Mr. & Miss Shamrock Scholarship

High School Seniors with an Irish background may apply for a $3,000 scholarship (Runner-ups will received $1750) beginning November 1, 2018. Applications will be in the Guidance Offices of local Public and Catholic High Schools , as well as on  The Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Celebration  website  www.stpatricksdaybridgeport.com.

The actual judging and reception will be held at the GAC from 4:00-9:00pm on Saturday, December 15, 2018 (Snow date is Dec. 16)

All applications must be submitted to Patty McDonnell (pattymcd2001@gmail.com) by Saturday, December 8, 2018.

St. Patrick’s Diner Dance December 1st

St. Patrick’s Diner Dance December 1st

The St. Patrick’s Gaelic Football And Hurling Club annual dinner dance will take place at 7pm on Saturday December 1st at the Gaelic American Club, Fairfield. Just as in prior years, we will celebrate the Club’s continued growth and numerous successes on the field including NYMB and CYC/National Championships. In addition we will honoring two very dedicated and valued members of our club, Jimmy & Caroline Feeney as well as honoring player of the year Joe Jones.

The dinner dance will feature The McLean Ave band, terrific dinner and dessert and an open bar. The cost for the evening is $100 per person which includes a limited open bar.

Ticket purchasing information will follow seating reservations, but we will offer both an electronic payment option, and table captains will be collecting checks and donations on the night of the event. Please note that there is limited capacity at the GAC and we fully expect the dinner dance to sell out quickly; tickets will be sold on a “first come-first served basis” and will be initially offered exclusively to members before other members of the community are invited to purchase tickets.

Please click here to reserve your table / seat today!

For those interested in the submitting an ad for the Annual Dinner Dance Journal

We will follow similar format to years past, and ask that you submit your journal ads via email. Please complete the attached form and send your entry, including artwork / logos / pictures to fundraising@stpatricksgaa.us by November 17, 2018.

2018 St Patrick’s Journal Ad Form

Honoree Gaels of 2018 Jimmy & Caroline Feeney

SEAMUS HEANEY: The Dublin Exhibit by Geraldine Higgins PhD

THURSDAY OCT 4TH @ 6:30
KELLY CENTER PRESENTATION ROOM
Free and Open to the Public

Go behind-the-scenes of Dublin’s critically acclaimed, multi-sensory exhibition, Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again – a celebration of the Nobel Prize-winning poet’s life and work – with curator and Irish literary scholar Dr. Geraldine Higgins.

For more information, contact Irish Studies Program Co-Directors Marion White at mwhite@fairfield.edu or William Abbott at wmabbott@fairfield.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences, the English Department, and the MFA in Creative Writing Program.

We’re Good ~ Book Signing

Tuesday October 16th (re-scheduled from September 25th) from 5-7pm

Celebrate the launch of We’re Good with Meg Keeshan McGovern and Chris O’Brien at the gac. Buy an autographed copy before they hit the bookstores. Or, just come, socialize, and be inspired by Chris’s story.

We’re Good is an inspiring story about a well-rounded teenage athlete whose life changed in the blink of an eye. Chris O’Brien innocently dove into the ocean, hit a sandbar, and was instantly paralyzed. Going from a D-1 athlete to quadriplegic at eighteen years old is life changing. Chris was a swimmer, sailor, and student in college going about life before his accident. Meg Keeshan McGovern, has beautifully captured the pathos that accompanies a family tragedy and illustrates how it can become a triumph for all. Through narrative and personal stories she guides the reader through the various stages of grief, denial, anger, therapy and devotion that this one family went through to emerge on the other side stronger and full of more promise than ever.

