Card players meet every Thursday at 7:30 pm in the Carolan Room.
How 25 is played:
The game of 25 can be played with any number of players, preferably from 5 to 10, not to exceed 10 players. The object of the game is to see who gets 25 first. Each trick is considered 5 points. To begin the game, any player can deal out the cards. The first player to receive an ace is the player who actually gets the first deal. Each player receives five cards. When the dealer is finished dealing the cards, he turns up the next card. This card is called the head trump. Then each player looks at his hand to see how many trump cards he has. The more trump cards a player has, the better his chances are of reaching 25.
The leadoff man to start the game is to the player’s left. If he leads off with a trump, then all players have to play a trump if they have one. Otherwise, they can play any card. If a player has trump, and does not play it, he is guilty of reneging A simple thought to remember is, “the more of the red, and the less of the black.” Another thought is to watch who is getting close to 25. This is called keeping the game “IN.” It is okay to play a trump card anytime a player wishes. The Ace of Hearts is always a trump regardless of what is played. The 5 card is the best card when trumps are up, followed by the Jack of Trumps, followed by the Ace of Hearts.
A complete description of the game would take several pages. The game of 25 is best explained by sitting down and playing an actual game with people who have been playing the game for years. In short, hopefully in some way, this has helped to bring the basics of the game to you.
The late Tom McInerney, a long-standing member of the club, donated this article.
The Children's Chorus is on hiatus ~ but stay tuned for it's return
The following information is here for reference only as the group is presently on break ~ stay tuned for the return of the children's chorus
All school-aged member children are invited to join in learning Irish music through movement and singing! 2018 will be the fifth season for our GAC Children’s Chorus.
Rehearsals begin September 6th @ 5PM in the Carolan Room. The group will sing at Memorial Mass on Nov. 4th, Christmas Fair and Christmas Program, Sunday - Dec 9th (dress rehearsal Dec. 8th) Performance begins at 6PM, Carolan Room will be open for Dinner at 5PM.
Over the past two years the Children's Chorus has performed for Memorial Masses, Christmas Fairs, a Christmas Program and a special program commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising, ‘We Will Remember’. The Children’s Chorus frequently shares the stage with the adult Glee Club. Children are also encouraged to add creative ideas and their various talents during performances.
Lessons for all ability levels from beginners to advanced, of all ages, meets on Mondays at 6:30pm. The band practices in the auditorium of the First Church Congregational in Fairfield (diagonally across the parking lot from the GAC, on the corner of Beach & the Old Post Road). We look forward to seeing you!
For more information, please call Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band (475)329-0202 or visit fairfieldgaelicpipeband.org.
family fun night is back on June 28th from 6 to 9pm
Family Fun Night
Family Fun Night is an opportunity for our young families to come down to the club and have some fun and a meal together. Family Fun Night takes place the last Friday of the month from 6-9pm. (except for February) Corky and his staff will provide a ‘kid-friendly’ delicious $5 buffet.
Just a reminder, The buffet is strictly for the kids, parents are asked to order from regular GAC menu – so kids please remember there’s no sharing with the parents! We try to keep the buffet price to a minimum and don’t want to increase the price. Ice cream is $1 and is served at 8PM.
PLEASE watch your children. Kids are NOT to leave the room without a parent. Toys are NOT to be brought into the Carolan Room from the Reidy (children’s) Room. NO toys or running on the dance floor. Please pick up food spills and help clear your table.
Buffet is served from 6-7:30pm only and Ice cream is at 8pm. Thank you for your help and consideration in these matters.
Any questions call Bette Leary at 203-767-0117.
Lets also keep in mind the GUIDELINES for use of the children’s room
Welcome to the GAC’s Children’s Room dedicated in memory of Richard & Vivian Reidy
#1 Room Monitor is NOT a BABYSITTER!Room Monitor is responsible for the contents of the room and safety of the children while in the room. Parents are responsible for their children and guests behavior, whereabouts and use of items in this room. Parents will be notified if any misbehavior or disrespect for the room or others is shown. The parent’s membership may be in jeopardy if behavior is not corrected or use of room is abused.
