Big E Dingle Merchants Reception

The ICC attended a reception on September 16, 2019 for the opening of the Dingle Peninsula merchants exhibit, celebrating 20 years at the Big E in West Springfield, MA. Read MassLive article about the exhibit.

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The Young Dubliners in Concert September 20

Young Dubliners

The Irish Cultural Center invites you to an evening with the Young Dubliners, one of Celtic Rock’s most acclaimed groups. This is a rare New England appearance, and a special opportunity to see the upbeat, energetic delivery the Young Dubs are known for.

The Young Dubliners perform on Friday, September 20 at 7:30 pm at the Holyoke Elks Lodge, 250 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Cash bar available.

Tickets are general table seating. Cost is $24 for ICC Patrons, $29 for general public, $32 at the door. Online ticket sales end at 9:30 am on September 20. Order tickets online (recommended) or call the ICC at 413-333-4951.

About the band
The Young Dubliners spent the spring of 2019 working on their tenth album. “We have been working in new guitarist Justin Pecot and getting him familiar with the nine albums of material we already have,” says lead vocalist Keith Roberts. “After a year of solid touring I’m happy to report that he is a Young Dub through and through. Adding new blood has invigorated the band and opened the door to new songs and a fresh enthusiasm.”

The Young Dubliners have released eight albums of original material and one Irish ballad cover album to date. Their live set will draw from all their albums and the new material. It will be geared to the many festivals the band plays every summer.

Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called Celtic Rock, that label is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it’s not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. “That was always the idea,” explains Keith. “The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from such different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn’t Irish at all. When we got here we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you’ll end up with. These sessions will be made even more exciting by the addition of Justin who has already started contributing to the writing process.”

The Young Dubliners are:
Keith Roberts – Vocals / Acoustic guitar
Chas Waltz – Violin, Mandolin, Harmonica, vocals
Brendan Holmes – Bass guitar / vocals
Justin Pecot – Lead guitar / acoustic guitar/ mandolin/ vocals
Dave Ingraham – Drums / percussion

 


Thanks to our Programming Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Westfield Bank
Gold Sponsors
Freedom Credit Union

Firtion Adams Sarat Ford Lincoln

Green Sponsors
The Big EAllen St Package StoreCommercial Scale Coldwell Banker

Bates Fullam Insurance

 

 

 

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

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Whiskey Cocktail Pairing Dinner September 26

Whiskey Pairing

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Whiskey Cocktail Pairing Dinner on September 26 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Whiskey Smoked Wings with Bacon Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Warm Lemon Tomato and Bean Salad, Deep South Bourbon Shot Steak Sandwich, and Chocolate Pavlovas with Bourbon Strawberries and Whipped Cream, are paired with four whiskey cocktails.

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 September 12. 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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Irish Language Classes Begin in September

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England and Elms College are offering a range of Irish language classes for the 2019/2020 academic year. Classes are geared for all learning levels, from beginner to advanced. View class schedule.

The ICC and Elms College are pleased to welcome the program’s tenth consecutive 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.

Gerald Costello, ICC Language Committee Chair and one of this year’s instructors, values the work of the Fulbright Teaching Assistant. He says, “The FLTA contributes and fosters a sense of good will between Ireland and the U.S. This ambassador links the past with the present and enables our students of the language to learn through group work, presentations, and assorted activities. Minority languages face an uncertain future; the FLTA is helping us to remember our ancestors’ language by making it relevant and enjoyable.”

Classes begin in early September and take place at Elms College in Chicopee, MA. Experienced instructors from the ICC will teach non-credit course offerings. First Year Irish, a beginner course requiring no initial knowledge of the language, will be taught by Gerald Costello on Monday evenings. Costello will also teach Second Year Irish on Tuesday evenings. Kathleen Gilhooly will teach Third Year Irish on Tuesday evenings, and Fourth Year Irish on Saturday mornings. Yvonne de Faoite will teach the Intermediate: Advanced class on Wednesday evenings, which may be taken on a credit or non-credit basis.

The cost is $150 for the First, Second, Third and Fourth Year classes, and $175 for Intermediate. ICC Patrons receive a $50 discount. To enroll, please call the Elms College Registrar at 413-265-2314, or download a registration form.

