The Moxie Strings Debut at the Trinity Pub

The Moxie Strings

The Irish Cultural Center invites you to an afternoon of contemporary and Celtic rock-influenced fiddle and string music with The Moxie Strings. Diana Ladio, Alison Lynn and Fritz McGirr’s polished, high-energy shows and unique sound are redefining strings’ role in contemporary music. The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their instrumental pieces and arrange melodies from many traditions, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching melodies and foot-stomping rhythms.

The Moxie Strings will perform on Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 pm at the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub at 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA. Doors open at 1:30 pm.

Tickets are limited for this intimate event. Advance purchase is highly recommended. Cost is $15 for ICC Patrons, $18 for general, $20 at the door. Tickets are available online or by calling the ICC at 413-333-4951.

When purchasing tickets, please give a name for your party and indicate how many people will be seated in your party. Seating is general admission; however, this will allow us to plan for room set up. Please let us know if special seating is required. The Irish House Restaurant’s menu and bar will be available before and during the show.

We are excited to host The Moxie Strings in their first western MA show!

About The Moxie Strings

Hailed by The Grand Rapids Press as “top-notch, instrumental wizardry,” The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world’s best-known instruments through a young, progressive lens. Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn, often joined by percussionist, Fritz McGirr, all hold Bachelor of Music degrees in music performance, which have given each the technical foundation to explore the limits of his/her instrument and helped the group build a reputation for musical excellence. Alison performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana on a contemporary 5-string violin, both through a variety of audio effects pedals. Fritz performs on a mix of world percussionist instruments and drum kit.

Soon after forming in 2007, The Moxie Strings were inspired not only to perform, but also to teach. Moxie clinics focus on musical self-discovery and the importance of incorporating socially and culturally relevant genres of music in the music classroom. During most clinics, The Moxie Strings perform for students on electric instruments, teach music by ear, and introduce non-classical playing styles. The Moxie Strings deliver their message in a fun, accessible way, and stand before students as the illustration of the many opportunities that music holds. We are excited that The Moxie Strings are able to hold a clinic for students at West Springfield High School while they are here visiting the ICC!

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New Hours for the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub has new expanded hours! Starting Tuesday, November 7, we will be open Tuesday through Saturday: the pub from 3:00 – 10:00 pm, and the kitchen from 4:30 – 9:00 pm. Stop by for a mid-afternoon pint or join us for an early dinner. You now have more opportunity to enjoy our full menu, Irish hospitality and Dublin pub atmosphere. View our menu.

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House of Hamill Perform at the Pub on November 12

House of Hamill

The Irish Cultural Center invites you to an afternoon of eclectic fiddle and original music with House of Hamill Brian Buchanan (of Enter the Haggis), and Rose Baldino (of Burning Bridget Cleary). Their intimate, relaxed performances have been extremely popular in their many years of playing for the ICC, and will include new fiddle tunes and unique original compositions, plus new life breathed into traditional and contemporary songs.

House of Hamill will perform on Sunday, November 12 at 3:00 pm at the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub at 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA. Doors open at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are limited for this intimate event. Advance purchase is highly recommended. Cost is $15 for ICC Patrons, $18 for general, $20 at the door. Tickets are available online or by calling the ICC at 413-333-4951.

When purchasing tickets, please give a name for your party and indicate how many people will be seated in your party. Seating is general admission; however, this will allow us to plan for room set up. Please let us know if special seating is required. The Irish House Restaurant’s menu and bar will be available before and during the show.

We are excited to host House of Hamill as our debut concert event in our new home!

About House of Hamill

In 2014, Brian joined Rose onstage at the Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught to Brian, House of Hamill was born.

Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible.

Whether House of Hamill is covering one of their favorite songs in a new way or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels, their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. You’ll leave with tired feet, a huge smile, and a new appreciation for the versatility of folk instruments in a modern context.

House of Hamill’s debut album, Wide Awake, is a collection of original songs and instrumentals spanning a diverse range of influences and styles.

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Win a Trip to Ireland: Saint Brigid’s Day Raffle

Saint Brigid's Day Raffle

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England is sponsoring this exciting raffle, with a first prize of a trip for two on one of the ICC’s group tours to Ireland in 2018!

The drawing will take place on February 1, 2018 at the ICC, and will include festivities to celebrate Saint Brigid’s Day and the start of the Celtic spring.

An all expenses paid trip for two people on a group tour to Ireland hosted by the ICC in 2018. Tour dates to be finalized by date of drawing. Winner may select group tour of choice. Prize is transferable to another party.

A 14K Gold Saint Brigid’s Cross necklace crafted by Brian de Staic Jewellers of Dingle, Ireland. Retail value €500.

