The Irish Clubs of Fairfield Prep and Lauralton Hall will hold their seventh annual “Trad for Trocaire” musical fundraiser on Sunday, November 10th. Trocaire—Ireland’s largest international relief organization—provides vital assistance in many of the world’s most impoverished communities. So mark your calendars for Sunday, November 10th—more details to follow!
2020 GAC Executive Committee
The following members have been nominated for the positions of President: Gerry Reidy and Brian Filush; For Sergeant of Arm: Kiera Filush, Anthony Hogan and Brian Smith. Voting for these positions will take place on Sunday December 1st.
THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS WERE NOMINATED AND FILLED WITHOUT CONTENTION
Vice President – Faith Maciver
Treasurer – Jim Corcoran
Financial Secretary – Tom Harding
Director 2 Years – Amy O’Shea
Director 1 Years – Hilary Dee Koreeda
Director 3 Years – Gerry O’Donavan
And presently serving as Director 1 & 2 years are Hilary Dee Koreeda and Amy O’Shea.
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.
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 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.
Applications for Scholarship deadline is Dec 9th, 2019 ~
The Greater St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will hold their annual Mr. and Miss Shamrock Scholarship Event on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 (snow date Dec. 15) at The GAC from 4-9 pm.
Local high school seniors of Irish descent are welcome to apply. There is a $3,000 scholarship for the winners, and $1,750 for the runners up. Please see our www.stpatricksdaybridgeport.com for the application after November 1, 2019. Local Guidance offices will have the applications as well.
Applications must be completed and sent to Colleen Murphy at: email@example.com by Dec. 9, 2019
Saturday December 7th from 9am to 3pm ~
Celtic Christmas Fair has a great selection of Irish vendors and unique crafters so you can do all you holiday shopping in one place. Bring the children & grandchildren to have their photo taken with Santa in front of the GAC’s beautiful stone hearth. And don’t forget the Lenihan School of Irish Dance will be serving lunch in the Pub. For info contact: Kelli Grady at email firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Shanahan at email@example.com.
December 13th at 8pm ~
The New Irish Tenors are the next generation of Irish storytelling. These acclaimed Irish singers, have graced stages internationally and along with Darrah Carr Dance Company who bring a bold new twist to conventional Irish dance, they create an enchanting evening of entertainment.
Tickets are $25 Adults | $5 Children
For Reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org
Make checks payable to The GAC
Saturday December 7th at 6:30pm ~
St. Patrick’s GAA Club Annual Dinner Dance will honor Mike & Alison O’Connor as the Club’s “Gaels of the Year” for their many years of hard work and dedication to promoting and sustaining youth Gaelic football & hurling in Fairfield County. From the O’Connor’s passion and enthusiasm for Gaelic games, St. Patrick’s has captured Continental Youth Championship (“CYC”) and New York Minor Board GAA (“NYMB”) championships in both hurling and football. Mike passion for hurling – and his native County Wexford – is infectious and he has single handedly inspired a generation of new hurlers.
In addition, St. Patrick’s will recognize Sean Conway as the Club’s 2019 Senior Gaelic Football Player of the Year. Sean has been an exemplary member of the St. Patrick’s Senior Gaelic Football for many years and has demonstrated tenacity, skill, and leadership in the Club’s quest for a NY GAA title.
The night begins at 6:30pm with traditional Irish Music by the Damien & Sally Connolly followed by the ever-popular Padraig Allen and his McLean Avenue band. O’Neills Pub of South Norwalk will be serving a hearty Irish meal and there will be an Open Bar. Tickets are only $100. (Discounted ticket price for senior citizens available.) Tickets may be purchased at the Club’s website (www.stpatricksgfc.org).
Tables may be reserved by emailing: email@example.com. A commemorative journal will be published to celebrate the accomplishments of our Gaels & Player of the Year. All ads should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov 10 at 4:30pm and Lighting of the Hearth ~
Let’s hear it for Tipperary Hurling and Dublin’s All Ireland (five in-a-row) Football Champs – history for the GAA!! And we’ll be hanging those Jerseys at about 7:45pm. This is always a fun event with music by Camac, Food, Fans and Great Craic! Contact: Noreen 203-273-0483.
“Nobody’s Talking to Me” by Tommy Marren Performances are November 21st, 22nd and 23rd ~
A light hearted comedy set in rural Ireland, the play takes place on the 50th wedding anniversary of Maggie and Mattie Conway, a couple who have not spoken to one another in nearly a decade. Hilarity ensues as miscommunication and meddling family members stir the pot even further in their attempts to prevent the local priest from renewing their wedding vows. Will they find wedded bliss? Find out for yourself this November.
Directed by Kelsey Guggenheim Dias, our outstanding cast features Emily Barksdale, David Kaminski, Noeleen Nelson, Sue O’Hara, Mike O’Mara, Eamon Speer, Byrne White and Janine Wolfe.
Performances are November 21st, 22nd and 23rd at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 24th at 2:30.
Tickets are $15.
For reservations please contact Elizabeth Power at (203) 873-6556 or email@example.com.
CnG’s Fall Production: Auditions for CnG’s fall production of “Nobody’s Talking To Me” a comedy by Tommy Marren and directed by Kelsey Guggenheim Dias, will be held on September 28th and 29th from 1:00 – 3:30. The cast will consist of 4 males and 4 females ages ranging from mid 30’s to 70’s The performances will take place on November 21-24.
Readers Theatre: On Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20 we will be presenting a staged Reading of THE SKULL OF CONNAMARA by Martin McDonagh, directed by Peg O’Leary A perfect play for the Halloween season.
Come Join Us ~ No Experience Necessary!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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!!
Meeting are the second Friday of the month @ 8PM ~
All 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.
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.