Michael Collins History Course

August 22 is the centenary of the death of the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins. To commemorate this event, Irish historian Sean Murphy is offering a two-week online Zoom course that tells the story of Michael Collins explains his political views. The course takes place on Thursdays, August 18 and 25 from 6 – 7:30 pm. Download course flyer.

To Enroll
The enrollment fee is $50 for the two-week course. Please contact Sean directly for information or to enroll – send an email to seanmurphy630@gmail.com.

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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We’re Hiring

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub is hiring! We are urgently looking to add servers, bartenders and cooks to our team. Please contact General Manager Sheri Hannifan for all the details if you or someone you know is interested. Call 413-342-4358 or email icctrinitypub@gmail.com.

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Thank You Réaltín, for a Special Lá na Gaeilge

Word of the ICC’s Language Day in May 2022 drew Irish Language enthusiasts from Manchester, England; Toulouse, France; and various towns throughout western Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut. More than sixty people attended our annual event on Zoom.

Although we would have preferred to engage our learners in person, the technology enabled participants to listen to, ask questions of, and think about four fabulous presentations that focused on the placenames, food, language, and music of the Inishowen Peninsula in Ireland. Paddy Doherty, William McElhinney, Manchán Magan and Clodagh Warnock gave thoughtful and spirited presentations.

Réaltín Nic Giolla Chainnigh organized the theme, recruited the speakers, and flawlessly managed the day’s events. A native of the peninsula, her love and pride of place and language was evident through her selection of presenters. By the end of the day, participants had a deeper appreciation and understanding of the cultural ties that bind Inishowen’s inhabitants together.

The feedback from the day was very positive. Several participants noted that the speakers were offering ways to slow down and observe the importance of simple pleasures. Take the time to consider a townland’s name; be thankful for eating the natural bounty of the area with family. Listen to traditional music, live sustainably, and be connected to the landscape.

Each presentation is on the ICC’s YouTube channel.  Make time to watch them if you were unable to attend the day.

Joe O’Reilly from Manchester was surprised to see the great support from the general Springfield area. He particularly enjoyed the presentation on placenames and the new word that he learned – spág. Come to our Irish language classes, and you can learn what it means. Deirdre Godfrey, a language student from Chicopee, found the day to be “incredibly stimulating and fascinating. It was quite difficult to turn off the computer and reenter daily life.”

The program’s impact was felt by many people united by a love of the language and culture. Réaltín’s management of the process was greatly appreciated. She admirably fulfilled her role as the cultural ambassador from Inishowen.

– Written by ICC Language Instructor Gerald Costello

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The ICC Celebrated Our Celtic Music Festival in July

The ICC held our inaugural Celtic Music Festival on July 24, 2022. This free afternoon festival showcased traditional and popular Irish music along with Irish dancing, in our Trinity Pub and on the outdoor patio.

A traditional Irish music session led off the festival, featuring the weekly Trinity Pub session players. Local Irish/Americana group The Stout Porters played reels, jigs, and modern Irish classics. Dancers from the Cassin Academy of Irish Dance performed in the pub. Boston’s Erin Óg headlined the festival, playing traditional Irish folk and ballads. 

The North Elm Butcher Block supplied delicious food options with their truck, and the Trinity Pub was open for cold drinks on a hot day.      

Mary Ellen Lowney, on the ICC Events Committee, acknowledged everyone who came out to enjoy the day in the heat. “It was a really fun day with lots of enthusiasm from all attendees, with the music and dance well appreciated. A great turnout in spite of the hot, hot weather!

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up and run the festival, to our Events Committee, and restaurant staff.

Tom Landers, who is on the ICC Board of Directors and plays with The Stout Porters, said “I just wanted to acknowledge the great work yesterday. Couldn’t have been set up any better than it was. We had fun and were happy to be part of it. Thanks for having us.” 

Thanks to our festival sponsors: Mass Cultural Council, Consulate General of Ireland/Boston, Two Weeks Notice Brewing Company, and West of the River Chamber of Commerce, plus our Presenting Business Sponsors, Westfield Bank and Freedom Credit Union.

See news coverage from WWLP 22 News and WesternMass News.

