ICC Welcomes Yvonne de Faoite, Irish Language FLTA

Yvonne de FaoiteThe partnership between Elms College and the Irish Cultural Center has succeeded in bringing to campus our tenth consecutive Irish Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Yvonne de Faoite. Yvonne recently completed a master’s degree in Irish immersion education from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, and will teach the Intermediate: Advanced class this school year. In cooperation with Elms College, we will be offering a range of Irish classes – fall semester schedule coming soon. Read the MassLive article >

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Jamie Cardoza Boyle chosen to lead Irish Cultural Center

Jamie Cardoza BoyleHolyoke native Jamie Cardoza Boyle has begun working as director and chief advancement officer of the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England.

Cardoza Boyle was selected recently as the second person to hold the position of running the day-to-day operations at the facility at 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield. She is managing fundraising efforts as well as helping to run major events such as the Lúnasa Irish Festival and Feis in late August, among other things.

Cardoza Boyle said she has jumped into the work of her new position and loves it, especially because it relates so well to her own Irish heritage.

“I love it here,” she said. “The work is interesting and challenging, and I like that. I’m learning a lot and I’m also learning that I need to dive deeper into my Irish heritage.”

ICC Board of Directors President Sean Cahillane said Cardoza Boyle is fitting perfectly into the organization, and is gaining an understanding of projects underway, especially with regards to fundraising for the final phase of building development.

“We’re very happy with Jamie,” said Cahillane. “She’s got a great background. She’s dedicated to Irish culture. We’re looking forward to a successful adventure with her, to the benefit of the Irish community and the Irish culture of Western New England.”

Cardoza Boyle has solid experience in both fundraising and events planning, key components of her new work.

Most recently, she was annual giving officer at Trinity Health System, formerly known as Sisters of Providence Health System. There, she cultivated and solicited gifts and sponsorships for annual fundraising events, created outreach and engagement programs, identified and cultivated new donors, planned, marketed and promoted events, and created volunteer programs, among other things.

She also worked as event coordinator at Springfield Country Club and other area venues.

At the ICC, her focus will be on planning and fundraising for the final phase of development of the facility, the Performing Arts Center on the top floor of the building. The initial phases have been completed, including the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub, an outdoor patio, and playing fields. The Library and Museum are in the final stages of preparation before opening.

As for the top floor performance hall, Cardoza Boyle said, “That’s our final phase and I’m ready for it. People need to be wowed by this place. Just showing it to people will help them see the magnitude of the project, and the potential that it holds for the region.”

The ICC Performing Arts Center will be used for concerts, educational programs and workshops, and private events.

Cardoza Boyle said she has been most impressed by the level of enthusiasm and commitment by members of the board as well as staff and volunteers at the center.

“I’ve never seen an organization run almost totally on volunteers,” she said.

“People come here every morning because they want to, and because it’s so important to them. There’s so much pride in this center. They won’t let it go and they don’t want it in anyone else’s hands. If people didn’t have the heart for this, or feel as connected, it wouldn’t feel the same. This place runs on heart,” she added.

Cardoza Boyle is married to Brendan Boyle, a detective in the Holyoke Police Department. They live in Holyoke with their three children.

The ICC is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year. It began in 1999 at the Elms College, and as the college expanded its own programming, moving to the West Springfield location in 2015. Since then, patronship has risen significantly, and the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub has become a hub of activity and entertainment.

The ICC works with support from the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Program, and with the Irish Consulate in Boston. The organization also receives funding and support from the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, Westfield Bank, and the Chicopee Savings Foundation.

The Irish Cultural Center was established in 1999 to foster an appreciation of Irish culture in Western New England. The mission of the Irish Cultural Center is to cultivate a connection with Ireland, through the arts, culture, history, language, and heritage. The Center offers opportunities to engage in educational, travel, and social events that promote Irish culture.

 

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Island Breeze Pairing Dinner on July 25

Island Breeze Pairing Dinner

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Island Breeze Pairing Dinner on July 25 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Mango Watermelon Summer Salsa, Berry Delicious Summer Salad, Garlic Shrimp with Pan-Roasted Tomatoes and Summer Squash Noodles, and Summer Berry Crostini, are paired with four tropical summer drink varieties.

