EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

  • Sun
    12
    Jan
    2014
    2:00 pmMary Dooley Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Elms College

    Hear more about the Irish Cultural Center's 2014 West Coast of Ireland Tour at a one-hour informational session and slide presentation on SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Dooley Campus Center (2nd floor) at Elms College, 291 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA. Our 9th "Journey of the Soul" tour will include stays in Westport, Galway, Dingle, Killarney and Ennis. This exciting 11-day tour will take place September 7-17, 2014.

    Please be prepared to make a $400 deposit. Optional Travel Insurance is also available and must be paid for at the time of your deposit ($155 per person sharing a room). Both are non-refundable. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information contact Kathy Gallivan at (413) 536-9709 or kgallivan04@gmail.com.

  • Wed
    29
    Jan
    2014
    7:00 pmElms College Alumnae Library Theater

    When a lottery player dies from the shock of winning, two lifelong friends agree he would want them to benefit from his good luck. They embark upon an outrageous scheme to claim the ticket. Starring Ian Bannen, David Kelly, and Fionnula Flanagan. 1998, 91 min, comedy. Rated PG.

    Free and open to the public (free will donations are accepted). The Library is handicapped accessible. Please note: in the event that Elms College is closed due to inclement weather, this event will be canceled/postponed.

    Additional film information from IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166396

  • Wed
    05
    Feb
    2014
    7:00 pmElms College Alumnae Library Theater

    **IMPORTANT NOTICE! Weather cancellation for Irish Film Series - Wednesday, February 5. Due to predicted snow, the ICC is cancelling the showing of "The Poetry of Ireland" and "Irish Writers" on Feb. 5. Additional information regarding our events can be found on our website, our Facebook page or by calling the ICC.**

    "The Poetry of Ireland" (40 min, documentary). A visual tour of Ireland and its poetry. A must see for those who enjoy attending poetry readings. "Irish Writers" (63 min, documentary). A visual tour of Ireland through the eyes of Yeats, Shaw, Joyce, Wilde and others.

    Free and open to the public (free will donations are accepted). The Library is handicapped accessible. Please note: in the event that Elms College is closed due to inclement weather, this event will be canceled/postponed.

  • Wed
    12
    Feb
    2014
    7:00 pmElms College Alumnae Library Theater

    A documentary of the surfing culture in Ireland. A must see, with spectacular wave footage, for young adventurers. 2010, 75 min.

    Free and open to the public (free will donations are accepted). The Library is handicapped accessible. Please note: in the event that Elms College is closed due to inclement weather, this event will be canceled/postponed.

  • Wed
    19
    Feb
    2014
    7:00 pmElms College Alumnae Library Theater

    Cancellation due to inclement weather and to ensure the safety of our members. Stay tuned for information on a possible rescheduling. 

    On the eve of World War II, a struggling young farmer organizes an Irish cattle drive to break the local cattle buyers monopoly. Starring Matt Keeslar, Patrick Bergin, Brenda Fricker. 1999, 98 min, adventure.

    Free and open to the public (free will donations are accepted). The Library is handicapped accessible. Please note: in the event that Elms College is closed due to inclement weather, this event will be canceled/postponed.

    Additional film information from IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0193121

  • Tue
    25
    Feb
    2014
    7:00 pmElms College Alumnae Library Theater

    Ireland in 1913 was a country in turmoil, divided by the issue of Home Rule. However, against this backdrop of this nationalist fervor, a bitter industrial conflict took center stage. The Dublin Lock-Out, which lasted for five long months, ended in ruinous capitulation for the working classes and the exile of trade union leader Jim Larkin to the United States.

    This lecture by Fulbright FLTA, Síobhra Aiken, will aim to evoke the voices of the defeated workers and consider what lessons their legacy can offer us today. We will also assess the significance of this important, yet traumatic, event within the course of Irish history. How significant was the Lock-Out in the lead up to the Easter Rising in 1916?

  • Thu
    27
    Feb
    2014
    7:00 pmElms College Alumnae Library Theater

    "The Poetry of Ireland" (40 min, documentary). A visual tour of Ireland and its poetry. A must see for those who enjoy attending poetry readings. "Irish Writers" (63 min, documentary). A visual tour of Ireland through the eyes of Yeats, Shaw, Joyce, Wilde and others. *Note: this is a new rescheduled date due to the previous weather cancellation.

    Free and open to the public (free will donations are accepted). The Library is handicapped accessible. Please note: in the event that Elms College is closed due to inclement weather, this event will be canceled/postponed.

