Smuggling Nun Irish Poitín tasting 05/22 @ 1pm

SMUGGLING NUN IRISH POITÍN
FREE COCKTAIL TASTING!
Sunday May 22 @ 1pm
Learn about the fascinating history of Ireland’s best kept secret—and how Smuggling Nun’s story began just blocks away from the Gaelic-American Club. (Yes, a smuggling nun was involved!)
Poitín is the oldest of distilled spirits, with the first reference to in recorded history in sixth century Ireland. It is the origin of most of the world’s most popular distilled spirits, including whiskey. And now it’s the hottest new thing on the cocktail scene!
An exceptionally premium poitín, Smuggling Nun is based on Mick McIlhatton’s recipe (Google Christy Moore’s song!) and recently has been awarded multiple medals in prestigious international spirits competitions and in package design.
Producer/importer and Fairfield native Maura Clare will be on hand to offer free samples of her hooch, both neat and mixed in Dublin Donkeys—which beat the pants off Moscow Mules!

Mother’s Day Celebration 05/08

CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY WITH THE ANDY COONEY BAND
Sunday May 8 | 2 Seatings
12pm-1:30pm or 2pm-3:30pm
Buffet style meal & a complimentary glass of Prosecco for Mom!
$35/person, $15/children 12 & under Reservations Required
Email tommyflaherty62@gmail.com
In your email please specify what seating time and how many in your party – limit 8 to a table. Include #adults, #kids, and a phone number. Space is Limited RSVP ASAP to ensure your desired seating time. Note: the GAC accepts credit cards, along with scrip cards and cash.

Memorial Day BBQ

MEMORIAL DAY BBQ MONDAY MAY 30TH FROM 12-3PM
Good food & great entertainment with music by Mostly Green
No reservation needed just come on down and enjoy a fun afternoon for the entire family!
(Bring a guest – but please sign’em in)

2022 One-Act Playwriting Contest

Are you an aspiring writer? Do you have an interest in the theatre? Test your mettle in Clan na Gael’s 2022 One-Act Playwriting Contest! Entries will be accepted May 1 thru August 1.

See website for contact information and details!

First Friday Trad Musician 6-8pm

May’s First Friday Trad Music session on May 6th will feature Jeanne Freeman who studied Irish fiddling with the late Donegal fiddler P.V. O’Donnell, and played and performed with him for many years.  A professional classical violinist in her early years,  she became interested in traditional music early on as a fiddler in Colonial Williamsburg (VA) and eventually found her way home to Irish music.  Jeanne was the Irish fiddle soloist for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and was a featured solo performer at the Greater Hartford Irish Festival.  She has performed at many festivals and venues around the region.  In 2017, Jeanne was the featured fiddler in Celtic Life International Magazine.  She was the Guest Artist for Simsbury (CT) Public School’s 2018-2019 town-wide String Festival, teaching traditional Irish music to over 200 string students (violin, viola, cello, and bass) across the district, culminating in a full concert of traditional Irish music.  Jeanne has hosted many traditional Irish sessions around the region, and also has a number of radio and television appearances to her credit, including a performance on Connecticut Public Television.  She released her debut solo CD, “The Fiddler You Are” (produced by John Whelan) in 2014.  Jeanne is the founder of the Academy, where she teaches fiddle classes.

Outside Mullingar

NOTICE : This Production has been postponed due to cast illness – as soon as new dates are announced the membership will be notified.

Clan na Gael is pleased to announce the Cast of their Spring production of “Outside Mullingar” by John Patrick Shanley. The four person play features, Tristen Cole, Valerie Huegal, Susan Maxham and Mike O’Mara. The play is being directed by Jillian Plomin and produced by Peg O’Leary.

“Outside Mulligan” is two intertwined stories. A long standing land dispute, between neighbors, which has kept the second story, about a rather one sided romance, on the back of the turf stove for many years. It is by turns, poetic, uplifting, dark and funny!

Production dates:  TBA ~ RESCHEDULED DUE TO CAST ILLNESS

If you would like to be a part of the work, and fun, of putting together the play, please contact,
opeggyo812@gmail.com. No Experience Necessary! We are a warm and welcoming group!

