Irish History Courses in May

The Irish Cultural Center is linking up with Irish historian, Sean Murphy, to introduce our community to live, weekly online Irish history courses. Sean presents two monthly topics, divided into four-week modules. Courses are presented on Zoom. Each student will receive an electronic copy of each presentation.

The first topic is a general history of Ireland from ancient times to the present day. The course module for May 2022 is the Anglo Irish Treaty and Civil War in Ireland. Takes place on Thursdays, May 12, 19, 26 & June 2 from 7:30–9:00 pm. Download course flyer.

The second topic is a general history of each of the thirty two counties in Ireland. Featured in May 2022 is County Fermanagh. Takes place on Thursdays, May 12, 19, 26 & June 2 from 6:00–7:30 pm. Download course flyer.

To Enroll
The enrollment fee is $80 for each four-week course. Please contact Sean directly for information or to enroll in his course(s) – send an email to seanmurphy630@gmail.com or call 508-790-0438.

About Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy was born and reared 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. Over the past twelve years he has taught courses at the Irish Cultural Center of New England in Canton, Cape Cod Sons of Erin, Cape Cod Cultural Center, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, and at venues on Nantucket. He leads a traditional Irish music session in O’Shea’s Old Inne in West Dennis every Sunday night. He speaks on Irish cultural and historic issues at libraries, and at private and community events across the Cape and beyond.

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Patio Opening Fiesta May 26

Patio Opening Fiesta

Celebrate the opening of our outdoor patio with a summer party!
Thursday, May 26 from 6–10 pm 

Buffet from Bueno Y Sano
Good From the Start Fresh Mex. Chips and salsa, main course buffet, and dessert.

Live Music
Freddie Marion will sing and DJ with tunes from Santana, Jimmy Buffet and more.

Tickets
$50 for ICC Patrons / $55 for Non Patrons
Price includes meal, 2 crafted tequila drinks, 1 Dos Equis with main meal, and server gratuity.
Tickets are non-refundable.
Seating is limited; advance tickets required.
Reservations are required – please call 413-342-4358.

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Raffle for Irish Blanket

Irish Blanket

A generous Patron has donated a beautiful, handmade crochet Irish blanket for the ICC to raffle. The drawing will be held on September 10 at our Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day party. $5 per ticket. Call 413-333-4951 or visit the ICC to buy tickets.

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Lá na Gaeilge: Irish Language Day May 7

Irish Language Day

The Irish Cultural Center presents a celebration of the Irish Language and Culture through history, heritage, food, and traditional music.

Lá na Gaeilge will take place on Zoom on Saturday, May 7 from 12:00–3:30 pm EST. We are very excited to celebrate virtually with all of you and our wonderful guests. Irish Fulbright Scholar Réaltín Mc Elhinney will host this event. Réaltín is from Inis Eoghain, County Donegal, an area which will be proudly represented throughout the program. 

The program is free, but registration is required. 
Click to register so we may contact you with the event link. 
Learn more about our scheduled speakers.

This annual bilingual program represents a joint commitment by Elms College and the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England to celebrate the Irish Language and Culture with the community.

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Family Games Day Every Sunday

Family Games Day board games

Family Games Day is now every Sunday! Join us at the Irish House Restaurant on Sundays to use any of our Milton Bradley games, including Monopoly, Battleship, Candy Land, Monopoly Junior, and Star Wars Operation. No age limit – this fun community event is perfect for kids and adults alike!

The Irish House Restaurant is open to the public from  1–6 pm every Sunday – playing games not required. Spend a relaxing Sunday with lunch or a drink at the Trinity Pub or outside on our beautiful patio – as a Games Day special, all appetizers are half price.

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Ireland Tour Information Session April 30

The Irish Cultural Center is sponsoring a Fall Tour to Ireland (October 10-20, 2022) visiting Killarney, Dingle and Galway. Tour includes roundtrip airfare, roundtrip bus from the ICC to Boston’s Logan Airport, daily breakfast and 7 dinner meals, top rated hotels, optional day trips and attractions. Cost of the tour is $3,695 per person sharing. 
 
An information session is planned for Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 am at the ICC. Visit the Fall Tour page for tour itinerary and reservation application. 
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ICC Welcomed by the Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance

A great day in the Dingle Peninsula of Ireland! The ICCWNE’s own Ed Sullivan (Board of Directors) and West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt are formally welcomed to Dingle by the Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance and Kerry County Council. West Springfield is a Sister City of Corca Dhuibhne.

Dingle Sister City

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Springfield Rifles Rugby 2022 Spring Season

Springfield Rugby ClubThe Springfield Rifles Rugby Club has announced their 2022 spring season. Home matches at the ICC field are listed below. 

