A documentary about club member, Susan Drew’s search for her birth mother. She was born Joan Fagan to an unwed mother in the St. Patrick Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, Ireland in 1949. The film follow’s Susan’s journey to find her true identity, it also highlights the illegal exporting of children by the Catholic Church to families in other countries for profit while the Irish Government looked the other way. The documentary will be followed by a Q&A with Susan and a meet and mingle reception with refreshments. All are welcome. Seating will be on a first come basis. There will be a free will donation basket. Info: email@example.com
Irish History Lecture Sunday, Feb 18, 2017 @ 2 -4pm
Presented By Dr. Bridget English, University of Illinois at Chicago
Beginning with the nineteenth century notion of an “American wake”–a party thrown for loved ones immigrating to America–this talk will explore the significance of the Irish wake as a point of contact between Irish and American cultures. The Irish wake was traditionally a site of liminality at which point the living and the dead could intermingle and inhabit the same space. Literary and cultural depictions enforce this magical quality to the wake, focusing on its wild, primitive and uncontrollable aspects.
Dr. Bridget English holds a PhD in English from Maynooth University in County Kildare, Ireland. Her research interests lie in modern and con temporary Irish fiction and culture , theories of the novel, death studies, modernism, and the medical humanities. She has taught a variety of writing and literature courses at Maynooth University, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
Registration: $5 per person-Students $2 with ID
Sorry, we cannot accept GAC scrip or credit cards
Help us plan seating and refreshments by registering in advance Register on-line at: firstname.lastname@example.org , subject: “Irish History” and mail your check, payable to “Feile, Inc.” to: Mary Adams-Arroyo 221 McGrath Court, Stratford, CT 06615
Please provide name, address, phone and email
For more information, call Mary at (203) 377-2346
Sponsored by: Feile, Inc.
Hosted by: Freamh Eireann Genealogy & GAC Language Groups
Congratulations Maddie Mitchell and Drew Newcomb, who were named Mr. and Miss Shamrock and runners up Maggie Buckley and Timothy Forde. All were awarded college scholarships from Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. Well done and wishing you all great success in college!
(Left to Right: Maggie Buckley, Timothy Forde, Drew Newcomb and Maddie Mitchell)
GAC MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL 2018
If you have a working email on file with us, you will receive notification on Jan 1 to renew your GAC membership for 2018. If you have no email or have requested paper billing, your invoice will arrive in the mail after December 28th.
For the first time, we are offering a special incentive to the first 250 members who renew for 2018. At the monthly membership meeting in February, we will draw 3 names from the first 250 renewals and those members will receive a free membership for 2018. (This does not include scrip).
Other important information regarding
- Please make sure your contact information, especially email and home address are current. You can log into your account to review your information at any time.
- If you usually receive your renewal from the GAC by email and do not receive an email from us on January 1, please check your settings and spam folder.
- If you usually receive your renewal by mail and do not receive anything from us by January 6, please let us know. The best way to contact the membership office is via email at email@example.com.
- Do not discard your white door/scrip card. There is a $10 replacement fee. Your 2018 scrip will be loaded onto that card on April 1, 2018.
- All 2017 scrip expires on 2/28/18.
- Contact membership at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: The Gaelic American Club operates on a calendar year and depends on the prompt payment of membership dues. Membership renewal is payable on January 1 each year. We allow up to a 60-day grace period to pay. All memberships must be renewed by February 28, 2018. Beginning March 1, there will be a $100 reinstatement fee added to all renewals.
Starting on January 1st at 12:01 AM the first 250 members to renew their membership will be entered into a drawing to win one of three 2018 GAC memberships. Winning members will be reimbursed for the dues they already paid, but will still be responsible for purchasing script. Only renewals received before January 15th, 2018 will be eligible. Note: Members of the Executive and Membership Committees are ineligible to participate.
The winners of the drawing will be selected at the monthly meeting on February 9th. Winners must be present to accept the prize.
No renewals before January 1st & 12:01AM.
Saturday December 16th 11-1pm
Food available for $5 and a visit from Santa! For info Kelly phone (203) 913-6242 or email@example.com
It’s always a fun time and No Prior Irish is Needed! English translations, phonetical pronunciations and videos links will be provided.
- Kids with Parents, Thursday, Dec 7th @ 6:30pm.
- Teens / Adults, Thursday, Dec. 7th @ 7:30pm.
Seating is limited in the Cultural Room, so to reserve your spot please contact DesNolan@OptOnline.net
Ugly Sweater Contest Wednesday
Haul out the holly, deck the halls and join us for some holiday cheer. Gather with friends by the fire place and sing along with us and participate in The ‘Unique’ (nice way of saying ugly) Christmas Sweater Contest!
Caroling in the Pub with Colleen Filush, Jeff McHugh & Jimmy Cyr
What better way to show off your off ‘unique attire’ and spread cheer than to sing along with Colleen, Jeff and Jim who’ll gather ’round the hearth to play your holiday favorites! So don’t forget the fun starts at 7pm! Light fare served.
