Thomas Landers Named to ICC Board of Directors

Thomas LandersLocal educator and West Springfield resident Thomas Landers has been named to a seat on the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England Board of Directors.

Landers is a West Springfield resident who is principal at Longmeadow High School. He has been an educator for 28 years, both in the Longmeadow and Chicopee school systems.

Married and the father of three sons, he is also active in the West Springfield Youth Soccer Club, one of the ICC’s affiliate organizations, and has been an active Patron with the ICC since the organization moved to the city in 2017. The ICC was founded in 1999.

As an Irish American raised to honor his heritage, he said he is happy to serve on the ICC board and looks forward to participating.

“I am thrilled to be a member of the board at the Irish Cultural Center,” Landers said. “As a person of Irish heritage and a resident of West Springfield, I was elated to learn that the ICC was relocating to Morgan Road three years ago, and I have marveled at the work and speed with which it has grown and developed.

“I have always been exposed to and interested in Irish history and culture.  My parents instilled in me and my brothers a love and appreciation of our Irish heritage.  My grandparents on my mother’s side were both immigrants and both sets of my great grandparents on my father’s side were immigrants,” he noted.

ICC Board President Sean Cahillane said Landers is a welcome addition to the board in the organization’s 21st year of existence.

“Tom is a great addition to our board and our organization,” Cahillane said. “He’s not only involved with the Youth Soccer Club, which uses our fields as one of our affiliate groups, he’s a professional asset as an educator and a leader in our community. We welcome him with open arms.”

Landers sits on the ICC’s Development Committee and the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

His involvement in his Irish heritage is life-long, including family trips to Ireland both as a child and as an adult, to playing Irish music with his friends, reading Irish literature and participating in festivals, parades, and ICC activities over the years.

“As both an American of Irish descent and a West Springfield resident, I believe I can and will be a good resource to the ICC.  This is an honor for me,” Landers said.

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Stephanie Joyce Named to ICC Board of Directors

Stephanie JoyceHolyoke resident Stephanie C. Joyce has been appointed to a seat on the Board of Directors of the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England.

Joyce was born and raised in Holyoke and is the daughter of Cindy and Marc Joyce, both lifelong Holyoke residents. After living in the Hungry Hill neighborhood of Springfield for 10 years, she recently moved back to Holyoke, where she is active in numerous community groups, including the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee of Holyoke and Storming the Green, Inc., among other community volunteer work.

She is currently a Tax Examiner for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and previously held several management positions at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House and the Delaney House Restaurant.

ICC President Sean F. Cahillane welcomed Joyce to the board that oversees all aspects of the organization, now in its 21st year.

“Stephanie Joyce has the kind of dedication and energy that we love at the Irish Cultural Center,” Cahillane said. “She has already made a big difference for us and we look forward to working with her in the future.”

Her appointment to the board was made by the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee of Holyoke, one of four sister organizations that are a part of the ICC.

Joyce was raised in an Irish American household where pride in heritage was instilled and celebrated. She is currently serving her third year as Chair of the Board of Directors for The Parade Committee, where her father serves as President. 

“Growing up in Holyoke, the parade and has always been a big part of my life and family traditions, with my father being a member for over 40 years,” she said.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Ireland to visit my family in Kerry multiple times, including several weddings, which my uncle Monsignor David Joyce has performed,” she added.

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

In addition to her work with the ICC and the Parade Committee, Joyce co-chairs an annual golf tournament in honor of her late friend, Heather McMahon. In just 3 years that effort has resulted in donations of over $160,000 to a fund created in her honor at Dana Farber, for glioblastoma research.

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GivingTuesdayNow is on May 5


GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity to take place on May 5, 2020, as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

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The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England marked our 20th anniversary last year. We are so proud of what we have accomplished in the past 20 years as an organization. We look forward to many more prosperous years of culture and friendship to come.

Without financial donations, these achievements would not have been realized. This effort is successful because of the support of many who make a decision to act. In these uncertain times of a worldwide pandemic, financial support is more vital than ever to help keep the ICC going into the future. GivingTuesdayNow is the perfect time to make a tax-deductible gift. 

We have worked steadfastly on our new home in West Springfield to renovate and restore the facility, rebuilding it to suit our unique purposes of promoting and preserving our Irish heritage in the community. Weekly events at the ICC and in the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub have continued to grow, including a traditional Irish music seisiún, concerts and live music, book readings, celebrity bartending events, charitable fundraisers, and a traditional céilí. Irish-oriented lectures, political discussions, international relations, GAA sports, Irish language classes, and student international exchange are all a part of what we provide the community. We look forward to continuing these events and welcoming you at the ICC again soon!

Whether you are Irish or not, love the language or the music, or just want to support the preservation of art and culture, your contribution is greatly appreciated. We understand that these are difficult times for everyone, and we are more thankful than ever for your continued commitment to the ICC.

The Irish Cultural Center, Inc. of Western New England is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Learn more about GivingTuesdayNow.

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Video Message from Director

To our ICC Patrons and friends – we hope you are doing well in these tough times. We’re thinking of you and we wish you well – we can’t wait until we can all gather at the ICC again! Watch a quick note from director Jamie Cardoza Boyle.

