Hot Drinks To Go for Nature Trail Walkers

Warm up after your walk on the Bagg Brook Heritage Trail on Morgan Road, behind the Irish Cultural Center. Visit the Irish House Restaurant for a free coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Available during our restaurant open hours: Wed–Sat 4–9 pm / Sun 1–6 pm. One per person.

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Support the ICC on GivingTuesday November 30

Giving Tuesday is November 30

GivingTuesday is a Global Generosity Movement on November 30. There are two ways to support the Irish Cultural Center on this day of giving! We are so proud of what the Irish Cultural Center has accomplished in the past 20+ years as an organization. The ICC is a gathering place, connecting people to each other and helping us all to preserve our American-Irish heritage for generations to come.

Donate to Giving Tuesday    Become an ICC Patron

Your support allows us to continue to preserve the Irish arts and culture by providing music, in-person events, virtual events, and educational programming. A traditional Irish music seisiún, live music, book readings, 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.

Without financial donations, these achievements would not be realized. This effort is successful because of the support of many who make a decision to act. In these uncertain times of a worldwide pandemic, financial support is more vital than ever to help keep the ICC going into the future. GivingTuesday is the perfect time to make a one-time tax-deductible gift in any amount.

This is also the perfect day to become an ICC Patron. A Patron is a person who has made a commitment to preserve, promote and cherish our Irish culture and heritage. The success and continued growth of the ICC is only possible because of the enthusiasm and sustaining commitment of our Patrons. Learn more about Patron levels and benefits. 

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. We understand that these are difficult times for everyone, and we are more thankful than ever for your continued commitment to the ICC.

The Irish Cultural Center, Inc. of Western New England is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

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Pop Up Gaeltacht November 18

Pop Up Gaeltacht


Join us for a Pop Up Gaeltacht with Conradh na Gaeilge Iarthar MA on Thursday, November 18 from 6–8 pm at the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England.

It’s an opportunity for people of any and all levels to come together and speak or listen to the Irish language with friends! Come join us – there will be Caint, Comhrá agus Craic! Tá fáilte roimh chách!

Contact Réaltín Mc Elhinney to let us know you are coming: mcelhinneyr@elms.edu.

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Restaurant Update

Sunday Brunch is being discontinued for the time being. The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub will now be open from 1:00 – 6:00 pm on Sundays, with our full menu available to order. Join us for lunch on a Sunday afternoon, or stay for an early dinner. On select days, there will be live music performances and Patriots football on our large tv. Check our events calendar for the full schedule.

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Remembering James Cannon

Jim CannonOn this beautiful fall morning, the Irish Cultural Center family has very sad news for our Patrons and friends.

A great fan of being Irish, a long-time activist, a decades-long Irish Cultural Center Board member and a key player in the present day success of the ICC, James (Jimmy) Cannon of Holyoke passed away on November 2.  

Read James Cannon’s obituary on MassLive. 

Calling hours are Tuesday, November 9 from 4 – 7 pm in the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home in Holyoke. Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, November 10 at 10 am in Saint Jerome Church in Holyoke. Burial will be private.

We send our condolences to his wife Susan, and his family and friends.

James Cannon

Clockwise from top left: James Cannon and Sean Cahillane; a board meeting in the early days of planning the new facility at Morgan Road; Mayor William Reichelt and James Cannon as Vice President signing lease papers for the Morgan Road property; James Cannon taking part in the Saint Brigid’s Day Raffle (photo by Joe Christofori).

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Irish Veterans Photography Exhibit Opens November 11

Irish-born Veterans Exhibit

The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England is pleased to announce that our in-person photography and story exhibit, Those Who Served: Irish-Born Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, will officially open at the ICC on Thursday, November 11 from 3–5 pm.

The exhibit will be on display from November 11 through November 21 in the Celtic Room at our Irish House Restaurant, 429 Morgan Road, West Springfield, MA. It is free and open to the public.

In the fall of 2019, the ICC put out a call for photos and biographies of Irish-born veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, to be displayed in a photographic exhibit. The plan was to install this exhibit at the ICC in the spring of 2020. However, because of the public gathering restrictions during the pandemic, we launched a mini-exhibit on our website on Veterans Day last year.

We are excited to now share this exhibit in person to honor those veterans born in Ireland and who served their new country.

Thank you to all those who submitted photos and memories of their loved ones. We also thank the Mass Cultural Council for their support in developing this project.

Mass Cultural Council

See more photos from the exhibit opening in our Facebook gallery >

Irish-Born Veterans Exhibit Opening

Clockwise from left: Navy veteran Patrick Murphy, reading his own story; the family of veteran James O’Shea; Dorothea Connor and Kathleen Barry in front of the display of Daniel J. Connor, Dorothea’s father; West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt and exhibit volunteer Mary Ellen O’Brien.

 

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Commemoration of Hunger Strike’s 40th Anniversary

On Sunday, October 24, the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England was honored to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike in Northern Ireland, which brought attention to the British treatment of Northern Irish Citizens.