  • Sun
    02
    Mar
    2014
    2:00 pmSons of Erin, 22 William Street, Westfield MA

    Join us for our Irish Céilí, at the Sons of Erin in Westfield on Sunday, March 2. Our 4th annual céilí will be filled with fun for all ages. A céilí is a social gathering with traditional music, dancing, and fun. Leo Doherty and his musicians will play the jigs and reels. Dance instructors Mary Ellen O’Brien and Kelly O’Sullivan will demonstrate and direct participants in the steps. In addition, the McDermott Academy of Irish Dance will give a dance demonstration. Free and open to the public; this family event has become a beloved tradition. Refreshments include Irish tea and breads. We especially invite families with children to attend this free event.

  • Sun
    09
    Mar
    2014
    2:00 pmElms College Dooley Campus Center, 2nd Floor

    The ICC is sponsoring its ninth "Journey of the Soul" tour exploring Ireland’s spectacular Western and Southwestern Coastlines (September 7-17, 2014). A one-hour informational session and slide presentation is planned for Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. in the Dooley Campus Center (2nd floor) at Elms College, 291 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA. For more information contact Kathy Gallivan at 413-536-9709 or kgallivan04@gmail.com.

  • Wed
    12
    Mar
    2014
    5:45 pmElms College to UMass Amherst

    Don’t miss this rare appearance! Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing room only concerts throughout Ireland are true events featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. Leave the driving and parking to us on this bus trip to UMass/Amherst Bowker Auditorium.

    Tickets: $50/ICC members, $55/non-members, $35 Youth 17 & under
    (Includes Bus + driver/tip + reserved orchestra seat ticket) 
    Join the ICC now and pay member price!

    CALL TODAY! For reservations, call Kathy Gallivan at 413-536-9709.
    It's NOT too late! We are still taking reservations! Limited to ONLY 30 Passengers.

    Bus will depart from Elms College at 5:45 p.m. from the Sheila Ryan Flynn Parking Lot on the corner of Springfield Street and Fairview Avenue, Chicopee, MA (near the traffic lights). Doors open at 7:00, performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

  • Tue
    18
    Mar
    2014
    7:00 pmElms College Library Theater

    Rescheduled from previous weather cancellation. On the eve of World War II, a struggling young farmer organizes an Irish cattle drive to break the local cattle buyers monopoly. Starring Matt Keeslar, Patrick Bergin, Brenda Fricker. 1999, 98 min, adventure.

    Free and open to the public (free will donations are accepted). The Library is handicapped accessible. Please note: in the event that Elms College is closed due to inclement weather, this event will be canceled/postponed.

    Additional film information from IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0193121

  • Sun
    23
    Mar
    2014
    10:00 amHolyoke, MA

    Help us celebrate the ICC’s 15th anniversary by marching in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade! We are excited to be participating with our float again this year, with a design that celebrates the ties that bind us to our Irish heritage: arts, language, travel and culture. We invite you to join us and walk proudly behind the Irish Cultural Center banner. Have an Irish breakfast at Elms College on parade morning, and then join us in Holyoke.

    We hope you can join us!
    Please let us know if you would like to march with the ICC - RSVP to irishcenter@elms.edu or 413-265-2537 by March 17. More detailed information on meeting time, etc. will follow as we organize for this great event. Click for more information.

  • Sat
    03
    May
    2014
    8:30 amElms College Berchmans Hall, 291 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA

    The ICC is sponsoring our fourteenth Irish language immersion day, Lá na Gaeilge, on the Elms campus. It is a unique opportunity for those with an interest in the language - beginners and those with varying levels of competence - to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of this vital component of Irish culture.

    Lá na Gaeilge begins with registration at 8:30 am and continues throughout the day with language classes and workshops, including set dancing, Irish films, and conversation groups. Consul General Breándan Ó Caollaí of the Boston Irish Consulate, an enthusiastic and fluent Gaeilgeoír, will attend and provide an address. It concludes with a seisiún at about 5:00 pm. The cost for ICC members is $40 and for non-members is $50. The cost for college-age and under students is $15. The price includes coffee, tea and light refreshments throughout the day and a generous luncheon.

    We hope that as many as possible will support our effort and participate. For further information contact Ellen Dziura at the ICC (413) 265-2537 or email us at irishcenter@elms.edu. You can also download a registration form.

    Thanks to the Chicopee Cultural Council for their support.

  • Mon
    28
    Jul
    2014
    9:00 amMaguire Center at Elms College

    Celtic Adventures for Kids is a week-long program designed to give children an introduction to the richness of Irish culture. Children from grades 1-9 take part in several classes daily, including: Irish dancing, music (singing Irish tunes, playing the tin whistle and the bodhrán), Irish language, storytelling/literature, and arts and crafts. The Maguire Center swimming pool is also available for daily use.

