25 Card Game

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.

Children’s Chorus

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.

Registration form

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.

For more information, please contact Mary Ellen Lyons at maryellen.lyons@outlook.com

Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band

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

family fun night GENERALLY HAPPENS ON THE LAST FRIDAY OF THE 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

Fireside Friend’s Knitting Group

Ever dreamed of knitting a sweater? Or even an afghan blanket. Just bring your yarn and needles and join the GAC’s Fireside Friends every Monday night at 7.pm. in the dining pub.

For more information, please call Mary O’Driscoll at (202).414.9462.

Freamh Eireann Genealogy Group

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: fesecretarygac@gmail.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.
  • Agenda
  • 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
    • Officers’ Reports
    • Committee Reports, if any (Membership, Library, Special Events, Health and Welfare, etc.)
    • New Business
    • Reports by Members on their genealogy research
    • Questions and Answers by anyone with a research question
    • Report on current month’s General Membership Meeting
    • Adjournment
  • Examples of subjects presented at our monthly Saturday morning meetings:
    • Record-keeping models
    • Utilizing various research resources
    • Censuses – United States and Ireland
    • Probate records and wills
    • U.S. city directories
    • Local libraries and genealogy groups
    • Cemeteries
    • Historical fiction novels
    • Sharing family research with family and others
    • Photo books
    • Calendars
    • 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.
    • Guest speakers
    • 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
    • Member sharing
    • Reports of information gathered from visiting archives, history and genealogical meetings, or visits to Ireland
    • Details of upcoming events of interest

 

Irish Language ~ Foghlaim Gaeilge

REGULAR CLASS SCHEDULE

Monday Evenings:
  • Irish Grammar Class 7:00-8:00 PM, contact JMinehan@gmail.com.
Thursday Evenings:
  • Kids/Parents Irish Learning Helper Session: 6:30-7:30 PM, contact DesNolan@optonline.net.
  •  Beginners Irish Class 6:30-7:30 PM, contact Cecia.Dalzel@quinnipac.edu.
  • Lower Intermediate Irish Class 7:30-8:30,  DesNolan@optonline.net.
  •  Higher Intermediate Class – meets Thursday from 6:30-7:30, contact JMinehan@gmail.com.
  • Grupa Comhra – 7:30- 9:00 PM, contact Cait 203-459-9686.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

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

The Group meets Monday, Nov 18th at 7:30 to discuss acclaimed novelist Maggie O’Farrell’s memoir “I AM, I AM, I AM”. It is an unforgettable account of a life in near-death experiences. In taut prose, O’Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminated the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself. For more information contact clareburnett@optonline.net

 

 

 

Previous titles read by the book club.


On Monday, October 21st at 7:30, we will meet to discuss When All Is Said by Anne Griffin. The impressively, confident debut novel revolves around five monologues from an elderly man at a bar in Rainsford, County Meath who is looking back on his life. The monologues are linked by the presence of a stolen coin. For more information, contact Clare Burnett@optonline.net.

 

 

 

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.”

 

 

 

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 clareburnett@optonline.net 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 clareburnett@optonline.net.

 

 

Monday Night Musicians

Young or old, beginner or advanced, Monday night is your time to practice with the instruments associated with Irish Traditional Music. Come by every Monday at 8:00 pm!

For more information, please email Tim Quinn at tmquinn@optonline.net.

Seniors Activities

Senior Lunch is Thursday september 26th at 12 noon ~

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!

TRAVEL ITINERARY

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.

DETAILS

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 aroach@market-image.com 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:

Day Trips
Bingo & 50/50 raffle
Movie viewings
Musical entertainment

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 fmaciver@easct.com or 203-520-8048.

Set Dancing

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.

Trivia Night

The next TRIVIA NIGHT IS NOVEMBER 15TH @ 8:30PM

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 Hurling & Football Club

ANNUAL DINNER DANCE

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 lizgiardina@hotmail.com. Commemorative journal ads may be sent to: fundraising@stpatricksgaa.us.

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: admin@stpatricksgfc.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.

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Saturday Morning Runners Club

The Saturday Morning Runners (and Walkers) club is active year round and all are welcome to walk or run the courses provided at anytime on their own.  Ken Gallagher will be available as a guide on Saturday’s from Oct to April, weather and holiday’s permitting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5k route: Meet Saturday mornings at 8:30am. Suggested route:  Run / walk from GAC to Old Post, to South Benson, to Clinton, to Oyster, to Jennings Beach Parking Lot, thru Parking Lot to Fairfield Beach Rd, to Rowland, back to Old Post, then back to GAC. 3.1 miles. Map

2.5k route: Meet Saturday mornings at 9am.  Suggested route: Walk to the Fairfield Beach Club and back to the GAC is 1.5 miles. Map

Contact Ken Gallagher @ kengallagher@gmail.com or 203-685-2993