Irish History Courses in May

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 are presented using Zoom. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, no problem. Sean will contact you directly and assist you to get connected. Note: Sean is taking a break for the summer, so this is the last set of courses until September. 

Sean presents two courses, divided into four-week modules. The first is a chronological general history of Ireland from ancient times to the present day. 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 May is Irish Confederate Wars and Cromwellian Conquest and Plantation. Takes place on Thursdays, May 13, 20, 27 & June 3 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. 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 county name, landscapes, and music and dance. 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. Featured in May is County Tyrone. Takes place on Thursdays, May 13, 20, 27 & June 3 from 6:00–7:30 pm. Download course flyer.

The enrollment fee is $80 for each four-week course. Courses are presented on Zoom. Each student will receive an electronic copy of each presentation. The classes are one and a half hours 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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Lá na Gaeilge Takes Place Online May 1

Lá na Gaeilge will take place on Zoom on Saturday, May 1, and will be hosted by Irish Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Brigita Gallagher, and Irish language instructor Gerald Costello. Both are teaching this year’s Irish language classes for the Irish Cultural Center and Elms College. The program is free, but registration is required.

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Although we cannot gather in person this year, we are very excited to celebrate virtually with all of you and our wonderful guests. We will be joined by some great talent centered around the theme Voices from Cork – it’s going to be a wonderful morning of appreciation of the Irish language and music. This annual program represents a joint commitment by Elms College and the Irish Cultural Center to provide various cultural benefits to the community.

SCHEDULE

9:00 am – Readings of selected works in Irish and English, and discussion with bilingual poet Siobhán Ní Dhomhnaill.

10:00 am – Traditional Irish music with Clíona Halley and Darragh Carey-Kennedy.

11:00 am – Presentation by UCC Professor Ríona Ní Churtáin on poet Seán Ó Ríordáin, plus new translations of a few Ó Ríordáin poems read by poet Greg Delanty and UCC Professor Aidan Doyle.

There will be two approximately 15–20 minute breaks in between presenters.



ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Siobhán Ní DhomhnaillSiobhán Ní Dhomhnaill
Siobhán Ní Dhomhnaill is a bilingual poet. She was born and raised in Listowel, Co. Kerry. After finishing her degree in BCL (Law and Irish), she undertook a Masters in European Law and the Irish Language in University College Cork. She is currently studying to be a secondary school teacher in NUI Galway. She is the winner of the Collection of Poetry Award at Listowel Writers Week in 2019. Her poems have been published in various literary magazines. Her first book, a collection of Irish Language poetry, Ait agus Iontach Bheith Beo was published by Coisceim in 2020..

Cliona HalleyClíona Halley
Clíona Halley is a concertina, fiddle, tin whistle and traditional piano player from East Cork. Besides Irish traditional music, Clíona is also fully trained on violin and piano in classical music. She is a regular teacher and performer at festivals around Ireland, including the renowned Cork Folk Festival. Clíona currently teaches with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and Music Generation. She has performed worldwide and was part of the Comhaltas Tour of Ireland, Britain and Canada in 2013/2014. Clíona has many accolades to her name including various Fleadh Cheoil titles along with being part of the 2019 Oireachtas na Samhna winning traditional music duet. Clíona completed her Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick in 2019. She is currently working as a primary school teacher and hopes to pass on her love of music to any child that she teaches.

Darragh Carey-KennedyDarragh Carey-Kennedy
Darragh Carey-Kennedy is an Irish traditional banjo player from Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. He has won numerous All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles in a range of different instruments, including the mandolin and miscellaneous competitions. Darragh is a recipient of the FLCM from the London College of Music in Irish Traditional Music performance. He recently received his TTCT qualification from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and achieved the high achiever’s award in this course. Darragh has been teaching traditional Irish music from a very young age and has given workshops on the banjo at various festivals, including Scoil Éigse organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. He is currently the youth officer of his local Comhaltas branch and loves promoting Irish traditional music to the younger generation.

Ríona Ní ChurtáinRíona Ní Churtáin
Ríona Ní Churtáin is a lecturer in Modern Irish at University College Cork. A native of Co. Limerick, she received her undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of Limerick and at University College Cork. Her research primarily focuses on the work of Modern Irish poets, in particular that of Cork poet Seán Ó Ríordáin, and on Existentialist literature. Her publications include the book Ní Insint Dán ach Bheith: Aistí ar Smaointeoireacht an Ríordánaigh, co-edited with Professor Tríona Ní Shíocháin, NUI Maynooth (2019).

Greg DelantyGreg Delanty
Greg Delanty’s latest collection of poems is No More Time, November 2020. A book of translations from the Irish poems of Seán Ó Ríordáin titled Apathy Is Out, is due in Spring 2021. His selected poems came out in November 2017, titled Selected Delanty, introduced and selected by Archie Burnett, Un-Gyve Press. Other recent books are Book Seventeen from LSU Press and The Word Exchange, Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation, WW Norton. His Collected Poems 1986-2006, Oxford Poets series, is from Carcanet Press, UK. He has received many awards, including a Guggenheim for poetry. He teaches at Saint Michael’s College, Vermont and he’s a US citizen as well as an Irish citizen. Delanty’s papers up to 2010 have been acquired by the National Library of Ireland and from 2010-2015 at University College Cork. Photo by John Minihan.

