Christmas Carols at the ICC This December

Christmas Music with the Tavern Carolers

Enjoy the holiday season at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub with your family and friends while listening to some of the area’s best Christmas music. 

Performance Dates
Wednesdays • December 7, 14 and 21
Music 5:30 – 8:30 pm • Doors 4 pm

Fridays • December 9 and 23
Music 5:30 – 8:30 pm • Doors 4 pm

Sundays • December 11 and 18
Music 4 – 7 pm • Doors 3 pm

Seating is limited. Reservation and ticket paid in advance is required. An optional buffet is offered with the purchase of a buffet ticket. The buffet is the only food option available during performances. Full bar will be open for purchase. There is one seating per evening.

Ticket With Buffet: $40 ICC Patron / $45 general public
(Includes music and buffet; does not include gratuity.)

Ticket Only: $10 ICC Patron / $15 general public
(For music only; does not include food.)

TO ORDER TICKETS
Call the restaurant at 413-342-4358 to pay with a credit card. Come in to the ICC to pay by card, cash or check. Tickets are date specific, non transferable, non refundable.

Ticketed Buffet Menu
Starters: Garden Salad & Rolls • Homestyle Tomato Basil Soup
Entrees: Aloha Teriyaki Chicken • BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders • Meatballs in Marinara Sauce • EVOO Herb Pasta • Meatless Marinara Sauce • Pasta Primavera
Extras: Red Roasted Potatoes • Seasonal Mixed Vegetables • Assorted Holiday Desserts • Coffee or Tea

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December Irish History Course

The Irish Cultural Center is linking up with Irish historian, Sean Murphy, to introduce our community to live, weekly online Irish history courses via Zoom. Sean presents a special topic for December 2022, A History of Christmas and Christmas in Ireland. Takes place on Thursdays, December 8 and 15 at 7:00 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 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. 

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House of Hamill Concert on November 20

House of Hamill

The ICC invites you to an afternoon of Celtic fiddle and folk with the premier trio House of Hamill. Their dynamic performances have been extremely popular in their many years of playing at the ICC, and include trad Irish instrumentals, reimagined ballads, and original folk songs that showcase their versatility.

House of Hamill performs on Sunday, November 20 at 3:00 pm at the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub. Doors open at 1:30 pm. Food and drinks will be available for purchase (not included in ticket cost).

Tickets
Purchase tickets online or call the ICC 413-333-4951. Tickets are $20 for current ICC Patrons, and $24 for the general public. Online sales end at 8 am on November 20. Door tickets are $25.

Seating is general admission. Table seating is first come, first served. Please let us know if special seating accommodations are required. 

Presenting Sponsors
Westfield Bank, Freedom Credit Union, PeoplesBank. Thanks to our Business Sponsors.

About House of Hamill
Pennsylvania-based House of Hamill was created by Brian Buchanan and Rose Baldino (Enter the Haggis, Burning Bridget Cleary), with bassist Caroline Browning joining four years later. The trio is a fixture on festival stages across the US, and have shared their music and stories on premier folk stages throughout the country and beyond. Their latest release, “Folk Hero,” captures perfectly the energy and eclecticism of their always engaging live show. Whether they’re ripping through a set of original jigs and reels, adding lush three-part harmonies into traditional folk ballads, or cracking up an audience with stories from the road, House of Hamill puts on a show that captivates audiences from the very first note.

> Listen to their latest album “Folk Hero”
> Video: “The Bully of Skidmore Town”
> Video: 2019 Performance at the ICC

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ICC Language Students Take Part in Comhrá 22

On October 10, 2022, members of the ICC Irish Language classes took part in Comhrá 22

This is an annual online initiative run by Conradh na Gaeilge. It first started in 2013, with the aim to promote the Irish Language all over the world and to inspire people to speak the language. 

This year, the online conversation began on Monday, October 10 and ran continuously on Zoom until Thursday, October 13. 

Over 60 groups took part, each with their own slot, making sure there was never a gap in Irish Language conversation over the four days! There were groups from Ireland, America, Canada, and even Singapore! 

It was an honor to get the opportunity to represent not only the Irish Cultural Center itself, but to show that the Irish Language is alive and well here in New England. 

Many thanks to those who partook in the event!

– Written by Fulbright FLTA Emer Maguire

Comhra 22

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Fun at Irish Halloween

The ICC celebrated Halloween on October 29, 2022 with a fun, free, family-friendly open house. The kids arrived in imaginative costumes, and were treated to candy and cider. We had Halloween craft projects and coloring sheets, plus pumpkin tic-tac-toe and ring toss games. Irish Fulbright teacher Emer Maguire read a story and taught Halloween-themed Irish words. Thanks to everyone who made this a fun afternoon!

