdoor Dining at the GAC.

Reservations are Recommended & Guests are Welcome

Wednesdays: thru Friday are 3  to 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12  to 8pm
The number for reservations is 203- 254- 0673. 

As we are not set up to operate in the rain, please call on the day you are scheduled to come if the weather report is threatening. Let’s hope that we won’t get any snow.

Members will be asked to show their membership cards and they and their guests will enter the side yard through the gate in the parking lot which will be clearly marked. All members and guests must be wearing masks upon entry. Masks can be removed for eating and drinking.

Although there will a list of procedures to be followed by members posted at the entrance, I want to advise you of some of the measures we are taking to protect you.

  • All members of staff including kitchen, bar and servers will be wearing masks and gloves;
  • No reusable menus will be used;
  • Tables and seats will be sanitized after each seating;
  • Disposable plastic plates, glasses and cutlery will be used;
  • There will be no buffets or self-service stations, all service will be at the tables;
  • No members will be allowed in the building except to use the rest rooms which will be sanitized frequently. Access to the restrooms by members who are required to be masked will be by a different door than that used by the servers.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available.
  • Parents will be required to monitor their children so as to maintain the required six-foot distance from other diners.

At the present time for both Take Out & Outdoor Dining  we can only accept payment by credit card.

We plan to start indoor dining on the earliest date authorized by the Governor at which time we will also accept payment by scrip.

 

Outdoor Dining Opens Continues Wednesday thru Sunday

The GAC will open for Outdoor Dining on Friday May 22 . But please read the very important message (below)  from  GAC Executive Committee President. Gerry Reidy .
This message outlines procedures for use of the facility.

Dear Fellow Members,

I AM VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WEATHER PERMITTING, 

THE CLUB WILL OPEN OUTSIDE DINING BY MEMBERS IN THE SIDE YARD STARTING ON FRIDAY MAY 22ND.

As you can see from the photo of the table set-up, we have made the maximum use of our space, with no table closer than six feet to any other table. We are extremely fortunate that unlike many local restaurants, we have a very large outside area that is completely fenced in and we are not forced to utilize sidewalks or parking lots to enable outdoor seating.

No one has any experience in providing outdoor dining in the present situation. We are mindful of the need to take steps to protect the health and safety of our staff who will be preparing and serving the food and drinks as well as you, our members, who will be coming to join us.

I am sure many of us can identify with the ground hog, as it feels like we will be emerging from a long winter spell in our burrows to enter the springtime of our lives.

We have worked hard to ensure everyone has a great experience, while at the same time following the safety measures promulgated by the State for our protection. The last thing any of us wants, is that two months of our complying with the State’s shelter-in- place regulations are wasted by a careless disregard for the safety practices we are required to follow.

By utilizing the outdoor tables, we purchased last summer and the round tables from the Carolan Room, we have been able to field 18 tables.

The menu specially designed for the Memorial Day weekend Is attached. Although there will be no bar area, as part of your dining experience, members can also purchase mixed drinks and beer and wine by the bottle and glass which will served at their table.

OUTDOOR DINING MENU

As we have 6,000 members for 18 tables, and we need to avoid members waiting in line for tables which would be a violation of the “social distancing” regulations, we are instituting a seating protocol with reservations required.

There will be Three Seatings on Friday 3 to 5, 5 to 7, 7 to 9;   
There will be two additional Seatings on Saturday and Sunday 12 to 1:30 and 1:30 to 3.
The number for reservations is 203 254 0673.

As we are not set up to operate in the rain, please call on the day you are scheduled to come if the weather report is threatening. Let’s hope that we won’t get any snow.

Members will be asked to show their membership cards and they and their families will enter the side yard through the gate in the parking lot which will be clearly marked. All members and family must be wearing masks upon entry. Masks can be removed for eating and drinking.

Although there will a list of procedures to be followed by members posted at the entrance, I want to advise you of some of the measures we are taking to protect you.

