ST. PATRICK’S GAA CLUB ANNUAL WINTER PROGRAM

St. Patrick’s GAA 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 for six weeks beginning on Sat Jan 17, 2018. All training is non-contact and emphasizes fun, games, hand-eye coordination, and basic skills. Cost is $50 and includes T-shirt and graduation ceremony. Limited capacity. To register, please visit: www.stpatricksgfc.org. Email questions to: training@stpatricksgaa.us 

 

WIN A 2019 PAID GAC MEMBERSHIP!

Starting on January 1st at 12:01 AM the first 250 members to renew their membership will be entered into a drawing to win one of three 2018 GAC memberships. Winning members will be reimbursed for the dues they already paid but will still be responsible for purchasing script. Only renewals received before January 15th, 2018 will be eligible. Note: Members of the Executive and Membership Committees are ineligible to participate.

The winners of the drawing will be selected at the monthly meeting on February 8th. Winners must be present to accept the prize.

Watch for email updates as well as additional information on website and remember no renewals before January 1st & 12:01AM.

DO NOT PAY  YOUR 2019 DUES BEFORE JANUARY 1 2019.
THIS WILL INVALIDATE YOUR CHANCE TO WIN.

HOW TO RENEW YOUR GAC MEMBERSHIP
If you have a working email on file with us, you will receive notification on Jan 1 to renew your GAC membership for 2019. If you have no email or have requested paper billing, your invoice will arrive in the mail after December 28th.

Again, we are offering a special incentive to the first 250 members who renew for 2019. At the monthly membership meeting in February, we will draw 3 names from the first 250 renewals and those members will receive a free membership for 2019. (This does not include scrip).

Other important information regarding membership renewal:

• Please make sure your contact information, especially email and home address are current. You can log into your account to review your information at any time by visiting gaelicamericanclub.com.
• If you usually receive your renewal from the GAC by email and do not receive an email from us on January 1, please check your settings and spam folder.
• If you usually receive your renewal by mail and do not receive anything from us by January 6, please let us know. The best way to contact the membership office is via email at membership@gacemail.org.
• Do not discard your white door/scrip card. There is a $10 replacement fee. Your 2019 scrip will be loaded onto that card on April 1, 2019.
• All 2018 scrip expires on 2/28/19.

Contact membership at membership@gacemail.org

Please note: The Gaelic American Club operates on a calendar year and depends on the prompt payment of membership dues. Membership renewal is payable on January 1 each year. We allow up to a 60-day grace period to pay. All memberships must be renewed by February 28, 2019. Beginning March 1, there will be a $100 reinstatement fee added to all renewals.

MOST IMPORTANTLY
Do not pay your 2019 dues before January 1, 2019.
Your renewal will not be properly credited.
Billing information will be sent in late December.

GAC MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL 2019

If you have a working email on file with us, you will receive notification on Jan 1 to renew your GAC membership for 2019. If you have no email or have requested paper billing, your invoice will arrive in the mail after December 28th.

Other important information regarding membership renewal:

  • Please make sure your contact information, especially email and home address are current.  You can log into your account to review your information at any time by visiting com.
  • If you usually receive your renewal from the GAC by email and do not receive an email from us on January 1, please check your settings and spam folder.
  • If you usually receive your renewal by mail and do not receive anything from us by January 6, please let us know. The best way to contact the membership office is via email at membership@gacemail.org.
  • Do not discard your white door/scrip card. There is a $10 replacement fee. Your 2019 scrip will be loaded onto that card on April 1, 2019.
  • All 2018 scrip expires on 2/28/19.

Contact membership at membership@gacemail.org

Please note: The Gaelic American Club operates on a calendar year and depends on the prompt payment of membership dues. Membership renewal is payable on January 1 each year. We allow up to a 60-day grace period to pay. All memberships must be renewed by February 28, 2019. Beginning March 1, there will be a $100 reinstatement fee added to all renewals.

MOST IMPORTANTLY
Do not pay your 2019 dues before January 1, 2019. 
Your renewal will not be properly credited.
Billing information will be sent in late December.