    Camp runs July 28 –August 1, 2014 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cost is $200 per child. There is a $20 discount for Irish Cultural Center members, and a $20 discount for each additional child from the same family. A $50 non-refundable deposit with registration is due by June 12, 2014. Balance is due by July 11, 2014. Space is limited, sign up early! Learn more - download the brochure and registration form.

  • Thu
    04
    Sep
    2014
    4:00 - 6:00 pmBorgia Gallery, Dooley Campus Center, Elms College

    Join Elms College and the Irish Cultural Center on Thursday, September 4, for a reception with Irish artist Vincent Crotty. His exhibit, Paintings of Ireland: A Sense of Place, is on display in the Borgia Gallery from August 30 to October 4. Learn more about the exhibit.

  • Fri
    05
    Sep
    2014
    6:30 pmElms College Library Theater

    "A Remarkable Polish Irish Connection of the Mid-1800's: Film and Lecture." This event is produced by the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning, and supported by the Irish Cultural Center. We invite you to a special meeting with Mr. Felix Molski of New South Wales, Australia. Mr. Molski is the author of "The Best of Human Nature," a biography of Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki, and co-producer of a film documenting Strzelecki's humanitarian efforts during the Irish Great Famine of the 19th century.

    Mr. Molski notes that Count Strzelecki is quoted as saying, "If the Devil himself exercised all his ingenuity to invent a scheme which should destroy the country, he could not have contrived anything more effectual than the principles and practices upon which landed property has been held and managed in Ireland." Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, asserts that Count Strzelecki was instrumental in saving over 200,000 Irish children from starvation.

    For further information, email or call the Polish Center at 413-592-0001.

  • Fri
    12
    Sep
    2014
    10:00 amThe Big E, West Springfield, MA

    Come to The Big E and visit us in the Young Building, where we share space with Irish merchants from the Dingle Peninsula. We will promote our programs and events, have information about membership, and sell merchandise and event tickets. The Big E, the largest fair in New England, runs from September 12 - 28. Learn more about The Big E.

  • Fri
    03
    Oct
    2014
    8:00 pmHolyoke Elks Lodge, 250 Whitney Avenue, Holyoke, MA

    The Irish Cultural Center invites you to an evening with The Elders, one of the most critically acclaimed American Celtic folk rock groups touring today.

    WHEN: Friday, October 3, 2014
    WHERE: Holyoke Elks Lodge, 250 Whitney Avenue, Holyoke, MA. Get directions.
    TIME: The Elders take the stage at 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm.
    TICKETS: $22.50 advance / $20 for Irish Cultural Center members / $25 door.
    General admission, table seating. Buy tickets online.

    They have performed across the United States, Ireland, and Europe, drawing faithful crowds and earning new fans wherever they go. Don’t miss The Elders’ only New England appearance this year. This is a special opportunity to see one of the most exciting bands in the Celtic folk rock world! Buy your tickets online today. You can also call the ICC at 413-265-2537 to order.

    Learn more about The Elders and this event!

  • Sun
    05
    Oct
    2014
    10:00 amYankee Pedlar, Holyoke, MA

    The Irish Cultural Center invites you to our Annual Breakfast on Sunday, October 5 at 10:00 am at the Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke. This event is a great opportunity to meet and mingle, with good food, pleasant company, and a review of the past year’s activities at the ICC.

    This year, the Irish Cultural Center marks its 15th anniversary, and we are looking forward to celebrating with our members and friends. We are honored to have as our guest speaker, Breandán Ó Caollaí, Consul General of Ireland in Boston.

    Tickets are $18 for members and $20 for non-members. They will not be sold at the door; please call the ICC for more information or to reserve your place at a table: 413-265-2537. *Reservations must be received by October 1.*

  • Sun
    05
    Oct
    2014
    2:00 pmRoom 207, Dooley Campus Center, Elms College
    The Irish Cultural Center is sponsoring a new 10-day Spring Time Tour to Ireland (May 5-14, 2015): "Visiting Dingle and Galway - Ireland's Two Treasures." Please join us for an information session on Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 pm, in the Dooley Campus Center at Elms College (Room 207). Learn more about this exciting new tour.
  • Sun
    19
    Oct
    2014
    2:00 pmElms College Alumnae Library

    Suzanne Strempek Shea’s latest book, "This is Paradise: An Irish mother’s grief, an African village’s plight and the medical clinic that brought fresh hope to both," is the story of the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in Cape Maclear, Malawi, Africa. Mags Riordan, of Dingle, Co. Kerry, founded the clinic in 2004 in honor of her son, who had drowned in Lake Malawi five years before.