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Irish Halloween

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Trinity Pub Hours Update

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub is open Wednesday through Saturday from 4–10 pm for light fare, dinner and drinks; kitchen is open till 9 pm.

Starting Sunday, October 30, the Trinity Pub bar is open from 1 – 6 pm for drinks only; our kitchen is closed on Sundays. Make our traditional Dublin-style pub your comfortable Sunday gathering place! Share a relaxed beverage with friends, and maybe catch a sporting event on tv.

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub is open to the public.

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Sean Cahillane Recognized with Diaspora Award

ICC President Sean F. Cahillane has received a Kerry County Diaspora Award. He was one of 26 people – and the first American ever – to be recognized this year for promoting Ireland from outside the country.

The ceremony took place in October 2022 at the Rose Hotel in Tralee as part of the Kerry County Council’s Homecoming Festival. The gala event served to recognize those who have worked to help the southwest county in Ireland economically, culturally, and educationally.

Cahillane said he was happy to be able to pick up the award in person.

“This is such an honor, to be recognized for the work that has been my passion for many years,” said Cahillane, the son of Irish immigrants from the Great Blasket Island and Ballydavid, both part of the Dingle Peninsula.

The weekend events were part of the Global Irish Festival Services supported by the Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

With the exception of Cahillane, awardees were originally from County Kerry, went abroad, mostly to London, England, to establish new lives, but always gave back to their home, many with jobs, grants, training and by continuing cultural ties with Kerry.

Cahillane was recognized for being a founder of the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England, and for helping to launch and support growing ties through travel to Ireland, business ties with the Eastern States Exposition, and government ties through organizations such as the Sister City relationship between Dingle and West Springfield. He has also been instrumental in the ICC’s growing connections with the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Program, the Irish Consul General’s office in Boston, and with local officials and organizations across Western New England.

“It is important that we take the time, at events like this, to stand up and acknowledge the work that is being done outside of Kerry, on behalf of the county,” said Moira Murrell, chief executive of the Kerry County Council.

Next year’s global initiative will target eligible diaspora in Boston, New York, and Chicago.

Sean Cahillane Diaspora Award

Kerry County Mayor John Francis Flynn, ICC President Sean Cahillane, and Kerry County Chief Executive Moira Murrell.

Sean Cahillane Diaspora Award

Kerry Council Tourism and Diaspora Officer John Griffith, Mary Ellen Lowney, Ireland Minister for Education Norma Foley, TD, Executive Chair of the International Rose of Tralee Festival Antony O’Gara and ICC President Sean Cahillane.

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Patron Donation Campaign

Please consider becoming a Patron of the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England. Now, more than ever we need your help!

As an ICC Patron, you allow us to continue to promote our American-Irish heritage by providing Irish cultural programming such as live music, in-person and virtual events, workshops, and educational opportunities. The ICC is a gathering place, connecting people to each other and helping us all to preserve our American-Irish heritage for generations to come. 

Thank you for your support. Learn more and donate online here.

Tom Landers, a member of the ICC board of directors, explains why he is a Patron:

Video Transcript
“Hi, I’m Tom Landers. I’m a volunteer and a member of the board of directors here at the Irish Cultural Center. The reason I became involved is because of the great work the ICC is doing to protect and celebrate Irish culture, Irish heritage, and the arts. Culture is a beautiful thing, whether it’s Irish or otherwise. It’s always eroding, and the ICC is really trying to protect, maintain, and celebrate that culture, the history, the heritage, the arts, food, drink, and certainly the music. They do it in a spot that people can come together and enjoy each other and enjoy that heritage and culture. If you’re currently a Patron, please consider renewing, and if you are not a Patron yet, please consider becoming involved. We’d love to have you down here to see the beautiful campus, the beautiful Trinity Pub, and see the enhancements that we’re making both to the facility and to the campus. While we hope that you become a Patron, we want you to know that it’s open to the public, so come on down and see the place, enjoy, have something to eat, have something to drink, and hopefully you’ll fall in love with it and become a Patron.”

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Halloween Cocktail Contest Winner

Congratulations to Luke Hands, the winner of our Halloween Cocktail Contest! “Eve’s Downfall” will be available at the Trinity Pub this week, October 26–30. Thanks to all who submitted entries – our taste testers had a tough decision.

Ingredients: maple syrup, Jameson whiskey, apple cider, lemon juice, egg white, bitters, allspice dram. Blended until cold and frothy. Garnished with cinnamon sugar rim, apple, and cinnamon stick.

Halloween Cocktail

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November Irish History Courses

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 November 2022 is Northern Ireland / Six Counties 1937–1972. Takes place on Thursdays, November 3, 10, 17, and December 1 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 November 2022 is County Monaghan. Takes place on Thursdays, November 3, 10, 17, and December 1 from 6:00–7:30 pm. Download course flyer.

To Enroll
The enrollment fee is $90 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 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. 

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