Green Fields of America Show with Performances by Darrah Carr & Niall O’Leary ~ Oct 24th @ 7:30pm

The Green Fields of America are Mick Moloney, Billy McComiskey, Athena Tergis, Liz Hanley and Brenda Castle

“The Green Fields of America” was formed in 1978 in Philadelphia and still led by musician and folklorist Mick Moloney. The band was created to present and tour some of Irish America’s finest musicians and dancers. “The Green Fields of America” was the first group on either side of the Atlantic to bring together Irish vocal, instrumental, and dance traditions on the concert and festival stage.

Mick Moloney is the dean of Irish-American music, having inspired, trained and toured the best musicians in the United States. For more than twenty years, renowned musician and folklorist Mick Moloney has led a stalwart group of Irish-American instrumentalists, singers and dancers in concerts from coast-to-coast.

Also appearing is  World champion Irish step dancers Darrah Carr & Niall O’Leary who have garnered extensive performance credits including: Carnegie Hall, NBC’s “The Today Show,” Japan’s Osaka Festival Hall, and Disneyworld.  As the Village Voice says “their vibrant and dazzling Irish step dancing becomes a happy dialogue with O’Leary also soloing on the spoons.”

An evening with Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America is an unforgettable experience. They perform a brilliant repertoire of slow airs, jigs, reels, and hornpipes. For the last thirty years, Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America has performed all over the United States. Scores of the finest Irish artists and dancers in America have performed with the group and many have gone on to achieve international fame.


Dancing with the GAC Stars

DWTS-2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL the 2018 GAC Stars

The energy in the Carolan Room was ablaze last Saturday night during the "Ninth Annual Dancing with the GAC Stars Charity Fundraiser"! Congratulations to Alice Morgan, as her impressive hustle got her top scores and first place. Teri Deal's fantastic and fun West Coast Swing landed her in second place. Cheers to all the remaining dancers for their outstanding performances. Alison Flannery's "Cinderella' inspired Viennese Waltz started the show with grace and beauty. Tim Creagh's elegant Waltz wowed the judges and audience; Jillian Plomin's Samba to Ed Sheeran's "Galway Girl" stole our hearts; and Dylan Strachan's spicy Salsa brought the crowd to their feet! Bravo on another successful fundraiser! Mark your calendar for next year's show taking place on Saturday, October 12, 2019

DWTS 18-tim

Tim Creach

DWTS 18-alice

Alice Morgan

DWTS 18-teri (1)

Teri Deal

DWTS 18-jillian

Jillian Plomin

DWTS 18-alison

Alison Flannery

DWTS 18-dylan

Dylan Strachan

Monday Night Barbecue is back!

We’ll be barbecuing every Monday night @ 6:30pm until the weather gets cold. Menu includes: hamburgers & cheeseburgers ($4 & $5), hot dogs, sweet & hot Italian sausage, red hots, chili ($2), knockwurst & Bratwurst ($3) and much more. All condiments are included.  Come, bring your friends and enjoy the delicious food. For more information call 203-644-9073 or email poc6575@optimum.net.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd FROM 4-8:30 PM

GAC’S OKTOBERFEST
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 FROM 4-8:30 PM
ENTERTAINMENT BY BERNIE’S
ORCHESTRA & BAVARIAN DANCERS

Enjoy Our Oktoberfest Buffet served from 5-7PM Spatan Oktoberfest Beer on Tap Fun & Games Cash, Bar.
$23 Adults and Kids 7 and under are $5.
Make checks payable to GAC & drop off to
Social mailbox or mail to GAC. Attn: Oktoberfest.
For more info contact: Social@gacemail.org

Saturday and Sunday 22nd & 23rd ~ 1:00-3:30

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 guggenheimk@gmail.com

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.

The Celtic Calendar & Cross Quarter Days

22nd in a Series on Irish History Lectures on Sunday, October 21st @ 2pm.
This lecture will discuss the Celtic cross quarter days: Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh.

Karen Ní Chonghaile, who is with the Irish Language Society of Boston and is a native of County Galway, will be our lecturer. Karen has taught Irish from elementary to post-graduate level. She attributes her near-native fluency and her love of Irish grammar to a succession of inspirational educators, living in the native speaking Conamara Gaeltacht and her honors degree in Irish and Translation Studies.