Aidan DoyleAidan Doyle
Aidan Doyle is a lecturer in the Department of Irish, University College Cork, Ireland. His research is focused on the structure and sociolinguistics of Irish. Publications include A history of the Irish language (2015). He has recently co-edited a collection of essays, North American Gaels: Speech, Story, and Song in the Diaspora, published by McGill-Queens University Press in Fall 2020.

This event will be recorded for those unable to view live.

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View the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Event

The Irish Cultural Center hosted an online St. Patrick’s Day celebration of Irish music and poetry with some of our favorite ICC guests and new faces and voices. Guests include: Jane Ní­ Luasa, Sean Nós singer; trad musicians Ellen Redman, John Tabb and David Clopp; poet Siobhán Ní Dhomhnaill; the ICC’s Fulbright Irish language teacher Brigita Gallagher on violin; trad group New Leaf (John Tabb, Kira Jewett and Jim Bunting); local favorites The Healys (Don and Sheila Healy, and Charlie Bongiovi); and a full seisiún.

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Photo Contest Giveaway

Photo Contest Giveaway


Join in and help welcome the Irish Cultural Center to Instagram by participating in our giveaway contest, and you could win one of two $50 gift certificates to the Irish House Restaurant! 

Our theme is My Favorite ICC Experience. Post a photo of something you love about the ICC or an experience you have enjoyed. This could be an event you attended, a pint with friends, a celebratory dinner, your favorite ICC decorations, your favorite photo from an ICC Ireland tour, etc. We are excited to share in these experiences with our Patrons and friends!

We would love for you to enter on Instagram! Here’s how to participate:
1. Follow the ICC’s Instagram account
2. Post your photo, tag @irishculturalcenter_wne and add the hashtag #MyFavoriteICC in your post caption

You may also participate on Facebook:
1. Like the ICC’s Facebook page
2. Post your photo on the ICC’s page or your own, tag @IrishCulturalCenter and include the hashtag #MyFavoriteICC in your post caption (note that the post will need to be made “public” if it is on your own page)
3. If you do not have a photo, you can post a written description

Giveaway Rules and Prize Drawing:
Participation is open until 3 pm EST on March 31, 2021. The ICC will track all correctly tagged entries, and two winners will be selected at random and announced on March 31. The two winners will each receive a $50 gift certificate to the Irish House Restaurant, located at the Irish Cultural Center at 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA.

One entry per person. Note: If the photo features other friends or family, please be sure you have their permission to post. By entering, the winners agree to have their names and/or photos published in ICC social media.
 


Official Rules

Eligibility:  Entrants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and legal residents of the United States. Employees and board members of the Irish Cultural Center and the Irish House Restaurant are ineligible. This offer is void wherever prohibited, and is subject to all federal, state and local laws. By participating, entrants agree to these official rules. The Irish Cultural Center may report, as required by applicable statute or regulation, the value of the prizes and the identity of the winners, to appropriate taxing authorities. Odds of winning the prize offered will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received. This contest is not endorsed by Instagram or Facebook.

Winner Selection: Authorized personnel of the Irish Cultural Center will select the Prize Winners via random drawing of all eligible entries on March 31, 2021. The winners will be notified via the social media platform where they posted their winning entry. Winners will have two (2) business days to respond via Direct Message or any other method as specified in the notification message, beginning on the day of notification, or an alternate winner may be selected.

Publicity: By accepting the prize the Winners agree to the release of their name and/or likeness for potential publicity purposes, where permitted by law.

Prize Restrictions:  By participating in the Contest, each entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion.

Limitation of Liability: The Irish Cultural Center is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrant, printing, typographical or other errors in any giveaway-related materials. By participating in this giveaway and accepting a prize, Winners agree that the Irish Cultural Center and its officers, employees, affiliates, agents, and promotion agencies shall not be liable for any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the contest or resulting from the Winners’ participation in the contest, acceptance, possession, use, or misuse, of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, privacy or defamation. The Irish Cultural Center reserves the right to cancel or modify the contest if fraud or technical failures compromise the integrity of the contest as determined by the Irish Cultural Center in its sole discretion. The Irish Cultural Center reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process or otherwise violates any of the rules of the giveaway.

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Irish History Courses in April

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 are 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, divided into four-week modules. The first is a chronological general history of Ireland from ancient times to the present day. 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 April is The Flight of the Earls in 1607 and the Plantations of Ulster. Takes place on Thursdays, April 1, 8, 15 & 22 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. 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 county name, landscapes, and music and dance. 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. Featured in April is County Sligo. Takes place on Thursdays, April 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6:00–7:30 pm. Download course flyer.

The enrollment fee is $80 for each four-week course. Courses are presented on Zoom. 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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Irish House Restaurant Reopens St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Opening


IMPORTANT UPDATE – PLEASE NOTE

We will be enforcing a mandatory 90-minute limit for seated table service, to comply with MA state rules. Due to seating capacity and current reservations, we will not be be able to accommodate walk-ins on March 17 unless you remain on the outdoor patio. 


