Tequila Pairing Dinner: Moved to June 10

Margarita Pairing

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has moved to Thursday, June 10. Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Tequila Pairing Dinner on June 10 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Smoky Tuna Tostada, Lemon Chicken Soup, Chicken and Seafood Paella, and Tres Leches Cupcakes, are paired with four perfectly chosen tequila cocktails to accompany the meal.

Tickets are $45 for ICC Patrons, $50 for general public. There is a special ICC Patron presale for the first 7 days – tickets for the public go on sale May 19. 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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Lá na Gaeilge Recording Available to View

Lá na Gaeilge (Irish Language Day) took place virtually on Saturday, May 1, 2021. It was hosted by Irish Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Brigita Gallagher, and Irish language instructor Gerald Costello, who taught this year’s Irish language classes for the Irish Cultural Center and Elms College. This annual program represents a joint commitment by Elms College and the ICC to provide various cultural benefits to the community.

Although we could not gather in person this year, we were excited to celebrate virtually with Irish language learners and our wonderful guests. We were joined by great talent centered around the theme “Voices from Cork.” It was a wonderful morning of appreciation of the Irish language and music. We want to extend a huge thanks to all the presenters who gave their time and talents to join us. 

The entire presentation was recorded, and is available for all to view.

> Watch Section One.
This first section includes readings of selected original works in Irish and English, and discussion with bilingual poet Siobhán Ní Dhomhnaill. Siobhán’s book of poetry, Ait Iontach agus Bheith Beo is available online.

> Watch Section Two.
This second section includes traditional Irish music with Clíona Halley and Darragh Carey-Kennedy as they join us from Ireland. For more information about their group, Fiárock, visit their Facebook and Youtube pages.

> Watch Section Three.
This third section includes a presentation by UCC Professor Ríona Ní Churtáin on poet Seán Ó Ríordáin, plus new translations of a few Ó Ríordáin poems read by poet Greg Delanty in English and UCC Professor Aidan Doyle in Irish. Books by our presenters are available to purchase online: No More Time by Greg Delanty and North American Gaels: speech, stories, and song in the diaspora by Aidan Doyle. Seán Ó Ríordáin’s book, Apathy is Out with translations, is also available.

 
 
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Mother’s Day Brunch on May 9

Mother's Day Brunch


Join us for a special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 9 from 10 am – 1 pm. Dine inside or on our large outdoor patio. Featuring our Mother’s Day breakfast special, Salmon Oscar, plus our full brunch menu. Celebrate with classic cocktails and our Bloody Mary bar.

Reserve your table by phone at 413-342-4358 or online at OpenTable.

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Online Discussions with Irish Presenters May 3–5

Elms College and the Irish Cultural Center welcome you to this series of discussions presented by our Irish Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Brigita GallagherBrigita is from Co. Cork. She completed her Undergrad studies in Irish and French, and her Graduate studies in Education, all at University College Cork. She taught at St. Mary’s High School in Midleton, Cork. 

No registration required, just click on the link at the start of each presentation. 

Monday, May 3
A discussion with Annie Hughes on the geomapping of Sean Nós Music
Annie HughesWe welcome the wonderful Annie Hughes from Dublin Ireland as she discusses her project for her Master’s Thesis with Trinity College Dublin on the geomapping of Sean Nós Music, being an accomplished sean nós singer herself.
Time & Date: May 3, 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Location: Zoom Meeting ID: 941 4562 9650
https://elms.zoom.us/u/acd4Q9Z5F3

 

Tuesday, May 4
A discussion with Arthur Mathews
Arthur MatthewsArthur Mathews is an Irish-born comedy writer and actor. He has written and contributed to many different television comedies including Father Ted, Big Train and Toast of London. Join us to dive into a discussion on everything comedy, Irish and Craggy Island.  
Time & Date: May 4, 12:15 – 1 pm
Location: Zoom Meeting ID: 991 1279 3124
https://elms.zoom.us/j/99112793124 

 

Wednesday, May 5
The story of Kindred Spirits – the solidarity between the Irish and the Choctaw Nation
Ann-Marie AhernFianna Fáil Councillor Ann-Marie Ahern will tell the story of the link between the Irish people and the Choctaw Nation. A story of solidarity that goes transatlantic. The story is illuminated by the monument Kindred Spirits in Midleton, Co. Cork and to this day has people in awe across the globe.
Time & Date: May 5, 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Location: Zoom Meeting ID: 913 2920 7078
https://elms.zoom.us/j/91329207078

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West Side Running Club

There is a new West Side Running Club being developed by the West Springfield Park and Recreation Department. There will be an Open House here at the ICC on Wednesday, May 5 at 6 pm. Runners will meet in the ICC parking lot and get ready to run or walk the course. Instructor Matt Griffin will explain how the program will work throughout the summer, give participants an opportunity to take a look at the finish line and timing equipment, and hang out! Participants can stay and get a tour of the ICC.

