First Friday Trad Musician 6-8pm

Traditional Irish Music Session with Brian Conway Friday Oct 7 @ 6pm

The Shamrogues in partnership with the GAC present October’s ‘First Friday Trad Music Session’ featuring the premier Irish fiddle player, Brian Conway. Conway performs with a skill, grace and force that are steeped in tradition but distinctively his own.

He has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions, including the prestigious All-Ireland senior championship. New York born, Brian is a leading exponent of the highly ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman. His talents have also been enthusiastically received all over North America and throughout Ireland and the rest of Europe.

 

Liz McNicholl’s Kids & Family Show

Sunday October 16th @ 1pm

This FREE – FÉILE sponsored event features Liz McNicholl and  her, fun loving, family entertainment on Sunday, October 16th at 1:00 pm. Her popular musical audience participation program is geared toward children of all ages, it brings smiles and joy to all the young at heart! and her  that’s always a family favorite. For reservations: feileinc89@gmail.com.

Tommy Sands Concert

Tommy Sands performing at the GAC on Friday October 14th @ 8pm in the Carolan Room.

“Enchanting,” “Irresistible,” and “Charming,” are but three words out of many that describe Ireland’s most acclaimed performer, Tommy Sands.

County Down’s singer and songwriter, Sands has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime. A rare combination of storyteller, author, singer, songwriter and social activist, Sands’ reviews come from politicians and major authors as well as fellow musicians and music reviewers. Sands has become an integral part of the Irish folk music revival and a one of a kind North Ireland native, whose music is often found to speak louder than violence.

VIDEO LINK


Tickets are $10
For Reservations Contact
Lizbyrnefeeney@hotmail.com
(Please put Tommy Sands in subject line)

Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Events

Three Events to Introduce, Honor and Celebrate
Gerry Reidy as Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day
Parade 2023 Grand Marshal

15th Scholarship Golf Tournament
September 14th to honor Grand Marshal Gerry Reidy
at Mill River Country Club.
Registration: 11:00 am | Lunch: 11:30 am to 12:30
Shotgun start: 12:45 pm | Cocktails/Dinner: After golf
$250 pp – $1000 Foursome | Tee Sponsors $300
To sign up contact: Dan Ford: 203-209-3989, John Carolan:
203-521-1028, Dave Curtin: 203-366-7187, Elizabeth
Power: 203-685-6256, Terry O’Connor: 203-243-8240 or
Peter Carroll: 203-913-0259

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
September 18th from 4-7PM at the GAC Side Yard
Gerry Reidy as 2023 Parade Grand Marshall
Appetizers and Cash Bar
Music & Entertainment by Liz McNicholl
Lenihan School of Irish Dancer and
the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band.
For reservations: Pat Carolan at pjcarlan@gmail.com
$25 per person

Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal’s Ball
The Ball takes place January 7th 2023 at The GAC. Music
by the McLean Avenue Band and will be catered by
O’Neil’s Irish Pub, So Save the Date!

LÁ GAEILGE – Day of Irish Language & Culture

Come join us on October 1 from 8:30 – 3:30pm  for an experience of multi-level language classes, lectures, workshops and activities, all designed to improve your Irish language skills, whether you have cuplá focal or are cainteoir líofa, all are welcome to this day of fun and inspiration.

The program includes a Fulbright Scholar and experienced teachers. Ogham Art will set up shop and Daltai na Gaeilge scholarship books will be available for sale. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $50 for the day, all inclusive. This event is organized by the GAC Irish language class and sponsored by Feile, Inc.

To register, please send your name, email, phone and level of Irish, along with your check made out to Feile,Inc. to: Gaelic American Club – La Gaeilge, 74 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824.
Contact Cáit Thopsey 203-459-9686
kthopsey01@gmail.com
Robin Griskus 203-233-4979
(this is the contact number for the day of the Lá Gaeilge)

Irish History Lecture – Oct 2 @ 2PM

28TH IN A SERIES ON IRISH HISTORY LECTURES
(Stair na hÉireann)
Ná Croch na Cearca! (Don’t Hang the Hens!)
An exploration into Early Irish Life and Law.
Presented by Una McGillicuddy

Brehon Law is the body of ancient native Irish law which was generally operational in Gaelic areas until the completion of the English conquest of Ireland inthe early 17th century. About the time of Elizabeth I, the Brehon laws were banned and English commonlaw was introduced.

Although part of the oral tradition and of unknown age, the Brehon laws were first set down on parchment in the 7th century and were named after the Brehons (na breithimh) who acted as interpreters of the law when called upon. This code of law transmits so much about the character of early Irish life – it’s hierarchy, the central place of farming and cattle-raising, the relationship to the land and property, marriage and child-raising, sickness and healing – among other aspects of life.