Saturday, April 23 at the ICC
Practice starts around noon. 
Men’s Match vs. Cape Cod: kickoff at 1:00 pm
Women’s Match vs. Cape Cod: kickoff approximately 3:00 pm

Saturday, April 30 at the ICC
Women’s Match vs Upper Valley & North Shore: kickoff at 10:00 am
Men’s Match vs New London: kickoff at 1:00 pm

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub opens at noon on these days for pub grub and drinks to enjoy while watching the action. We hope to see you here to cheer on your local team back at their home field!


Free Rugby Youth Clinic on April 23
For 6th–12th grade students, hosted by the Springfield Rifles Rugby Club and New England Free Jacks of Major League Rugby. Saturday, April 23 at 11:30 am at the ICC.

First 20 registrations get a free t-shirt. Same day registration also available. No experience necessary! Learn basic skills (no contact). Bring water, athletic clothes, and sneakers/cleats. All participants and families can attend the men’s and women’s matches starting at 1 pm. Register online here.


Full Schedule
Men’s Matches (1 pm kickoff unless otherwise stated, home matches at ICC):
4/2 @ UMass 2 pm
4/9 @ Danbury
4/16 BYE
4/23 home vs Cape Cod
4/30 home vs New London
5/7 @ Worcester
5/14 ALUMNI 12 noon at Van Horn Park followed by Social at Paddy’s in Springfield (1060 Wilbraham Road, Springfield)
5/21-22 @ NERFU Cup Tournament, Newport, RI

Women’s Matches:
4/23 home vs Cape Cod after men’s match (approximate kickoff 3 pm)
430 home vs Upper Valley & North Shore 10 am
5/7 @ Seacoast

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ICC Welcomes Norma Foley TD

On March 19, 2022, the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England was honored to host Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education for the Government of Ireland, and her delegation.

Ed Sullivan, President of the West Springfield Sister City Organization and Irish Cultural Center board member, was extremely pleased to coordinate and welcome the visit of Minister Foley, along with the Irish Cultural Center and the Town of West Springfield.

The delegation included: Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education, Government of Ireland; Denis Maguire, husband of Minister Foley; Bernie McNally, Secretary General, Department of Education; Eoin Murphy, Advisor to Minister Foley; Áine Doyle, Advisor to Minister Foley; and Dr. Laoise Moore, Consul General of Ireland to New England.

Minister Foley and her delegation toured the Irish Cultural Center facilities, including the library/museum and the under-construction performance venue. They enjoyed meeting with invited guests and dinner at the Irish House Restaurant. Ed Sullivan, West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt and Minister Foley gave remarks.

The visit of the Irish delegation was a continuation of the Sister City Organization’s effort to enhance the international, cultural, educational, and economic relationship between West Springfield’s Sister City, Dingle, in County Kerry, Ireland.

We look forward to more engagements soon.

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Norma Foley TD Visit

Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Jeanne Ahern, ICC board member; Dr. Laoise Moore, Consul General of Ireland to New England; Meaghan Coffey Serafin, ICC board member; Laura Hurley, ICC Chief Advancement Officer; Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education, Government of Ireland; Ed Sullivan, ICC board member and president of the Sister City Organization; Bernie McNally, Secretary General, Department of Education; Kevin O’Connor, ICC board member.

Norma Foley TD Visit

Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Caroline Murray, Associate Professor at Elms College; Ed Sullivan, ICC board member and president of the Sister City Organization

Norma Foley TD Visit

Dr. Laoise Moore, Consul General of Ireland to New England; Réaltín Mc Elhinney, Fulbright Irish language teacher; Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education, Government of Ireland

Norma Foley TD Visit

Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Will Reichelt, West Springfield Mayor; Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education, Government of Ireland; Ed Sullivan, ICC board member and president of the Sister City Organization



 

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Irish History Courses in April

The Irish Cultural Center is linking up with Irish historian, Sean Murphy, to introduce our community to live, weekly online Irish history courses. Sean presents two monthly topics, divided into four-week modules. Courses are presented on Zoom. Each student will receive an electronic copy of each presentation.

The first topic is a general history of Ireland from ancient times to the present day. The course module for April 2022 is The Rise of Sinn Fein and the Irish War of Independence. Takes place on Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 7:30–9:00 pm. Download course flyer.

The second topic is a general history of each of the thirty two counties in Ireland. Featured in April 2022 is County Antrim. Takes place on Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6:00–7:30 pm. Download course flyer.

To Enroll
The enrollment fee is $80 for each four-week course. Please contact Sean directly for information or to enroll in his course(s) – send an email to seanmurphy630@gmail.com or call 508-790-0438.

About Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy was born and reared 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. Over the past twelve years he has taught courses at the Irish Cultural Center of New England in Canton, Cape Cod Sons of Erin, Cape Cod Cultural Center, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, and at venues on Nantucket. He leads a traditional Irish music session in O’Shea’s Old Inne in West Dennis every Sunday night. He speaks on Irish cultural and historic issues at libraries, and at private and community events across the Cape and beyond.

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