#2 No Food or Drinks are allowed in this room by children. If an adult chooses to bring in a beverage while watching their children, please make sure it is not left in the room. The monitor is not there to clean up after adults.
#3 If you’d get in trouble at home for doing something, you’ll get in trouble here. This room is a privilege for all children to enjoy and feel at home within the club, but just like any privilege it can be revoked.
Just like on the pitch:
1st = Warning – Parent is notified and child’s name is put in the book.
2nd = Yellow Card – Access to the room is suspended for a period of time.
3rd = Red Card – Parent is required to go before the Executive Committee to explain, suspension or loss of family membership is possible.
Don’t be THAT kid or don’t be THAT parent that feels above the rules!
#4 Common Sense Parenting is expected. Intended for children 13 years and younger. Parents may use discretion as to what age they feel their children are able to be in the room without parent supervision however, under 5 years of age supervision is required. “Is leathan doras an teachín bhig”
“Wide is the door of the little cottage” – Irish proverb
For more information, please email Bette Leary (203)767-0117
Fréamh Éireann meets The 2nd Saturday of the month @ 10:30pm.
Fréamh Éireann, the Gaelic words for “Irish Roots”, is the name of our genealogy group. Our interest lies in assisting members of the Fairfield Gaelic – American Club (GAC) interested in researching their family roots. We focus on, but are not limited to, Irish family research.
Functioning as a self-help group, the members vary in knowledge but all are able to learn from each other by sharing their research experiences, providing suggestions and guidance, identifying resources, programs, and organizational sources that assist in one’s personal research.We do not conduct research for non-GAC members.Through our monthly meetings we keep members of Fréamh Éireann advised of various genealogical seminars and events as well as members’ successful searches and/or questions. Minutes and email notices inform members who may not be able to attend.Periodically guest speakers are invited to address either our regular meetings or general meetings open to the public. Occasionally field trips are arranged to points of genealogical interest.The Genealogy Group meets the second Saturday of the month at 10:30 am in the O’Keefe Room. All members are welcome. For more information email: email@example.com.
A Typical Fréamh Éireann Meeting
Meetings are held monthly, except in July and August, on the 2nd Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., in the O’Keefe Room (2nd Floor) of the Gaelic-American Club (GAC). Meetings are open to GAC members and their guests.
Reports of upcoming Genealogy Presentations by other groups which might be of interest to members
Discussion of possible or potential speakers, and topics, which may be of interest for addressing our group at one of our upcoming meetings or sponsored public forums held at the GAC building
(Optional) Many members, following adjournment, remain to enjoy lunch in the pub, which opens for serving at noon.
Welcome any guests
Committee Reports, if any (Membership, Library, Special Events, Health and Welfare, etc.)
Reports by Members on their genealogy research
Questions and Answers by anyone with a research question
Report on current month’s General Membership Meeting
Examples of subjects presented at our monthly Saturday morning meetings:
Utilizing various research resources
Censuses – United States and Ireland
Probate records and wills
U.S. city directories
Local libraries and genealogy groups
Historical fiction novels
Sharing family research with family and others
Publishing family stories and pedigrees
Internet site for both research and sharing
Ancestry.com, Family Search, myheritage.com, Geni.com
Private Facebook group and personal web site.
Q and A via Skype with genealogist from Ireland
Civil war memorabilia and history
Finding your Irish townland and civil parish
Growing up in Ireland
Researching with genetic DNA
Reports of information gathered from visiting archives, history and genealogical meetings, or visits to Ireland
8:15am Minor Final: Galway vs. Kerry Minors
10:30am Senior Final: Dublin vs. Tyrone
The GAC broadcasts the GAA games live from Ireland via satellite every Sunday from May through September. All are welcome to come down and support the games and cheer on their favorite Hurling and Football teams. For more information, contact Tom Moran
Gaelic Football can be described as a mixture of soccer and rugby, although it predates both of those games. It is a field game which has developed as a distinct game similar to the progression of Australian Rules. Indeed it is thought that Australian Rules evolved from Gaelic Football through the many thousands who were either deported or immigrated to Australia from the middle of the nineteenth century. Gaelic Football is normally played on a pitch (playing field) approximately 137m long (150 yards) and 82m wide (90 yards).