  • All members of staff including kitchen, bar and servers will be wearing masks and gloves;
  • No reusable menus will be used;
  • Tables and seats will be sanitized after each seating;
  • Disposable plastic plates, glasses and cutlery will be used;
  • There will be no buffets or self-service stations, all service will be at the tables;
  • No members will be allowed in the building except to use the rest rooms which will be sanitized frequently. Access to the restrooms by members who are required to be masked will be by a different door than that used by the servers.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available.
  • The next rule will be very hard, but we need to do it, parents will be required to monitor their children so as to maintain the required six-foot distance from other diners;
  • We will accept reservations for four members at each table and up to five members of a family;

I note that the Governor has indicated that Clubs can open for indoor dining on June 20th while the Connecticut Restaurant Association has requested an earlier date of June 3rd. We plan to start indoor dining on the earliest date authorized by the Governor at which time we will also accept payment by scrip. At the present time as with “take-out” sales (which will continue during Wednesdays to Sunday s) we can only accept payment by credit card.

I will be sending my usual monthly message to members by a separate mailing.

I hope this Memorial Day weekend will also be memorable as the starting of our reawakening. As we are all new to this, please cut us a little slack if we seem to be inefficient or messed up. We will get better as time goes on. I promise.

WE ARE OPEN!

God bless and stay safe,

Gerry Reidy
GAC Executive Committee President

PS: If any member is not feeling well or has recently experienced any flu like symptoms, we ask you protect yourself by staying home.

Members should also be aware of the State’s recommendation that people in high risk groups such as those with underlying conditions or over the age of 65 should continue to stay safe and stay home.

