New Year's Eve from Ireland

Update: this event is now sold out.

Join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub on the evening of December 31, 2022 as we ring in the New Year with a live stream of the ball drop in Dublin, Ireland at 7 pm local time! Doors open at 4:30 pm; the pub closes at 10 pm.

A delicious buffet offering starts at 5 pm. Menu includes: Shrimp Cocktail, Cheese and Cracker Platter, Fruit Platter, Guinness Glazed Steak Tips, Seafood Stuffed Sole, Roasted Chicken, Vegetarian Pasta Primavera, Au Gratin Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, Salad, Rolls.

Live Music
The Blaney Brothers play from 6–9 pm, providing a great evening of entertainment with pub songs, jigs and reels, ballads, and jokes.

Champagne Toast and Dublin Ball Drop
We will have a toast at 7 pm (local time) with a live stream of the ball drop from Dublin.

Tickets (Sold Out!)
$60 for ICC Patrons / $65 for general public – includes buffet, music and champagne toast. Advance tickets are required. Call the restaurant at 413-342-4358 to pay with a credit card. Come in to the ICC to pay by card, cash or check. Tickets are non transferable and non refundable.

Christmas Music with the Tavern Carolers

Enjoy the holiday season at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub with your family and friends while listening to some of the area’s best Christmas music. 

Music 5:30 – 8:30 pm • Doors 4 pm
December 7
December 14 (sold out)
December 21 (sold out)

Music 5:30 – 8:30 pm • Doors 4 pm
December 9
December 23

Music 4 – 7 pm • Doors 3 pm
December 11 (sold out)
December 18 (sold out)

Seating is limited. Reservation and ticket paid in advance is required. An optional buffet is offered with the purchase of a buffet ticket. The buffet is the only food option available during performances. Full bar will be open for purchase. There is one seating per evening.

Ticket With Buffet: $40 ICC Patron / $45 general public
(Includes music and buffet; does not include gratuity.)

Ticket Only: $10 ICC Patron / $15 general public
(For music only; does not include food.)

Call the restaurant at 413-342-4358 to pay with a credit card. Come in to the ICC to pay by card, cash or check. Tickets are date specific, non transferable, non refundable.

Ticketed Buffet Menu
Starters: Garden Salad & Rolls • Homestyle Tomato Basil Soup
Entrees: Aloha Teriyaki Chicken • BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders • Meatballs in Marinara Sauce • EVOO Herb Pasta • Meatless Marinara Sauce • Pasta Primavera
Extras: Red Roasted Potatoes • Seasonal Mixed Vegetables • Assorted Holiday Desserts • Coffee or Tea

Donate to GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a Global Generosity Movement on November 29. There are two ways to support the Irish Cultural Center on this day of giving! 

Click to Donate to Giving Tuesday        Click to Become an ICC Patron

We are so proud of what the Irish Cultural Center has accomplished in the past 20+ years as an organization, and we look forward to expanding in the years to come with your help. The ICC is a gathering place, connecting people to each other and helping us all to preserve American-Irish heritage and culture.

Your support allows us to share Irish arts and culture in the community by providing in-person events, virtual events, and educational programming. A traditional Irish music seisiún, concerts, Irish language classes, children’s events, book readings, Irish-oriented lectures, political discussions, international relations, GAA sports, and student international exchange are all examples of what we offer, many of them free, and all available to the public.

Without financial donations, these achievements would not be realized. In these uncertain times, financial support is more vital than ever to help keep the ICC going into the future. GivingTuesday is the perfect time to make a one-time tax-deductible gift in any amount. 

This is also the perfect day to become an ICC annual Patron. A Patron is a person who has made a commitment to preserve, promote and cherish our Irish culture and heritage. The success and continued growth of the ICC is only possible because of the enthusiasm and sustaining commitment of our Patrons. Learn more about Patron levels and benefits.

We are so thankful for your support.

The Irish Cultural Center is linking up with Irish historian, Sean Murphy, to introduce our community to live, weekly online Irish history courses via Zoom. Sean presents a special topic for December 2022, A History of Christmas and Christmas in Ireland. Takes place on Thursdays, December 8 and 15 at 7:00 pm. Download course flyer.

To Enroll
The enrollment fee is $50 for the two-week course. Please contact Sean directly for information or to enroll – send an email to

About Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy was born in Dublin and came to live on Cape Cod in 2005. He has a passion for his homeland and loves to share his knowledge and interest about his heritage through classes, workshops and conversation. He is a teacher of Irish history, music, and dance. 

House of Hamill

The ICC invites you to an afternoon of Celtic fiddle and folk with the premier trio House of Hamill. Their dynamic performances have been extremely popular in their many years of playing at the ICC, and include trad Irish instrumentals, reimagined ballads, and original folk songs that showcase their versatility.

House of Hamill performs on Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 pm at the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub. Doors open at 1:30 pm. Food and drinks will be available for purchase (not included in ticket cost).

Purchase tickets online or call the ICC 413-333-4951. Tickets are $20 for current ICC Patrons, and $24 for the general public. Online sales end at 8 am on November 20. Door tickets are $25.

Seating is general admission. Table seating is first come, first served. Please let us know if special seating accommodations are required. 

Presenting Sponsors
Westfield Bank, Freedom Credit Union, PeoplesBank. Thanks to our Business Sponsors.

