Last Call for Irish-born Veterans Photo Project

The ICC is putting forth a final request for pictures of Irish born veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces for a photography exhibit this spring. Please send a picture of the veteran, preferably in uniform, and a short biography to the Irish Cultural Center, 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA 01089 or email to irishcenterwne2@gmail.com no later than January 31, 2020.

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Wild Game Pairing Dinner January 30

Whiskey Pairing

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Wild Game Pairing Dinner on January 30 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Portabella Mushrooms Stuffed with Wild Boar Sausage with a Beer Cheese Sauce, Bison Flank Steak Salad Wrap, Wild Game Jambalaya, and Minced Meat Cobbler are paired with four perfectly chosen drinks to accompany the meal.

Tickets are $55 for ICC Patrons, $65 for general public. There is a special ICC Patron presale for the first 7 days – tickets for the public go on sale January 10. 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 information flyer and full menu.

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Sunday Céilí Dance January 5

The ICC invites you to come and dance the afternoon away at our new Sunday Céilí! All ages and experience levels are welcome. Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Céilí will be on January 5 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Entry fee is $5 per person, payable at the door. Snacks will be provided, including cheese, cracker, frips, veggies and dips. For heartier fare, the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub will be open to order sandwiches, salads, and soups. Dance instruction will be available. Featuring the New England Céilí Band (Jimmy McArdle, John Joe Martin and Jerry Murphy).

Jimmy McArdle, an original member of the Irish folk band The Bards, has performed with many well known acts such as the Wolfe Tones and the Clancy Brothers. He has also played alongside world renowned flutist James Galway at the famous Black Rose in Boston. Jimmy continues to perform in western MA, Cape Cod and throughout the Boston area. He often teams up with the area’s finest musicians, including drummer John Joe Martin from Co. Kerry and Holyoke’s accomplished accordion player Jerry Murphy.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2019 from Ireland

New Year's Eve from Ireland

Please note: This event is SOLD OUT. You may call 413-342-4358 to be placed on a wait list, but there will be no guarantee for seating.

Join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub on the evening of December 31, 2019 as we ring in the New Year at 7:00 pm local time, with a live stream of the ball drop in Ireland at midnight Irish time!

Festivities start with a buffet dinner from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, including Short Ribs, Chicken Parmesan, Baked Stuffed Shrimp, Roasted Red Skinned Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, House Salad, Rolls and Butter, and Chocolate Mousse.

Plus, live music with The Blaney Brothers starting at 6:00 pm! We’ll celebrate the New Year with a champagne toast at 7:00 pm as the ball drops in Ireland.

Cost is $45 for ICC Patrons / $55 for general public. Includes buffet and champagne toast. This event is sold out. Reservations are required – please call 413-342-4358.

The Pub will be open from 3:00 – 10:00 pm.

Download the flyer for more information.

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GivingTuesday is December 3

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This has been quite a year of opportunity, accomplishment, growth and success for the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England. This year, 2019, marked our 20th anniversary. 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. GivingTuesday is the perfect opportunity to make a tax-deductible, year-end 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 the newest addition to the calendar – 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.

With the holiday season fast approaching, now is a great time to take stock and truly recognize how blessed and fortunate we are in life. It is a time of Thanksgiving and reflection. Here, at the Irish Cultural Center, we are most thankful for you!

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.

The Irish Cultural Center, Inc. of Western New England is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. GivingTuesday is a Global Generosity Movement on December 03, 2019.

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Irish Classics Pairing Dinner December 19

Hot Whiskey

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Irish Classics Pairing Dinner on December 19 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. This dinner is based on traditional dishes found in 1600s Ireland. Four courses, including Oyster Stew, Irish Stew, Colcannon with Duck, and Irish Soda Bread, are paired with four classic Irish drinks.

Tickets are $35 for ICC Patrons, $40 for general public. There is a special ICC Patron presale for the first 7 days – tickets for the public go on sale December 2. 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.

