Irish Christmas Fair Dec. 6–8

Christmas Fair

Get in the holiday spirit at the ICC at our Irish Christmas Fair! There will raffles, competitions, a clearance for cash rail, and plenty of Irish gifts for sale.

– Friday, December 6 from 1 – 8 pm
– Saturday, December 7
from 10 am – 8 pm
– Sunday, December 8
from 12 – 6pm

Fran Ryan from Dingle Linens in Co. Kerry, Ireland will be exhibiting Ladies and Gents Traditional and Modern Knitwear, including:
• Dingle Linens design wear
• Woolen sweaters
• Wraps, shawls & scarves
• Hats & mittens
• Gift items
• Christmas decorations
• Celtic jewelry
• Irish calendars
• Inis perfume/cologne

Fashion Spy
Wear an outfit bought from Dingle Linens – knitwear or tweed, for example – and you could win an amazing Christmas Hamper full of Irish goodies.

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub will be open each day with a light lunch menu and bar, and regular dinner menu on Friday and Saturday.

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Dingle Linens
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Sunday Céilí Dance Dec. 1

The ICC invites you to come and dance the afternoon away at our new Sunday Céilí! All ages and experience levels are welcome. Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Céilí will be on December 1 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Entry fee is $5 per person, payable at the door. Snacks will be provided, including cheese, cracker, frips, veggies and dips. For heartier fare, the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub will be open to order sandwiches, salads, and soups. Dance instruction will be available. Featuring the New England Céilí Band (Jimmy McArdle, John Joe Martin and Jerry Murphy).

Jimmy McArdle, an original member of the Irish folk band The Bards, has performed with many well known acts such as the Wolfe Tones and the Clancy Brothers. He has also played alongside world renowned flutist James Galway at the famous Black Rose in Boston. Jimmy continues to perform in western MA, Cape Cod and throughout the Boston area. He often teams up with the area’s finest musicians, including drummer John Joe Martin from Co. Kerry and Holyoke’s accomplished accordion player Jerry Murphy.

New England Ceili Band
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ICC 20th Anniversary Reception

On November 14, 2019 the ICC hosted a special Patron Reception to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Thank you to our dedicated Patrons, board members past and present, and dignitaries who came to celebrate the founding, growth, and future of the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England!

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ICC 20th Anniversary
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Cider Pairing Dinner Nov. 21

Hard Cider Pairing

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Cider Pairing Dinner on November 21 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Cranberry Brie Fried Cheese, Apple Cider Cheddar Cheese Butternut Squash Soup, Thick Cut Pork Chops, and Butterscotch Cake with Caramel Icing, 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 November 5. 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 413-342-4358.

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Celebrity Bartending Event for the ICC’s 20th Anniversary on November 7

ICC 20th AnniversaryJoin us on Thursday, November 7 from 5–7 pm for a special Celebrity Bartending event to celebrate the Irish Cultural Center’s 20th anniversary! Help us commemorate the founding and growth of the ICC, and 20 years of keeping the Irish arts and culture alive in our western New England community. There will be raffles, prizes, and members of the ICC’s board of directors and staff behind the bar pouring your pints!

Our bartenders for the evening will be:
5–5:30 – Ellen Gallivan & Stephanie Joyce
5:30–6 – Mary Ellen Lowney & Jeanne Ahern
6–6:30 – Katie Doe & Jamie Cardoza Boyle
6:30–7 – Bob & Lori Paterwic

If you would like dinner reservations, please call the Trinity Pub directly at 413-342-4358, or just join us for a drink, and lots of fun. Open to the public; all are welcome.

UPDATE: Thank you to all who came out to support the ICC! View photos from the event.

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Sunday Céilí Dance Nov. 3

The ICC invites you to come and dance the afternoon away at our new Sunday Céilí! Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Céilí will be on November 3 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Entry fee is $5 per person, payable at the door. Snacks will be provided, including cheese, cracker, frips, veggies and dips. For heartier fare, the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub will be open to order sandwiches, salads, and soups. Dance instruction will be available. Featuring the New England Céilí Band (Jimmy McArdle, John Joe Martin and Jerry Murphy).

Jimmy McArdle, an original member of the Irish folk band The Bards, has performed with many well known acts such as the Wolfe Tones and the Clancy Brothers. He has also played alongside world renowned flutist James Galway at the famous Black Rose in Boston. Jimmy continues to perform in western MA, Cape Cod and throughout the Boston area. He often teams up with the area’s finest musicians, including drummer John Joe Martin from Co. Kerry and Holyoke’s accomplished accordion player Jerry Murphy.