Cost is $20 per ticket. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Please call 413-333-4951 or visit the ICC.

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Book Reading: “Soap Opera Confidential”

Soap Opera ConfidentialPlease join us for readings from the essay collection Soap Opera Confidential: Writers and Soap Insiders on Why We’ll Tune in Tomorrow, As the World Turns Restlessly by the Guiding Light of Our Lives. Local authors Tommy Shea, Suzanne Strempek Shea, and Elizabeth Searle will read from the anthology on Saturday, October 7 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at the Irish Cultural Center. Free and open to the public.

This special event features the book’s co-editors, Suzanne Strempek Shea (This Is Paradise) and Elizabeth Searle (We Got Him), essay contributor Tommy Shea (Dingers), and, by Skype from Co. Galway, essay contributor Nuala Ní Chonchúir (Miss Emily, Joyride to Jupiter).

Soap operas have captured loyal, often lifelong viewers since the first American daytime serial debuted in 1949. In this collection of 30 new and five classic essays and recollections, authors and soap opera insiders delve into the passion for television melodrama that compels viewers to tune in tomorrow. The contributors include iconic soap star Thorsten Kaye, journalist Leigh Montville, authors Elinor Lipman and Ann Hood, and editors of Soaps in Depth magazine. They explore the soap phenomenon from a range of perspectives and consider the appeal of a venerable genre in which, as novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard observes, “everyone’s life was more depressing than mine.” Copies of Soap Opera Confidential and other books by all four authors, will be available for sale before and after the presentation.

Suzanne Strempek SheaSuzanne Strempek Shea’s six novels and five works of nonfiction include This Is Paradise: An Irish Mother’s Grief, an African Village’s Plight and the Medical Clinic that Brought Fresh Hope to Both. She’s freelanced for publications including the Boston Globe, Yankee, the Irish Times, Down East, Golf World and ESPN the Magazine. A resident of Western MA, Suzanne teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program and is writer in residence at Bay Path University, and has led workshops throughout the USA and in Ireland. She directs Bay Path’s annual summer writing seminar in Dingle.

Elizabeth SearleElizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction, including her 2016 novel We Got Him and her story collections Celebrities in Disgrace and My Body to You. Her theater work, Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera, drew national media and was produced in cities including Boston, Los Angeles and New York City. Her novel A Four Sided Bed is being adapted as a feature film. Elizabeth teaches at Stonecoast MFA and is a lifelong soap fan. She lives in Arlington, MA.

Tommy SheaTommy Shea’s nearly 40 years at the Republican newspaper in Springfield, MA, included 20 years of writing a thrice-weekly column the Boston Globe said “chronicles little-noticed acts of kindness and grace perpetrated by everyday people.’’ In 2003, he received the New England Associated Press News Executive Award. In 2004, he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His latest book, written with Joshua Shifrin, is Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History (Skyhorse Press).

Nuala Ni ChonchuirNuala Ní Chonchúir has published five short story collections, the most recent Joyride to Jupiter. A chapbook of short-short stories, Of Dublin and Other Fictions, appeared from Tower Press in the U.S. in 2013. Nuala’s critically acclaimed second novel, The Closet of Savage Mementos, appeared in 2014.  Her novel Miss Emily, which she researched at and set in Emily Dickinson’s home in Amherst, was longlisted for the 2016 M. M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction. She lives in East Galway, Ireland.

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Bus Trip to “Star of the Sea”

Star of the Sea

Please join the ICC on a bus trip to see Moonfish Theater’s Star of the Sea at the UMass Bowker Auditorium on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Tickets are $42 for ICC Patrons and $47 general – round trip bus and reserved seat at the show included in this special package! For youth under age 17, the cost is $30. To reserve tickets, please call the ICC at 413-333-4951. Seats are limited – reserve today!

The bus will travel from the ICC at 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, leaving at 6:00 pm for the UMass facility. The show begins at 7:30 pm. The bus will return to the ICC after the show. Parking is available at the ICC at no charge.

Star of the Sea takes place in the winter of 1847, when the famine ship by the same name is setting sail for the promised land of America with passengers whose lives and fates are more connected than any of them know. The cast of six, through Moonfish’s signature style of bilingual theater, plus video projections, choreographed movement and inventive sound effects, conjures up the worlds of those passengers. Adapted from Joseph O’Connor’s best-selling novel, this powerful production traces the effects of the Irish Famine through to the present. It is performed in both the Irish language and English.

Please reserve now and join us! Call 413-333-4951 to book.

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Annual Breakfast on October 15

The ICC’s Annual Breakfast is a great opportunity to meet and mingle, with good food, pleasant company, and a review of the year’s activities. The public is welcome to attend this annual event.