Last Chance for Shamrock Scholarship

LAST CHANCE FOR SHAMROCK SCHOLARSHIP !
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH, 2018 is the deadline for entering the Mr. and Miss Shamrock Scholarship sponsored by the Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.(Remember – Winners receive $3,000)! Applications are in many high school Guidance offices as well as on line at www.stpatricksdaybridgeport.com. Only high school seniors who have some Irish heritage may apply.

The personal interview with the judges and the reception afterward will take place the following Saturday, December 15th (Snow date is Sunday, Dec. 16) from 4:00-9:00pm at the GAC. APPLICANTS MUST ATTEND THIS EVENT. Questions? Call Patty McDonnell 203-218-6567 (cell) or email at pattymcd2001@gmail.com.

SAVE THE DATE! Everyone is invited on Dec. 15. Guests may come from 6:00-9:00pm. There will be music, raffles, coffee and desserts. Adults are $20. Students are $10. Children
under 13 are free. All applications must be submitted to Patty McDonnell (pattymcd2001@gmail.com)by Saturday, December 8, 2018.

The Giving Tree

Once again, the Giving Tree is decked out with tags ready for the taking. We will be collecting presents for Sister Theresa Tremblay’s Nursery School children and their families.

Please take a tag ( or 2 ! ), buy the designated present, wrap it ( with the original tree tag attached) and return the gifts to the GAC NO LATER December 15, 2018. Please don’t take a tag unless you fully intend to buy a gift. Thank you to all who participate!

Caroling in the Pub & Ugly Sweater Contest Wednesday Dec 12 @ 7pm

CAROLING IN THE PUB/UGLY SWEATER CONTEST WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH @ 7:00 PM
Haul out the holly, deck the halls and join us for some holiday cheer and participate in The
‘Unique’ (nice way of saying ugly) Christmas Sweater Contest!

What better way to show off your ’unique attire’ and spread cheer than to sing along with  Lorry Scott who’ll gather ’round the hearth to play your holiday favorites! So don’t forget the fun starts at 7pm!

Kevin Burke along with Tommy & Saundra O’Sullivan in a double CD Release Extravaganza

Saturday November 3rd @ 7:30 at The GAC
Admission $20 – $5 for children

Kevin Burke (born 1950) is an Irish master fiddler considered one of the finest living Irish fiddlers. For nearly four decades he has been at the forefront of Irish traditional music and Celtic music, performing and recording with the seminal groups The Bothy Band, Patrick Street, and the Celtic Fiddle Festival.

In addition to his solo albums, Burke has had successful project collaborations with Christy Moore, Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Jackie Daly, Ged Foley and Cal Scott.

In 2002, Burke was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honour given in the United States for folk and traditional arts.

In 2016, Kevin Burke was awarded the “Gradam Ceoil” (Musician of the Year) in the traditional-music awards presented by the Irish-language TV channel TG4.

Acclaimed as “one of the great contemporary folk voices of Ireland”. Tommy O’Sullivan, “stellar guitarist”, has remained one of the hidden treasures of traditional Irish music for many years. He has toured throughout North America and Europe, appearing at many major venues and festivals. Tommy has always kept an active recording schedule having recorded three albums as a member of Sliabh Notes and a duet album with Bothy Band piper, Paddy Keenan as well as two solo albums ‘Legacy’ and ‘Song Ablaze’

Saundra O’Sullivan is from Houston, Texas with native American roots. During high school and college she sang in many choirs and was a featured soloist. She joined the Bayou City Pipes and Drums, bagpipe band, as a tenor drummer and competed in many marching band competitions throughout the greater U.S.A. Through a family member she became interested in traditional Irish music, which led her to attend an annual Irish music retreat in Midlothian, Texas in 2007. There she met Tommy O’Sullivan who was one of the instructors visiting from Ireland.

As they explored singing together they discovered her alto harmonies to be a perfect match for his tenor lead vocals, adding a fertile texture to the overall sound. She has now become a very welcomed addition to the vibrant local music scene in Dingle, Ireland, where Saundra and Tommy now live since their wedding in Houston in March 2010.

CnG Presents “Whacked” Nov. 15, 16, 17 @ 8:00 & Nov. 18 @ 2:30

Clan na Gael Fall Play

WHACKED, an adult comedy follows Jack Murphy, whose wife walks in on an embarrassing private moment the night before Thanksgiving. The in-laws, coming to celebrate, notice something amiss and get involved. A Thanksgiving farce stuffed full of sex, family, awkwardness and hilariously needless shame.