Join us for the Irish High Holidays on March 17
We are excited to announce that the Irish House Restaurant, Trinity Pub and Patio is reopening just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! We will be open on Wednesday, March 17 from 1–10 pm, with a limited menu (kitchen closes at 9 pm). Live music with Billy Eagan and Barney McElhon (instruments only, playing inside) from 6–9 pm.

Regular Open Hours
We will be open our regular hours starting March 18.
THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS Open 4–10 pm
SATURDAYS Open 12–10 pm
Kitchen closes 9 pm
Please note there is a mandatory 90-minute limit for seated table service.

The patio is open! Spring is just around the corner so dress for the season. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

All current health and safety regulations are strictly observed. 
Please review our guidelines. 

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Online Event

St. Patrick's CelebrationThe Irish Cultural Center of Western New England invites you to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration of Irish music and poetry. This online event on Wednesday, March 17 will begin at 7 pm and will include some of our favorite ICC guests as well as some new faces and voices.

Register!
This free event will be held via Zoom and will last approximately one and a half hours. Please register here so we may contact you with the link to view the event.

Musicians and Performers
Musicians will include the ICC’s own Ellen Redman on flute and John Tabb on button accordion, along with several of the seisiún members who have played for several years at our weekly traditional Irish music nights. The seisiún musicians will play a set put together especially for this night. Ellen teaches Irish flute and whistle at The Connecticut Academy of Irish Music and Smith College and is also a frequent guest host at local sessions. Ellen and John, along with Ellen’s husband David Clopp who plays guitar and bouzouki, lead the ICC’s music-themed Sights and Sounds Tour to Ireland.

Additional talent for the evening includes our Fulbright Scholar Brigita Gallagher, an accomplished violinist from Midleton, County Cork who is teaching the Irish language this year at Elms College. Also, Jane Ní­ Luasa, another Fulbright Scholar and native Irish speaker from Gougane Barra in the Múscraí­ Gaeltacht, County Cork who is teaching this year at the University of Montana. She will showcase her formidable Sean Nós singing skills in both Irish and English. Providing a recording from Ireland will be Siobhán Ní Dhomhnaill, a bilingual poet from Listowel, County Kerry. She will read from her works, which have been published to wide acclaim in Ireland, in both languages.

To round out the music from stateside will be ICC favorites The Healys and New Leaf. The Healys are Don and Sheila Healy on bodhrán, guitar and vocals, with grandson Charlie Bongiovi on bass and lead guitar. They are ever popular wherever they play, including at the ICC. New Leaf is John Tabb on button accordion, Kira Jewett on fiddle and Jim Bunting on guitar, vocals and bouzouki. Together they play traditional tunes with tight, driving rhythm, interspersed with Jim’s unique take on Ireland’s song repertoire. 

Please join us from the comfort of your own home to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day! Register here.

This event will be recorded for those unable to view live.

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Irish History Courses in March

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 are 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, divided into four-week modules. The first is a chronological general history of Ireland from ancient times to the present day. 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 March is The Life and Times of Saint Patrick. Takes place on Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25 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. 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 county name, landscapes, and music and dance. 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. Featured in February is County Cork. Takes place on Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 6:00–7:30 pm. Download course flyer.

The enrollment fee is $80 for each four-week course. Courses are presented on Zoom. 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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View the ICC’s Brigid’s Day Online Concert

The Irish Cultural Center presented an online concert of Irish trad music and lore on February 1, 2021, to celebrate St. Brigid’s Day. Go raibh míle maith agaibh to Brigita Gallagher, the ICC’s Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant; Hannah Fitzgerald, professional pianist from Co. Cork; and local musicians and regular seisiún players Ellen Redman and David Clopp. We hosted over 100 viewers at the live event. If you were unable to attend or would like to share with friends, please enjoy the full video here.  Subscribe to the ICC’s YouTube channel.

 

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AOH Irish Night Dinner – Curbside Pickup March 6

The Ancient Order of Hibernians – James A. Curran Division One and The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division Two of Hampden/Hampshire Counties are sponsoring a 2021 Irish Night in Holyoke-A Go Go, a Curbside Pickup of a Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner and Ribs prepared by the Log Cabin of Holyoke. The event is Saturday March 6, 2021 at the Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road in Holyoke. Pickup is from 11 am – 2 pm on that date. The cultural event will benefit the Maurice A. Donahue Memorial Scholarship and is in memory of Daniel P. Curran. 

The Log Cabin will prepare and feature a Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner and Ribs, Hash, Carrots, Potatoes, Brown Bread, and Dessert. The cost is $25.00 per person and includes the meal and 1 entry into our 50/50 raffle. 

For reservations contact Joe O’Connor @ 413-627-7148 or Fran Hennessey @ 413-785-5687 by February 27. Or, make a reservation on Eventbrite.

Visit the Hibernian website.

‘Tis the Event of the Season – Happy St. Patrick’s Day to All.

AOH Irish Dinner

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