Please join us on Sunday, October 15 at 10:00 am at the Irish Cultural Center’s new building at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield. Please note the new venue! Tickets are $18 for ICC Patrons and $22 for the general public. Please call the ICC at 413-333-4951 for more info or to order tickets. Or download and mail in the order form. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Dr. Mary KellyDr. Mary C. Kelly, our featured speaker, will share her findings on the topic “From Irish-American to American-Irish: The Irish Question and the Ethnic Identity, 1919-1922.” Dr. Kelly is noted for her outstanding work making astute connections between the Irish of yesterday and today, including the subject of Irish immigration and assimilation.

Dr. Kelly’s talk will focus on how the enduring bond between immigrant community and ancestral home has shaped and influenced Irish-American culture from earliest times. At the heart of that connection, the struggle for Ireland’s freedom has stamped its distinct imprint on the immigrant Irish story in the United States. This talk will focus on Irish-American engagement with Ireland’s independence movement between the 1919 visit of Éamon de Valera to the United States and the birth of the Free State in 1921. The lecture will also reveal that Irish-American response to the Irish Question in 1919–1921 played a crucial role in redefining the ethnic identity for generations to come.

Dr. Kelly is a historian of the Irish-American immigrant experience. She graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway, and from Syracuse University, and has served as Professor of History at Franklin Pierce University for twenty years. She researches the ethnic identity in spheres of political culture, faith, and the enduring relationship with Ireland. Her latest book, Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory (Rowman & Littlefield), is now available in paperback (2016). She is currently working on Irish-American involvement with the 1916 Rising and Irish Revolution. Professor Kelly was honored with a 2014 Keene State College President’s Outstanding Women in New Hampshire Award and the 2016 Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Committee Ambassador Award.

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Immigration Law Implications with John Deasy TD

John DeasyPlease join the ICC and Irish government’s new Special Envoy to the United States Congress, Mr. John Deasy TD, for a conversation on current immigration law and its implications on the undocumented Irish in the region, on Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 pm at the Irish Cultural Center, 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield. This event is free and open to the public.

John Deasy has been a Fine Gael member of Dáil Éireann since 2002, representing the Waterford constituency. His father, the former Agriculture Minister Austin Deasy, held the same seat in the Assembly of Ireland for 25 years.

U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal said he is looking forward to Deasy’s visit to the ICC.

“I have known John Deasy since the 1990s when he was in Washington, D.C. working on immigration issues,” Neal said. “Since his election to the Dáil in 2002, we have worked together to strengthen ties between the United States and Ireland. That’s why I was pleased when the new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar appointed him Special Envoy to the United States Congress tasked with immigration reform.

“The issue of the undocumented Irish in America is serious and I look forward to working with Deputy Deassy  to find a solution to this problem that is mutually beneficial to our two countries. His visit to the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England could not be more timely,” said Neal.

West Springfield Mayor​ William Reichelt applauded the efforts the ICC is making while addressing paramount issues like immigration.

“West Springfield is an epicenter of immigration and a model of how foreign relations is beneficial to Western Massachusetts,” Reichelt said. “New businesses and patron-based organizations such as the ICC have been opening their doors in town, and have certainly added to the diversity of our community. We are quite fortunate to have these educational opportunities provided by the Irish Cultural Center.”

ICC President Sean Cahillane said the ICC is honored to be host Deasy’s visit and hear the discussion.

“Immigration is a key political issue right now in the United States, and it has already had an impact on many people Irish-born people living here, along with their families,” Cahillane said. “We’re all looking forward to Mr. Deasy’s thoughts on the matter.”

This visit to the ICC will be Deputy Deasy’s first trip to New England since his appointment to the important new post by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in June. Prior to his election, he worked as a Legislative Assistant in the United States Senate. He handled trade and foreign affairs for Pennsylvanian Republican Senator John Heinz until his tragic death in April 1991. He later worked as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Rep. Ronald Machtley of Rhode Island, and doing legislative work for the Chicago-based law firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas, before returning to Ireland in 1997 and entering politics there in 1997.

In 2000, he succeeded his father as a member for the constituency of Waterford in Dáil Éireann, the Irish Parliament. Deputy Deasy has retained his Dáil seat at each of the elections held since then, most recently in February 2016.

Deasy has held a number of key positions in the Irish parliament, including Chairman of the European Affairs Committee and Vice-Chair of the Public Accounts Committee — the committee viewed as the most influential throughout the Irish government.


