Ireland Tour Information Session April 30

The Irish Cultural Center is sponsoring a Fall Tour to Ireland (October 10-20, 2022) visiting Killarney, Dingle and Galway. Tour includes roundtrip airfare, roundtrip bus from the ICC to Boston’s Logan Airport, daily breakfast and 7 dinner meals, top rated hotels, optional day trips and attractions. Cost of the tour is $3,695 per person sharing. 
 
An information session is planned for Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 am at the ICC. Visit the Fall Tour page for tour itinerary and reservation application. 
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ICC Welcomed by the Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance

A great day in the Dingle Peninsula of Ireland! The ICCWNE’s own Ed Sullivan (Board of Directors) and West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt are formally welcomed to Dingle by the Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance and Kerry County Council. West Springfield is a Sister City of Corca Dhuibhne.

Dingle Sister City

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Springfield Rifles Rugby 2022 Spring Season

Springfield Rugby ClubThe Springfield Rifles Rugby Club has announced their 2022 spring season. Home matches at the ICC field are listed below. 

Saturday, April 23 at the ICC
Practice starts around noon. 
Men’s Match vs. Cape Cod: kickoff at 1:00 pm
Women’s Match vs. Cape Cod: kickoff approximately 3:00 pm

Saturday, April 30 at the ICC
Women’s Match vs Upper Valley & North Shore: kickoff at 10:00 am
Men’s Match vs New London: kickoff at 1:00 pm

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub opens at noon on these days for pub grub and drinks to enjoy while watching the action. We hope to see you here to cheer on your local team back at their home field!


Free Rugby Youth Clinic on April 23
For 6th–12th grade students, hosted by the Springfield Rifles Rugby Club and New England Free Jacks of Major League Rugby. Saturday, April 23 at 11:30 am at the ICC.

First 20 registrations get a free t-shirt. Same day registration also available. No experience necessary! Learn basic skills (no contact). Bring water, athletic clothes, and sneakers/cleats. All participants and families can attend the men’s and women’s matches starting at 1 pm. Register online here.


Full Schedule
Men’s Matches (1 pm kickoff unless otherwise stated, home matches at ICC):
4/2 @ UMass 2 pm
4/9 @ Danbury
4/16 BYE
4/23 home vs Cape Cod
4/30 home vs New London
5/7 @ Worcester
5/14 ALUMNI 12 noon at Van Horn Park followed by Social at Paddy’s in Springfield (1060 Wilbraham Road, Springfield)
5/21-22 @ NERFU Cup Tournament, Newport, RI

Women’s Matches:
4/23 home vs Cape Cod after men’s match (approximate kickoff 3 pm)
430 home vs Upper Valley & North Shore 10 am
5/7 @ Seacoast

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ICC Welcomes Norma Foley TD

On March 19, 2022, the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England was honored to host Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education for the Government of Ireland, and her delegation.

Ed Sullivan, President of the West Springfield Sister City Organization and Irish Cultural Center board member, was extremely pleased to coordinate and welcome the visit of Minister Foley, along with the Irish Cultural Center and the Town of West Springfield.

The delegation included: Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education, Government of Ireland; Denis Maguire, husband of Minister Foley; Bernie McNally, Secretary General, Department of Education; Eoin Murphy, Advisor to Minister Foley; Áine Doyle, Advisor to Minister Foley; and Dr. Laoise Moore, Consul General of Ireland to New England.

Minister Foley and her delegation toured the Irish Cultural Center facilities, including the library/museum and the under-construction performance venue. They enjoyed meeting with invited guests and dinner at the Irish House Restaurant. Ed Sullivan, West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt and Minister Foley gave remarks.

The visit of the Irish delegation was a continuation of the Sister City Organization’s effort to enhance the international, cultural, educational, and economic relationship between West Springfield’s Sister City, Dingle, in County Kerry, Ireland.

We look forward to more engagements soon.

Visit our Facebook gallery to see more photos >

Norma Foley TD Visit

Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Jeanne Ahern, ICC board member; Dr. Laoise Moore, Consul General of Ireland to New England; Meaghan Coffey Serafin, ICC board member; Laura Hurley, ICC Chief Advancement Officer; Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education, Government of Ireland; Ed Sullivan, ICC board member and president of the Sister City Organization; Bernie McNally, Secretary General, Department of Education; Kevin O’Connor, ICC board member.