Una McGillicuddy will discuss some of the principles upon which the Brehon laws were based along with examples that will surprise, delight and probably confound! Her main interest is in exploring what was meaningful to these living men and women and what, if anything, we can learn from them and apply to our own lives and time.

Una McGillicuddy hails from Dublin where she studied Irish and Classical Civilization at Trinity College. She has lived in New York since 1985 and has taught Irish with Daltai na Gaeilge and at other language immersion events. She is delighted to be invited to Fairfield and to exchange ideas in both Irish and English.

Sunday, October 2, 2022
2:00- 4:00 p.m.
Tickets – $5.00 (Students with ID $2.00)
Sorry we cannot accept GAC script or credit cards
Sponsored by: Féile, Inc.
Hosted by: Fréamh Éireann Genealogy & GAC Language Groups
Help us plan seating and refreshments by registering in advance. Register online at: gaclectures@gmail.com Please provide name, address, phone and email.

Una McGillicuddy hails from Dublin where she studied Irish

St. Patrick’s Advances to Semifinal

On Monday night , the St. Patrick’s GAA Club’s Senior Men’s Gaelic Football team narrowly defeated division powerhouse Westmeath Gaelic Football Club in a thrilling quarter final by a score of 1-13 to 2-9.

With the Club’s staunchest supporters filling the stands at Gaelic Park, St. Patrick’s took a commanding 5 point lead after the first half. Westmeath, however, were far from done and blasted out of the gate in the second half with a quick goal and by the end of the quarter had smashed home a second goal. Not to be outdone, St Patrick’s battled back with a stunning goal of their own and with a place in the semi-final on the line, the match took a dramatic turn and the intensity ramped up tenfold on both sides.

With approximately 17 minutes remaining in the match, St Patrick’s were dealt a stunning blow by the Referee when he harshly sent off St Patrick’s cornerback with a straight red card when responding to a ridiculous challenge by Westmeath’s wing half forward. The men in Green & Black were now down to 14 players for the remainder of the match with everything to play for.

This proved to be the turning point in the match. Despite being a man up, and their forwards attempting to flood the St Patrick’s defense with the extra player, St Patrick’s stood up to the challenge with aggressive “stop you in your tracks” tackling, end-to-end relentless commitment to deny Westmeath the ball, and near total domination of the Westmeath kick outs.

In the end, with St Patrick’s up by only a point, and 1) the referee awarding Westmeath a free at the 14 yard line of St Patrick’s and 2) adding an extra 14 seconds on the clock following the expiry of regular time for the Lake County Men to attempt a point to tie or goal for the win, the men in Green & Black held on for the gallant win.

St Patrick’s will face Celtics G.F.C. on Friday night August 26th at 6:30pm in Gaelic Park. All are welcome to come down to the Bronx and cheer on our local GAA Club as they face a stiff challenge from the 1st place team in the Division.

St Patricks: Brendan O’Reilly, Sean Conway, Aidan Derby, Chad Wade, Colin Fleming, Daniel Enright, Jack Feeney, Micheál Hallissey, Tom Conway, Ray Holian, Seamus Carolan, Dylan Carroll, Nigel Teelan, Tommy Quinn, Darragh Murphy//Kian Larese, Fergal Byrne, Brian Forde, and Glen Roche.

Donnelly Cup A Huge Success

With a generous grant from Feile, the Donnelly Cup made a triumphant return on Saturday June 18th at Notre Dame High School. Featuring eleven Under-7 Gaelic football teams and four U-7 hurling clubs from Boston to New York, the day-long tournament was hosted by our own St Patrick’s GAA Club whose members did everything from manning a mobile kitchen, line out fields, referee games and so much more.

Established in loving memory of Kim and Tim Donnelly, this event is a reminder of their love of children and sport. Special thanks to: the Donnelly family for presenting the Donnelly Cup and offering words of encouragement to all the young Gaelic footballers and Hurlers present, Art and Connie Began for piping in the players, Jim O’Donnell for his inspirational words on how much this tradition means to the Fairfield Irish community, Con O’Halloran who manned the PA System all day, Jude Fitzgerald and the Town of Fairfield for goalposts, Sacred Heart University for grill masters, Tommy Flaherty for his guidance on food, and all the St Patrick’s members who generously donated their time to make this all a terrific success for the Irish community.

And last, but certainly not least ~Congratulations to our own St Patrick’s U7 tournament and coach Darrah Murphy (Co. Mayo) for capturing the C Division in a thrilling final.

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!

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