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Lecture “JFK Centennial: The Western Mass Connection”

JFKNoted author, local historian and Springfield Republican Executive Editor Wayne E. Phaneuf and political and government affairs professional Anthony Cignoli will present a lecture on the late President John F. Kennedy’s ties to and impact on Western Massachusetts, on Saturday, September 16 at 12:00 pm, at the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub, 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield, MA.

The event, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England and the Springfield Museums.

Phaneuf’s and Cignoli’s talk will include an overview of the life of Kennedy, with specific references to his ties and visits to Western Massachusetts, where he was extremely popular. The talk will include a question-and-answer discussion period. There will be a limited menu and cash bar available at the restaurant after the event.

It represents the kick-off for a series of displays and events at the Quadrangle in Springfield, to commemorate JFK’s 100th birthday. Organized by the Springfield Museums, the exhibition Jack & Jackie: The Kennedys in the White House, will celebrate the fascinating lives of America’s 35th President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Highlighting the White House years of 1961–1963, the exhibition will also honor the 2017 centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birth.

Wayne PhaneufPhaneuf is executive editor of The Republican and has been a journalist and historian for more than 47 years.

He has written or contributed to 13 books and developed The Republican Heritage Series to further understanding and history of ethnic groups throughout Western Massachusetts. He is a trustee of the Springfield Museums and chaired the building committee for the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

He serves on the Armory Alliance and is a lifetime trustee of Old Sturbridge Village. His history column, Looking Backwards, ran in the daily News and The Republican for 10 years.

He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts and currently lives in Brimfield, Massachusetts.

Anthony CignoliAnthony (Tony) Cignoli is the President of the A. L. Cignoli Company, the public relations, political and governmental affairs company he founded in 1992. The company serves political and corporate clients across America with bases of operation in Boston, Massachusetts, clients’ operations centers, and home base being Springfield, Massachusetts.

A.L. Cignoli Company has built a reputation creating success for both political and corporate clients in challenging situations; taking on tough assignments, from referendum campaigns other firms will not touch to assisting in turning around political and corporate campaigns in trouble. The firm is recognized for a holistic approach to public and governmental affairs solutions, melding Tony and his associate’s contacts and hands-on approach with an understanding of how to utilize modern applications of data mining, polling data and social media.

Tony is a veteran of over 350 political campaigns, including presidential elections in Peru, Prime Minister and Parliamentary campaigns in Italy and many referendums in Massachusetts and throughout New England. He is a frequent commentator and political analyst for newspapers, radio and television news programs.

In collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and private collectors, the Springfield Museums aims to bring the presidency and legacy of this first family to life. Twenty-seven iconic photographs by Richard Avedon, on loan from the National Museum of American History, will anchor the exhibition, providing a glimpse into the Kennedys’ personal life while also documenting their public image. Building on the momentum of the Wood Museum of Springfield History’s popular 2013 exhibition titled The John F. Kennedy Experience: An Exhibit by Frank J. Andruss Sr, the Springfield Museums will also highlight local connections to the Kennedy presidency.

During the “White House years,” President Kennedy advocated for human rights, strengthened connections with allies, and oversaw the growth of the U.S. economy. Campaign materials and objects that were in the White House during his presidency will pay tribute to JFK’s lasting impression on our nation. In addition, fashion items from period, on display in the exhibition, will display the country’s adoration for Jackie’s elegant and sophisticated image.

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Irish Language Classes Start This Fall

People around the world study the Irish language as a way to preserve the culture and to connect to the soul of Ireland. The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England and Elms College are pleased to offer a range of Irish language classes for the 2016/2017 academic year.

We are pleased to bring to campus our eighth consecutive Irish Language Fulbright Teaching Assistant, Paul Snee, from Sligo. Snee is looking forward to acting as an ambassador for the Irish language, and the opportunity to further his career as an Irish language educator, to share and impart his knowledge of the language and its culture to his students. In addition, he says, “I would take immense pleasure in being able to introduce traditional Irish-style sean-nós singing, Gaelic football, and some of our valuable Irish language literary heritage to my students.“ Snee will teach the Intermediate/Advanced class on Wednesday evenings, which may be taken on a credit or non-credit basis.

In addition, experienced Irish teachers from the ICC will instruct non-credit course offerings. First Year Irish, designed for those who have no, or very little, knowledge of the language, will be taught by Kathleen Gilhooly on Tuesday evenings. Gerald Costello will teach Second Year Irish on Monday evenings. Costello will teach third Year Irish on Tuesday evenings, and Gilhooly will teach Fourth Year Irish on Saturday mornings.

Classes begin the last week of August and take place at Elms College. The cost is $150 for the First, Second, Third and Fourth Year classes, and $175 for Intermediate. ICC Patrons receive a $50 discount. View the schedule and registration details.

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