Irish History Courses in October

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 will be 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. The first is a chronological general history of Ireland from ancient times to the present day. The course is divided into four-week modules. 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 October is The Island of Saints and Scholars. Takes place on Thursdays, October 8, 15, 22, and 29, 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. The course is divided into four-week modules. 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 origin of the county name, picturesque landscapes, and the music and dance associated with that county. 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. The county featured in the October course is Armagh. Takes place on Thursdays, October 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 6:00–7:30 pm. Download course flyer. 

The enrollment fee is $80 for each four-week course. Courses will be presented on Zoom using PowerPoint. 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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New! Family Dinner Specials To Go for Curbside Pickup

Family Dinner Specials To Go

NEW! Gather at home and enjoy Irish family comfort food with Family Dinner Specials To Go for Curbside Pickup at the Irish House Restaurant. Added by popular demand from our Patrons!

Three hearty Irish dinners served with salad, rolls, and bread pudding.
Pot Roast Dinner with fingerling potatoes and carrots
Shepherd’s Pie with peas and carrots, Irish style
Chicken Dinner with mashed potatoes and vegetables

Dinner for 2 people – $30
Dinner for 4 people – $55
Dinner for 6 people – $80 
plus 8% additional charge for staff support 

–TO PLACE YOUR ORDER–
Please call 413-342-4358 to place your order from 2–8 pm, at least one hour in advance of pickup.

Available Wednesday through Saturday. Orders may be placed from 2–8 pm. Pickup starts at 4 pm, the kitchen closes at 9 pm. We request at least one hour notice for preparation.

Call from the parking lot when you arrive to pick up your curbside order at the entrance to the patio. Or, pick up your order inside the Irish House Restaurant. Masks are required. Payment can be taken over the phone or in the restaurant.

Wine and beer are also available for pickup: 
• White Zinfandel, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon (Canyon Road) – $14 per bottle
• Corona Premium – $4.75 per bottle
• Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Coors Light – $4 per bottle

Call 413-342-4358 to place your order. View and download flyer.

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ICC Names Two New Executive Officers to Board

Rose Baker
Rose Baker
Stephanie Joyce
Stephanie Joyce

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England has named two new Executive Officers to its Board of Directors leadership team.

Rose Baker of West Springfield is the board’s new vice president. Stephanie Joyce of Holyoke is now the treasurer of the West Springfield-based organization that promotes Irish culture to Patrons and the general public across the Western New England region.

ICC President Sean Cahillane said he looks forward to working with the longstanding volunteer board members, who are a perfect fit for their new leadership positions.

“I am extremely pleased with the selection of these two highly competent and intelligent women, who have been sharing their energy and commitment to our board for several years,” Cahillane said. “In their new positions as vice president and treasurer, they will help guide the Irish Cultural Center as we move forward with our plans for growth and expansion.”

Cahillane described the ICC Executive Committee as the key leadership group, which is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the organization. He said Baker and Joyce are “well suited to lead, and individually they bring a wealth of professional business experience to us, much sought-after qualities and talents for charitable organizations such as ours.”

Baker is a first-generation Irish American who is a lifelong resident of West Springfield. She has served as a member of the board the past 10 years, for the past five years as chair of the Travel Committee which organizes and runs several trips a year to Ireland. These trips fulfill the ICC’s cultural mission of giving travelers first-hand experience of seeing Ireland and being immersed in Irish ways. She is a strong business professional.

A graduate of Cathedral High School and the College of the Holy Cross, she has worked nearly two decades in compliance at MassMutual.

Baker said she looks forward to her new leadership role.

“I am absolutely honored to be asked to serve as Vice President of the ICC,” Baker said.  “It is such a great leadership opportunity. The ICC is a phenomenal organization and I look forward to working with the other members of the executive committee and continuing the organization’s great work in promoting Irish life, culture, and events. Being Irish is in my genes, my soul, and most of all, in my heart.”

Joyce has been on the ICC board for two years, and brings to her new position a career as a tax examiner for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. She has lived in Holyoke for most of her life, and has an impressive roster of working to promote her Irish heritage.