Message to The GAC Membership

Dear Fellow Members,
 We are slowly coming back to life from a dark time; but we are doing it in a very measured way. The craic is back. Our side yard is great spot to kick back and relax. We had restaurant and bar sales of $30,000.00 for the month of June. That’s a long ways from June of last year when we hit $100,000.00 but it’s a damn site better than the desert wasteland of April and May. Each weekend gets better and I thank you for that. As you can see from the attached photos, we are now open for indoor dining. This past weekend, live music was provided on Saturday night by Damien Connolly and the mood was magical.
We are reintroducing our early opening on Wednesdays through Fridays and will offer a special happy hour menu of sliders, tacos and mozzarella sticks, for $2.00 a plate. You can also order French fries, (sweet or Idaho), onion rings or waffles.
July 4th will be a banner day for us. We will hold our first barbecue of the year from 12:30 to 2:30. Corky and his staff are going all out. A plate of bbq ribs, bbq chicken, hot dogs, slider burgers with sides of coleslaw and potato salad, or any combination thereof, will be available for $16.00 a plate. If that sounds like a “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” moment, you can get a hot dog and fries for $5.00.
Music will be provided by Chuck & Andy from The C-Sides from 12:30 to 2:30. I hope to see as many of you there as can make it.
For planning purposes, it would be a great help to Corky, Tommy and Chris to get an idea of how many members will be there and I would appreciate your calling (203)254 0673 to make reservation.
Faith Maciver our Vice President and volunteer in charge of a host of popular events at the Club (you name it, she probably runs it) and her side kick Angus, will start up Trivia Night in the side yard on July 10th at 7. No snacks can be brought into the Club as per the Governor’s regulations, but the happy hour and regular menu will be available for participants as well as bags of chips, nuts and pretzels. This should be a sell out and again you should call (203 254 0673) to reserve a table.
The regular menu is available at all regular hours and we continue our take out meal service which has proven to be very popular.
I know members have been asking about when they can use their scrip. I promised you that when the Club opened for in-door dining you could use your scrip for all events. That time is upon us and you can now pay by scrip or credit card. Additionally you can pay by check or gift card. You can obtain a gift card, where the balance has no expiry date, by purchasing one by check at the Club or by mailing in a check and we will mail you the gift card. We are not accepting cash at this time as a safety measure for our members and staff. The dollars in our pockets do not come directly from the mint and unless you made them yourselves, their origin and formers possessors are unknown and we don’t want them floating around among members and staff. I have suggested a money laundering service but we are still working out the details.
Please come out and join me on Saturday when you will hear calls of “Who was that masked man?”. It’s your chance to be incognito as nobody will know you with your mask and should the moment move you, you can even pretend it’s Halloween.
Regards and stay safe,
Gerry Reidy
GAC Executive Committee President
PS: I will be sending a separate message regarding our members.
May 27, 2020
Dear Fellow Members,
Well we are almost through May in these tough times. We are coming through it together, however. The first sign of spring may be the crocus, but for us it was our opening for outdoor dining starting this past Memorial Day weekend. Little did we realize at the start of the year why it would be so memorable
Opening day on Friday marked a milestone in our resurrection. The weather was great. For those of you at home I have attached a couple of pictures of the event. The first was taken of the outdoor dining area by Tommy Flaherty our intrepid general manager who risked life and limb to get an aerial shot from the roof of the Club.
Incidentally, the reason we are requiring reservations is to avoid members coming in close proximity of each other while waiting in line for a table. So, pretend it’s Halloween, put on your masks and come out for the craic. We will also continue our popular take-out service during this time. A links to both menus can be found below.
As you can see, the tables are spaced much farther apart than the minimum required six feet specified in the Governor’s Order. The average space between tables is in fact, fifteen feet but still within shouting distance.
It seemed like an echo of happier times as you can see from the photo of Jude Fitzgerald former Club president and presently well-known bartender, reprising her role in, “Have Guinness, Will Travel”.
Because the members who turned out, told us it was a very welcome and effective cure for cabin fever, we are going to continue the outdoor dining
Wednesdays: thru Friday are 3 to 5pm | 5 to 7pm | 7 to 9pm
Saturday: 12 to 1:30pm | 1:30 to 3pm | 3 to 5pm | 5 to 7pm | 7 to 9pm
Sunday: 12 to 1:30pm | 1:30 to 3p | 3 to 5pm | 5 to 7pm
The number for reservations is 203- 254- 0673.
Members once again showed their concern for others while going through tough times by donating $1,800.00 for our front-line health workers box lunch program. We delivered six hundred lunches to the Carolton Center. I have attached a picture showing the last of the deliveries on a table at the Center. Your concern for others is consistent the traditions of our culture. The Irish have long memories. In this regard you may have recently read about the donations coming from Ireland to the Navaho and other Native American tribes suffering severe economic deprivation as a result of the coronavirus. As you may also know, in an American version of “To hell or to Connaught”, the Cherokee, Choctaw and Creek tribes during their forced 1,000 mile trek to Oklahoma, following their expulsion from their farms in Georgia and the Carolinas, the famous “trail of tears”, took up a collection and sent what they had to Ireland for famine relief. As I said, the Irish don’t forget their friends. I am minded of the old Irish saying, “May God give us the wisdom to know our friends and may he turn the heels of our enemies, so that we will know them by their limp.”
On a sad note, since we have not been able to hold our monthly membership meetings, it falls to me to inform you of the passing of some of our members since our last meeting; Patricia Connelly, Rita Bennett, John Corsair Robert Hough and Breda O’Halloran.
In addition, Club member Brendan Quinn lost his mother Ann and Teresa McCormack and Jim McInerney lost their sister Christine O’Donnell.
Our best wishes and condolences go out to the families.
Stay safe and God bless,
Gerry Reidy
GAC Executive Committee President

May 20, 2020

Dear Fellow Members,

I AM VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WEATHER PERMITTING, 

THE CLUB WILL OPEN OUTSIDE DINING BY MEMBERS IN THE SIDE YARD STARTING ON FRIDAY MAY 22ND.

As you can see from the photo of the table set-up, we have made the maximum use of our space, with no table closer than six feet to any other table. We are extremely fortunate that unlike many local restaurants, we have a very large outside area that is completely fenced in and we are not forced to utilize sidewalks or parking lots to enable outdoor seating.

