New Year’s Eve from Ireland

New Year's Eve from Ireland

Join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub on December 31, 2021 and celebrate as we ring in the New Year.

Live Music All Day
Doors open at 12 pm, with Irish music with The Blaney Brothers from 1–4 pm.
The Pub closes at 4 pm while we reset for the evening.
Doors re-open at 5:30 pm, with music from local legend Dee Reilly from 6–9 pm.
The Pub closes at 10 pm.

Buffet (two seatings, limited to 100 people each)
Shrimp Cocktail, Cheese and Cracker Platter, Fruit Platter, Guinness Glazed Steak Tips, Seafood Stuffed Sole, Roasted Irish Chicken, Vegetarian Pasta Primavera, Augratin Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, Salad, Rolls.

Champagne Toast
We will have a toast at 7 pm (local time) with a live stream of the ball drop from Dublin.

Tickets
$60 for ICC Patrons / $65 for general public – includes buffet, party favors and champagne toast. Reservations are required – call 413-342-4358. This event always sells out! 

Download the flyer for more information.

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Christmas Caroling Events

Christmas Music

Celebrate with the Tavern Carolers
Enjoy a festive dinner and drinks with your family and friends while listening to some of the area’s best Christmas music. Start the holiday season in front of our warm and welcoming fireplace in our traditional Irish House.

Sundays 3–6 pm 
• December 5
• December 12
• December 19 

Wednesdays 5–8 pm
• December 8
• December 15
• December 22

Tickets must be purchased in advance as we always sell out. Tickets are $9 per person for ICC Patrons and their guests, and $12 per person for the general public. 

Please call 413-342-4358 to pay with a credit card or come in to the ICC to pay by cash or check. Full menu and drinks will be available to order for your enjoyment. 

Tickets are date specific and non refundable. Ticket price does not include food and drink.

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Visit with Santa December 18

Meet Santa at the ICC

Visit with Santa Claus at the Irish Cultural Center! Bring your children or grandchildren to meet Santa on Saturday, December 18 from 12–3:30 pm. The event is free – please be prepared to take your own photos. Enjoy our complimentary hot chocolate and cookies after your visit. The Irish House Restaurant will be open to order lunch and drinks.

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Whiskey Tasting December 9

Whiskey Pairing

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant for a special Whiskey Tasting on December 9 at 6:00 pm. Four small plates are paired with four whiskies: Smoky Ahi Tuna Sliders with Bushmills Original, Marinated Flank Steak Skewers with Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Crown Royal Apple, and Roasted Mushroom Brochette with Slane.

Tickets are $40 for ICC Patrons, $45 for general public. There is a special ICC Patron presale for the first 7 days – tickets for the public go on sale December 1. 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. Download flyer and menu.

 

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Hot Drinks To Go for Nature Trail Walkers

Warm up after your walk on the Bagg Brook Heritage Trail on Morgan Road, behind the Irish Cultural Center. Visit the Irish House Restaurant for a free coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Available during our restaurant open hours: Wed–Sat 4–9 pm / Sun 1–6 pm. One per person.

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Pop Up Gaeltacht November 18

Pop Up Gaeltacht


Join us for a Pop Up Gaeltacht with Conradh na Gaeilge Iarthar MA on Thursday, November 18 from 6–8 pm at the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England.

It’s an opportunity for people of any and all levels to come together and speak or listen to the Irish language with friends! Come join us – there will be Caint, Comhrá agus Craic! Tá fáilte roimh chách!

Contact Réaltín Mc Elhinney to let us know you are coming: mcelhinneyr@elms.edu.

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Restaurant Update

Sunday Brunch is being discontinued for the time being. The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub will now be open from 1:00 – 6:00 pm on Sundays, with our full menu available to order. Join us for lunch on a Sunday afternoon, or stay for an early dinner. On select days, there will be live music performances and Patriots football on our large tv. Check our events calendar for the full schedule.

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Remembering James Cannon

Jim CannonOn this beautiful fall morning, the Irish Cultural Center family has very sad news for our Patrons and friends.

A great fan of being Irish, a long-time activist, a decades-long Irish Cultural Center Board member and a key player in the present day success of the ICC, James (Jimmy) Cannon of Holyoke passed away on November 2.  

Read James Cannon’s obituary on MassLive. 

Calling hours are Tuesday, November 9 from 4 – 7 pm in the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home in Holyoke. Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, November 10 at 10 am in Saint Jerome Church in Holyoke. Burial will be private.

We send our condolences to his wife Susan, and his family and friends.

James Cannon

Clockwise from top left: James Cannon and Sean Cahillane; a board meeting in the early days of planning the new facility at Morgan Road; Mayor William Reichelt and James Cannon as Vice President signing lease papers for the Morgan Road property; James Cannon taking part in the Saint Brigid’s Day Raffle (photo by Joe Christofori).

