PRE-FIREWORKS FESTIVITIES

PRE-FIREWORKS FESTIVITIES AT THE GAC

PRE-FIREWORKS FESTIVITIES @ THE GAC
The Fairfield Town Fireworks are Monday, July 2nd 
(rain date Tuesday, July 3rd)
The Pub will open at 4 pm for the Pre-Fireworks Festivities and THE PIZZA COMPANY will be in our parking lot from 4-9 for freshly made homemade pizza available for purchase!!
Come on down to the GAC before the fireworks 
for dinner, drinks and great parking!

Irish Language ~ Get Into It!

2018 is the Year of Irish Language and there are many opportunities for you to learn a little Irish at the GAC! Check the display at the front desk when you come for dinner and grab a language handout—Irish, English translation, and phonetic guide all included!

Do you lead a club or event at the GAC?  We can help you infuse the Irish language into your event!

Want to give your children a rich understanding of their Irish heritage? Jump in our Kids Irish Language classes this summer!  Adult classes are always open as well!  And don’t forget to bring the whole family to the Wee Irish Festival June 17th, where kids can hear stories and music in both English and Irish!

Irish Language Immersion Day is Oct. 6th –  Don’t miss it! Handouts are on club’s information table.

“Learning Irish has been a fun experience for me. It was hard at first learning pronunciation, but now I use it every day. I feel like it connects me to my ancestors, too.”

-Karol “Saoirse” Plomin, Kid’s Irish Class Student

Email DesNolan@OptOnline.Net  for more info!

 

 

Clan na Gael Introduces Summer Youth Play!

Clan na Gael is pleased to announce its first annual summer production

The Miracle Worker
Directed by Jillian Shaw Plomin

Auditions at the Gaelic American Club: Friday, June 15th, 6-8pm & Saturday, June 16th, 1-3pm
Monday (Call backs), June 18th, 6-8pm

All roles both on stage and backstage will be performed by youth. This is a great summer opportunity for kids, teens, and college students interested in all aspects of theater! Anyone ages 5 to 25 interested in working or performing in The Miracle Worker and adults wishing to assist please contact Jillian Plomin at jplomin@gmail.com.

Performances: August 17, 18, 19
The Miracle Worker is the moving story of Helen Keller, a deaf and blind girl who, thanks to the tenacity and determination of her Irish immigrant teacher, Anne Sullivan, changed the world of communication forever.

Míle Buíochas

MÍLE BUÍOCHAS
On behalf of the board of Féile, Inc., I want to thank everyone who helped make the 2018 Wee Festival a success. Based on my very unscientific survey of those who attended, everyone had a great time. There were lots of activities for all ages, great trad and modern music, tasty food by our talented cooks Pat O’Connell & Jay Dunn and their crew, and the Irish dancing was terrific as usual. The prizes for the raffle and door drawings were better than ever. It was a wonderful display of Irish culture and hospitality at their best.

This event was the result of a lot of hard work by a very dedicated Festival Committee. All the volunteers deserve a big THANK YOU. GO RAIBH MÍLE MAITH AGAIBH.

We also want to thank the Gaelic American Club for its cooperation in staging the event. Jim Carolan and the Executive Committee, Chris Boccamazzo and the bartenders, Corky and the kitchen staff, Tommy Flaherty and his crew all were invaluable partners.

If you have any questions, comments or are interested in helping out at future Féile events, please email me jminehan@gmail.com John Minehan ~ Pres. Féile, Inc.

Fairfield County “Wee” Irish Festival

Father’s Day June 17th from Noon to 6PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEILE once again will present the Fairfield County ‘Wee’ Irish Festival on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17th from noon to 6pm at the GAC.

Join us for a family afternoon of music, dance, pipers, children’s activities and food!

This year we welcome U.K. Gourmet, Ogham Art and Shamrock Chic as our vendors.
Don’t forget to return your Raffle tickets for a chance to win 1 of 8 prizes – your odds are great!!
Suggested donation is $10 at the door. Check for updates  at Feileinc.org

GAC Members are not limited to number of guests they can bring as non members are welcome to attend.

Memorial Day BBQ

MEMORIAL DAY BBQ – MONDAY MAY 28TH FROM 12-3PM
Join us for all the fun on Monday, May 28th for the GAC Memorial Day BBQ from 12 – 3:00 PM.  Stop by after the parade and enjoy good food, great folks and music by the  the Jolly Beggars who’ll be playing in the Pub from 12 noon to 4:00 PM.

Trad Music Day 

With live music throughout the day with a Special concert  by Pride of New York at 7:30PM

Following last year’s successful inaugural event,
the GAC will again host the 2nd Annual “Trad Day.”

Starting at noon, the day will feature many of the northeast’s finest Irish traditional musicians and dancers, including numerous All-Ireland Champions. In a succession of sets in the intimate setting of the pub throughout the afternoon and into the early evening, culminating in a formal concert at 7:30 in the Carolan Room by North America’s premier traditional band, Pride Of New York, featuring Joanie Madden, Billy McComiskey, Brian Conway and Brendan Dolan.

The day-long events in the pub will be free to members and guests, with admission to the evening concert $20. (See Pride of New York Concert Insert.)