Tickets – $5.00 (Students with ID $2.00) Send check payable to Feile, Inc. to: Mary Adams-Arroyo

(For a definition of quarter days and cross quarter days see: www.almanac.com/content/quarter-days-and-cross-quarter-days)

My Name is Joan

Feile, Inc. Invites you to a screening of the Award-winning documentary
“My Name is Joan”
Produced and Directed byMargaret Stapor CostaAries Productions LLC

“My Name is Joan” tells the story of Susan Drew, a woman who was born Joan Fagan to an unwed mother in the St. Patrick Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, Ireland on May 16, 1949. While the documentary chronicles Susan’s journey to find her true identity, it also highlights the illegal exporting of children for profit by the Catholic Church to families in other countries while the Irish Government turned a blind eye.

Mother and Baby homes were the norm in Irish society for unwed mothers since the nation became a state in 1922. An unmarried woman who became pregnant was viewed as a criminal. In most cases, their so-called “crime” of having sex outside of wedlock and becoming pregnant was a worse crime than murder. Therefore, in the wisdom of the Church, the women needed to be imprisoned and punished.

Unwed mothers were shunned by society and their families. The state-owned mother and baby homes, which were run by the Catholic Church, were oftentimes the only option for an unwed mother. But by entering them, the women unknowingly gave up all of their rights and dignity. Daily verbal and physical abuse by the nuns was common. Women worked heavy, manual labor into their 3rd trimesters. Women were denied drugs and proper medical care during labor. Once their babies were born, they had limited time to be with them as they had to return to hard labor to “pay for their sins.” They were called “fallen women.” They were told that while men had urges, the women should have been strong enough to withstand a male’s advances. In an overwhelming number of instances, these unwed mothers were raped. These rapes were committed by strangers, males in a position of power in a work situation and also by members of the clergy.

While Sue was taken from her mother when she was over two, she is considered lucky by many in Irish society. The majority of children who were not adopted were sent to institutions or bachelor farmers to work at hard labor with no chance for advancement because no education was provided. Oftentimes, these children were abused and no record of their whereabouts was ever kept once they left the home.

In 2015, a inquiry was launched by the Irish government to investigate what went on in mother and baby homes between 1922 and 1998. This Commission of Investigation is due out with their findings in 2018. The Commission has still not released their findings and 2018 is nearing an end. Many believe the inquiry will not shed light on what really happened to mothers and their children in these homes, and believe the Government is dragging its feet and hoping the issue will die as the people who were directly affected or those who engineered the illegal adoptions die.

The Irish Government still denies adopted children access to their information even though forced adoption affects at least a quarter of the Irish population. Children and mothers who go searching for each other are denied information that could reunite them. It is also believed that the Catholic Church and the Irish Government have destroyed all records pertaining to a mother and child’s time in the home in an effort to keep the “sins” of the nation buried. To this day, there are still many children and mothers who continue to search for each other.

The screening will be held on October 28th and will be followed by a Question and Answer forum and reception.  The event will run from 2:30-4:30 and is open to all Free of charge.

Skull of Connemara

Saturday October 27th at 8PM & Sunday October 28th at 7PM
(Please note the times for this reading have been updated since printing of October Sceala)

Clan na Gael Players is presenting a staged reading of SKULL OF CONNEMARA by Martin McDonagh  Saturday October 27 t 8PM and Sunday October 28th at 7PM. Peg O’Leary is directing the cast of, Mathew Apgar, Noel McGovern, Breda O’Sullivan, David Pirrie and Byrne White. This macabre, graveyard, black humor, set in Leenane, is recommended for mature audiences and is a fitting nod to the approach of All Saints Day.

For more information contact:  Bette Leary at 203-767-0117 or email: betteleary@gmail.com

 

Oral History Video Project

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 opeggyo812@gmail.com.