The goalposts are the same shape as on a rugby pitch, with the crossbar lower than a rugby one and slightly higher than a soccer one. The ball used in Gaelic Football is round, slightly smaller than a soccer ball. It can be carried in the hand for a distance of four steps and can be kicked or “hand-passed”, a striking motion with the hand or fist (similar to serving in volleyball). After every four steps the ball must be either bounced or “solo-ed”, an action of dropping the ball onto the foot and kicking it back into the hand. You may not bounce the ball twice in a row. To score, you put the ball over the crossbar by foot or hand / fist for one point or under the crossbar and into the net by foot or hand / fist in certain circumstances for a goal, the latter being the equivalent of three points. Each team consists of fifteen players, lining out as follows: One goalkeeper, three full-backs, three half-backs, two midfielders, three half-forwards and three full-forwards.
Goalkeepers may not be physically challenged while inside their own small parallelogram, but players may harass them into playing a bad pass, or block an attempted pass. Teams are allowed a maximum of five substitutes in a game. Players may switch positions on the field of play as much as they wish but this is usually on the instructions of team officials. Officials for a game comprise of a referee, two linesmen (to indicate when the ball leaves the field of play at the side and to mark ’45” free kicks and 4 umpires (to signal scores, assist the referee in controlling the games, and to assist linesmen in positioning ’45’ frees). A goal is signaled by raising a green flag, placed to the left of the goal. A point is signaled by raising a white flag, placed to the right of goal. A ’45’/’65’ is signaled by the umpire raising his/her outside arm. A ‘square ball’, when a player scores having arrived in the ‘square’ prior to receiving the ball, is signaled by pointing at the small parallelogram.
Hurling is a game similar to hockey, in that it is played with a small ball and a curved wooden stick. It is Europe’s oldest field game. When the Celts came to Ireland, as the last ice age was receding, they brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and unique pastimes. One of these pastimes was a game now called hurling. It features in Irish folklore to illustrate the deeds of heroic mystical figures and it is chronicled as a distinct Irish pastime for at least 2,000 years.
The stick, or “hurley” (called camán in Irish) is curved outwards at the end, to provide the striking surface. The ball or “sliothar” is similar in size to a hockey ball but has raised ridges. Hurling is played on a pitch approximately 137m long and 82m wide. The goalposts are the same shape as on a rugby pitch, with the crossbar lower than a rugby one and slightly higher than a soccer one.
You may strike the ball on the ground, or in the air. Unlike hockey, you may pick up the ball with your hurley and carry it for not more than four steps in the hand. After those steps you may bounce the ball on the hurley and back to the hand, but you are forbidden to catch the ball more than twice. To get around this, one of the skills is running with the ball balanced on the hurley To score, you put the ball over the crossbar with the hurley or under the crossbar and into the net by the hurley for a goal, the latter being the equivalent of three points. Each team consists of fifteen players, lining out as follows: 1 goalkeeper, three full-backs, three half-backs, two midfielders, three half-forwards and three full-forwards.
Singers needed for Memorial Mass Choir - Rehearsals begin Thursday, September 6th 6:45 to 7:45PM in the Carolan Room. Memorial Mass is November 4th.
So why not plan to join us as we prepare a unique program of song from the Irish in America. It's a great way to celebrate our Irish Heritage.
The rejuvenated Glee Club has performed for our Memorial Mass, presented a Christmas Program, and "We Will Remember," a program commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising. Although the numbers may be smaller than the original group, the spirit and love for singing vibrantly permeates the Glee Club's reincarnation. New members are always warmly welcomed.
Current Glee Club members stand by their 1995 Glee Club photos. The original photo is on display in the GAC board room.
A Strong Beginning
The Gaelic-American Glee Club began in 1995 with fifty enthusiastic singers. The group flourished and grew to over one hundred strong. Co-founders Art Begin and Ed O'Connor led the group through many sucessful years including concerts at The ReginaQuick Center, the Fairfield County Irish Festival, the Levitt Pavillion and a trip to Ireland with a concert at the U.S.Embassy. After twenty years, attrition and changing times brought the group to a hiatus.