No one has any experience in providing outdoor dining in the present situation. We are mindful of the need to take steps to protect the health and safety of our staff who will be preparing and serving the food and drinks as well as you, our members, who will be coming to join us.

I am sure many of us can identify with the ground hog, as it feels like we will be emerging from a long winter spell in our burrows to enter the springtime of our lives.

We have worked hard to ensure everyone has a great experience, while at the same time following the safety measures promulgated by the State for our protection. The last thing any of us wants, is that two months of our complying with the State’s shelter-in- place regulations are wasted by a careless disregard for the safety practices we are required to follow.

By utilizing the outdoor tables, we purchased last summer and the round tables from the Carolan Room, we have been able to field 18 tables.

The menu specially designed for the Memorial Day weekend Is attached. Although there will be no bar area, as part of your dining experience, members can also purchase mixed drinks and beer and wine by the bottle and glass which will served at their table.

As we have 6,000 members for 18 tables, and we need to avoid members waiting in line for tables which would be a violation of the “social distancing” regulations, we are instituting a seating protocol with reservations required.

There will be Three Seatings on Friday 3 to 5, 5 to 7, 7 to 9;   
There will be two additional Seatings on Saturday and Sunday 12 to 1:30 and 1:30 to 3.
The number for reservations is 203 254 0673.

As we are not set up to operate in the rain, please call on the day you are scheduled to come if the weather report is threatening. Let’s hope that we won’t get any snow.

Members will be asked to show their membership cards and they and their families will enter the side yard through the gate in the parking lot which will be clearly marked. All members and family must be wearing masks upon entry. Masks can be removed for eating and drinking.

Although there will a list of procedures to be followed by members posted at the entrance, I want to advise you of some of the measures we are taking to protect you.

  • All members of staff including kitchen, bar and servers will be wearing masks and gloves;
  • No reusable menus will be used;
  • Tables and seats will be sanitized after each seating;
  • Disposable plastic plates, glasses and cutlery will be used;
  • There will be no buffets or self-service stations, all service will be at the tables;
  • No members will be allowed in the building except to use the rest rooms which will be sanitized frequently. Access to the restrooms by members who are required to be masked will be by a different door than that used by the servers.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available.
  • The next rule will be very hard, but we need to do it, parents will be required to monitor their children so as to maintain the required six-foot distance from other diners;
  • We will accept reservations for four members at each table and up to five members of a family;

I note that the Governor has indicated that Clubs can open for indoor dining on June 20th while the Connecticut Restaurant Association has requested an earlier date of June 3rd. We plan to start indoor dining on the earliest date authorized by the Governor at which time we will also accept payment by scrip. At the present time as with “take-out” sales (which will continue during Wednesdays to Sunday s) we can only accept payment by credit card.

I will be sending my usual monthly message to members by a separate mailing.

I hope this Memorial Day weekend will also be memorable as the starting of our reawakening. As we are all new to this, please cut us a little slack if we seem to be inefficient or messed up. We will get better as time goes on. I promise.

WE ARE OPEN!

God bless and stay safe,

Gerry Reidy
GAC Executive Committee President

PS: If any member is not feeling well or has recently experienced any flu like symptoms, we ask you protect yourself by staying home.

Members should also be aware of the State’s recommendation that people in high risk groups such as those with underlying conditions or over the age of 65 should continue to stay safe and stay home.

Céili Sunday

We’re warming up to St Patrick’s Day with a Céili – so bring your friends and come dance with us with music by The Connolly Céili Band.  Just come to enjoy the music or perhaps learn a step or two with the Set Dancers.  Bring a little something to go along with a cup-a-tea or coffee. For info contact Noreen Forde 203-273-0483 $20 admission.

 

Cultural Night

This entertaining evening showcases Irish music, dance, language & sports. Featuring The Shamrogues,  Lenihan School of Irish Dance, St. Patrick’s Gaelic Football Club, Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band, Set Dancers & Irish Language Club. Bring the family and friends to experience some of the Irish Cultural activities the GAC has to offer!