The Ogham Alphabet: Past & Present

The 27th in a Series of Irish History Lectures | Sunday May 1st at 2pm

Colleen Berry Conway, co-owner and artist of Ogham Art, will present an interactive lecture on the history of Ogham, the first written form of the Primitive Irish language. Ogham was used in Ireland and parts of England, Scotland and Wales between the 2nd and 6th centuries. Though its actual origins remain a mystery today, it is believed the Celts desired a cryptic alphabet that could not be deciphered by Roman Britain. Represented as a series of perpendicular and intersecting lines, this ancient script is thought to be influenced by the Latin alphabet using 20 characters. It is most commonly written vertically and is read from bottom to top. When presented horizontally, it is read from left to right. Ogham was carved into stones to mark land boundaries or to commemorate a member of the community. Today there are roughly 400 surviving stones featuring proper names, ancestral and tribal affiliations, and Latin words.

SOUTHINGTON, CT-011520JS10- Artist Colleen Berry Conway, who specializes in Ogham Art, with some of her work in her home studio in Southington. Ogham is a medieval alphabet used primarily to write the early Irish language. Jim Shannon Republican-American


The lecture will begin with a concise history of the Celts and an outline of the Celtic languages. A thorough presentation of the Ogham alphabet will be followed by a lesson for the attendees to write their names in Ogham. Also included are visuals and reference materials for those with a keen curiosity about a relatively unknown chapter of Irish history! Select unique creations by Ogham Art will be available for purchase at the event including art, jewelry and home decor.

Sunday May 1st at 2PM in the Carolan Room GAC
Tickets – $5.00 (Students with ID $2.00)
Send check payable to Féile, Inc. to:
Mary Adams-Arroyo, 221 McGrath CT, Stratford, CT 06615
Email: marroyo@optonline.net
Subject: Irish History Lectures – Phone: 203-377-2346

Contact Information: Mary-Ellen Vollemans | Email gaclectures@gmai.com

Ryan Mahoney Joins Team at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc.

Ryan Mahoney will assist with planning and exhibition of IGHM collection from Quinnipiac University.

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc., an association of the Gaelic-American Club in Fairfield, CT, is excited to announce that longtime museum professional Ryan Mahoney will be joining the association as an advisor.

Mahoney most recently served as the Executive Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University from 2017-2021 where he provided general management and oversight of all administrative operations of the museum, while managing all aspects of the collection’s care and maintenance. From 2013-2017, Mahoney was the Executive Director of the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany, NY and he currently works at Springfield Museums in Springfield, Mass., where he helps develop gallery and exhibition themes and supervises installation of exhibition areas.

Mahoney has a dual bachelor’s degree in history and political science from St. John Fisher College and a master’s degree in public history from the University at Albany. He brings over 15 years of professional experience in the museum field to the team at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc. Mahoney also has served as a national board member of the Irish American Cultural Institute, as well as a board member of the United Irish Societies of the Capital District, Inc. In 2016, Mahoney was named an Irish “Top 40 Under 40” by the Irish Echo.

“To say I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with this collection and help in the development of its new home would be an understatement,” said Mahoney. “This collection is powerful. Not only does it tell the story of Ireland in the 19th-century, but it also draws parallels to many contemporary issues that we see worldwide. The artwork here inspires conversations and provokes questions. It makes a topic like the Great Hunger more accessible to visitors of all ages.”

Mahoney added: “The Gaelic-American Club should be commended for the work that they have done to keep this collection together and home here in Connecticut. Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc. is assembling an impressive team of professionals to make sure this project is done correctly. This joint effort will secure the future Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum collection and ensure that it will thrive for generations to come.”

About the Gaelic-American Club of Fairfield

The Gaelic-American Club was founded in 1948 in Bridgeport by a group of Irish immigrants for the purpose of maintaining and celebrating Irish culture. By promoting social, civic, and cultural activities, the GAC continues long held Irish traditions and educates future generations. Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) and operates as an association of the Gaelic-American Club.

Fantastic Start to Fundraising Efforts for Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, INC

(Left to right) John Foley President of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc. Amy O’Shea Vice President of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc. Connecticut State Senator Tony Hwang Dr. Christine Kinealy PhD founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute Gerry Forde President of the Gaelic-American Club.


The Ancient Order of Hibernians hosted breakfast at the Gaelic-American Club on Sunday March 6th and a total of $10,000 was donated to the Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc.

Dr. Kinealy was the guest speaker for the event and was introduced by Amy O’Shea. The following was Amy’s speech.

“Good morning everyone. My name is Amy O’Shea and I’m delighted to be the very first speaker from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield.