After the Open House and each Wednesday run, enjoy pasta specials for just $10 – $12 at the Irish House Restaurant.

The Running Club officially begins May 12. Sign up to join! For more info, email parkandrec@tows.org.

West Side Running Club

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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. The courses are presented using Zoom. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, no problem. Sean will contact you directly and assist you to get connected. Note: Sean is taking a break for the summer, so this is the last set of courses until September. 

Sean presents two courses, divided into four-week modules. The first is a chronological general history of Ireland from ancient times to the present day. Students can enroll on a rolling basis for those parts of Irish history they are most interested in or have the time to participate in. The course module for May is Irish Confederate Wars and Cromwellian Conquest and Plantation. Takes place on Thursdays, May 13, 20, 27 & June 3 from 7:30–9:00 pm. Download course flyer.

The second course is a general history of each of the thirty two counties in Ireland. This covers the major events from ancient times to the present day. A profile of the major clans and of the most famous individuals from the county will be featured. Segments will also focus on historic sites, the county name, landscapes, and music and dance. This course will be particularly useful to those interested in their Irish heritage, seeking to understand their ancestral home, and the reasons their ancestors left. Featured in May is County Tyrone. Takes place on Thursdays, May 13, 20, 27 & June 3 from 6:00–7:30 pm. Download course flyer.

The enrollment fee is $80 for each four-week course. Courses are presented on Zoom. Each student will receive an electronic copy of each presentation. The classes are one and a half hours long to allow adequate time for questions and answers.

To Enroll
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 worked as a math teacher in public schools until he retired in 2017.

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.

Since the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic he has been presenting his courses online using Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook. He has recently decided to offer online Tin Whistle classes at the Nantucket Community and Music School.

His interest in Irish history and culture stems from his involvement in a wide range of community activities in Ireland starting in the late ’60’s. In 1998 he was elected as the representative of the community and voluntary sector on the Dublin City Development Board that produced the strategic Plan “Dublin: A City of Possibilities 2001-2012.”

In 2014 and 2019 he was awarded the Thomas P McCann “Altruism Award” trophy by the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Committee for his “support and commitment to the Culture and Heritage of Ireland and its people.”

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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Lá na Gaeilge Takes Place Online May 1

Lá na Gaeilge will take place on Zoom on Saturday, May 1, and will be hosted by Irish Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Brigita Gallagher, and Irish language instructor Gerald Costello. Both are teaching this year’s Irish language classes for the Irish Cultural Center and Elms College. The program is free, but registration is required.

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Although we cannot gather in person this year, we are very excited to celebrate virtually with all of you and our wonderful guests. We will be joined by some great talent centered around the theme Voices from Cork – it’s going to be a wonderful morning of appreciation of the Irish language and music. This annual program represents a joint commitment by Elms College and the Irish Cultural Center to provide various cultural benefits to the community.

SCHEDULE

9:00 am – Readings of selected works in Irish and English, and discussion with bilingual poet Siobhán Ní Dhomhnaill.

10:00 am – Traditional Irish music with Clíona Halley and Darragh Carey-Kennedy.

11:00 am – Presentation by UCC Professor Ríona Ní Churtáin on poet Seán Ó Ríordáin, plus new translations of a few Ó Ríordáin poems read by poet Greg Delanty and UCC Professor Aidan Doyle.

There will be two approximately 15–20 minute breaks in between presenters.



ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Siobhán Ní DhomhnaillSiobhán Ní Dhomhnaill
Siobhán Ní Dhomhnaill is a bilingual poet. She was born and raised in Listowel, Co. Kerry. After finishing her degree in BCL (Law and Irish), she undertook a Masters in European Law and the Irish Language in University College Cork. She is currently studying to be a secondary school teacher in NUI Galway. She is the winner of the Collection of Poetry Award at Listowel Writers Week in 2019. Her poems have been published in various literary magazines. Her first book, a collection of Irish Language poetry, Ait agus Iontach Bheith Beo was published by Coisceim in 2020..