The ceremony, held in the Forest Park Garden of Remembrance, featured Hunger Strike survivor Patrick Sheehan, now a member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West, Northern Ireland, who shared his experiences from that time.

Key sponsors of the event were U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, and the Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management Pat Sullivan.

After the ceremony and lunch, participants gathered at the ICCWNE. Guests toured the facility, heard about our future plans, and learned about our dedication to Irish culture and heritage here in western New England.

The 1981 Hunger Strike ended a five-year protest by Irish Republic prisoners in Northern Ireland. It resulted in changes to the House of Parliament in Northern Ireland with Irish representation in elections, and the historic Good Friday Agreement in 1998. 

Read additional coverage of the event:
• Masslive: “Springfield commemorates 40th anniversary of IRA hunger strike”
• City of Springfield: “Mayor Sarno Welcomes Irish Representative and Hunger Strike Survivor Patrick Sheehan”

Hunger Strike Reception

Left to right: Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Martin Galvin; Richie Lawlor; Patrick Sheehan, longest H-Block Hunger Striker and member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West, Northern Ireland; Jimmy Mann; Hugh Mullan.

Hunger Strike Reception

Left to right: Jeanne Ahern, ICC Board member; Rose Baker, ICC Vice President ; Bev Browne, ICC Board member; Laura Hurley, ICC Chief Advancement Officer; Ed Sullivan, former Mayor of West Springfield; Patrick Sheehan, longest H-Block Hunger Striker and member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West, Northern Ireland; Mick Corduff, ICC Board member; Stephanie Joyce, ICC Treasurer; Mary Jane McMahon, ICC Board member; Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Ellen Gallivan, ICC Administrative Director; Will Carey, ICC Board member.

Hunger Strike Reception

Left to right: Sean Cahillane, ICC President; William Reichelt, Mayor of West Springfield; Patrick Sheehan, longest H-Block Hunger Striker and member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West, Northern Ireland; Ed Sullivan, former Mayor of West Springfield.

Hunger Strike Reception

Left to right: Ellen Gallivan, ICC Administrative Director; Rose Baker, ICC Vice President; Laura Hurley, ICC Chief Advancement Officer; Bev Browne, ICC Board member; Ed Sullivan, former Mayor of West Springfield; Mick Corduff, ICC Board member; Stephanie Joyce, ICC Treasurer; Mary Jane McMahon, ICC Board member; John O’Donoghue.

Hunger Strike Reception

Left to right: Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Brian Ahern; Jeanne Ahern, ICC Board member; Laura Hurley, ICC Chief Advancement Officer; Ed Sullivan, former Mayor of West Springfield; Patrick Sheehan, longest H-Block Hunger Striker and member of the Legislative Assembly for Belfast West, Northern Ireland.

Hunger Strike Reception

Reception at the Irish Cultural Center

Hunger Strike Reception

ICC Patrons with Réaltín McElhinney, Irish Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (center).

Hunger Strike Reception

“One Shot Patty” Gary Gormally.

Hunger Strike Reception

Reception at the Irish Cultural Center

Hunger Strike Reception

Guests looking out from the 4th floor of the Irish Cultural Center, where work is continuing to install new windows and construct new corners for the building.

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Irish History Courses in November

The Irish Cultural Center is linking up with Irish historian, Sean Murphy, to introduce our community to live, weekly online Irish history courses.

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. The course module for November is The Great Hunger/an Gorta Mór 1845 – 1852. Takes place on Mondays*, November 8, 22, 29 and December 6 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 famous individuals from the county will be featured, as well as historic sites, the county name, landscapes, and music and dance. Featured in November is County Cavan. Takes place on Mondays*, November 8, 22, 29 and December 6 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.

*Please note the November courses take place on Mondays instead of Thursdays this month.

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 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.

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 Halloween on October 30

Celebrate Irish Halloween

Celebrate Irish Halloween at the Irish Cultural Center! Stop by on Saturday, October 30 from 12–3 pm for a fun, free family-friendly event celebrating Samhain (Halloween) in the outdoor patio tent.

Costumes are encouraged!

We will have stories and treats all afternoon! Irish Fulbright teacher Réaltín McElhinney will be telling the story of Samhain. Plus, there will be apple pie, cider, cocoa and Halloween treats for the kids.

Social distancing and masks encouraged outside. Masks must be worn when entering the building for restrooms.

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Visit the ICC at The Big E

We are excited to see the return of The Big E! The popular Dingle Peninsula Merchants area is reduced in size this year, with Brian de Staic Jewelry and the ICC having in-person booths. Come see our display and beautiful 100+ year old jaunting cart in the Young Building. The Big E has again partnered with the Dingle Peninsula Alliance to present virtual exhibits and online codes to learn about and shop with all your favorite vendors who can’t be here this year.

View The Big E’s video tour of the Dingle Peninsula exhibit >

The Big E ICC Display

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