Adult language and themes. Not intended for young audiences.

 

Cast: Mat Apgar. Steve Bennett, Joseph Dias,
Eileen Fickes, Bettie Gugginheim, Eamon Speer,
Erin Williams, Byrne White.

Directed by Kelsey Guggeinheim-Dias.

November 15, 16, 17 @ 8:00 Sunday Nov. 18 @ 2:30. Cabaret seating. Reservations: Bette Leary at 203-767-0117 or email: betteleary@gmail.com

 

 

Celtic Rovers on the Road

AS of 11/02/2018 newport mansion trip is 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.

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

Mr. & Miss Shamrock Scholarship

High School Seniors with an Irish background may apply for a $3,000 scholarship (Runner-ups will received $1750) beginning November 1, 2018. Applications will be in the Guidance Offices of local Public and Catholic High Schools , as well as on  The Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Celebration  website  www.stpatricksdaybridgeport.com.

The actual judging and reception will be held at the GAC from 4:00-9:00pm on Saturday, December 15, 2018 (Snow date is Dec. 16)

All applications must be submitted to Patty McDonnell (pattymcd2001@gmail.com) by Saturday, December 8, 2018.

St. Patrick’s Diner Dance December 1st

St. Patrick’s Diner Dance December 1st

The St. Patrick’s Gaelic Football And Hurling Club annual dinner dance will take place at 7pm on Saturday December 1st at the Gaelic American Club, Fairfield. Just as in prior years, we will celebrate the Club’s continued growth and numerous successes on the field including NYMB and CYC/National Championships. In addition we will honoring two very dedicated and valued members of our club, Jimmy & Caroline Feeney as well as honoring player of the year Joe Jones.

The dinner dance will feature The McLean Ave band, terrific dinner and dessert and an open bar. the cost of the evening is $100 which includes performances by the Connelly Family, The McLean Ave Band, dinner and open bar.

Ticket purchasing information will follow seating reservations, but we will offer both an electronic payment option, and table captains will be collecting checks and donations on the night of the event. Please note that there is limited capacity at the GAC and we fully expect the dinner dance to sell out quickly; tickets will be sold on a “first come-first served basis” and will be initially offered exclusively to members before other members of the community are invited to purchase tickets.

Please click here to reserve your table / seat today!

For those interested in the submitting an ad for the Annual Dinner Dance Journal

We will follow similar format to years past, and ask that you submit your journal ads via email. Please complete the attached form and send your entry, including artwork / logos / pictures to fundraising@stpatricksgaa.us by November 17, 2018.

2018 St Patrick’s Journal Ad Form

Honoree Gaels of 2018 Jimmy & Caroline Feeney

Green Fields of America Show with Performances by Darrah Carr & Niall O’Leary ~ Oct 24th @ 7:30pm

The Green Fields of America are Mick Moloney, Billy McComiskey, Athena Tergis, Liz Hanley and Brenda Castle

“The Green Fields of America” was formed in 1978 in Philadelphia and still led by musician and folklorist Mick Moloney. The band was created to present and tour some of Irish America’s finest musicians and dancers. “The Green Fields of America” was the first group on either side of the Atlantic to bring together Irish vocal, instrumental, and dance traditions on the concert and festival stage.

Mick Moloney is the dean of Irish-American music, having inspired, trained and toured the best musicians in the United States. For more than twenty years, renowned musician and folklorist Mick Moloney has led a stalwart group of Irish-American instrumentalists, singers and dancers in concerts from coast-to-coast.

Also appearing is  World champion Irish step dancers Darrah Carr & Niall O’Leary who have garnered extensive performance credits including: Carnegie Hall, NBC’s “The Today Show,” Japan’s Osaka Festival Hall, and Disneyworld.  As the Village Voice says “their vibrant and dazzling Irish step dancing becomes a happy dialogue with O’Leary also soloing on the spoons.”

An evening with Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America is an unforgettable experience. They perform a brilliant repertoire of slow airs, jigs, reels, and hornpipes. For the last thirty years, Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America has performed all over the United States. Scores of the finest Irish artists and dancers in America have performed with the group and many have gone on to achieve international fame.