DANCING WITH THE GAC STARS

Seeking members to dance in our 10th annual charity fundraiser on Saturday, October 12th. No experience necessary. Members of all ages welcome, including children. Must commit to weekly dance lessons beginning in July at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Southport. If interested contact Fran Tartamella at 203-260-4180 or email fitzmella@yahoo.com

The Forty Shades of Green Tour’s Musical Fundraiser

The Forty Shades of Green Tour’s Musical Fundraiser features Tim Warren & Eric Donnelly of the Alternate Routes with opening act: The Irish Band!
Saturday June 1st @ 7:30 pm.
This event is open to the public so make reservations ASAP by calling Elizabeth Power, 203 873-6556 or email 40Shades2019@gmail.com
Cabaret Seats $25, Theatre style $20,
Raffles, 50/50, Cash bar

Many thanks to GAC and Feile for all their support!

 

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2020 GRAND MARSHAL OF THE GREATER BRIDGEPORT ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION

ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2020 GRAND MARSHAL OF THE GREATER BRIDGEPORT ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION.

Grand Marshal candidates must be of Irish descent, active and strong supporters of community organizations and events and reside in the Greater Bridgeport Area.
Candidates must be available to participate in the Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and in events leading up to the parade including the Grand Marshal’s Ball and Half-Way to St. Patrick’s Day Party
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All nominations should be submitted in writing by mail or email and received by June 14, 2019. Nominations should be sent to Peter F. Carroll, the 2019 Grand Marshal at 18 Fairlea Avenue, Stratford, CT 06614 or by email to commishbd@aol.com

The first Grand Marshal was Martin Reidy in 1983.  Past honorees have included a First Selectman, a Police Chief, a priest, a physician, business, labor and community leaders, and other elected officials. For complete list of past Grand Marshals visit http://stpatricksdaybridgeport.com/

Clan na Gael News

Free Summer Improv Comedy Classes ~ for high school students and adults taught by Barry Halpin,

Barry, wrote, directed and performed with the  LA based comedy group Constant Comedy. He has taught and directed Improvisational comedy for over 30 years.  He was the director of,  Slow Children At Play, 2000-2006, the resident improv group at The Stamford Center for the Arts.

Classes will provide an opportunity to explore your creative side through theatre games and exercises; creating short scenes, characters and monologues. A chance to connect with and build on ideas, share stories, use your imagination, have fun, and laugh a lot

Classes are 6/19, 6/26, 7/2 & 7/10
High School Students 6-7:00PM
Adults 7:30-8:30PM

An Improv performance, by all students, will be given on July 9th.  Email barryhalpin@aol.com for more information.

CnG’s  Fall Production: Auditions for CnG’s fall production of “Nobody’s Talking To Me” a comedy by Tommy Marren and directed by Kelsey Guggenheim Dias, will be held on September 28th and 29th from 1:00 – 3:30.  The cast will consist of 4 males and 4 females ages ranging from mid 30’s to 70’s The performances will take place on November 21-24.

Readers Theatre:  On Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20 we will be presenting a staged Reading of THE SKULL OF CONNAMARA by Martin McDonagh, directed by Peg O’Leary  A perfect play for the Halloween season.

Come Join Us ~ No Experience  Necessary!

 

Counterinsurgency and Collusion in Northern Ireland by Mark McGovern

Féile, Inc. and the Bridgeport Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) co-host the book launch of Counterinsurgency and Collusion in Northern Ireland by Mark McGovern, PhD on Sunday June 9  at 2PM in the Carolan Room.

Dr. McGovern’s book focuses on the end game policy of collusion in the Mid-Ulster area, when Republicans and their families were targeted by Loyalist paramilitaries and criminals acting in concert with British State forces. It is the result of years of working with Relatives for Justice (RFJ) interviewing the bereaved and injured, and intensive research into collusion as a state policy.

Also attending the book launch will be Mark Thompson, human rights attorney and founder of Relatives for Justice (RFJ).  The RFJ was founded in 1991 and is a Northern Ireland based human rights NGO providing holistic support services to the bereaved and injured of the Troubles.

Sunday June 9th @ 2PM. The event is free and open to the public

 

Message from GAC President Gerry Reidy ~ May 2019

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE June 2019
I would like to offer a few observations about our club. As you know we had the Andy Cooney Band and Deidre Reilly perform in the Carolan Room after the April Meeting. The band was shifted from the Pub where they were originally scheduled to play, to the Carolan Room to accommodate an anticipated greater number of members as Andy and Deirdre have been Irish Music headliners for many decades and have a large following. The shift was a wise decision as the room was packed and I saw many members, some in wheelchairs who had not come to the club in years. Everyone had a great time.

Another fun evening among many, was Trivia Night run by Faith Maciver. This event also packed, attracted a different segment of our membership. Everyone including yours truly, thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I must admit however that I didn’t recognize 90% of the artists and songs we were asked to identify and I fear I was not much of an asset to my team.

My point is that we have many different constituencies in the club just like any extended family and we work hard to be inclusive and address them all.