 

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day ~

Tuesday March 17th

At the Gaelic-American Club we celebrate our proud Irish tradition every day of the year! When it comes to March, the GAC showcases the very best in Irish Spirit, Tradition and Talent. So please support the special events scheduled throughout this month.

Special Menu will be served Tuesday March 17, this menu includes corned beef sandwiches, fish & chips, chicken fingers, fries and tuna sandwiches. Irish potato chips and Irish chocolates also are available.
We also need help making sandwiches and serving food on St. Patrick’s Day. Please sign up at front desk or contact Mary O’Driscoll at 203-414-9462.

Volunteers needed for St. Patrick’s Day. We need help at the front door for St. Patrick’s Day. Contact Betty Leary at betteleary@gmail.com or 203-767-0117.

Volunteer Bartenders needed for St. Patrick’s Day contact Christine Boccamazzo: cboccamazzo@yahoo.com.

$10 Guest Fee on St. Patrick’s Day
All members must show GAC Membership Card
or pay $10 guest fee. No exceptions!

Clan na Gael Spring Production ~

POETS REBELLION

Directed by Eamon Speer
Produced by Peg O’Leary

The show is set in the present time, at a local pub in Dublin city. Two American tourists find themselves getting a crash course in the 1916 Easter uprising from a bartender, and a local patron, with somewhat opposing views… but do the patriots themselves have a different view altogether?

Performance Dates

Thursday April 16 at 8:00; Friday April 17 at 8:00; Saturday. April 18 at 8:00; Sunday April 19  at 2:30

Tickets $15.00 checks made out to Feile, Inc.

For Reservations contact 203.752.7172 or email CNGPLAYS@gmail.com

9th One Act Playwright Contest

Contest runs from October 15, 2019 thru April 15, 2020

The 9th ONE ACT PLAYWRITING CONTEST

The Clan Na Gael Players are pleased to Announce the 9th One Act Play-wright Contest that will run from October 15, 2019 thru April 15, 2020. The purpose of the contest is to support and encourage emerging playwrights of all ages. Clan Na Gael’s Playwright Contest is seeking original writings of not less then 15 mins and no longer then 30 mins, scripts are restricted to plays that have not been produced, published or won other contests. Membership in the GAC is not required to enter and the submitted script does not have to have an Irish theme.
For the first time, monetary prizes of $200.00 for 1st place, $100.00 for second place and $50.00 for 3rd will be rewarded in addition to the winners receiving a Reading of their play at the GAC in 2020.
Scripts are to be submitted by email in word format and follow all 2019 Rules and Instructions. For Rules, Instructions and Submission forms, please send email to cngoneactplay@gmail.com. For questions contact Nancy O’Neil at (203) 377-1070.

 

Introduction To Gaelic Sports for Children

Saturdays from 4-5pm starting January 18th ~

St. Patrick’s GAA Club will host its annual winter program “Introduction to Gaelic Sports for Children 5-8 Years Old” on Saturdays from 4-5pm at The Field House in Fairfield for 12 weeks beginning on Sat Jan 18, 2020. All training is non-contact and emphasizes fun, games, hand-eye coordination, and basic skills. To register, please visit: www.stpatricksgfc.org. Email questions to: training@stpatricksgaa.us

 

 

Results for 2020 GAC Executive Committee

~ ELECTIONS RESULTS ~
2020 GAC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTIONS
Congratulations to Gerry Reidy who will continue to serve as GAC President for 2020 and Anthony Hogan who was elected to the position of Sergeant-at-Arms.
The 2020 Executive Committee
President – Gerry Reidy
Vice President – Faith Maciver
Treasurer – Jim Corcoran
Financial Secretary – Tom Harding
Sergeant-at-Arms – Anthony Hogan
Director 1 Years – Hilary Dee Koreeda
Director 2 Years – Amy O’Shea
Director 3 Years – Gerry O’Donovan.