About House of Hamill
Pennsylvania-based House of Hamill was created by Brian Buchanan and Rose Baldino (Enter the Haggis, Burning Bridget Cleary), with bassist Caroline Browning joining four years later. The trio is a fixture on festival stages across the US, and have shared their music and stories on premier folk stages throughout the country and beyond. Their latest release, “Folk Hero,” captures perfectly the energy and eclecticism of their always engaging live show. Whether they’re ripping through a set of original jigs and reels, adding lush three-part harmonies into traditional folk ballads, or cracking up an audience with stories from the road, House of Hamill puts on a show that captivates audiences from the very first note.

> Listen to their latest album “Folk Hero”
> Video: “The Bully of Skidmore Town”
> Video: 2019 Performance at the ICC

On October 10, 2022, members of the ICC Irish Language classes took part in Comhrá 22

This is an annual online initiative run by Conradh na Gaeilge. It first started in 2013, with the aim to promote the Irish Language all over the world and to inspire people to speak the language. 

This year, the online conversation began on Monday, October 10 and ran continuously on Zoom until Thursday, October 13. 

Over 60 groups took part, each with their own slot, making sure there was never a gap in Irish Language conversation over the four days! There were groups from Ireland, America, Canada, and even Singapore! 

It was an honor to get the opportunity to represent not only the Irish Cultural Center itself, but to show that the Irish Language is alive and well here in New England. 

Many thanks to those who partook in the event!

– Written by Fulbright FLTA Emer Maguire

Comhra 22

The ICC celebrated Halloween on October 29, 2022 with a fun, free, family-friendly open house. The kids arrived in imaginative costumes, and were treated to candy and cider. We had Halloween craft projects and coloring sheets, plus pumpkin tic-tac-toe and ring toss games. Irish Fulbright teacher Emer Maguire read a story and taught Halloween-themed Irish words. Thanks to everyone who made this a fun afternoon!

Visit our Facebook gallery for more photos >

Irish Halloween

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub is open Wednesday through Saturday from 4–10 pm for light fare, dinner and drinks; kitchen is open till 9 pm.

Starting Sunday, October 30, the Trinity Pub bar is open from 1 – 6 pm for drinks only; our kitchen is closed on Sundays. Make our traditional Dublin-style pub your comfortable Sunday gathering place! Share a relaxed beverage with friends, and maybe catch a sporting event on tv.

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub is open to the public.

ICC President Sean F. Cahillane has received a Kerry County Diaspora Award. He was one of 26 people – and the first American ever – to be recognized this year for promoting Ireland from outside the country.

The ceremony took place in October 2022 at the Rose Hotel in Tralee as part of the Kerry County Council’s Homecoming Festival. The gala event served to recognize those who have worked to help the southwest county in Ireland economically, culturally, and educationally.

Cahillane said he was happy to be able to pick up the award in person.

“This is such an honor, to be recognized for the work that has been my passion for many years,” said Cahillane, the son of Irish immigrants from the Great Blasket Island and Ballydavid, both part of the Dingle Peninsula.

The weekend events were part of the Global Irish Festival Services supported by the Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

With the exception of Cahillane, awardees were originally from County Kerry, went abroad, mostly to London, England, to establish new lives, but always gave back to their home, many with jobs, grants, training and by continuing cultural ties with Kerry.

Cahillane was recognized for being a founder of the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England, and for helping to launch and support growing ties through travel to Ireland, business ties with the Eastern States Exposition, and government ties through organizations such as the Sister City relationship between Dingle and West Springfield. He has also been instrumental in the ICC’s growing connections with the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Program, the Irish Consul General’s office in Boston, and with local officials and organizations across Western New England.

“It is important that we take the time, at events like this, to stand up and acknowledge the work that is being done outside of Kerry, on behalf of the county,” said Moira Murrell, chief executive of the Kerry County Council.

Next year’s global initiative will target eligible diaspora in Boston, New York, and Chicago.

Sean Cahillane Diaspora Award
Kerry County Mayor John Francis Flynn, ICC President Sean Cahillane, and Kerry County Chief Executive Moira Murrell.
Sean Cahillane Diaspora Award
Kerry Council Tourism and Diaspora Officer John Griffith, Mary Ellen Lowney, Ireland Minister for Education Norma Foley, TD, Executive Chair of the International Rose of Tralee Festival Antony O’Gara and ICC President Sean Cahillane.

Please consider becoming a Patron of the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England. Now, more than ever we need your help!

As an ICC Patron, you allow us to continue to promote our American-Irish heritage by providing Irish cultural programming such as live music, in-person and virtual events, workshops, and educational opportunities. The ICC is a gathering place, connecting people to each other and helping us all to preserve our American-Irish heritage for generations to come. 

Thank you for your support. Learn more and donate online here.

Tom Landers, a member of the ICC board of directors, explains why he is a Patron:

Video Transcript
“Hi, I’m Tom Landers. I’m a volunteer and a member of the board of directors here at the Irish Cultural Center. The reason I became involved is because of the great work the ICC is doing to protect and celebrate Irish culture, Irish heritage, and the arts. Culture is a beautiful thing, whether it’s Irish or otherwise. It’s always eroding, and the ICC is really trying to protect, maintain, and celebrate that culture, the history, the heritage, the arts, food, drink, and certainly the music. They do it in a spot that people can come together and enjoy each other and enjoy that heritage and culture. If you’re currently a Patron, please consider renewing, and if you are not a Patron yet, please consider becoming involved. We’d love to have you down here to see the beautiful campus, the beautiful Trinity Pub, and see the enhancements that we’re making both to the facility and to the campus. While we hope that you become a Patron, we want you to know that it’s open to the public, so come on down and see the place, enjoy, have something to eat, have something to drink, and hopefully you’ll fall in love with it and become a Patron.”