She has been an active member for eight years on the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee of Holyoke, one of four sister organizations that are affiliated members of the ICC. She is currently serving her third year as Chair of the Board of Directors for The Parade Committee. She also co-chairs an annual golf tournament in honor of her late friend, Heather McMahon. In just three years that effort has resulted in donations of over $160,000 to a fund created in her honor at Dana Farber, for glioblastoma research.

In her capacity as a member of the ICC board, Joyce is also serving as co-chair of the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub Committee, which oversees the gathering place run by the organization. She has also organized celebrity bartender events, and has worked to help plan the annual Lúnasa Festival and Feis.

“I’ve enjoyed my time as a board member at the ICC, and I look forward to becoming part of the Executive Committee, as the Treasurer,” she said.

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Irish History Courses Start in September

The Irish Cultural Center is linking up with Irish historian, Sean Murphy, to introduce our community to live, weekly online Irish history courses that will begin in September. The courses will be 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. The first is a chronological general history of Ireland from ancient times to the present day. Every major event is covered. The course is divided into four-week modules. 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 events that will be covered in 2020 are: The Arrival of Christianity and the Role of Saint Patrick, The Island of Saints and Scholars, The Viking Invasions, and The Norman Conquest. Download the first module flyer.

The second course is a general history of each of the thirty two counties in Ireland. The course is divided into four-week modules. 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 origin of the county name, picturesque landscapes, and the music and dance associated with that county. 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. The county featured in the September course is Tipperary. Download the Tipperary course flyer. The remainder of 2020 will cover the counties of Armagh, Meath, and Mayo.

The enrollment fee is $80 for each four-week course. Courses will be presented on Zoom using PowerPoint. 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
.   

Download the course flyers for The Arrival of Christianity and the Role of Saint Patrick and The History of County Tipperary

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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ICC Welcomes Eleventh Fulbright Irish Language Teacher

The Irish Cultural Center and Elms College have been very fortunate over the last ten years. We have had an opportunity to receive wonderful Irish language instruction from talented teachers from a range of different backgrounds. These men and women have been fantastic cultural ambassadors who have added greatly to our community in Western Massachusetts.

The ICC would like to thank this past year’s Fulbright, Yvonne White, for all of her work. She helped to set up a new Conradh na Gaeilge chapter and taught the intermediate class for the Center. In addition, she was an instructor and lecturer at Irish Language Days in Fairfield and Boston. Unfortunately, we were unable to see Yvonne at our Lá na Gaeilge this year because of the pandemic, but she still continued to teach her class through Zoom from Ireland. Thank you from all of us!

As the new academic year approaches , we are delighted to welcome Brigita Gallagher. Gita is a native of Destyx, Knockglass, Ladysbridge, County Cork. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from UCC, concentrating her course work in Irish, French, and Education. Presently, Gita is teaching high school in Cork. She will be a frequent guest at the Center, so please introduce yourselves and welcome her.

The last academic year was strange for all of us taking and teaching courses. Out of necessity, we used Zoom or other apps to complete the five non-credit classes through the Elms and ICC. Thank you to Kathleen Gilhooly for finding the right way to stay in touch with her students and to finish the semester. In an odd way, this break with the traditional classroom format may foster more hybrid programs going forward. Perhaps there will be more opportunities for conversation utilizing online learning.

All of our non-credit Irish Language courses will be offered on Zoom for this fall semester. All registration information is available here. We need to have the registrations completed by the end of the month so the instructors can send Zoom invites to you to attend the classes.

Although it is a different start to the year, we are ready to help you with your language journey. There are many ways to become involved with this program. If you are new to the ICC and interested in learning this rich language, give us a try. If you have taken classes, challenge yourself to learn more and help our newer members. As an obair a fhaightear an fhoghlaim. (It is out of work that learning is gotten.)

– Gerald Costello
Irish Language Instructor and Language Committee Chair

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What’s the “Scoop” at the Trinity Pub?

What's the Scoop?