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Irish Veterans Photography Exhibit Opens November 11

Irish-born Veterans Exhibit

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England is pleased to announce that our in-person photography and story exhibit, Those Who Served: Irish-Born Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, will officially open at the ICC on Thursday, November 11 from 3–5 pm.

The exhibit will be on display from November 11 through November 21 in the Celtic Room at our Irish House Restaurant, 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA. It is free and open to the public.

In the fall of 2019, the ICC put out a call for photos and biographies of Irish-born veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, to be displayed in a photographic exhibit. The plan was to install this exhibit at the ICC in the spring of 2020. However, because of the public gathering restrictions during the pandemic, we launched a mini-exhibit on our website on Veterans Day last year.

We are excited to now share this exhibit in person to honor those veterans born in Ireland and who served their new country.

Thank you to all those who submitted photos and memories of their loved ones. We also thank the Mass Cultural Council for their support in developing this project.

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See more photos from the exhibit opening in our Facebook gallery >

Irish-Born Veterans Exhibit Opening

Clockwise from left: Navy veteran Patrick Murphy, reading his own story; the family of veteran James O’Shea; Dorothea Connor and Kathleen Barry in front of the display of Daniel J. Connor, Dorothea’s father; West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt and exhibit volunteer Mary Ellen O’Brien.

 

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Commemoration of Hunger Strike’s 40th Anniversary

On Sunday, October 24, the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England was honored to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike in Northern Ireland, which brought attention to the British treatment of Northern Irish Citizens.

The ceremony, held in the Forest Park Garden of Remembrance, featured Hunger Strike survivor Patrick Sheehan, now a member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West, Northern Ireland, who shared his experiences from that time.

Key sponsors of the event were U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, and the Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management Pat Sullivan.

After the ceremony and lunch, participants gathered at the ICCWNE. Guests toured the facility, heard about our future plans, and learned about our dedication to Irish culture and heritage here in western New England.

The 1981 Hunger Strike ended a five-year protest by Irish Republic prisoners in Northern Ireland. It resulted in changes to the House of Parliament in Northern Ireland with Irish representation in elections, and the historic Good Friday Agreement in 1998. 

Read additional coverage of the event:
• Masslive: “Springfield commemorates 40th anniversary of IRA hunger strike”
• City of Springfield: “Mayor Sarno Welcomes Irish Representative and Hunger Strike Survivor Patrick Sheehan”

Hunger Strike Reception

Left to right: Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Martin Galvin; Richie Lawlor; Patrick Sheehan, longest H-Block Hunger Striker and member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West, Northern Ireland; Jimmy Mann; Hugh Mullan.

Hunger Strike Reception

Left to right: Jeanne Ahern, ICC Board member; Rose Baker, ICC Vice President ; Bev Browne, ICC Board member; Laura Hurley, ICC Chief Advancement Officer; Ed Sullivan, former Mayor of West Springfield; Patrick Sheehan, longest H-Block Hunger Striker and member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West, Northern Ireland; Mick Corduff, ICC Board member; Stephanie Joyce, ICC Treasurer; Mary Jane McMahon, ICC Board member; Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Ellen Gallivan, ICC Administrative Director; Will Carey, ICC Board member.

Hunger Strike Reception

Left to right: Sean Cahillane, ICC President; William Reichelt, Mayor of West Springfield; Patrick Sheehan, longest H-Block Hunger Striker and member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West, Northern Ireland; Ed Sullivan, former Mayor of West Springfield.

Hunger Strike Reception

Left to right: Ellen Gallivan, ICC Administrative Director; Rose Baker, ICC Vice President; Laura Hurley, ICC Chief Advancement Officer; Bev Browne, ICC Board member; Ed Sullivan, former Mayor of West Springfield; Mick Corduff, ICC Board member; Stephanie Joyce, ICC Treasurer; Mary Jane McMahon, ICC Board member; John O’Donoghue.

Hunger Strike Reception

Left to right: Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Brian Ahern; Jeanne Ahern, ICC Board member; Laura Hurley, ICC Chief Advancement Officer; Ed Sullivan, former Mayor of West Springfield; Patrick Sheehan, longest H-Block Hunger Striker and member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West, Northern Ireland.

Hunger Strike Reception

Reception at the Irish Cultural Center

Hunger Strike Reception

ICC Patrons with Réaltín McElhinney, Irish Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (center).

Hunger Strike Reception

“One Shot Patty” Gary Gormally.

Hunger Strike Reception

Reception at the Irish Cultural Center

Hunger Strike Reception

Guests looking out from the 4th floor of the Irish Cultural Center, where work is continuing to install new windows and construct new corners for the building.

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