 

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Beer Pairing Dinner August 29

Beer Pairing Dinner

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Beer Pairing Dinner on August 29 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. The beer for this pairing has been generously donated by an ICC Patron near and dear to our hearts. Four courses, including Panko and Parmesan Topped Zucchini, Antipasto Salad, Maple Dijon Salmon and Smoky Roasted Cauliflower, and Fresh Fruit Salad, are paired with four local beer 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 August 7. 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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Padraig Stevens with Leo Moran: 2019 US Tour

Padraig Stevens and Leo Moran

This show is SOLD OUT – tickets will not be available at the door.
Padraig Stevens, with Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors
, will be playing at the ICC as part of their US tour to promote Padraig’s new album News From The Old Country. This is a rare treat to hear all new songs from Padraig Stevens, a prolific Galway songwriter, with Leo Moran supporting on guitar. Padraig’s songs have been recorded by The Saw Doctors, Christy Moore, Eleanor Shanley, and more.

Friday, August 23 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm) at the ICC’s Trinity Pub at 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA. Dinner menu will be available before the show – guests are encouraged to arrive early if you will be having dinner. Table or bar seating, shared seating layout. Seating will be in order of purchase, and is at the manager’s discretion in order to best fit parties.

Tickets are limited. Advance purchase is highly recommended. Cost is $25 ICC Patrons / $30 general for main room / $25 for seating in rear room (some obstructed view – full sound, show on tv screen). This show is SOLD OUT – tickets will not be available at the door.

Padraig and Leo will also be performing a short set at the Lúnasa Irish Festival at the ICC the next day on August 24.

“Greetings from Padraig in Tuam, Ireland.
I was happy enough, enjoying my days. Sitting at home and writing songs. Then Leo arrived one day, wondering if I would be interested in doing a few little gigs with him.
He had enjoyed playing the shows he had done with Anto – and later with Davy – but now he just wanted to play his guitar, and ‘would I sing some of my songs’, he said.
This sounded good to me, so we started in February 2017 with gigs in The Kings Head, Galway and Campbell’s Tavern near Headford, both local venues.
We got a great welcome at the shows, the audience enjoyed them, so did we! We did a few more gigs, things were getting better.
Then we discovered we really needed to get some of our music recorded to let people know what to expect when they came to see us play. We went to Sun Street Studio Tuam where our old friend Ken Ralph whipped our sound into shape. With Leo steering we eventually released an album of songs called ‘News from the Old Country.’ Have a listen!

Playing live is our real vocation though, and we look forward to every show we do, but now with a bundle of gigs booked across New England we are getting very excited to be spreading our wings and playing to new audiences. See you soon.”

 


Thanks to our Programming Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Westfield Bank
Gold Sponsors
Freedom Credit Union

Firtion Adams Sarat Ford Lincoln

Green Sponsors
The Big EAllen St Package StoreCommercial Scale Coldwell Banker

Bates Fullam Insurance

 

 

 

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

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Lúnasa Irish Festival and Feis: August 24 –25

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England presents our second annual Irish cultural festival on Saturday, August 24, and our first annual Feis on Sunday, August 25.

The Saturday festival will be a day of Irish music, dance, and culture. Gates open at 11:30 am, and events run to 7:30 pm. The Cassin Academy of Irish Dance and Black Rose Academy of Irish Dance will present dance exhibitions. Visitors can learn Irish dance and participate in workshops featuring Irish arts and language. Music entertainment throughout the day will include an opening trad Irish seisiún, and featured performances by local fiddle sensation Zoe Darrow, Boston’s Erin Og, and, from Galway, Padraig Stevens with Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors.

The Sunday Feis (Irish dance competition) will run from approximately 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bakers can enter an Irish soda bread competition at the Feis.

There will be a variety of vendors of Irish crafts and products, food trucks and concession stands, along with beer and drinks for sale. Parking will be available at the Irish Cultural Center, along with additional parking and a shuttle service from West Springfield High School.

Both events will take place rain or shine on the Irish Cultural Center field at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield, MA. Tickets on both days are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6–12, and free for children 5 and under. Please no dogs except service animals. No smoking, no coolers. Cash only for tickets, food and drinks. Visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.

Visit the website for more information on both events, full schedule, and FAQs.

The Irish word “lúnasa” is traditionally used to describe an ancient Irish festival to celebrate the beginning of the harvest season and end of the summer months.

Thanks to our Mainstage Sponsors, Sarat Lincoln and the O’Leary Limited Partnership., and our Dance Stage Sponsors, Elms College and Jerome’s Party Plus.

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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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