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DK Friends Carol Singers

Christmas Music

Celebrate the holiday season with the DK Friends Carol Singers at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub! Enjoy a festive dinner or drinks while listening to some of the area’s best singers and musicians! 

• Sunday, December 15
• Friday, December 20
• Sunday, December 22

6:00 – 9:00 pm each night
Regular dinner menu will be available to order, as well as a 3 course prefix option; reservations are strongly encouraged.
Please call 413-342-4358.

These events are open to the public.

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ICC President Sean Cahillane named 2020 Parade Marshal

The Springfield St. Patrick’s Parade Committee has chosen their Parade Marshal and Award Winners ahead of the 2020 Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. The Committee made the announcement on November 21, 2019, at the John Boyle O’Reilly Club.

The 2020 Springfield Parade Marshal is Sean Cahillane, President of the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England. According to the Committee, Sean was “an easy choice given his background in community work and development.” Born to parents from County Kerry, Sean helped form the Irish Cultural Center at Elms College in 1999, dedicated to preserving and sharing the many aspects of Irish culture to Americans of all backgrounds. As current President of the ICC, he was instrumental in acquiring the building that is now our new home in West Springfield, which was officially opened in 2017. 

The other Award Winners are Kerri Sullivan (the John and Agnes Burke Award), Maura Troy Cournoyer (the Paul G. Caron Award), and Stephen Allen of Stephen Allen Jewelers (the Mary B. Troy Appreciation Award). Congratulations to all!

Learn more about all the recipients and awards. 

Parade Marshal Sean Cahillane
Left: the 2020 Springfield Award Recipients. Top Right: Sean Cahillane and Mary Ellen Lowney. Bottom Right: Sean Cahillane and Yvonne de Faoite, Irish Fulbright FLTA.
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Irish Christmas Fair with Dingle Linens December 6–8

Christmas Fair

Get in the holiday spirit at the ICC at our Irish Christmas Fair with Dingle Linens! There will raffles, competitions, a clearance for cash rail, and plenty of Irish gifts for sale.

– Friday, December 6 from 1 – 8 pm
– Saturday, December 7
from 10 am – 8 pm
– Sunday, December 8
from 12 – 6pm

Fran Ryan from Dingle Linens in Co. Kerry, Ireland will be exhibiting Ladies and Gents Traditional and Modern Knitwear, including:
• Dingle Linens design wear
• Woolen sweaters
• Wraps, shawls & scarves
• Hats & mittens
• Gift items
• Christmas decorations
• Celtic jewelry
• Irish calendars
• Inis perfume/cologne

Fashion Spy
Wear an outfit bought from Dingle Linens – knitwear or tweed, for example – and you could win an amazing Christmas Hamper full of Irish goodies.

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub will be open each day with a light lunch menu and bar, and regular dinner menu on Friday and Saturday. For reservations, please call 413-342-4358.

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Sunday Céilí Dance Dec. 1

UPDATE: The Céilí has been canceled due to the forecasted snow storm. The next Céilí will be held January 5.

The ICC invites you to come and dance the afternoon away at our new Sunday Céilí! All ages and experience levels are welcome. Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Céilí will be on December 1 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Entry fee is $5 per person, payable at the door. Snacks will be provided, including cheese, cracker, frips, veggies and dips. For heartier fare, the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub will be open to order sandwiches, salads, and soups. Dance instruction will be available. Featuring the New England Céilí Band (Jimmy McArdle, John Joe Martin and Jerry Murphy).

Jimmy McArdle, an original member of the Irish folk band The Bards, has performed with many well known acts such as the Wolfe Tones and the Clancy Brothers. He has also played alongside world renowned flutist James Galway at the famous Black Rose in Boston. Jimmy continues to perform in western MA, Cape Cod and throughout the Boston area. He often teams up with the area’s finest musicians, including drummer John Joe Martin from Co. Kerry and Holyoke’s accomplished accordion player Jerry Murphy.

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