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Celtic Music Fest 2022 - Session

Celtic Music Fest 2022 - Session

Celtic Music Fest 2022 - The Stout Porters

Celtic Music Festival 2022

Celtic Music Festival 2022 - Dancers

Celtic Music Festival 2022 - Boston's Erin Og

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DIY Thursdays in August

The ICC presents DIY Thursdays this August – these fun activities take place at the Trinity Pub. Advanced registration for both events is required. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the Trinity Pub (not included in event price).

Succulent Garden Workshop on August 18
The Flower Shed is bringing their Succulent Bar to the ICC! Join us on the outdoor patio for a fun interactive succulent planting workshop, on Thursday, August 18 at 7 pm. Class starts off with a brief overview of succulent care, planting demonstration, and Q & A session. You’ll receive tips and tricks on keeping your succulent garden alive and thriving. Guests then select a vessel, (1-3) 2″ succulents, and planting tools. No green thumb needed; the plant bar specialist will guide you through the planting process. Cost is $25 per person. Purchase advance tickets (required) >

Beer & Wine Glass Painting Party on August 25
Join us for an Irish-themed Beer & Wine Glass Painting Party at the ICC on Thursday, August 25 from 7–9 pm. Get ready for Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day with lots of St. Patrick’s and Irish-themed designs to choose from. Make some for yourself or as a unique gift. Instructor MaryBeth Reed from Paint Craze will guide you through the process of custom painting your glasses. Cost is $25, which includes your choice of all materials to paint your choice of 2 glasses. Purchase advance tickets (required) >

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Celtic Music Festival July 24

Celtic Music Festival

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England announces our rescheduled Celtic Music Festival on Sunday, July 24. Traditional and popular Irish music along with Irish dancing will be presented in our Trinity Pub and on the covered outdoor patio, located at the ICCWNE at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield, MA.

Free admission, takes place from 12–6 pm. A traditional Irish music session begins in the pub, featuring the weekly Trinity Pub session players. Local Irish/Americana group The Stout Porters plays outside on the patio, with reels, jigs, and modern Irish classics. Dancers from the Cassin Academy of Irish Dance perform in the pub. Headlining the festival on the patio is Boston’s Erin Óg, traditional Irish folk band and balladeers. “Think Wolftones meet Dubliners meet Clancy Bros. and you have the Irish folk band that is Erin Óg!” ~ Joe O’Shea, O’Shea’s Olde Inne

Schedule
12–1:30 pm (pub): Trad Irish Session
1:30–3 pm (patio): The Stout Porters
3:15–3:45 pm (pub): Cassin Academy of Irish Dance
4–6 pm (patio): Boston’s Erin Óg

North Elm Butcher BlockThe entertainment takes place in the Trinity Pub and on the covered outdoor patio. Guests are welcome to bring chairs or blankets for additional seating on the grass. The North Elm Butcher Block food truck will be here. and the Trinity Pub bar will be open.       


Thanks to our Sponsors
Festival Sponsors: Mass Cultural Council, Consulate General of Ireland/BostonTwo Weeks Notice Brewing Company. Business Grant: West of the River Chamber of Commerce. Presenting Business Sponsors: Westfield Bank and Freedom Credit Union

Mass Cultural Council      Consulate General of Ireland Boston      Two Weeks Notice Brewing Company      West of the River Chamber

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WRC Awards Business Grant

WRC Business Grant

The Irish Cultural Center was honored to recently receive a $1,000 business grant from the West of the River Chamber of Commerce. Pictured Left to Right: Robin Wozniak, WRC Executive Director; Laura Hurley, ICC Chief Advancement Officer; Jamie Smith, Westfield Bank (past Chairwoman of WRC).

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Flynn Financial Makes Donation for Media Center

Flynn Financial with Donation Check

The Irish Cultural Center was honored to recently receive a donation of $25,000 from Flynn Financial Partners, Ltd. for the Multifaceted Media Center. Pictured Left to Right: Laura Hurley, Advancement Officer; Timothy Flynn, co-owner of Flynn Financial; Ed Sullivan, ICCWNE Board of Directors.

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Irish History Courses in June

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 June 2022 is The Irish Free State 1922-1937. Takes place on Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23 & 30 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 June 2022 is County Wicklow. Takes place on Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23 & 30 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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We’re Hiring

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub is hiring! We are urgently looking to add servers and cooks to our team, part time permanent positions. Please contact General Manager Sheri Hannifan for all the details if you or someone you know is interested. Call 413-342-4358 or email icctrinitypub@gmail.com.

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