Irish Christmas Fair

Christmas FairGet in the holiday spirit at the ICC on December 7 from 4 – 8 pm and December 8 from 10 am – 8 pm for an Irish Christmas Fair! Join us for live Irish music, signed copies of books by renowned local author Suzanne Strempek Shea, raffles, competitions, refreshments, and a clearance for cash rail.

Fran Ryan from Dingle Linens in Co. Kerry, Ireland will be exhibiting Ladies and Gents Traditional and Modern Knitwear, including:
• Irish tweed caps for ladies and gents
• Gents tweed waistcoats
• Ladies capes in tweed and wool
• Jewelry
• Irish music CDs
• Crafts
• Irish perfumes and aftershave
• Irish foods and chocolates
• Books

Fashion Spy
Wear an outfit bought from Dingle Linens – knitwear, tweed, etc. – and win an amazing Christmas Hamper full of Irish goodies. Value $200.

Bring your friends! Download flyer >

Dingle Linens

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Dan Kane & Friends Musical Christmas Shows

Christmas Music

Celebrate the Christmas Season with Dan Kane & Friends at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub!

PUBLIC EVENT
Friday, November 30
5:00 – 7:00 pm • Open to the public
Regular dinner menu is available for order, reservations suggested. Please call 413-342-4358.

TICKETED EVENTS – DINNER AND A SHOW – 3 DATES
Sundays, December 9, 16 and 23
4:00 – 5:30 pm • Tickets required
$25 ICC Patron / $30 General Public. Tickets include a 3-Course Specialty Dinner (see menu below). Pub opens at 3:00 pm. To order by phone, please call 413-342-4358. For online orders, see below.

For December 9 show – includes dinner and music.
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For December 16 show – includes dinner and music.
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For December 23 show – includes dinner and music.
Buy tickets online.

 


3-Course Dinner Menu for ticketed shows

First Course
– Choice of Soup or Salad

Second Course
(Served with rolls and butter)
– Chicken Françoise – Served with mashed potato and vegetable
– Baked Haddock – Served with mashed potato and vegetable
– Beef Stroganoff

Third Course
– Cheese Cake with strawberries
– Chocolate Cake with vanilla ice cream

 


Thanks to our Programming Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Westfield Bank
Gold Sponsors
Freedom Credit Union

Firtion Adams Sarat Ford Lincoln

Green Sponsors
The Big EAllen St Package StoreCommercial Scale Coldwell Banker

Bates Fullam Insurance

 

 

 

All sales are final. Refunds are given ONLY in the event of cancellation by performers.

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1700’s Pairing Dinner

1700's Pairing Dinner

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special 1700’s Pairing Dinner on November 29 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Wine and Cheese, Williamsburg Lodge Corn Chowder, Veal Chop with Celery, Mushroom, Thyme and Mead, and Caramel Custard, are paired with four authentic wines and cocktails based on recipes from the colonial 1700’s.

Tickets are $35 for ICC Patrons, $40 for general public. There is a special ICC Patron presale for the first 7 days – tickets for the public go on sale November 6. General public may call for reservations during this time, and will be placed on a wait list until the presale is over. Seating is limited for this special event – for tickets, please call Sheri at 413-342-4358. Download information flyer and menu.

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Win a Trip to Ireland: 2019 St. 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 four group tours to Ireland in 2019! The drawing will take place on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the ICC. Tickets will be drawn for first and second prizes (winner need not be present).

FIRST PRIZE
An all expenses paid trip for two people on a group tour to Ireland hosted by the ICC in 2019. Winner may select group tour of choice – learn more about our March/April or May tours. More info will be available soon on our two upcoming fall tours. Prize is transferable to another party.

SECOND PRIZE
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 to purchase tickets. A great holiday gift idea!

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Kathleen Pellegrino Book Launch

Pelligrino bookSpringfield resident Kathleen Pellegrino will launch her second murder mystery novel, Mary Lou, Oh What Did She Do? on Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 pm at the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England, 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA. The event includes book signings, door prizes and a meet & greet with the author herself. Free and open to the public.