The journey you join us on today started when a few Gaelic-American board members joined the fight to reopen a shuttered museum in Hamden and it continued months later when we hosted an event there in the pouring rain in October.

What followed was months of quiet negotiations and representation of the Irish-American community in Connecticut.

Months of late night phone calls, text messages, emails and meetings in Hamden and Fairfield which lead us to this momentous decision by Quinnipiac on Friday.

The decision to transfer this great collection to the Gaelic American Club right here in Fairfield.

We are so very grateful that Quinnipiac is entrusting us with this incredibly important and prestigious collection and we fully understand and are prepared for the enormity of the responsibility we have undertaken.

The announcement has already been met with such an unbelievable outpouring of support from the Irish American community and we thank you for joining this small group at the beginning of our journey.

Over the coming months we will build something new and beautiful and we will show the world that Irish-America is as strong as ever. We will build on the story that Dr. John Lahey started and we will tell the story of our ancestors and how we got here.

Today I have the great honor to introduce someone who knows this great collection like no other and one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Great Hunger. It is truly my great pleasure to introduce Dr. Christine Kinealy.”

A total of $10,000 was donated to the Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc. at the event.  Many thanks to Ted Lovely family , the AOH for matching their donation and those who donated anonymously.

 

Community Support for Museum’s Move to Fairfield

St. Patrick’s GAA Club, Fairfield CT

IRELAND’S GREAT HUNGER MUSEUM TREASURES SAVED
Saving Art Treasures Critically Important to the Irish Community

Fairfield, Connecticut. March 3, 2022 – St. Patrick’s GAA Club welcomes the transfer of the collection from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum to the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield, Connecticut.

“This is terrific opportunity to preserve the unique artistic remembrances of the Great Hunger so that our community never forgets this tragedy,” said Jimmy Feeney, Chairman of St. Patrick’s GAA Club. He further added, “We are so grateful that the leadership of Quinnipiac University and the Gaelic American Club could work together and find a solution that maintains the public’s access to this important historical collection.”
In addition to preserving and promoting Gaelic games in Fairfield County, St. Patrick’s GAA Club supports Irish cultural programs and initiatives including traditional Irish language, music, dance, and literature.

Fairfield University’s response to Gaelic American Club saving and preserving Irish artifacts from Great Hunger Museum

The Irish Hunger Museum is not only among the most important Irish cultural institutions in the region and nation, but it’s collection is a crucial example of the role of art in rendering the human dimensions of loss, trauma, and the unspeakable. The museum represents and commemorates loss, injustice, and dehumanization. To see the museum survive, to have such a respected institution as the Gaelic American Club involved in its’ stewardship, and to have it located in such a well travelled area as downtown Fairfield is a blessing to us all.

Nels Pearson, PhD
Director, The Humanities Institute

Ancient Order of Hibernians JKF Division 1 Bridgeport, CT

It truly is great news to hear that Quinnipiac University is going to gift the entire collection of Art and artifacts of the Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum to the Fairfield Gaelic American Club. As an Irish American I am proud of our heritage. As President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians JKF division 1, Bridgeport, CT my chest swells with pride that such an important collection will be in Fairfield. “Fair play to ye” and well done.

If there is anything our organization can do to assist in transfer and set up of the collection do not hesitate to reach out to me. I know our membership will be overjoyed and “over the moon”, happy to hear the news when it is public knowledge.

Mark T. Ryan DMD
President
AOH JFK Division 1
Bridgeport CT

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2022 Gaelic American Club 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 2022. ( Link to Application below)

Return the completed application to the Fairfield Gaelic American Club by 5 PM on May 8, 2022. Completed applications must be placed in the Club Manager’s mailbox and the envelope must be labeled to the attention of GAC Scholarship Committee or sent to Elizabeth Power, 14 Paisley Lane, Fairfield, CT 06825.

We hope you enjoy participating in the scholarship application process and we wish you the very best of luck!

Very truly yours,

The Fairfield Gaelic American Club Scholarship Committee

2022 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Clan na Gael’s Spring 2022 Production & Auditions

The Clan na Gael Players are pleased to announce their spring production

Outside Mullingar directed by Jillian Plomin
Performances are April 21, 22, 23, 24.
Auditions will be held on
Saturday March 5th and Sunday March 6th
from 1:00 to 3:30 at the GAC.

Needed are four actors. Two women, age range35-65 Two men, age range 35-65.