A scoop of ice cream is one of the simple joys in life, so come enjoy life at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub! Receive a FREE ICE CREAM with every meal purchase.

What’s the “scoop” at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub?
• The best outdoor dining on one of the largest patios in Western Massachusetts
• Patio overlooks the newest nature trail in West Springfield
• Dine inside or out, with the best food and drinks in our authentic pub atmosphere
• Live music on specific dates: check our schedule

Open Wednesday – Saturday: Pub 4–10 pm / Kitchen 5–9 pm. 

Learn more about the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub!

Reservations are recommended: call 413-342-4358 or email icctrinitypub@gmail.com. Safe distancing and COVID safeguards are strictly enforced.

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Patio and Pub Now Open

Outdoor patio

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub is now open for dining on the outdoor patio and in the air conditioned pub (limited capacity, no bar seating).

Open Wednesday – Saturday from 5:00 – 9:30 pm. Please take note of our guidelines below.

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are suggested. Please call 413-342-4358. We are offering drinks and a limited menu of pre-selected hot meals and sandwiches. Menu options may change day to day, and will be posted as you enter.

DINING GUIDELINES
This is all new for us as we adapt to the current state guidelines. We kindly ask for your patience and understanding as we work to serve you in this new environment.

Please take note of the strict social distancing and sanitary guidelines in place:
• Tables are kept 6 feet apart.
• Maximum group size of 6 people.
• Tables will be sanitized before and after each use.
• Staff will be wearing masks.
• All guests must be seated for dining.
• All guests must wear masks when entering Pub.
• Please stay home if you are feeling ill.
• A credit card will be required for the Trinity Pub to hold while you are visiting our patio, whether you are paying by card, cash, or gift certificate.

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Veterans Photo Project

The ICC has received an extension to complete our Irish-born Veterans Photo Project, due to the pandemic. The submission deadline is now September 1. If you weren’t able to meet the previous submission deadline, now it your chance!

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.

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Patio Opening for Outdoor Dining on June 17

Outdoor Patio

We have big news to share! We are excited to reopen the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub with outdoor patio dining! Our staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly to prepare the patio and ensure that everything is ready. We are looking forward to welcoming you back with a Céad Míle Fáilte.

We will open to the general public starting on June 17.

There will be two seating time options. First seating from 5–7 pm, and the second from 7:30–9:30 pm. The time in between seatings will be used to completely sanitize the seating and dining area. Please take note of our guidelines below.

Reservations are required for all our guests. Please call 413-342-4358. In order to control capacity, we are not able to accept walk-ins at this time. 

We will be offering drinks and a limited menu of pre-selected hot meals and sandwiches. Menu options may change day to day, and will be posted as you enter the patio.

Hours beginning June 17:
Open Wednesday – Saturday
Seating times: 5–7 pm and 7:30–9:30 pm
Reservations are required. Please call 413-342-4358.

OUTDOOR DINING GUIDELINES
This is all new for us as we adapt to the current state guidelines. We kindly ask for your patience and understanding as we work to serve you in this new environment. 

Please take note of the strict social distancing and sanitary guidelines in place:
• We are open for outside dining only.
• Tables are kept 6 feet apart.
• Maximum group size of 6 people.
• Tables will be sanitized before and after each use.
• Staff will be wearing masks.
• All guests must be seated for dining.
• All guests must wear masks when entering Pub for the restrooms.
• Please stay home if you are feeling ill.
• A credit card will be required for the Trinity Pub to hold while you are visiting our patio, whether you are paying by card, cash, or gift certificate. 

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Lúnasa Feis 2020 Has Been Canceled

The Lúnasa Feis will be rescheduled for August 2021. 

The Feis Committee has come to the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Lúnasa Feis. This decision was made taking into consideration the uncertainty in planning an event this size in the current environment, the unknown restrictions for large gatherings that may be in place later this year, and first and foremost the health and safety of dancers, families, and our volunteers. While this is not the outcome we wanted, we will be hard at work planning a wonderful feis for August 2021.

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