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 July 16. 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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Welcome to Laoise Moore, Boston’s New Consul General

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England welcomes Ireland’s new Consul General in Boston, Laoise Moore. ICC President Sean Cahillane met CG Moore at the Consulate’s “First Friday” Networking Breakfast on June 7. This monthly event allows attendees to connect with the Irish and Irish-American community, and share the latest community, cultural and business news.

 

Richard Neal, Consul General Moore, Sean Cahillane
Congressman Richard E. Neal, Consul General Laoise Moore, ICC President Sean Cahillane

Congressman Richard E. Neal also attended the event. “I was thrilled to be on hand to welcome Laoise Moore to her post as Boston’s new Irish Consul General at a recent event in Boston,” said Neal. “The Consul General’s office is very important to the city and the entire state as a whole. We are lucky to have someone with Laoise’s background in foreign affairs, trade, and government work in this position. I look forward to welcoming her to the western part of the state soon. In addition, special thanks to outgoing Consul General Fionnuala Quinlan and Vice Consul Aoife Budd for their service these past few years.”

Arrangements are being made for CG Moore to visit western Massachusetts and the Irish Cultural Center in the near future.

Learn more about Consul General Laoise Moore in this article from the Boston Irish Reporter.

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Sangria Pairing Dinner June 27 SOLD OUT

Sangria Pairing Dinner

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Sangria Pairing Dinner on June 27 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Peach Bruschetta, Italian Summer Vegetable Salad, Kielbasa with Summer Vegetable Packet, and Summer Fruit Crisp, are paired with four refreshing sangria varieties.

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 May 27. 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 menu.

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Outdoor Patio Opens May 4

The outdoor patio is ready for the warm weather, and will officially open this Saturday, May 4 at 12 pm! After this date, the patio will be open Friday–Sunday with our light menu of sandwiches and salads.

Please note our updated hours for the restaurant and pub beginning May 4.
Wednesday & Thursday:
Pub 3–10 pm / Dinner 4:30–9 pm
Friday & Saturday:
Pub 12–10 pm / Patio light menu 12–4 pm / Dinner 4:30–9 pm
Sunday:
Pub/Patio light menu 12–5 pm

Outdoor patio
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Margarita Pairing Dinner on May 16

Margarita Pairing

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Margarita Pairing Dinner on May 16 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Shrimp Ceviche, Mexican Salad, Cheesy Mexican Chicken, and Churros, are paired with four margarita varieties.

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 May 6. 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 menu.

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Growing up in Clare – with Jill McMahon on April 27

Jill McMahon

Join us at the ICC on Saturday, April 27 at 1:30 pm for an informative talk by Jill McMahon, this year’s Irish Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for Elms College and the ICC. With It Takes a Village – what growing up in a remote village in East Clare taught me about the world, Jill will be speaking about her home town of Feakle, its rich history, sport, traditions and community, and her life growing up in Co. Clare. You are welcome to stay and order food at the Pub after the presentation.

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Spring Picnic Pairing Dinner on April 25

Beer and Ribs

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Spring Picnic Pairing Dinner on April 25 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Baby Red Potato Salad, Baby Back Ribs with Garlic Butter Vegetables, and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie, are paired with four Irish ale and stout varieties.

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 April 8. 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 Sheri at 413-342-4358. Download information flyer and menu.

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Irish Language Day is May 4

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England will hold its eighteenth Lá na Gaeilge (Irish Language Day) on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Elms College in Chicopee, MA. It is an opportunity for those with an interest in this ancient language, which is now enjoying a resurgence, to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of this vital component of Irish culture. The program consists of two classes available at four levels: a beginner’s class, a class for those who have an introductory knowledge of Irish, an intermediate-level class and a class for advanced learners.

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As well as formal classes, Lá na Gaeilge consists of workshops (céilí dancing, film), and cómhrás (opportunities for conversation and dialog at the learner’s appropriate level). A lecture, The Irish Language and the discourses of colonisation and decolonisation, will be given by Kerron Ó Luain, Villanova FLTA. Lá na Gaeilge concludes in a seisiún with an opportunity for participants to display their musical talents, and all are encouraged to bring their instruments and voices.

Lá na Gaeilge begins with registration at 8:30 am and concludes at about 5:00 pm. The cost is $50 per person / $45 for ICC Patrons. The cost for college-age and under students is $15. The price includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Lá na Gaeilge is a unique opportunity to encourage and promote Irish language learning at all levels. Registrations are due by May 1 – please download a registration form. For further information contact the ICC office at 413-333-4951 or email irishcenterwne@gmail.com.

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