Biographies Below:

NOMINEES FOR THE OFFICES OF PRESIDENT AND SERGEANT OF ARMS

Gerry Reidy – Nominee for Reelection as President

I have been a member for 25 years and during those years I have served as a Director, Vice-President and on a number of Club committees.  The membership of our Club has grown to 6,000 and gross revenues now exceed   $ 2,000,000.00 a year. An organization of this size presents many managerial and operational challenges and issues. In this regard, I have benefited from being involved with Club over the years. I have also benefited from working this year with an extremely hardworking, knowledgeable and dedicated team and I owe them my thanks.

In addition to my wife Rosemary, my three sons, Griffin, Brian and Mike are also members and the first of the third generation of the family is in the process of applying for membership. The generational membership has caused me to be mindful of both the short term and long term strategic implications to the Club of any decisions we take and plan for the future.

An example of a project that brings immediate as well as long term benefit is the opening up of our side yard for the enjoyment of our members. The installation of picnic tables, large umbrellas, soccer goals, volley ball nets and outdoor games has been well received by all; particularly by the children who are our future members.

There are a number of very important initiatives that we have started in the past year that I would like to finish. These include a total redesign and replacement of our basement pumping system to prevent the periodic flooding we experience. This has been a very complicated engineering problem, but when the new system is installed and operational, we will be able to put our elevator back in service.

This election is my report card. If you are pleased with my performance as President this year, I would appreciate your coming out to vote for me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as President this year.

Brian Filush – Nominee for President

I am a lifelong member of the Gaelic American Club with roots in Sligo and Mayo. My uncle Michael O’Brien, whose uncles were the famous Clancy Brothers, was the bagpiper who dedicated the GAC. My sister performs with the Highland Rovers while my daughters’ study Irish dance. I am a Director of FÉILE and work to enhance Irish cultural experiences.

I grew up in Fairfield and live in Trumbull with my wife, Ashley and our daughters. By profession I am a firefighter for the city of Norwalk. I respect our Club’s past and, as a young parent, appreciate how our Club can bring our heritage alive for the next generation. I will bring enthusiasm and new blood to promote our Club. I welcome your support and ask you to vote for me as the next President of the GAC.

Brian Smith – Nominee for Sargent at Arms

My name s Brian Smith and I am running for the position of Sargent at Arms on the GAC Executive Committee.  I am a Connecticut native and presently reside in Monroe, with my wife and daughter.  I received my Bachelor Degree in Arts (Social Work) and my Master Degree in Health Administration from Western Connecticut State University. My career has been focused on the field of developmental disabilities, with the past 18 years working for the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services. Beyond the routine roles and responsibilities of my current position as an Assistant Regional Director of the Individual and Family Support Division, I am also an active participant participate in numerous regional and statewide committees focused on enhancing and developing services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

I am excited for the opportunity to enhance my involvement in the Gaelic American Club, beyond those associated with my daughter’s involvement with Lenihan School of Irish Dance and routine GAC activities.  I am looking forward to being a part of the continued success and growth of the club for the years to come.  Thank you for the consideration and support!

Kiera Filush – Nominee for Sargent at Arms

I have been a member for just over 10 years and I am excited to take on this opportunity.  My Irish heritage is very important to me as my roots are in Clare and Mayo.  This has inspired me to seek this chance to be more involved in the club and support the culture. My family has always been civic minded and I have a professional background in organization and management.  When I moved from Nebraska to Connecticut, the GAC was one of the first organizations I became o part of.  Many of my family are also members and we enjoy our time here together.  Helping to promote the future of the GAC is something that is important to me and my family.

Anthony Hogan – Nominee for Sargent at Arms

Is a Long time member of the club and presently serves on the clubs facilities group. Original from Lisdoonvarna Co Clare Anthony now resides in Fairfield CT with his wife Christine and their sons Michael and Patrick and looking forward to giving back to the Irish American community.