Come sing-along and enjoy the show then stay and have dinner with friends and family. There is no admission charge – just patronize the club by dining with us. Special visit by some “Wren Boys” seeking coins to donate to ‘Woofgang’, a group started by GAC members to support the employment of adults with disabilities. ’Woofgang’ produces pet treats. So come out and join in the holiday spirit!
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 20, 2017. All training is non-contact and emphasizes fun, games, hand-eye coordination and basic skills. Cost is $50 and includes T-shirt and graduation ceremony. Limited capacity. To register, please visit: www.stpatricksgfc.org. Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Patrick’s GAA Annual Dinner Dance
St Patrick’s GAA Club will host it’s annual dinner dance beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday Dec. 2nd at the GAC. We are pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2017 “Gaels of the Year” Award are Gerry & Noreen Forde 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 2017 Senior Gaelic Football Player of the Year Award is Ray Holian (Co. Mayo). Tickets are $75 and include live band, cocktail hour, dinner, dessert, and open bar. Tickets, table reservations and commemorative journal ads may be sent to: email@example.com.
CEILI ~ SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26TH 2:30 – 5:30PM
Let’s Dance off that Thanksgiving Dinner to the Music of The Connolly Ceili Band in the Carolan Room. $15 Cover charge at door Contact: Noreen Forde @ 203-273-0483
Celtic Christmas Fair
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.
Clan na Gael presents
Step back in time with us, to Radio Station WBFR on Christmas Eve during the war years of the 1940’s. Where cast, crew and audience are prepped for the live broadcast. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, the well loved Christmas show, features more than twenty roles filled by men women and children of all ages.
Tickets are $15 per person. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org | 203-767-0117
At each performance our audiences are invited to share a champagne toast and cake with us in celebration of our 30th Anniversary! Cast of Thirty!! What a way to celebrate our 30th Anniversary!!
Director: Peggy S. O’Leary
Music Coordinator: Valerie Huegel
TRAD FOR TROCAIRE
The Irish Clubs of Fairfield Prep, Lauralton Hall, and St. Joseph’s High School, will host the 3rd Annual Trad or Trocaire on Sunday November 13 from 2-4 pm. Trocaire, the official social justice and relief organization of the Catholic Church in Ireland assists poor and impoverished communities in the developing world by providing food, medical care, and basic necessities. Events are held in every county in Ireland and 3 years ago, children of GAC members at local Catholic high schools held the first Trad for Trocaire event outside of Ireland and has since raised over $4,000! So come listen to our traditional Irish musicians playing their hearts out for a good cause and show your support for our high schoolers trying to make a difference in the world. Kindly accepting “free will” offering at the door – no amount is too small.
THE GAELIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION:
THE LIFEBLOOD OF IRELAND
Presented by Professor Mike Cronin, Academic Director of Boston College Ireland.
Professor Cronin was educated at the University of Kent and Oxford University where he was awarded his D.Phil. He has published widely on various aspects of Irish history, and is a
renowned scholar in the area of sport. He is a regular media commentator on aspects of Irish and sporting history.
His lecture will explore the history of the GAA, and discuss how central it has been to the creation and maintenance of Irish identity.
The GAA is more than simply a sporting organization, and has been instrumental in supporting the Irish language and culture, as well as having played a key role in many of the pivotal moments in Ireland’s political history. With the apparent demise of the Church as a central force in Irish life, the GAA stands alone as the only mass movement in the country and across its diaspora.
Registration: $5.00 (students $2.00 with ID) to: email@example.com
Sunday, Oct 22, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Gaelic – American Club
DON STIFFE CONCERT
FRIDAY OCT 20 @ 7:30PM
The GAC is thrilled to present Don Stiffe, critically acclaimed as one of the greatest singer/songwriters to have emerged on the Irish Folk Scene in recent years “Don Stiffe, has a voice of rare expression and distinctive timbre that deserves to be heard far and wide.” So don’t miss the opportunity to experience this captivating performance! $20 per person at the door | children free
2018 Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day
Parade Grand Marshals
David & Ann Marie Curtin are the great-grandchildren of Irish immigrants and very active in the Irish cultural community as members of the Gaelic American Club; Ancient Order of Hibernians, John F Kennedy Division; and long-time supporters of the communion breakfast, St Patrick’s Scholarship dinner and marched in the Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day parade with the Fairfield Garden Club and the Irish Scholarship Committee for more than 20 years.
“Ann Marie and I will walk again – as we have for the last 20 years – in particular as a remembrance of our great-grandparents and for all those who came both before and since. On this coming St. Patrick’s Day we should remember that we’re all immigrants,” said David, a retired Verizon executive.
Both from Syracuse, N.Y., The Curtins moved in 1980 to Connecticut, where they raised their five children: Meghean, Paul, Dave, Dan and Neil and are now the proud grandparents of 17 grandchildren. Ann Marie is a retired special education teacher in the Fairfield Public School system. Both are daily communicants at St. Pius X church in Fairfield, where Ann Marie is both a Eucharistic minister and lector.
The 2018 parade will be on Friday, March 16 in downtown Bridgeport.