Joining the Children's Chorus
All school-aged member children are invited to join in learning Irish music through movement and singing! 2017 will be the fourth season for our GAC Children’s Chorus. First rehearsal this year is Wednesday, September 27th.
Over the past two years the Children's Chorus has performed for Memorial Masses, Christmas Fairs, a Christmas Program and a special program commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising, ‘We Will Remember’. The Children’s Chorus frequently shares the stage with the adult Glee Club. Children are also encouraged to add creative ideas and their various talents during performances.
For more information, please contact Mary Ellen Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clan na Gael Celebrates 30th Anniversary
This year we celebrate 30 years of presenting plays by or about the Irish, as well as improving our craft both on and behind the stage. Hundreds of kids and adults have been involved in the fun and excitement of “putting on a show”. Each production brings forth new actors and production staff. Each performance brings the afterglow of satisfaction that comes from being a part of the CnG team.
You are warmly invited to come Play with us! We are an open and welcoming group, are we love getting new people involved.
Spring Production Audition Dates
Saturday, Feb. 25th from 1:00-3:30.and Sunday, Feb. 26th, from 3:00-4:30. Auditions are open to all. No Experience is Necessary. Anyone interested in working behind the scenes please come out as well.
April 20, 21, 22, 8:00pm, with a matinee on Sun. April 23rd. For more info contact Peg at email@example.com
Our One Act Play Winners
The Clan Na Gael invites everyone to come to the club Sunday Feb 12th at 1pm for an entertaining afternoon of the Reading of the Winning Plays from the 2016 One Act Playwright Contest. After the Reading, the audience will have the opportunity to discuss the play-writing process with the playwrights. The winning plays are:
- A Chance Meeting – Written by Alison Flannery and directed by Nancy O’Neil
- Spiritual Counseling – Written by Jack Rushen and directed by Kelsey Guggenheim
- Heroes – Written by Griffin Reidy and directed by Eamon Speer
The Readings are free to all and refreshments will be served.
The Clan na Gael Players had a humble beginning in 1987. Cardboard sets, lights in tin cans, folks dragged in from the bar to play a part! Ahh, but the audience enthusiasm towards this raggle-taggle group—that’s what made the Clan na Gael Players!
In addition to performing live theatre at the Gaelic-American Club, Clan na Gael has gone on the road to perform elsewhere – civic groups, fundraisers, pubs, schools and libraries. We have toured plays in Ireland twice, in Counties Kerry and Clare, in 2009 and 2016.
From the pens of such well-known playwrights as O’Casey, Gregory, and Keane have come several CnG productions. Equally, we point with pride to the premier productions where we have been privileged to work with playwrights in the creation of their work. Comedy, drama, music, song, dance, well-known and unknown, are all parts of Clan na Gael.
To all, thank you for supporting Clan na Gael! We look forward to continuing our stated purpose of presenting plays by or about the Irish. We hope you will continue to enjoy them as much as we enjoy presenting them to you. Break-a-Leg!
For more information, please contact Peggy O’Leary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeks players for the fall season in the Shoreline Adult Soccer League, which begins Aug. 17. Home field matches are played at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
Join the Glee Club
Join us as we prepare a unique program of song from the Irish in America. The Glee Club is a great way to celebrate our Irish Heritage. The group rehearses at the club from 7 to 9PM every Wednesday. Come and give it a try!
The rejuvenated Glee Club has perfomed for our Memorial Mass, presented a Christmas Program, and "We Will Remember," a program commemerating the 1916 Easter Rising. Although the numbers may be smaller than the orginal group, the spirit and love for singing vibrantly permeates the Glee Club's reincarnation. New members are always warmly welcomed.
A Strong Beginning
The Gaelic-American Glee Club began in 1995 with fifty enthusiastic singers. The group flourished and grew to over one hundred strong. Co-founders Art Begin and Ed O'Connor led the group through many sucessful years including concerts at The ReginaQuick Center, the Fairfield County Irish Festival, the Levitt Pavillion and a trip to Ireland with a concert at the U.S.Embassy. After twenty years, attrition and changing times brought the group to a hiatus.
Rebirth of a Treasured Tradition
In 2015 the Glee Club was revived by Mary Ellen Lyons, a newly retired New Canaan Public Schools music teacher. "Commemorating the 1916 Rising needs voices to be raised in song!" Mary Ellen insisted. With the blessing and support of the GAC executive board and the urging of past Glee Club members, rehearsals began in the Fall of 2015.
All levels of Irish dance instruction are offered.
New Beginner and Intermediate Classes Thursdays at 6:30 to 7:30 and 7:30 to 8:30 respectively.
New Beginner Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm upstairs in the Cultural Room – Contact Cecia.email@example.com.
New Intermediate Class – Thursdays 7:30-8:30 pm upstairs in the Cultural Room. Classes meet every Thursday. For more information and to register, contact Desnolan@optonline.net
New Grammar Class-Intermediate Level – every Wednesday, starting Sept 7 from 7:00-8:00 pm upstairs in the Cultural Room. For registration: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Intermediate Class – meets every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 in the library upstairs.
Grupa Comhra – Irish conversation group, any level, meets every Thursday from 7:30-ish- 9:00 pm in the snug at the end of the bar. For further information call: Cait 203-459-9686; no registration necessary.
Join us for this month’s Senior Lunch! Senior Lunch is Thursday, March 31st at 12 noon. Call for reservations by Sunday, February 19th. Cost for lunch $7 for members and $9 for non-members.
Are you retired with some free time? Why not get active with the GAC Seniors? Join us for Senior Lunch on the last Thursday of the month.
Other Senior Activities include:
Bingo & 50/50 raffle
The Senior group also participates in charity activities for organizations like Operation Hope, Turkey Drive, Under the Bridge, Salvation Army, and the Merton House.
For more info contact Faith Maciver at fmaciver
St. Patrick’s GFC is the fastest growing Gaelic football club in the tri-state area. The club, headquartered in Fairfield, Connecticut, was created in 2003 to provide training, instruction, and athletic competition in Ireland’s favorite sport, Gaelic football. Prior to the Club’s inception, children and adults interested in learning or competing in Gaelic football had to travel to clubs located in New Haven or New York. In just a few short years, the Club has grown dramatically from four founding members to over 150 members and five teams in youth (Under 8 through U-14) and adult levels.