Cliona HalleyClíona Halley
Clíona Halley is a concertina, fiddle, tin whistle and traditional piano player from East Cork. Besides Irish traditional music, Clíona is also fully trained on violin and piano in classical music. She is a regular teacher and performer at festivals around Ireland, including the renowned Cork Folk Festival. Clíona currently teaches with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and Music Generation. She has performed worldwide and was part of the Comhaltas Tour of Ireland, Britain and Canada in 2013/2014. Clíona has many accolades to her name including various Fleadh Cheoil titles along with being part of the 2019 Oireachtas na Samhna winning traditional music duet. Clíona completed her Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick in 2019. She is currently working as a primary school teacher and hopes to pass on her love of music to any child that she teaches.

Darragh Carey-KennedyDarragh Carey-Kennedy
Darragh Carey-Kennedy is an Irish traditional banjo player from Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. He has won numerous All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles in a range of different instruments, including the mandolin and miscellaneous competitions. Darragh is a recipient of the FLCM from the London College of Music in Irish Traditional Music performance. He recently received his TTCT qualification from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and achieved the high achiever’s award in this course. Darragh has been teaching traditional Irish music from a very young age and has given workshops on the banjo at various festivals, including Scoil Éigse organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. He is currently the youth officer of his local Comhaltas branch and loves promoting Irish traditional music to the younger generation.

Ríona Ní ChurtáinRíona Ní Churtáin
Ríona Ní Churtáin is a lecturer in Modern Irish at University College Cork. A native of Co. Limerick, she received her undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of Limerick and at University College Cork. Her research primarily focuses on the work of Modern Irish poets, in particular that of Cork poet Seán Ó Ríordáin, and on Existentialist literature. Her publications include the book Ní Insint Dán ach Bheith: Aistí ar Smaointeoireacht an Ríordánaigh, co-edited with Professor Tríona Ní Shíocháin, NUI Maynooth (2019).

Greg DelantyGreg Delanty
Greg Delanty’s latest collection of poems is No More Time, November 2020. A book of translations from the Irish poems of Seán Ó Ríordáin titled Apathy Is Out, is due in Spring 2021. His selected poems came out in November 2017, titled Selected Delanty, introduced and selected by Archie Burnett, Un-Gyve Press. Other recent books are Book Seventeen from LSU Press and The Word Exchange, Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation, WW Norton. His Collected Poems 1986-2006, Oxford Poets series, is from Carcanet Press, UK. He has received many awards, including a Guggenheim for poetry. He teaches at Saint Michael’s College, Vermont and he’s a US citizen as well as an Irish citizen. Delanty’s papers up to 2010 have been acquired by the National Library of Ireland and from 2010-2015 at University College Cork. Photo by John Minihan.

Aidan DoyleAidan Doyle
Aidan Doyle is a lecturer in the Department of Irish, University College Cork, Ireland. His research is focused on the structure and sociolinguistics of Irish. Publications include A history of the Irish language (2015). He has recently co-edited a collection of essays, North American Gaels: Speech, Story, and Song in the Diaspora, published by McGill-Queens University Press in Fall 2020.

This event will be recorded for those unable to view live.

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View the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Event

The Irish Cultural Center hosted an online St. Patrick’s Day celebration of Irish music and poetry with some of our favorite ICC guests and new faces and voices. Guests include: Jane Ní­ Luasa, Sean Nós singer; trad musicians Ellen Redman, John Tabb and David Clopp; poet Siobhán Ní Dhomhnaill; the ICC’s Fulbright Irish language teacher Brigita Gallagher on violin; trad group New Leaf (John Tabb, Kira Jewett and Jim Bunting); local favorites The Healys (Don and Sheila Healy, and Charlie Bongiovi); and a full seisiún.

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Photo Contest Giveaway

Photo Contest Giveaway


Join in and help welcome the Irish Cultural Center to Instagram by participating in our giveaway contest, and you could win one of two $50 gift certificates to the Irish House Restaurant! 

Our theme is My Favorite ICC Experience. Post a photo of something you love about the ICC or an experience you have enjoyed. This could be an event you attended, a pint with friends, a celebratory dinner, your favorite ICC decorations, your favorite photo from an ICC Ireland tour, etc. We are excited to share in these experiences with our Patrons and friends!

