The Irish Cultural Center’s new location at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield, MA opened in early March 2017. An open house period is currently ongoing to invite the community to visit the facility, including the new Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub.
Managed by the professionals at the Log Cabin/Delaney House, the restaurant includes a handcrafted bar with custom woodwork, bar and table seating, fireplace and snug. An additional function room for smaller events is available for rental. A full menu of comfort food including starters, sandwiches, entrées and specials is served in the cozy atmosphere of a Dublin pub.
A weekly traditional Irish music seisiún is now running in the pub on Tuesday nights from 7:00 – 9:30 pm, with well-known musicians John Tabb, Ellen Redman and friends. On May 19 at 7:00 pm, Irish folk singer Pat Kelleher will perform in the pub. Reservations are strongly recommended for dinner during these events – please call the restaurant at 413-342-4358.
The open house period is planned to last for several months. The ICC encourages the public to visit, learn more about its mission, and consider becoming Patrons. Access to the restaurant and pub will eventually be limited to ICC Patrons and guests, necessitated by the residential location and city zoning. As always, the public is encouraged to attend ICC events, including concerts, lectures, and exhibits at our future library and museum. Community outreach and education is a vital part of the ICC’s mission, and will continue with programs such as Celtic Adventures for Kids this summer. The ICC office is open to visitors for information.
ICC President, Sean Cahillane, says “Our strategic planning goals call for growth and expanded outreach, and we seek to serve a wider audience throughout Western New England with enhanced educational, cultural and musical offerings. Our new home will provide the ICC with new, larger and better facilities thus allowing Patrons to gather in, and enjoy our Irish cultural offerings.” Renovations are still ongoing, with additional stages planned that include a library and museum, performance hall, patio and nature trail.