The crime novel is the second in a series set in the imaginary, upscale town of West Side in Western Massachusetts. This book tells of the mysterious death of Leana Lonergan, the wealthy, beautiful, engaging, and brilliant wife of Gar Lonergan, and the efforts of West Side Police Captain Beau Beauregard to solve the questionable car crash that took her life.

Kathleen PellegrinoPellegrino is a well-known figure in the region, with her varied career including stints as Executive Director of the Springfield Parking Authority, as a member of the Springfield Police Commission, and for many years as Professor at Westfield State University, where she also served as Chair of the Department of Economics and Management. She also holds an MBA and a CPA and worked independently for many years in the field of taxation.

Now retired four times, Pellegrino has returned to an early love – writing mysteries. Growing up as Kathleen Bready from an Irish family rooted in Counties Roscommon and Cork, she remembers always being hooked on books featuring murder and mystery plots.

“My love affair with plots, murder, mystery, spies and, in general, with crime novels began at an early age when I would raid my father’s suitcase after his return from each of his frequent business trips. There lay one, two and sometimes three paperbacks,” Pellegrino recalled.

And I read and read – I probably have read 2,000 crime novels since then,” she added.

Pellegrino has also penned Sunnyside Road (Paradise Dissembling) and Brothers of Another Mother and is working on a fourth in the series.

She lives in the Atwater section of Springfield with her husband Joe and their dog, Othello.

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Cider Pairing Dinner

Cider Pairing Dinner

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Cider Pairing Dinner on October 25 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Fried Ravioli with Pumpkin Cider Sauce, Apple Pecan Feta Spinach Salad with Maple Cider Vinaigrette, Cider Glazed Chicken Served with Roasted Root Vegetables, and Apple Cider Magic Cake, are paired with four hard cider varieties. Tickets are $35 for ICC Patrons, $40 for general public. There is a special ICC Patron presale for the first 7 days – tickets for the public go on sale October 8. General public may call for reservations during this time, and will be placed on a wait list until the presale is over. Seating is limited for this special event – for tickets, please call Sheri at 413-342-4358. Download information flyer and menu.

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Film Screening and Ambassador of Ireland Visit

Congressman Richard Neal, the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England and the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee hosted a screening of Maurice Fitzpatrick’s film, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America on September 16, 2018 at the West Springfield High School. A panel discussion included Congressman Richard Neal, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States Daniel Mulhall, filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick, John Hume’s son Aidan Hume, and was moderated by Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times Washington Correspondent. A reception at the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub followed. This acclaimed documentary, narrated by Liam Neeson, highlights the relationships cultivated between John Hume and his counterparts in the White House and Congress which ultimately led to the framework for peace on the island of Ireland. It was one of the few times this powerful documentary was shown in the U.S.

View the full photo album from the event. View the full panel discussion that took place after the screening (thanks to Stephen Cary of Focus Springfield Community TV).

John Hume Film Screening Event

From top: Aidan Hume, Congressman Richard Neal, Suzanne Lynch, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, and Maurice Fitzpatrick / Congressman Richard Neal, Suzanne Lynch, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall / Ambassador Daniel Mulhall at the ICC / Former Mayor Ed Sullivan, Aidan Hume, Congressman Richard Neal, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Suzanne Lynch, Maurice Fitzpatrick, ICC President Sean Cahillane, and West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt at the ICC.

Photos by Kathleen Doe.

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Gerald Hayes Book Launch

The Blasket IslandmanSpringfield native and author Gerald Hayes will be the featured guest at the U.S. launch of his new book, The Blasket Islandman, on Saturday, October 13 at 12:00 pm at the Irish Cultural Center, 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch from the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub will be available for purchase.

The Blasket Islandman tells the story of Tomás Ó Criomhthain, who spent his life on the Great Blasket (1856-1937) and helped put the island on the literary map. He was a fisherman and farmer who became fluent in reading and writing his native Irish, penning many essays printed in national Irish publications, along with two well-known Irish books: Island Cross-Talk: Pages from a Diary, first published in 1928, and The Islandman, first published in 1929. Ó Criomhthain ended his second book with the now well-known Irish phrase, “…the like of us will never be again.”