For event information please contact Gregg Burnett at (203) 255-3848. For concert reservations contact tmquinn@optonline.net.

 

New Members & Not-so-New Members Volunteer Fair

Sunday May 20th from 3 to 6pm

Come by to welcome our newest members and learn about the many committees, clubs, activities, and events offered at the GAC. Explore how you can get involved. Bring the whole family for a FUN day with backyard games, music in the pub, ice cream for the kids and even a raffle for a FREE annual membership.

 

Easter Rising Commemoration

Easter Rising MonumentThe annual 1916 Easter Commemoration will be held on Sunday May 6th, at 12 noon at the monument at the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Rd, Fairfield.  A wreath laying to the memory of those who died for Ireland’s freedom will take place. Guest speaker will be Dr. Patrick (Pat) Carolan. For information contact Pat, 203-644-9073 or poc6575@optimum.net.

 

Two Scholarship Opportunities

GAC Scholarship – The Fairfield Gaelic American Club is pleased to offer two $2,000 scholarships to deserving high school seniors attending a four-year college in the fall. Recipients will be announced in early June of 2018. Scholarship is open to children and grandchildren of GAC members. Deadline is May 21st. GAC Scholarship Application.

Feile Scholarship – Feile is pleased to offer three $2000 scholarships, open to high school seniors who will be attending college in fall 2018. Deadline is May 15. Announcement will be made in June and awards will be presented at the Wee Irish Festival on Sunday, June 17 at the GAC. Feile Scholarship Application  or visit www.feileinc.org.

Irish History Lecture

“The Gaelic Idea: Reinventing Irish Dance”

Presented by Sarah Churchill, adjunct professor of Art History at Housatonic Community College, the lecture focuses on Irish dance, a social dance form with humble origins, which today enjoys unprecedented worldwide popularity. With active dance communities in nearly 20 countries, seemingly boundless merchandising, and countless sophisticated stage production spin-offs, Irish dance is a global industry whose gross profit is almost incalculable. This lecture traces the development of Irish dancing, from the earliest days to the post-Riverdance boom, considering the ways in which the aesthetics of dancing and its purpose in Irish social life have changed over the course of its history, reflecting wider changes in Ireland itself.

Tickets: $5 ($2 students with ID)
Send checks made payable to Feile, Inc.
Mary Adams-Arroyo, 221 McGrath Ct., Stratford, CT 06615.
Email: marroyo@optonline.net  Subject: Irish History

Evening with Two Extraordinary Women 4/11 @ 7:30

AN EVENING WITH TWO EXTRAODINARY WOMEN
Mags Riordan and Suzanne Strempek Shea
Wednesday, April 11th @ 7:30pm ~ Tickets $10

Mags Riordan is a guidance counselor turned humanitarian who has built and now runs a medical clinic in the south central African country of Malawi.
Riordan first traveled to Malawi from her native County Kerry nearly 20 years ago, on the anniversary of her son Billy’s drowning death in the impoverished but physically beautiful country. After initially considering starting a school in Malawi’s Cape Maclear to honor her son’s memory, Mags recognized a more pressing need: basic medical care in a land where there is one doctor for every 800,000 people.
Suzanne Strempek Shea is author of This Is Paradise, a gripping storing that recounts Riordan’s remarkable story of grief, grace and determination.

A Feile Sponsored Event

 

Love in the Title ~ April 5, 6, 7 & 8th.

LOVE IN THE TITLE
 
by Hugh Leonard
 
Set in a field in Limerick, three generations – grandmother, mother and daughter – meet on a summer’s day, where three time periods blend: Katie’s present day 2006, Catriona as a housewife in 1964, and Cat as a spirited 20 year old in 1932. 
 
Come see how the trio of women relate, share, laugh and learn through time! 
 
Produced by Nancy A. O’Neil & Directed by Peggy S. O’Leary
 
Starring Marie Stehle, Kelsey Guggenheim-Dias and Tory Tallberg 
 
Shows: April 5, 6 & 7 at 8:00 pm and April 8 at 2:30 pm
 
Reserve today by contacting Bette Leary:

2018 ~ The 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

8th Annual One Act Play-writing Contest

The Clan Na Gael Players are pleased to announce that the 8th Annual One Act Play-writing Contest will commence March 15th and run thru August 15th 2018. Please email Naoneil@charter.net for the 2018 Contest Instructions and Official Submission Form. Please contact Nancy O’Neil at (203) 377-1070 with any contest questions.

Children’s St. Patrick’s Day Party

Join us for the fun Saturday, March 10th from 11 am to 1 pm for Children’s St. Patrick’s Day Party that  includes a performance & mini lesson by Lenihan School of Dance. There will also be a  buffet lunch available for $5. Contact Kelly Takacs kellyanntakacs@yahoo.com

Clan na Gael Spring Production

Thursday thru Saturday April  5th, 6th, & 7th @ 8PM and Sunday April 8th @ 2:30PM

Cabaret seating, bring your eatables. Drinks available at the bar. For Reservations call Bette at: 203-767-0117. Or email her at: betteleary@gmail.com.

Clan na Gael is in it’s 31st year and continues to present plays by or about the Irish. Thank you for your support and hope you enjoy our productions as much as we enjoy presenting them to you!