Norma Foley TD Visit

Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Caroline Murray, Associate Professor at Elms College; Ed Sullivan, ICC board member and president of the Sister City Organization

Norma Foley TD Visit

Dr. Laoise Moore, Consul General of Ireland to New England; Réaltín Mc Elhinney, Fulbright Irish language teacher; Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education, Government of Ireland

Norma Foley TD Visit

Sean Cahillane, ICC President; Will Reichelt, West Springfield Mayor; Norma Foley TD, Minister for Education, Government of Ireland; Ed Sullivan, ICC board member and president of the Sister City Organization



 

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Irish History Courses in April

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 monthly topics, divided into four-week modules. Courses are presented on Zoom. Each student will receive an electronic copy of each presentation.

The first topic is a general history of Ireland from ancient times to the present day. The course module for April 2022 is The Rise of Sinn Fein and the Irish War of Independence. Takes place on Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 7:30–9:00 pm. Download course flyer.

The second topic is a general history of each of the thirty two counties in Ireland. Featured in April 2022 is County Antrim. Takes place on Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6:00–7:30 pm. Download course flyer.

To Enroll
The enrollment fee is $80 for each four-week course. 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.

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. 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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9 to 5 The Musical: ICC Fundraiser April 13

9 to 5 The Musical

Join us at the Majestic Theater for a special performance on Wednesday, April 13 as a fundraiser for the Irish Cultural Center!

Based on the 1980 movie with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, 9 TO 5 garnered 15 Drama Desk Award nominations, the most ever in a single year for any production. Coworkers and unlikely friends Violet, Dora Lee, and Judy team up to get revenge on their lecherous boss in this “goofily entertaining crowd-pleaser!” By Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick. 

Special Performance Tickets: $20
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:30 pm
All ticket holders will receive a 10% off coupon for the ICC’s Irish House Restaurant.

Intermission Snack $5: Irish Scone w/Butter (please pre-order when purchasing your ticket)

Please Call the Box Office to Purchase Tickets
Majestic Theater, 131 Elm Street, West Springfield
Box Office: 413-747-7797

This performance is a dress rehearsal with all profits going to the ICC.


Please Note
This is a rescheduled date for the performance that was postponed in 2020. If you had already purchased tickets to the original performance, the Majestic Theater will contact you. 

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Irish Lesson on Mass Appeal

Realtin Mc Elhinney on Mass Appeal

Réaltín Mc Elhinney appeared on Mass Appeal on March 16, 2022 for the segment “Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig ort! A lesson in Irish.” She teaches viewers some Irish phrases you can use this St. Patrick’s Day. Réaltín is this year’s Irish Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, teaching classes for Elms College and the ICC. Watch the video clip >

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Give a St. Patrick’s Day Gift to the ICC

Happy St. Patrick’s Season! This time of year, people around the world celebrate all things Irish.

As a supporter of the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England, you know how important it is to preserve and promote Irish culture. As spring approaches and everyday life returns to normal, the ICCWNE looks forward to hosting events to share Irish culture with our community.

We ask that you consider making a special St. Patrick’s donation to the ICCWNE. Your gift allows us to continue to build our Irish gathering place, a place that we all can be proud of, a place where we can continue to offer cultural programming and good times with friends and family.  

St. Patrick’s Day is about appreciating culture, family, friends, and those who came before. This is the perfect time to honor or remember a loved one with a donation in their name.

You can easily donate online and set a gift in any amount. Choose the St. Patrick’s Day Gift designation, and include the name of a loved one you wish to honor. Donate today.

We are so thankful for your support of the Irish Cultural Center. On behalf of our staff, board members and volunteers, we hope you have a happy and healthy St. Patrick’s Day.

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We’re Hiring

The Irish House Restaurant and Trinity Pub is hiring! We are looking to add dish washers, cooks, and servers with or without bartending experience to our team. Please contact General Manager Sheri Hannifan for all the details if you or someone you know is interested. Call 413-342-4358 or email icctrinitypub@gmail.com.

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Family Games Day March 13

Family Games Day board games

We’re excited to bring this new community event to the ICC! Join us for a free Family Games Day on Sunday, March 13 from 1–6 pm. Participants are welcome to use one of the many Milton Bradley board games available here: Monopoly, Battleship, Candy Land, Monopoly Junior, and Star Wars Operation to name a few. All are welcome to what will become a fun monthly tradition at the ICC.

The Trinity Pub will be open for drinks and a light menu of cheese and crackers, finger sandwiches and Frips. 

Thanks to a generous donor for the gift of these brand new Milton Bradley games!

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