Gerald HayesHayes has co-authored two other books, both dealing with the small, once-inhabited island off the southwest coast of Ireland. In 2013, Hayes co-authored From the Great Blasket to America: The Last Memoir by an Islander with his later father-in-law, Michael Carney, a native Blasket Islander; and in 2015, The Last Blasket King with Eliza Kane. The Blasket Islandman is published by The Collins Press.

“[this] book will always remain an essential work of reference for not only the student and scholar of Blasket literature but for anybody concerned with the reality of life as lived at its barest and yet richest and most meaningful.” ~ Seán Ó Coileain, Emeritus Professor, University College Cork

“It’s great to have an overview of Tomás’ life and you put all the people he worked with into context.” ~ Ann Flower, granddaughter of Robin Flower, Ó Criomhthain’s friend, mentor and translator

 


Thanks to our Programming Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Westfield Bank
Gold Sponsors
Freedom Credit Union

Firtion Adams Sarat Ford Lincoln

Green Sponsors
The Big EAllen St Package StoreCommercial Scale Coldwell Banker

Bates Fullam Insurance

 

 

 

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Padraig Stevens and Leo Moran: US Tour – Sold Out

Padraig Stevens and Leo Moran

*Please note: This show is now sold out. No tickets at the door.* We are excited to announce that Padraig Stevens with Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors will be playing at the ICC as part of their US tour to promote Padraig’s new album News From The Old Country.

Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm) at the ICC’s Trinity Pub at 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA. Dinner menu and bar will be available. Table or bar seating, general/shared seating layout.

Sold out. Cost is $25 ICC Patrons / $30 general for the main dining room; $25 for seating in rear room off main dining room (some obstructed view).

Read about the tour in the Irish Examiner. This is a rare treat to hear all new songs from Padraig Stevens, a prolific Galway songwriter, with Leo Moran supporting on guitar. Padraig’s songs have been recorded by The Saw Doctors, Christy Moore, Eleanor Shanley, and more. Listen to a preview the new album.

“Greetings from Padraig in Tuam, Ireland.
I was happy enough, enjoying my days. Sitting at home and writing songs. Then Leo arrived one day, wondering if I would be interested in doing a few little gigs with him.
He had enjoyed playing the shows he had done with Anto – and later with Davy – but now he just wanted to play his guitar, and ‘would I sing some of my songs’, he said.
This sounded good to me, so we started in February 2017 with gigs in The Kings Head, Galway and Campbell’s Tavern near Headford, both local venues.
We got a great welcome at the shows, the audience enjoyed them, so did we! We did a few more gigs, things were getting better.
Then we discovered we really needed to get some of our music recorded to let people know what to expect when they came to see us play. We went to Sun Street Studio Tuam where our old friend Ken Ralph whipped our sound into shape. With Leo steering we eventually released an album of songs called ‘News from the Old Country.’ Have a listen!

Playing live is our real vocation though, and we look forward to every show we do, but now with a bundle of gigs booked across New England we are getting very excited to be spreading our wings and playing to new audiences. See you soon.”

 


Thanks to our Programming Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Westfield Bank
Gold Sponsors
Freedom Credit Union

Firtion Adams Sarat Ford Lincoln

Green Sponsors
The Big EAllen St Package StoreCommercial Scale Coldwell Banker

Bates Fullam Insurance

 

 

 

All sales are final. Refunds are given ONLY in the event of cancellation by performers.

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White Wine Pairing Dinner

White Wine Pairing Dinner

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special White Wine Pairing Dinner on September 27 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including parmesan crostini, arugula orange salad, seared scallops with lemon orzo, and dulce de leche crispies, are paired with four white and sparkling wine varieties. Tickets are $35 for ICC Patrons, $40 for general public. There is a special ICC Patron presale for the first 7 days – tickets for the public go on sale September 11. General public may call for reservations during this time, and will be placed on a wait list until the presale is over. Seating is limited for this special event – for tickets, please call Sheri at 413-342-4358. Download information flyer and menu.

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