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

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.

 

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.

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.

2021 Féile Scholarship

Each year Féile offers Three $2000 scholarships to High School seniors planning to attend college in the fall, this year Féile will introduce a fourth in memory of Pat Dyer.

Pat Dyer was chairman of the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary Memorial Event which took place on the grounds of the GAC five years ago. Tragically, we lost Pat in May of 2017, a little more than a year after the monument dedication.

The committee would like to honor Pat for his hard work and dedication to preserving our Irish Heritage by presenting the annual 1916 Easter Rising & Patrick J. Dyer Memorial Scholarship in his memory. Application links;

Féile Scholarship Application

1916 Easter Rising & Patrick J. Dyer Memorial Scholarship Application

Introduction to Gaelic Football for Children

St. Patrick’s G.A.A. Club will host its annual winter program “Introduction to Gaelic Sports for Children 5-8 Years Old” on Saturdays from 4-5pm at The Field House in Fairfield on the following dates: Saturday March 5, Saturday March 12, Saturday March 26, and Saturday April 2nd. All training is non-contact and emphasizes fun, games, hand-eye coordination, and basic skills.

St. Patrick’s will also host Gaelic football training for new and returning players, ages 9-13 also at the Field House in Fairfield from 5-6pm on Saturday March 5, Saturday March 12, Saturday March 26, and Saturday April 2nd . No experience needed and new players are encouraged to participate.

To register for these sessions, please visit: www.stpatricksgfc.org.
Email questions to: training@stpatricksgaa.us or
contact Mike Derby at 203.572.2337.

St. Patrick’s Day Party for Children
St. Patrick’s GAA Club will host a special St. Patrick’s Day party for children at the GAC on Saturday March 19th at Noon. There will be games, fun, and special guest appearances to celebrate our rich cultural heritage.
Families are welcome to join us for this special event.

St Patrick’s Day Photo Gallery

“Cead mile failte, 100,000 welcomes. Ireland and the Irish are famous for that sentiment, for the sincerity of their welcome and I want you to feel that uniquely Irish sentiment here today. I want you to feel like you’ve been welcomed home.

This past year, Ireland has felt much further away than any time is our life time and we appreciate even more our heritage, our culture and our home. We appreciate even more what’s it like to have a club like this, where we can feel that welcome, where we can meet a friend, enjoy their company, truly like a home away from home.

We pray that in this coming year, we can reflect NOT on what we’ve lost this past year, but what we’ve gained. An appreciation of what is truly precious in this life, the connection to those we love, and a deeper appreciation of what home and family really means.

We, as a community have learned that we must never take for granted what it means to have a home like this to come to. We must always remember the work the previous generations of Irish men and women have invested, and we must endeavor to continue their work so that our children can feel the same connection to our heritage that brought you all here today.

So today I wish you, with all my heart, Cead mile failte. Welcome home, and a very Happy St Patrick’s Day.”

Gerry Forde
GAC Executive Committee President

Message to The Membership

02.04.2021

– Céad Míle Fàilte –

I hope this email finds you all well and in good health,

The Executive Committee and I are so appreciative of the Membership and all you have done to support the Gaelic American Club over the last few months.The take out food orders and safe outdoor/indoor dining has been a great success in keeping the doors open and Staff working at the Club.

I would like to thank Tommy Flaherty and Chris Boccamazzo, along with all the Staff for their hard work in keeping the GAC operating safely in these trying and unpredictable times we all face today.

As of today, the GAC will be able to remain open until 11pm, as the state of Connecticut has come to the decision to increase the operating hours for bars and restaurants with the current COVID restrictions.

Looking forward to a healthy and safe 2021

Best Regards,

Gerry Forde & the Executive Committee

Go Raibh Míle Maith Agaibh Go Léir