The Sharon Shannon Band is one of Ireland’s premier musical treasures. They appear regularly at major world music festivals around the world. A decade ago she teamed with the artist Mundy to make “Galway Girl” the #1 song in Ireland for an unprecedented two consecutive years. For more information contact: Gregg Burnett at (203) 255-3848 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRE-FIREWORKS FESTIVITIES AT THE GAC
PRE-FIREWORKS FESTIVITIES @ THE GAC
The Fairfield Town Fireworks are Monday, July 2nd
(rain date Tuesday, July 3rd)
The Pub will open at 4 pm for the Pre-Fireworks Festivities and THE PIZZA COMPANY will be in our parking lot from 4-9 for freshly made homemade pizza available for purchase!!
Come on down to the GAC before the fireworks
for dinner, drinks and great parking!
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!
Clan na Gael is pleased to announce its first annual summer production
The Miracle Worker
Directed by Jillian Shaw Plomin
Auditions at the Gaelic American Club: Friday, June 15th, 6-8pm & Saturday, June 16th, 1-3pm
Monday (Call backs), June 18th, 6-8pm
All roles both on stage and backstage will be performed by youth. This is a great summer opportunity for kids, teens, and college students interested in all aspects of theater! Anyone ages 5 to 25 interested in working or performing in The Miracle Worker and adults wishing to assist please contact Jillian Plomin at email@example.com.
Performances: August 17, 18, 19
The Miracle Worker is the moving story of Helen Keller, a deaf and blind girl who, thanks to the tenacity and determination of her Irish immigrant teacher, Anne Sullivan, changed the world of communication forever.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
With live music throughout the day with a Special concert by Pride of New York at 7:30PM
Following last year’s successful inaugural event,
the GAC will again host the 2nd Annual “Trad Day.”
Starting at noon, the day will feature many of the northeast’s finest Irish traditional musicians and dancers, including numerous All-Ireland Champions. In a succession of sets in the intimate setting of the pub throughout the afternoon and into the early evening, culminating in a formal concert at 7:30 in the Carolan Room by North America’s premier traditional band, Pride Of New York, featuring Joanie Madden, Billy McComiskey, Brian Conway and Brendan Dolan.
The day-long events in the pub will be free to members and guests, with admission to the evening concert $20. (See Pride of New York Concert Insert.)
For event information please contact Gregg Burnett at (203) 255-3848. For concert reservations contact email@example.com.
Wednesday May 16th from 1:30-6:45
So roll up your sleeves and give the gift of life.
The best pint ever served!
Sunday May 20th from 3 to 6pm
Come by to welcome our newest members and learn about the many committees, clubs, activities, and events offered at the GAC. Explore how you can get involved. Bring the whole family for a FUN day with backyard games, music in the pub, ice cream for the kids and even a raffle for a FREE annual membership.
The annual 1916 Easter Commemoration will be held on Sunday May 6th, at 12 noon at the monument at the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Rd, Fairfield. A wreath laying to the memory of those who died for Ireland’s freedom will take place. Guest speaker will be Dr. Patrick (Pat) Carolan. For information contact Pat, 203-644-9073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GAC Scholarship – The Fairfield Gaelic American Club is pleased to offer two $2,000 scholarships to deserving high school seniors attending a four-year college in the fall. Recipients will be announced in early June of 2018. Scholarship is open to children and grandchildren of GAC members. Deadline is May 21st. GAC Scholarship Application.
Feile Scholarship – Feile is pleased to offer three $2000 scholarships, open to high school seniors who will be attending college in fall 2018. Deadline is May 15. Announcement will be made in June and awards will be presented at the Wee Irish Festival on Sunday, June 17 at the GAC. Feile Scholarship Application or visit www.feileinc.org.
Noted genealogist, Maureen Taylor, will speak at the May 12th meeting of the Fréamh Éireann Genealogy Group. She is a blogger, author of many books and magazine articles. The Wall Street Journal named her the “nation’s foremost historical photo detective.”
Family historians often overlook the ethnic evidence sitting in their photo albums. Using case studies and examples, this special presentation illustrates how to read immigration clues in pictures taken in the United States and abroad.
Ms. Taylor’s presentation is open to all members of the Gaelic American Club and will be in the Carolan Room on Saturday, May 12 at 10:30 am.
Live music throughout the day with a special concert at 7:30PM
Following last year’s successful inaugural event, the GAC will again host the 2nd Annual “Trad Day.” Starting at noon, the day will feature many of the northeast’s finest Irish traditional musicians and dancers, including numerous All-Ireland Champions, in a succession of sets in the intimate setting of the pub throughout the afternoon and into the early evening, culminating in a formal concert at 7:30 in the Carolan Room by North America’s premier traditional band, Pride Of New York, featuring Joanie Madden, Billy McComiskey, Brian Conway and Brendan Dolan.
The day-long events in the pub will be free to members and guests, with admission to the evening concert $20. For event information please contact Gregg Burnett at (203) 255-3848. For concert reservations contact email@example.com
“The Gaelic Idea: Reinventing Irish Dance”
Presented by Sarah Churchill, adjunct professor of Art History at Housatonic Community College, the lecture focuses on Irish dance, a social dance form with humble origins, which today enjoys unprecedented worldwide popularity. With active dance communities in nearly 20 countries, seemingly boundless merchandising, and countless sophisticated stage production spin-offs, Irish dance is a global industry whose gross profit is almost incalculable. This lecture traces the development of Irish dancing, from the earliest days to the post-Riverdance boom, considering the ways in which the aesthetics of dancing and its purpose in Irish social life have changed over the course of its history, reflecting wider changes in Ireland itself.
AN EVENING WITH TWO EXTRAODINARY WOMEN
Mags Riordan and Suzanne Strempek Shea
Wednesday, April 11th @ 7:30pm ~ Tickets $10
Mags Riordan is a guidance counselor turned humanitarian who has built and now runs a medical clinic in the south central African country of Malawi.
Riordan first traveled to Malawi from her native County Kerry nearly 20 years ago, on the anniversary of her son Billy’s drowning death in the impoverished but physically beautiful country. After initially considering starting a school in Malawi’s Cape Maclear to honor her son’s memory, Mags recognized a more pressing need: basic medical care in a land where there is one doctor for every 800,000 people.
Suzanne Strempek Shea is author of This Is Paradise, a gripping storing that recounts Riordan’s remarkable story of grief, grace and determination.
A Feile Sponsored Event
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
The Clan Na Gael Players are pleased to announce that the 8th Annual One Act Play-writing Contest will commence March 15th and run thru August 15th 2018. Please email Naoneil@charter.net for the 2018 Contest Instructions and Official Submission Form. Please contact Nancy O’Neil at (203) 377-1070 with any contest questions.