    Strempek Shea and Riordan will discuss their work at a book reading event on Sunday, October 19. The 2 p.m. event at the Elms College Alumnae Library basement lobby is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Proceeds from the book are being donated to the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in Malawi.

  • Sun
    16
    Nov
    2014
    2:00 pmRoom 207, Dooley Campus Center, Elms College

    The Irish Cultural Center is sponsoring a new 12-day September tour to Ireland (September 9-20, 2015): "Southwest/East Coast of Ireland Tour: The Magic and Romance of Ireland." Please join us for an information session on Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 pm, in the Dooley Campus Center at Elms College (Room 207). Learn more about this exciting new tour.

  • Sun
    23
    Nov
    2014
    2:00 pmRoom 207, Dooley Campus Center, Elms College

    The Irish Cultural Center is sponsoring a new 10-day Spring Time Tour to Ireland (May 5-14, 2015): "Visiting Dingle and Galway - Ireland's Two Treasures." Please join us for an information session on Sunday, November 23 at 2:00 pm, in the Dooley Campus Center at Elms College (Room 207). Learn more about this exciting new tour.

  • Sun
    30
    Nov
    2014
    2:00 pmCollegian Court, 89 Park Street, Chicopee, MA 01013

    The Irish Cultural Center welcomes the public to a reading with Irish author and award-winning film producer Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin and her new book, “ANEAS: Words of Wisdom from the Munster Tradition.” Ní Shúilleabháin has compiled a selection from the folklore of Munster, mainly west Kerry, in every genre: poems, songs, rhymes, proverbs, triads, charms, and prayers.

    The event, to be held at Collegian Court, 89 Park St., Chicopee, starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 30, is free and open to all. Parking is available and light refreshments will be served.

    Learn more about this event.

  • Mon
    01
    Dec
    2014
    7:00 pmElms College Library Theater

    Irish Cultural Center and Elms College Fulbright Scholar Vikki Ní Bhréin will present ‘Fire Festivals,’ a program detailing holiday traditions in Ireland, at an ICC event on Monday December 1, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumnae Library theater at the Elms College. The presentation is free and open to the public.

    Ní Bhréin will speak about the Celtic Irish festivals and the traditions that have descended down from them today. Many of the traditions of modern society are familiar to us all, and it is fascinating to see how truly ancient they are and to understand where they came from.

    Learn more about this event.

  • Wed
    10
    Dec
    2014
    All day

    On 12.10.14, our community will come together for Valley Gives, and we need YOU to join us. The Irish Cultural Center is taking part in this 24 hours of unprecedented nonprofit giving, and it’s your chance make a real difference, right here in our Western MA community.

    Please show your support on 12.10.14 by donating online.

    Valley Gives DayBy showing your love through Valley Gives, you help sustain our organization, which gives so much to our community by keeping the Irish arts alive. Any amount will help us maintain operational expenses, develop new programs, expand and exhibit our collection of cultural artifacts, and continue to provide high quality Irish cultural events for the community. We work to preserve, share, and promote Ireland’s cultural heritage, so that all people will have the opportunity to appreciate its rich legacy. As a nonprofit organization, your support is vital to the ICC’s continued success!

    The ICC cultivates a connection with Ireland, through the arts, culture, history, language, and heritage. We offer opportunities to engage in educational, travel, and social events that promote Irish culture.

  • Sat
    13
    Dec
    2014
    4:00 pmOur Lady’s Chapel at Elms College

    The ICC hosts its annual Christmas with an Irish Touch Mass, with readings and some parts of the Mass performed in the Irish language. We hope you can join us for this festive and much-loved tradition.

  • Sun
    14
    Dec
    2014
    2:00 pmVeritas Auditorium, Berchmans Hall, Elms College

    The ICC brings back the hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show for the second year in a row. Now in its 10th season, the show features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humour and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2014 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with his daughter Méabh Begley.

    This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2014.

    Doors open at 1:30 pm, general seating. Advance tickets are $26, and $22 for ICC members. Tickets at the door the day of the show are $30. **Please note: Phone orders end at 3:00 pm on Saturday, Dec. 13. Online ticket sales end at 11:00 pm Saturday.**

    Click the link above to order tickets online. Or, call 413-265-2537 to order, or download a ticket order form. 

    Thanks to our major sponsors:

    Log Cabin - Delaney House
    UMass Fine Arts Center
    Ventry Associates

    Irish Christmas in America @ CMU, Mount Pleasant MI from Musical Ireland on Vimeo.

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