We would love for you to enter on Instagram! Here’s how to participate:
1. Follow the ICC’s Instagram account
2. Post your photo, tag @irishculturalcenter_wne and add the hashtag #MyFavoriteICC in your post caption

You may also participate on Facebook:
1. Like the ICC’s Facebook page
2. Post your photo on the ICC’s page or your own, tag @IrishCulturalCenter and include the hashtag #MyFavoriteICC in your post caption (note that the post will need to be made “public” if it is on your own page)
3. If you do not have a photo, you can post a written description

Giveaway Rules and Prize Drawing:
Participation is open until 3 pm EST on March 31, 2021. The ICC will track all correctly tagged entries, and two winners will be selected at random and announced on March 31. The two winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate to the Irish House Restaurant, located at the Irish Cultural Center at 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA.

One entry per person. Note: If the photo features other friends or family, please be sure you have their permission to post. By entering, the winners agree to have their names and/or photos published in ICC social media.
 


Official Rules

Eligibility:  Entrants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and legal residents of the United States. Employees and board members of the Irish Cultural Center and the Irish House Restaurant are ineligible. This offer is void wherever prohibited, and is subject to all federal, state and local laws. By participating, entrants agree to these official rules. The Irish Cultural Center may report, as required by applicable statute or regulation, the value of the prizes and the identity of the winners, to appropriate taxing authorities. Odds of winning the prize offered will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. This contest is not endorsed by Instagram or Facebook.

Winner Selection: Authorized personnel of the Irish Cultural Center will select the Prize Winners via random drawing of all eligible entries on March 31, 2021. The winners will be notified via the social media platform where they posted their winning entry. Winners will have two (2) business days to respond via Direct Message or any other method as specified in the notification message, beginning on the day of notification, or an alternate winner may be selected.

Publicity: By accepting the prize the Winners agree to the release of their name and/or likeness for potential publicity purposes, where permitted by law.

Prize Restrictions:  By participating in the Contest, each entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion.

Limitation of Liability: The Irish Cultural Center is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, printing, typographical or other errors in any giveaway-related materials. By participating in this giveaway and accepting a prize, Winners agree that the Irish Cultural Center and its officers, employees, affiliates, agents, and promotion agencies shall not be liable for any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the contest or resulting from the Winners’ participation in the contest, acceptance, possession, use, or misuse, of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, privacy or defamation. The Irish Cultural Center reserves the right to cancel or modify the contest if fraud or technical failures compromise the integrity of the contest as determined by the Irish Cultural Center in its sole discretion. The Irish Cultural Center reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process or otherwise violates any of the rules of the giveaway.

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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. The courses are presented using Zoom. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, no problem. Sean will contact you directly and assist you to get connected.

Sean presents two courses, divided into four-week modules. The first is a chronological general history of Ireland from ancient times to the present day. Students can enroll on a rolling basis for those parts of Irish history they are most interested in or have the time to participate in. The course module for April is The Flight of the Earls in 1607 and the Plantations of Ulster. Takes place on Thursdays, April 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 7:30–9:00 pm. Download course flyer.

The second course is a general history of each of the thirty two counties in Ireland. This covers the major events from ancient times to the present day. A profile of the major clans and of the most famous individuals from the county will be featured. Segments will also focus on historic sites, the county name, landscapes, and music and dance. This course will be particularly useful to those interested in their Irish heritage, seeking to understand their ancestral home, and the reasons their ancestors left. Featured in April is County Sligo. Takes place on Thursdays, April 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6:00–7:30 pm. Download course flyer.

The enrollment fee is $80 for each four-week course. Courses are presented on Zoom. Each student will receive an electronic copy of each presentation. The classes are one and a half hour long to allow adequate time for questions and answers.

To Enroll
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 worked as a math teacher in public schools until he retired in 2017.

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.

Since the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic he has been presenting his courses online using Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook. He has recently decided to offer online Tin Whistle classes at the Nantucket Community and Music School.

His interest in Irish history and culture stems from his involvement in a wide range of community activities in Ireland starting in the late ’60’s. In 1998 he was elected as the representative of the community and voluntary sector on the Dublin City Development Board that produced the strategic Plan “Dublin: A City of Possibilities 2001-2012.”

In 2014 and 2019 he was awarded the Thomas P McCann “Altruism Award” trophy by the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Committee for his “support and commitment to the Culture and Heritage of Ireland and its people.”

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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