Big E Dingle Merchants Reception

The ICC attended a reception on September 16, 2019 for the opening of the Dingle Peninsula merchants exhibit, celebrating 20 years at the Big E in West Springfield, MA. Read MassLive article about the exhibit.

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Thursday Prime Rib Dinner

Introducing our Prime Rib Dinner Special at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub, every Thursday during dinner hours starting September 19. Dinner includes a 12 oz Prime Rib, served with Dinner Rolls, Salad, Vegetable and Mashed Potato.

Cost is $18.95 / $13.95 for ICC Patrons. While prime rib lasts. ICC Patrons, be sure to bring your current Patron card for discount. Reservations strongly encouraged – please call 413-342-4358.

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Win a Trip to Ireland: 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 group tours to Ireland in 2020!

The drawing will take place on February 1, 2020 at the ICC. Tickets will be drawn for first and second prizes (winners 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 2020. Winner may select group tour of choice – Early Spring, Spring, September or October (information to come). 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.

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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 November 1, 2019.

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The Young Dubliners in Concert September 20

Young Dubliners

The Irish Cultural Center invites you to an evening with the Young Dubliners, one of Celtic Rock’s most acclaimed groups. This is a rare New England appearance, and a special opportunity to see the upbeat, energetic delivery the Young Dubs are known for.

The Young Dubliners perform on Friday, September 20 at 7:30 pm at the Holyoke Elks Lodge, 250 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Cash bar available.

Tickets are general table seating. Cost is $24 for ICC Patrons, $29 for general public, $33 at the door. Online ticket sales end at 9:00 am on September 20. Order tickets online (recommended) or call the ICC at 413-333-4951.

About the band
The Young Dubliners spent the spring of 2019 working on their tenth album. “We have been working in new guitarist Justin Pecot and getting him familiar with the nine albums of material we already have,” says lead vocalist Keith Roberts. “After a year of solid touring I’m happy to report that he is a Young Dub through and through. Adding new blood has invigorated the band and opened the door to new songs and a fresh enthusiasm.”

The Young Dubliners have released eight albums of original material and one Irish ballad cover album to date. Their live set will draw from all their albums and the new material. It will be geared to the many festivals the band plays every summer.

Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called Celtic Rock, that label is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it’s not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. “That was always the idea,” explains Keith. “The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from such different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn’t Irish at all. When we got here we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you’ll end up with. These sessions will be made even more exciting by the addition of Justin who has already started contributing to the writing process.”

The Young Dubliners are:
Keith Roberts – Vocals / Acoustic guitar
Chas Waltz – Violin, Mandolin, Harmonica, vocals
Brendan Holmes – Bass guitar / vocals
Justin Pecot – Lead guitar / acoustic guitar/ mandolin/ vocals
Dave Ingraham – Drums / percussion

 


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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Whiskey Cocktail Pairing Dinner September 26

Whiskey Pairing

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Whiskey Cocktail Pairing Dinner on September 26 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Whiskey Smoked Wings with Bacon Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Warm Lemon Tomato and Bean Salad, Deep South Bourbon Shot Steak Sandwich, and Chocolate Pavlovas with Bourbon Strawberries and Whipped Cream, are paired with four whiskey cocktails.

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 12. 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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Irish Language Classes Begin in September

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England and Elms College are offering a range of Irish language classes for the 2019/2020 academic year. Classes are geared for all learning levels, from beginner to advanced. View class schedule.

The ICC and Elms College are pleased to welcome the program’s tenth consecutive Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Yvonne de Faoite. Yvonne recently completed a master’s degree in Irish immersion education from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, and will teach the Intermediate: Advanced class this school year.

Gerald Costello, ICC Language Committee Chair and one of this year’s instructors, values the work of the Fulbright Teaching Assistant. He says, “The FLTA contributes and fosters a sense of good will between Ireland and the U.S. This ambassador links the past with the present and enables our students of the language to learn through group work, presentations, and assorted activities. Minority languages face an uncertain future; the FLTA is helping us to remember our ancestors’ language by making it relevant and enjoyable.”

Classes begin in early September and take place at Elms College in Chicopee, MA. Experienced instructors from the ICC will teach non-credit course offerings. First Year Irish, a beginner course requiring no initial knowledge of the language, will be taught by Gerald Costello on Monday evenings. Costello will also teach Second Year Irish on Tuesday evenings. Kathleen Gilhooly will teach Third Year Irish on Tuesday evenings, and Fourth Year Irish on Saturday mornings. Yvonne de Faoite will teach the Intermediate: Advanced class on Wednesday evenings, which may be taken on a credit or non-credit basis.

The cost is $150 for the First, Second, Third and Fourth Year classes, and $175 for Intermediate. ICC Patrons receive a $50 discount. To enroll, please call the Elms College Registrar at 413-265-2314, or download a registration form.

 

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Beer Pairing Dinner August 29

Beer Pairing Dinner

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Beer Pairing Dinner on August 29 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. The beer for this pairing has been generously donated by an ICC Patron near and dear to our hearts. Four courses, including Panko and Parmesan Topped Zucchini, Antipasto Salad, Maple Dijon Salmon and Smoky Roasted Cauliflower, and Fresh Fruit Salad, are paired with four local beer 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 August 7. 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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Padraig Stevens with Leo Moran: 2019 US Tour

Padraig Stevens and Leo Moran

This show is SOLD OUT – tickets will not be available at the door.
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. 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.

Friday, August 23 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm) at the ICC’s Trinity Pub at 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA. Dinner menu will be available before the show – guests are encouraged to arrive early if you will be having dinner. Table or bar seating, shared seating layout. Seating will be in order of purchase, and is at the manager’s discretion in order to best fit parties.

Tickets are limited. Advance purchase is highly recommended. Cost is $25 ICC Patrons / $30 general for main room / $25 for seating in rear room (some obstructed view – full sound, show on tv screen). This show is SOLD OUT – tickets will not be available at the door.

Padraig and Leo will also be performing a short set at the Lúnasa Irish Festival at the ICC the next day on August 24.

“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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Lúnasa Irish Festival and Feis: August 24 –25

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England presents our second annual Irish cultural festival on Saturday, August 24, and our first annual Feis on Sunday, August 25.

The Saturday festival will be a day of Irish music, dance, and culture. Gates open at 11:30 am, and events run to 7:30 pm. The Cassin Academy of Irish Dance and Black Rose Academy of Irish Dance will present dance exhibitions. Visitors can learn Irish dance and participate in workshops featuring Irish arts and language. Music entertainment throughout the day will include an opening trad Irish seisiún, and featured performances by local fiddle sensation Zoe Darrow, Boston’s Erin Og, and, from Galway, Padraig Stevens with Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors.

The Sunday Feis (Irish dance competition) will run from approximately 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bakers can enter an Irish soda bread competition at the Feis.

There will be a variety of vendors of Irish crafts and products, food trucks and concession stands, along with beer and drinks for sale. Parking will be available at the Irish Cultural Center, along with additional parking and a shuttle service from West Springfield High School.

Both events will take place rain or shine on the Irish Cultural Center field at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield, MA. Tickets on both days are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6–12, and free for children 5 and under. Please no dogs except service animals. No smoking, no coolers. Cash only for tickets, food and drinks. Visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.

Visit the website for more information on both events, full schedule, and FAQs.

The Irish word “lúnasa” is traditionally used to describe an ancient Irish festival to celebrate the beginning of the harvest season and end of the summer months.

Thanks to our Mainstage Sponsors, Sarat Lincoln and the O’Leary Limited Partnership., and our Dance Stage Sponsors, Elms College and Jerome’s Party Plus.

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