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Irish Streetscape Sponsors

Watch a quick showcase of our Irish Streetscape Sponsors, from director Jamie Cardoza Boyle. Thank you so much for your support! Your sponsorship adds a unique and colorful vision to the ICC – Eastern States Exposition, Kelley & Katzer Real Estate, Westfield Bank, Springfield Rifles Rugby Club, Golden Years Home Care Services, West Side Soccer, and Pride Kitchens.

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Buy Gift Certificates Online to the Irish House Restaurant

Gift certificates to our Irish House Restaurant, Trinity Pub & Patio can now be easily purchased online. As a special offer, you will also receive a bonus $10 gift certificate for every $100 purchased! This offer is good until June 30, 2020.

Click here for more information and purchase options. 

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Irish House Restaurant Currently Closed

Dear Irish Cultural Center Patrons and Friends,

As of Sunday, March 15, Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker issued numerous statewide declarations regarding measures to contain the Coronavirus in Massachusetts. 

The Irish Cultural Center will be in full compliance with all declarations, including the limitations on restaurants, pubs and gathering places of 25 people or more. As of today, March 16, the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub will be closed, with no food or drink service. Gift certificates are now available for purchase online.

Update: Live music and events planned at the ICC are now canceled. Please continue to check our website and Facebook pages (Irish Cultural Center and Trinity Pub) for news as more updates become available.

The Coronavirus Pandemic is an unfolding crisis that is unprecedented in nature. We thank you for your understanding at this time, and we look forward to seeing you here at the ICC again soon. 

On behalf of the ICC Board of Directors
and Irish House Restaurant Manager and Staff,

Sean Cahillane, President

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House of Hamill on April 19 – Canceled

House of Hamill

Update: Due to the current COVID-19 situation, this performance has been canceled. Thank you for your support and understanding. We will be rescheduling House of Hamill to perform later in the year, and we hope to see you there.

The Irish Cultural Center invites you to an afternoon of Celtic fiddle and folk rock with House of Hamill – Brian Buchanan (Enter the Haggis), and Rose Baldino (Burning Bridget Cleary). Their intimate, dynamic performances have been extremely popular in their many years of playing for the ICC, and include new fiddle tunes and unique original compositions, plus new life breathed into traditional and contemporary songs.

About House of Hamill
Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible.

Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album “Wide Awake”(2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels from their follow-up “March Through Storms”(2018), their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. You’ll leave with tired feet, a huge smile, and a new appreciation for the versatility of folk instruments in a modern context.

Thanks to our Business Sponsors >

All sales are final. Refunds are given ONLY in the event of cancellation by performers.

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9 to 5 The Musical: ICC Fundraiser April 15 – Canceled

9 to 5 The Musical

Update: Due to the current COVID-19 situation, this performance has been canceled. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Announcement from the Majestic Theater
Our Box Office right now, along with all of the computers, is shut down. As soon as we do reopen the theater we will then be able to deal with the myriad of ticket issues that await us. Thanks for your patience. And, it goes without saying, our thanks for your many years of support! We suggest that you call the box office for future updates, or that you check our website for any notices.

Please join us for a special performance at the Majestic Theater on Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30 pm as a fundraiser for the Irish Cultural Center!

Based on the 1980 movie with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, 9 TO 5 garnered 15 Drama Desk Award nominations, the most ever in a single year for any production. Coworkers and unlikely friends Violet, Dora Lee, and Judy team up to get revenge on their lecherous boss in this “goofily entertaining crowd-pleaser!” By Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick. 

Special Performance Tickets: $20
Wednesday, April 15 at 7:30 pm
All ticket holders will receive a 10% off coupon for food purchases at the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant. See coupon for details.

Intermission Snack $5: Irish Scone w/Butter (please pre-order)

Please Call the Box Office to Purchase Tickets
Majestic Theater, 131 Elm Street, West Springfield
Box Office: 413-747-7797

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Sarah the Fiddler on March 15

Sarah the Fiddler

The Irish Cultural Center invites you to an evening with Sarah the Fiddler on March 15 at the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub at 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA. The show is from 4:00–7:00 pm. The Pub opens at 2:00 for ticketholders only, with food service also starting at 2:00.

UPDATE: This show is sold out. Tickets will not be available at the door. Cost is $20 ICC Patrons / $25 general for main room / $20 for seating in rear room (some obstructed view – full sound, show on tv screen). Our 3-course prefix or light sandwiches, burgers and salads menu will be available for purchase (not included in ticket price). General and back room tickets will go on sale January 21.

About Sarah the Fiddler
Sarah’s musical journey began at the age of 4 when she started violin lessons using the Suzuki Method. By the age of 6, she was introduced to fiddle music and began competing in fiddle contests all over New England. These contests and festivals instilled Sarah’s passion for old-time music as she learned and played alongside some of the best old-tymers.

The moment her bow touches the strings, Sarah’s passion for music is evident. Combining her influences of Old-Time, Irish, World and Classical music, Sarah takes her audiences on a musical journey from old-time sing-alongs, to lively polkas and rousing reels. This is a high energy show loved by audiences of all ages. This show will sell out quickly!

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All sales are final. Refunds are given ONLY in the event of cancellation by performers.

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