AOH Cornhole Tournament

1st Annual Ancient Order of Hibernians Cornhole Tournament
Awarding 1st, 2nd & 3rd Prizes as well as 50/50 Raffle and more. So join us September 22nd, 2018 From 5-9PM at Insports, 29 Trefoil Dr, Trumbull, CT. Food and Drink will be sold by Insports. Make check out to Bridgeport AOH – $100.00 per team of 2 by Tuesday September 18th.Send Check to AOH VP Mark Ryan 26 Riverbend Road, Trumbull CT 203-258-9846, mark.ryan@sbcglobal.net

‘The Drive’ by Tracy James

“THE DRIVE” BY TRACY JAMES
MAKES IT’S WAY BACK TO MANHATTAN
The Drive, winner of 2014 GAC Playwriting contest, made it’s debut at the Manhattan Repertory Theater this past April and will be back in NYC again. It has been accepted into the 2019 NYWinterfest Theater competition in Manhattan premiering February 28th & March 1st & 3rd of 2019 at the Hudson Guild Theater 441 W. 26th street. Special thanks to the GAC, Clan na Gael Players and Feile for their continued support.

Irish Language ~ Get Into It!

2018 is the Year of Irish Language and there are many opportunities for you to learn a little Irish at the GAC! Check the display at the front desk when you come for dinner and grab a language handout—Irish, English translation, and phonetic guide all included!

Do you lead a club or event at the GAC?  We can help you infuse the Irish language into your event!

Want to give your children a rich understanding of their Irish heritage? Jump in our Kids Irish Language classes this summer!  Adult classes are always open as well!  And don’t forget to bring the whole family to the Wee Irish Festival June 17th, where kids can hear stories and music in both English and Irish!

Irish Language Immersion Day is Oct. 6th –  Don’t miss it! Handouts are on club’s information table.

“Learning Irish has been a fun experience for me. It was hard at first learning pronunciation, but now I use it every day. I feel like it connects me to my ancestors, too.”

-Karol “Saoirse” Plomin, Kid’s Irish Class Student

Email DesNolan@OptOnline.Net  for more info!

 

 

Míle Buíochas

MÍLE BUÍOCHAS
On behalf of the board of Féile, Inc., I want to thank everyone who helped make the 2018 Wee Festival a success. Based on my very unscientific survey of those who attended, everyone had a great time. There were lots of activities for all ages, great trad and modern music, tasty food by our talented cooks Pat O’Connell & Jay Dunn and their crew, and the Irish dancing was terrific as usual. The prizes for the raffle and door drawings were better than ever. It was a wonderful display of Irish culture and hospitality at their best.

This event was the result of a lot of hard work by a very dedicated Festival Committee. All the volunteers deserve a big THANK YOU. GO RAIBH MÍLE MAITH AGAIBH.

We also want to thank the Gaelic American Club for its cooperation in staging the event. Jim Carolan and the Executive Committee, Chris Boccamazzo and the bartenders, Corky and the kitchen staff, Tommy Flaherty and his crew all were invaluable partners.

If you have any questions, comments or are interested in helping out at future Féile events, please email me jminehan@gmail.com John Minehan ~ Pres. Féile, Inc.

Fairfield County “Wee” Irish Festival

Father’s Day June 17th from Noon to 6PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEILE once again will present the Fairfield County ‘Wee’ Irish Festival on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17th from noon to 6pm at the GAC.

Join us for a family afternoon of music, dance, pipers, children’s activities and food!

This year we welcome U.K. Gourmet, Ogham Art and Shamrock Chic as our vendors.
Don’t forget to return your Raffle tickets for a chance to win 1 of 8 prizes – your odds are great!!
Suggested donation is $10 at the door. Check for updates  at Feileinc.org

GAC Members are not limited to number of guests they can bring as non members are welcome to attend.

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!