I also want to tell you a bit about our many or not so many Volunteers who keep this club running. I was walking past the small dinning room last Tuesday afternoon when I saw two ladies taking the tablecloths off the tables and putting them in a bag. When asked what they were doing? I was told they took all the tablecloths home on Tuesdays, washed and ironed them and brought them back on Wednesdays. I won’t mention their names as I don’t want to embarrass them, and they don’t do it for recognition; in fact, I am sure that most club members myself included knew nothing of their service. I only mention it because they are just an example of many volunteers who strive to preserve the club; enabling the continued transmission of Irish hospitality and culture down the generations. Their numbers are dwindling. We need younger members to step up to the plate so their children will have a place to go to when they become young adults.
~ Gerry Reidy, GAC President

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE May 2019
I want to bring you up to date on the various projects we are pursuing at the Club. As you may know, we have reached the point where we can no longer put off some urgent building repairs.  These include repairs to the roof, replacing a number of leaking windows, repairing the elevator, repairing the side yard fence and augmenting the basement drainage system to take care of the flooding problem. The bad news is that the total cost for the repairs is in the neighborhood of $100,000.00. The good news is that thanks to all the hard work put in the Finance and Facility Committees and others the past five years as well as the dues and price increases; we were able to set aside the required amount to pay for these urgent repairs.

We expect to let the contracts for the roof, windows and fence this month. We have been in touch with another elevator company and hope to resolve this problem in May.  We believe we are close to solving the flooding problem, but we need to do a bit more research on this item.

With regard to the use of the side yard, the present picnic tables and benches are shot and need to be replaced. We intend to put in about 15 tables and benches along with large umbrellas and outdoor game equipment. We will also be purchasing an outdoor rotisserie grill which will allow us to hold a number of Pig and other roasts. Its too late for this Easter, but I thought a lamb roast would be a traditional celebration for next year. Except for the Irish music, even the Apostles would feel right at home.

We are estimating a one time all in one cost of $9,000.00 to make it happen. We don’t have this project specifically identified in the budget which was previously approved, so I will be coming to the members at the May meeting to get approval to spend the money I will get back to you with progress reports from time to time.

Best Regards

Gerry Reidy

 

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum Needs Our Support


Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum in Hamden is facing a crisis. Quinnipiac University has decided that the museum must become financially independent by 2020 or it will close. While many Connecticut Irish Clubs and groups have launched fundraising efforts, we can all help by becoming dues paying members of the museum. There are eight levels of membership starting at $35, and all are detailed in attachments below. We hope that many of you will help save this important Irish Museum in its hour of need, but also to commemorate the sacrifices of our ancestors.

Membership Levels
Membership Application


Membership Levels
Membership Application

A Clan na Gael Production

Is Life Worth Living

This comedy is set in a quiet, seaside town in Ireland where summer brings tourists and entertainers. The arrival of a traveling theatre group presenting the classics, turns the town upside down as the locals begin to emulate the lives of characters in the plays.

Join our brilliant cast: Patrick Lane,Ann McGuire, John Moran, Brian Norris, Dan O’Callaghan, Mike O’Mara, Susan O’Hara, David Pirrie, Jillian Plomin, Eamon Speer, Amy Strachan, Marie Stehl and Byrne White, as they wonder…
Is Life Worth Living
Thursday, April 25th Friday 26th,
Saturday 27th at 8:00pm & Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets: Bette Leary 203-767-0117
Production help and set builders needed
contact: opeggyo812@gmail.com

St. Patrick’s GAA Club annual Cúl Camp 2019

A summer camp in Gaelic football, hurling & camogie for children 5-15 years of age from June 24-28 at Notre Dame H.S., Fairfield. Whether you’re seeking to improve skills or never played, this camp is designed to introduce children to the excitement and challenges of Gaelic games. GAA Certified coaches direct from Ireland.

Camp hours are 9am-3pm each day. Graduation & medal ceremony on June 28th with family lunch & social at the GAC. Space is limited. Early registration and sibling discounts available. visit www.stpatricksgfc.org or email training@stpatricksgaa.us.

2019 Executive Committee

Meet the Team

As of October 19th there are no contested positions for the 2019 GAC Executive Committee so there will be no need for an election on Sunday December 2nd 2018. The full list of 2019 Committee Members is as follows:

Gerry-&-Rose

Gerry Reidy

President

Gerry O'Donovan

Gerry O'Donovan

Recording Secretary

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Amy O'Shea

Director 3 Years

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Faith Maciver

Vice President

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Jim Corcoran

Financial Secretary

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Hilary Dee Koreeda

Director 2 Years

Tom Harding

Tom Harding

Treasurer

John Comerford

John Comerford

Sergeant-at-Arms

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Pat Carolan

Director 1 Year

Oral History Video Project

VIDEOGRAPHERS NEEDED FOR ORAL HISTORY VIDEO PROJECT
Volunteers are needed to assist in the filming of interviews for the Oral History Video Project.  This is a great learning opportunity for young people!  

If you are interested in assisting in the filming process, or if you are an Irish-born member interested in being interviewed, contact Peggy O’Leary at 203-243-8124 or opeggyo812@gmail.com.

Monthly Membership Meeting

The Next Monthly Meeting is FRIDAY June 14TH @ 8PM  ~

On the second Friday of every month all GAC members are invited to attend the Monthly Membership meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to update members on club operations and the on goings of the many committees, socials, and activities that take place on a regular basis. This meeting is when some of the most important decisions for the club take place. If you’re interested in the future of the GAC and want to contribute to its prosperous future, then should attend the next meeting.