Do you have a suggestion of a play you would like us to consider in the future? If so send it to: opeggyo812@gmail.com We promise to read and consider, any suggestions received.

Liz McNichol’s Family St. Patrick’s Day Show

Liz McNichol returns with her popular,
fun loving, family entertainment on
Sunday, March 13th at 1:00 pm

Her program is geared toward children of all ages, it brings smiles and joy to all the young at heart! This will be a special pre-Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration show.
All Covid Restrictions will be followed. Seating will be limited so reservation are a must. To ensure you’ve a seat for this free event that is open to the public please email opeggyo812@gmail.com

Liz McNichol Pre-Saint Patrick’s Day Show is sponsored by Feile, Inc. whose mission is to educate, and entertain all ages of the public with it’s programs of all things Irish.

Don’t forget to wear your green!

 

FÉILE Book & Movie Discussion with Colin Broderick 1/16

Colin Broderick is a playwright, filmmaker and author. He has written a previous memoir, Orangutan.

FÉILE, Inc. presents an afternoon with Irish author Colin Broderick on Sunday, January 16 at 2pm. Colin will discuss his books, movies and experiences in a relaxed discussion format. All are welcome. Admission is free. Signed copies of his books will be available for $20. Plan on joining us!

Colin Broderick originally from County Tyrone, has lived in the United States for over thirty years. He has published four books. His first memoir, “Orangutan”, covers the twenty years he spent working construction out of the Bronx while struggling with alcoholism and addiction. His second memoir “That’s That” is a raw account of growing up in Northern Ireland at the height of The Troubles. His novel, “Church End” is a fictional account of the time he spent working construction in London in the late 1980’s. His latest book “The Writing Irish of New York” is a collection of essays detailing the history of Irish writing in America. He has also written and directed two feature movies. Emerald City tells the tale of a hard living crew of Irish construction workers in New York City, who have reached the end of the line. His latest movie “A Bend in the River” was recently nominated for two Irish Film and Television Awards and is now available everywhere on Amazon Prime, and You Tube. Colin lives in New Jersey with his wife and three kids.

GAC Membership Renewal 2022

Membership Renewal

Membership Renewal ends on February 28th.  After that date, there will be a $100 reinstatement fee.

Go to www.GaelicAmericanClub.com and, with your email address and password login to your profile and follow the prompts to renew, either by e-Check or Credit Card.  Note the following: DO NOT use the INVOICE or BACK buttons. Doing so may lock you out of your account. If you prefer to renew by paper check, there are renewal forms online or at the front desk.

2021 SCRIP can be used until 2/28/2022.

Email membership@gacemail.org with questions or if we can help with renewal.

 

Traditional Music Sessions Return

The Shamrogues host an Open Traditional Music Session every Wednesday 7 to 9 PM in the Carolan Room.
Beginning in August, The Shamrogues in partnership with the GAC to sponsor a once-a-month special Trad Music Sessions in the Pub from 6 to 8 PM.
The first Special Guest Artist will be Loretta Murphy on August 6th session. See you there!

Clan na Gael is Back!

Under the direction of Mathew Apgar, a Staged Reading of The Walworth Farce was held in early May. Mat and the cast did a fantastic job ‘turning the lights back on’ our stage and we’d like to thank all who attended!

CnG along with Feile, Inc. organized the return of Liz McNicholl’s Childrens’ Interactive Workshop, on Sunday May 30th. This free outdoor event was brought inside due to weather, but we made our rainy day one of music, sing-a-longs, instrument playing, dancing and laughter. Liz even had the kids counting in Irish as well as saying a few phrases – great fun for both kids and adults!

Jillian Polmin is currently running a six-week Actors Workshop for Middle and High School Students which concludes on July 14. For more information contact: jplomin@gmail.com

The CnG board, welcomes three new members, John Moran, Sue O’Hara and Griffin Reidy who along with the rest of the board, have been busy reading scripts for our fall play. And we are now very pleased to announce GnC’s fall production is Second Honeymoon, a rib-tickling comedy by Sam Cree and directed by Peg O’Leary. We urge every-one to come laugh with us as we take back the stage on November 18, 19, 20 & 21.

CnG is an open and welcoming group! If you’d like to get involved as an actor, producer, director, or in any other aspect of the creative team – who help put a production together – please get in touch with us. We love getting new people involved! No Experience Necessary! opeggyo812@gmail.com.