New England Ceili Band
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ICC Hosts Visit by the Consul General of Ireland

The Irish Consul General to New England Laoise Moore, and Irish Vice Consul General to New England Shane Caffrey, visited the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England on October 18–19, 2019. The ICC hosted a “Pop-Up Consulate,” a breakfast to introduce the new Consul and Vice Consul to the ICC, and a tour of the area. The ICC looks forward to keeping this connection going with future events! Learn more about the Consulate General of Ireland based in Boston.

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Consul General of Ireland Visit to the ICC
Top: Former West Springfield Mayor Ed Sullivan, Irish Vice Consul General Shane Caffrey, Irish Consul General Laoise Moore, ICC Executive Director Jamie Cardoza Boyle, ICC President Sean Cahillane, West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt, and ICC Board Secretary Mary Ellen Lowney.
Bottom left: ICC President Sean Cahillane, Irish Consul General Laoise Moore, ICC Executive Director Jamie Cardoza Boyle, and Irish Vice Consul General Shane Caffrey.
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Irish-born Veterans Photo Project

The ICC is looking for pictures and short biographies of Irish-born veterans of the U.S. armed forces for a future photographic exhibit. Please forward a copy of the photo of veteran, preferably in uniform, to the Irish Cultural Center, 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA 01089; or send photo by email. Please be sure to include your contact information. Photos are due by December 1, 2019. 

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Springfield Rifles Rugby Final Home Game October 26

Springfield Rifles Rugby Team to play New London RFC at the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England on Saturday October 26.

Please join the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England on Saturday, October 26 as we host the Springfield Rifles rugby team to as they enter the finals of the season with a match against the New London team. Kickoff is at 1:00 pm. The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub opens at noon.

This is the 50th year in action for the Springfield Rifles. They play in the New England Rugby Union league, which as 12 teams in total.

The ICC has opened its newly completed facilities to help the Rifles grow the sport of rugby, with is one of Ireland’s favorite sports and fast growing in popularity around the world. This new partnership gives the team a new permanent home to play home matches, an excellent pub and restaurant for social gatherings, and a home to conduct club operations. With ICC support, the Rifles hope to increase awareness of the club and the sport in the Pioneer Valley.

The ICC and the Springfield Rifles are pleased to announce this new joint partnership, with the West Springfield facility now home base to the local team. The rugby field is located just behind the ICC, an ideal location for the matches which can be viewed from the sidelines or up above from the deck, where guests can have lunch, beverages or dinner during or after the action.

ICC President Sean Cahillane said the partnership is the result of efforts by both organizations.

“We’re so pleased to be the new home of the Springfield Rifles. This is a perfect partnership for both of us and we are delighted to be able to watch the matches from our deck and get to know the team. This season, the matches have been drawing enthusiastic crowds from the Rugby Club as well as from the ICC,” Cahillane said.

Springfield Rugby Football Club Captain Leon Moultrie Jr. agreed. “We are happy that ICC has opened their doors to us and allowed for us to be part of their family. We are hoping that this affiliation is the beginning of something great and we are hoping for continued success for years to come,” Moultrie said.

Lee Devlin, president of the Springfield team, said, “The Springfield Rifles Rugby Club is thrilled to be part of the ICC and we as a club look forward to working alongside Sean Cahillane and the ICC board to grow the sport of rugby in Western Massachusetts. The Rifles have a rich history here, and this year marks our 50th year as a club. I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to move the club to the next level, providing a promising future for the Rifles and a place for us to call home.”

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England is a non-profit, charitable organization that seeks to cultivate a connection with Ireland through the arts, cultural, history, language, and heritage. The Center offers opportunities to engage in educational, travel and social events that promote the Irish culture.

The Springfield Rugby Football Club, founded in 1969, has fielded a men’s club to the sport of rugby. Springfield RFC is one of the country’s oldest clubs with a strong reputation within the New England Rugby Union. The club is registered with the New England Rugby & USA RUGBY. New and experienced players are welcome to join the club throughout the season. Learn more.

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Wine Pairing Dinner October 24

Wine Pairing

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Wine Pairing Dinner on October 24 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Hot Blueberry Cheddar Dip with Toasty Bread, Sugar Snap Pea Salad, Rigatoni with Spicy Pork Bolognese, and Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Brownie Tarts, are paired with four wines that have been chosen by our Patrons.

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 413-342-4358.

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