 

 

UNCONTESTED POSITIONS
The following  positions were nominated and filled without contention:

Faith Maciver – Vice President

I’d like to thank you for your trust and selecting me as Vice President again this year. This will be my fourth year on the Executive Committee, serving 2 years as Financial Secretary and now 2 years as Vice President. Currently, I also chair the Senior Luncheon each month, chair the annual Turkey Drive, Host the monthly GAC Trivia and most recently, chair the newly formed GAC Business Trades Group. You can find my husband Angus and I at the club most weekends as well as at many social events. I hope this year we can continue making progress in advancing the GAC for future generations while continuing to instill the values of our founding members. I am very proud to serve our members as Vice President for the 2nd year.

Tom Harding –  Financial Secretary

Tom Harding was the Chief Operating Office of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW).  The Foundation has $1 billion in funding commitments to improve global health by ending smoking in this generation. Tom was responsible for overseeing all operations and financial functions of FSFW.

Tom is a senior financial executive with over 25 years of experience working for major corporations.  His diverse financial experience includes debt and equity capital markets, asset management, financial planning and analysis, financial risk management, and cash management.

Currently an avid runner, Tom participated in the US Olympic Trials for the marathon and ran professionally in a prior life.

Jim Corcoran –  Treasurer

I served as the Financial Secretary for the Gaelic American Club for the last year, helping to successfully execute the financial plan that was put in place last year that has provided financial stability to the G.A.C.  I received a BS in Finance from UConn and also earned a Certificate in Management Accounting (lapsed).  My business career includes 30+ years with Sikorsky Aircraft where I was a Program Financial Controller, Program Manager and Director of International Industrial Cooperation.  I retired from Sikorsky in 2018 and currently serve as a consultant to aerospace companies.  I look forward to serving as Treasurer

Gerry O’ Donovan – Director 3 Years

I am a long time member of the GAC and presently serve as recording secretary and chairman of the Facilities group.

I reside in Fairfield with my wife Sue and our two boys (young men) and looking forward to helping in the clubs continued success.

 

 

PRESENTLY SERVING AS DIRECTORS

Amy O’Shea – Director 2 Years

Hilary Dee Koreeda – Director 1 Year

I have been a member of the Gaelic American Club for over twenty years. I’m a Connecticut native, with roots in counties Waterford, Tipperary, Cork, and Galway, and I live in Fairfield with my husband Tatsu and daughter Kerry. I graduated from Georgetown and Wesleyan Universities and work for the Town of Fairfield. I have served as the Sergeant-at- Arms. And over the years, I have participated in various capacities: as Recording Secretary; on Social Committee, Good and Welfare, backstage for Clan na Gael, with the Bowling League, and on the Irish Festival Committee. I worked on the Oral History Video Project, and when my daughter was younger, helped with children’s events.

Being involved is a good way to meet other members and to make the most of our wonderful club. It’s important to move toward the future, mindful of the people who founded the club, with an eye toward stewarding it for future generations. It’s also important to maintain the warmth of our organization, and to support and create programs that perpetuate Irish culture and celebrate the shared heritage of Irish-born and Irish-Americans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clan na Gael News

Clan na Gael Players have set audition dates for their Spring production of THE POETS REBELLION under the direction of Eamon Speer.

Auditions will be held Feb 15th & 16th from 1:00-3:30 at the Gaelic American Club 74 Beach Road Fairfield, CT.
Needed are: 7 Males 20’s – 50’s; 3 Females 20’s – 50’s

Performance Dates are: Thursday April 16 at 8:00; Friday April 17 at 8:00; Saturday. April 18 at 8:00; Sunday April 19 2:30

The show is set in the present time, at a local pub in Dublin city. Two American tourists find themselves getting a crash course in the 1916 Easter uprising from a bartender, and a local patron, with somewhat opposing views… but do the patriots themselves have a different view altogether?

For further information: opeggyo812@gmail.com

Clan na Gael holds Open Auditions for Actors and staff help. Experience not necessary.

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 News

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: admin@stpatricksgfc.org.

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!!