Rebirth of a Treasured Tradition
In 2015 the Glee Club was revived by Mary Ellen Lyons, a newly retired New Canaan Public Schools music teacher. "Commemorating the 1916 Rising needs voices to be raised in song!" Mary Ellen insisted. With the blessing and support of the GAC executive board and the urging of past Glee Club members, rehearsals began in the Fall of 2015.
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.
Irish Literature Group on break until September 23rd
Monday, May 20th at 7:30 to discuss Edna O’Brien’s The Lonely Girl, part of The Country Girls Trilogy And Epilogue. The Washington Post Book World said, “There is no writer alive who sounds quite like Edna O’Brien. Her prose has a unique mixture of darkness and light that makes it immediately identifiable.”
Previous titles read by the book club.
We meet on Monday, April 22 at 7:30 to discuss ‘The Way We Were’ by Sinead Moriarty. The novel is a heartbreaking family drama about love, loss and new beginnings.
This month we’ll meet in March 18th at 7:30, to discuss Mink River by Brian Doyle. This stunning debut novel brings to life the fictional town of Neawanaka on the wet coast of Oregon through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people.
We’ll meet on Monday, February 18th @ 7:30pm in the library to discuss Bernard MacLaverty’s Midwinter Break. The novel tells the story of Stella and Gerry Gilmore and contemplates the mysteries that lie at the heart of every marriage. It is a profound examination of human love and how we live together. MacLaverty is known for his effortlessly elegant writing and tender, intimate heartrending stories. New members are most welcome! it is a short book of only 240 pages. Give it a try!
We will meet at 7:30 on Monday, January 21st in the library to discuss The Library At The Edge Of The World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy. Good Reads calls it a warm, feel-good novel about the importance of finding a place where you belong. The novel follows Hanna Casey as she drives her mobile library van between the villages of Ireland’s west coast. All welcome! If you have any questions, contact Clare Burnett at email ClareBurnett@optonline.net or phone 203-255-3848.
On Monday October 22nd @ 7:30 the group will discuss Saints For All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan. A New York Times Critic’s Top Book of 2017 and the Washington Post called it the year’s best book about family. The novel chronicles the Rafferty family in Boston. It draws the reader into the lives of the Rafferty clan, and, in the rare miracle of fiction, makes us care about them as if they were our own family. Sullivan writes “this family has a way of forgetting what it doesn’t want to know.” If you have any questions, contact Clare Burnett at email ClareBurnett@optonline.net or phone 203-255-3848.
On Monday, September 17th at 7:30 in the library to discuss William Trevor’s Last Stories. If you have any questions, contact Clare Burnett at email ClareBurnett@optonline.net or phone 203-255-3848.
On Monday, April 16th at 7:30, we will meet to discuss Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder. The novel concerns an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months. The nurse soon finds herself fighting to save the girl’s life. If you have any questions, please call Clare Burnett at 203-255-3848 or email ClareBurnett@optonline.net. Everyone is welcome!
On Monday, March 19th at 7:30 in the library to discuss In The Woods by Tana French. It is her first in a series of novels about The Dublin Murder Squad. The Washington Post calls her “the most interesting and most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years.” The New York Times calls the novel “required reading for anyone who appreciates tough, unflinching intelligence and ingenious plotting. New and returning members are most welcome! For questions, please call Clare Burnett at email ClareBurnett@optonline.net or call 203-255-3848.
Monday, February 26th at 7:30 we will meet to discuss the play Translations by Brian Friel. The three-act play, written in 1980 is set in Baile Beag, a Donegal village in 19th century agricultural Ireland. Friel has said that it is “a play about language and only about language” but it deals with Add Newa wide range of issues, stretching from language and communication to Irish history and cultural imperialism.
