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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Dingle Linens
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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.

New England Ceili Band
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ICC 20th Anniversary Reception

On November 14, 2019 the ICC hosted a special Patron Reception to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Thank you to our dedicated Patrons, board members past and present, and dignitaries who came to celebrate the founding, growth, and future of the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England!

View more photos in our gallery >

ICC 20th Anniversary
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Cider Pairing Dinner Nov. 21

Hard Cider Pairing

Please join us at the Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub for a special Cider Pairing Dinner on November 21 at 6:00 pm; dinner begins at 6:30 pm. Four courses, including Cranberry Brie Fried Cheese, Apple Cider Cheddar Cheese Butternut Squash Soup, Thick Cut Pork Chops, and Butterscotch Cake with Caramel Icing, are paired with four hard cider 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 November 5. 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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Celebrity Bartending Event for the ICC’s 20th Anniversary on November 7

ICC 20th AnniversaryJoin us on Thursday, November 7 from 5–7 pm for a special Celebrity Bartending event to celebrate the Irish Cultural Center’s 20th anniversary! Help us commemorate the founding and growth of the ICC, and 20 years of keeping the Irish arts and culture alive in our western New England community. There will be raffles, prizes, and members of the ICC’s board of directors and staff behind the bar pouring your pints!

Our bartenders for the evening will be:
5–5:30 – Ellen Gallivan & Stephanie Joyce
5:30–6 – Mary Ellen Lowney & Jeanne Ahern
6–6:30 – Katie Doe & Jamie Cardoza Boyle
6:30–7 – Bob & Lori Paterwic

If you would like dinner reservations, please call the Trinity Pub directly at 413-342-4358, or just join us for a drink, and lots of fun. Open to the public; all are welcome.

UPDATE: Thank you to all who came out to support the ICC! View photos from the event.

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Sunday Céilí Dance Nov. 3

The ICC invites you to come and dance the afternoon away at our new Sunday Céilí! Held on the first Sunday of the month, the Céilí will be on November 3 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.

New England Ceili Band
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ICC Hosts Visit by the Consul General of Ireland

The Irish Consul General to New England Laoise Moore, and Irish Vice Consul General to New England Shane Caffrey, visited the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England on October 18–19, 2019. The ICC hosted a “Pop-Up Consulate,” a breakfast to introduce the new Consul and Vice Consul to the ICC, and a tour of the area. The ICC looks forward to keeping this connection going with future events! Learn more about the Consulate General of Ireland based in Boston.

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Consul General of Ireland Visit to the ICC
Top: Former West Springfield Mayor Ed Sullivan, Irish Vice Consul General Shane Caffrey, Irish Consul General Laoise Moore, ICC Executive Director Jamie Cardoza Boyle, ICC President Sean Cahillane, West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt, and ICC Board Secretary Mary Ellen Lowney.
Bottom left: ICC President Sean Cahillane, Irish Consul General Laoise Moore, ICC Executive Director Jamie Cardoza Boyle, and Irish Vice Consul General Shane Caffrey.
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Irish-born Veterans Photo Project

The ICC is looking for pictures and short biographies of Irish-born veterans of the U.S. armed forces for a future photographic exhibit. Please forward a copy of the photo of veteran, preferably in uniform, to the Irish Cultural Center, 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA 01089; or send photo by email. Please be sure to include your contact information. Photos are due by December 1, 2019. 

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