Monday, January 22 at 7:30 to discuss The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott. The novel is listed among the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2017. Beginning with a suicide and ending with a murder, it is a powerfully affecting story spanning the 20th century of a widow and her daughter and the nuns who serve the Irish-American community in Brooklyn. New members are most welcome and former members too! Contact Clare Burnett at 203-255-3848 or ClareBurnett@optonline.net with any questions.
The group will meet on Monday, November 20th at 7:30pm. We’ll be reading a novella by Claire Keegan called Foster which describes a small girl being sent to live with foster parents on a farm in rural Ireland, without knowing when she will return home. The novella can be read online for free here: www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/02/15/foster. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 203-255-3848. New members are welcome!
The group will meet on Monday, September 18th at 7:30 in the library to discuss Edna O’Brien’s The Little Red Chairs. The New York Times says it is a “Boldly imagined and harrowing new novel that is both an exploration of the theme of Irish provincial life from the perspective of girls and women and a work of alternate history in which the devastation of a war-torn Central European country intrudes upon the primal innocence of rural Ireland.” New members are most welcome!
Do you like to read and discuss a book written by or about the Irish, be it a mystery, a thriller or just some romance? Then join the Irish Literature Group, we meet on the 3rd Monday of the month. For more information phone Clare Burnett 203-255-3848 or email her at email@example.com.
Senior Lunch is generally the last Thursday, of the month at 12 noon. But please do call for reservations by the Sunday prior to the Lunch. Cost for lunch $7 for members and $9 for non-members. Ann Hague 203-374-5198; Shirley McMenamy 203-268-5083; Sally Savage 203-366-4826.
Are you retired with some free time? Why not get active with the GAC Seniors? Join us for Senior Lunch on the last Thursday of the month.
Celtic Rovers on the Road
NEWPORT TRIP SOLD OUT
CHRISTMAS IN NEWPORT MANSION TOUR & HOLIDAY STROLL
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
Day trips planned especially for Senior Members of the Gaelic American Club!
7:30 a.m.: Coffee and lite breakfast at the GAC
8 a.m.: Coach bus departs the GAC
11 a.m.: Self-guided tour of The Breakers
12:30 p.m.: Lunch at Irish American Athletic Club
2:30-4:15 p.m.: Free time to stroll through Newport
4:30 p.m.: Bus departs Newport and returns to the GAC at 7 p.m.
Cost is $50 and includes bus and lunch (alcohol/tip extra). Space is limited to 35! Deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 9.
To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and send check (made out to GAC)
to Ann Ford Roach, 292 Parkwood Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824. Call 203-520-1677 for more information.
Other Senior Activities include:
Bingo & 50/50 raffle
The Senior group also participates in charity activities for organizations like Operation Hope, Turkey Drive, Under the Bridge, Salvation Army, and the Merton House.
For more info contact Faith Maciver at email@example.com or 203-520-8048.
Set dancing is on break for the summer and will resume in September.
Have you ever sat and watched a group on Set Dancers circling around and round. They all seem like they are having a grand old time. Then why not join them. Well here’s your chance…Lace up your dance shoes because Set dancing resumes on Thursday Sept. 14th at 7:30pm. All are welcome! Brian Reynolds 203-214-2921.
The next TRIVIA NIGHT IS july 5th at 8pm ~ and don’t forget to wear red, white and blue to be ELIGIBLE to win prizes!
We have prizes and a special drawing for those whose wear the specified color for the night…We’ve got gift cards / drink certificates and holiday prize bags. Free admission… You can order food in from the kitchen or bring your own snacks too! Play in teams… bring some friends and form a team or make some new ones!
Any questions or concerns please contact 203-520-8048
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Commemorative journal ads may be sent to: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The GAC Saturday Morning Running Club Has Been Invited to Take Part in TheIron Horse 5K Trail Foot Race on October 13th
Here’s your change to run the scenic grounds of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard in Newton CT. It’s absolutely beautiful this time of year and everyone is welcome to run or walk the 5K trail.
So Join us for this year’s Iron Horse 5K Trail Foot Race on October 13th. Registration opens at 7:30am and the Race begins at 9am. You will have the opportunity to run on the marked trails of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard property through field and forest with all of your friends and family!
This Race is rain or shine; after all it is called the Iron Horse.