Attention High School Seniors ~ 2 Scholarship Opportunities

Two Scholarship Opportunities

GAC Scholarships: The Gaelic American Club is offering two $2,000 scholarships to deserving high school students attending a four-year college in fall 2017.  Applications are available at and must be returned to GAC by May 19.

Feile Scholarships: Feile is pleased to offer three scholarships of $2,000 each to high school seniors who will be attending college in fall of 2017. Scholarship Applications available at Deadline is May 15.


“Brexit and Ireland: Disaster or Promise?” Sunday May 7 @ 2PM

Irish History Lecture ~ Sunday May 7 @ 2PM

The Gaelic American Club Genealogy and Language Groups will host “Brexit and Ireland:  Disaster or Promise?”, the 18th in a series of Lectures on Irish History. This lecture is presented by Louise Blakeney Williams, Ph.D., Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University since 1997.  Louise Blakeney Williams received her Ph.D. in history at Columbia University and teaches an Irish history course that includes a trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland as well as classes on the  British Empire, modern British history, European history, and intellectual and cultural history.  (For full article visit www.gaconline.)

Help us plan seating and refreshments by registering in advance. Tickets are $5.00 ($2.00 for Students with Student ID). Register on-line at:, subject: “Irish History” and mail your check payable to “Feile, Inc.” to: Mary Adams-Arroyo, 221 McGrath Court, Stratford, CT 06615. Please provide name, address, phone and email. For info call Mary (203) 377-2346. This event is sponsored by Feile, Inc. and is open to the public.


The Pride of New York Concert Saturday May 20 @ 8PM

Admission $20 ~ Children only $5
Four giants of traditional Irish music, Brendan Dolan, Brian Conway, Joanie Madden & Bill McComiskey have pooled their talents to create the East Coast’s premier not-for-profit live Irish Traditional Music band. They take their name from the rich wellspring where they grew up at the forefront of the extraordinary renaissance of traditional music in the 1970s & ‘80s. Don’t miss their debut performance at the GAC.
For Reservations or more information call 203-257-8737 or email or

2017 Connacht Senior Gaelic Football Championship:New York GAA vs Sligo

New York vs Sligo.  Attention all fans of Gaelic games!  The GAC will sponsor a bus trip to Gaelic Park, Bronx, NY, leaving the Club at 1:30 pm on Sunday May 7th for the first match of the 2017 Connacht Senior Gaelic Football Championship as the New York GAA take on Sligo (travelling out from Ireland).  Last year, New York threw a major scare into Roscommon in a thriller that will go down in the history of NY GAA.  Justin O’Halloran, Co. Cavan native and longtime Stamford resident, will once again take charge of the New York team as they face off against rivals from Connacht.   Throw in is at 4pm & the bus will leave one hour following the final whistle.  The cost of the bus is: Adults $20, Students and Senior citizens, no charge.  Cost of admission to the match is separate and must be paid at the gate. To reserve your seat on the bus, please email

Ceili in the Carolan Room

Ceili in the Carolan Room
March 11th 6 to 9.30 pm
Music by The Pride of Moyvane, Who come to us all the way from NYC. So put on those dancing shoes. Bring your friends, a bit bring a finger food and get warmed up for St Patrick’s Day! $20 at the door.

Annual Cúl Camp

St. Patrick’s GAA Club will host its annual Cúl Camp, a summer camp in Gaelic football, hurling & camogie for children 5-15 years of age from June 26-30 at Notre Dame H.S., Fairfield. Cúl Camps are held in every county in Ireland and throughout North America. Whether you’re an experienced player seeking to improve skills or have never played Gaelic games before, this camp is designed to introduce boys and girls to the excitement and challenges of Gaelic games. GAA Certified coaching staffing – with many coming direct from Ireland – to lead the training. Camp hours are 9 am to 3 pm each day. Graduation & medal ceremony on June 30th with family lunch & social following at the GAC. Space is limited and there are early registration and sibling discounts available. To Register for camp visit or

53rd Annual St. Patricks Scholaship Dinnner

Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn at 7:00pm. The Scholarship Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization which provides an annual contribution to full-time college students for each of four years of study regardless of race, religion, creed or color. In addition to the annual dinner, the committee graciously accepts private donations. Tickets, $125.00 pp, (cash bar) for scholarship applications contact Dave Howe at (203) 767-6519 or

Oral Video History Project
The Feile, Inc. sponsored Oral Video History Project is moving forward. We began by collecting interviews from fifty six subjects. They graciously shared their own unique emigration stories with remembrances, feelings, thoughts and insights. We then copied each interview to a dvd and presented one to each person interviewed. Our plan is to continue interviews, as well as making available the recorded interviews for research, study and promoting our Irish Culture.
We will also be applying for grants to fund the making of documentary film. We are, therefore, looking for people with documentary skills: editors; film makers; videographers; and production people. We welcome your support. The steering committee for the project are: Joan Klienknecht, Eileen Lynam . Noel McGovern, John Minehan and Peg O’Leary. For more info: Peg O’Leary at:

Finn Magill & Paul McKenna Concert

Finn Magill & Paul McKenna
Friday March 24 @ 7pm
This award winning duo is sure to get your toes tapping and your heartstrings snapping with their mix of traditional tunes and original songs. Don’t miss this special show in the Carolan Rm. Fee $20.

“My Name is Joan” A Documentary

“My Name is Joan” A Documentary
Wednesday March 8th @ 6pm
Bethel Cinema

The story of Susan Drew, (known to many of us at the GAC) was born Joan Fagan to an unwed mother in the St. Patrick Mother and Baby Home in Dublin, Ireland in 1949.  While the documentary chronicles Susan’s journey to find her true identity, it also highlights the illegal exporting of children by the Catholic Church to families in other countries for profit while the Irish Government looked the other way.  The Irish Government still denies adopted children access to their information even though forced adoption affects at least a quarter of the Irish population. The screening is March 8 @ 6pm at The Bethel Cinema, 269 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT. Tickets will be available at

Children’s St. Patrick’s Day Party

Join us for the fun Saturday, March 11th from 11 am to 1 pm for Children’s St. Patrick’s Day Party that  includes a performance & mini lesson by Lenihan School of Dance. There will also be a  buffet lunch available for $5. Contact Kelly Takacs

Cultural Night

Celebrate your Irish Heritage Wednesday March 8th @ 7:30pm .

Emceed by Noel McGovern, GAC’s Cultureal Night features The Shamrogues, Lenihan School of Irish Dance, St. Patrick’s Gaelic Football Club, Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Ban, Clan na Gael, Set Dancers  Irish Language Club

Lúnasa with Karan Casey

Lúnasa with Karan Casey ~ Wednesday March 1 @ 7:30pm
One of the most popular bands on the international Celtic music scene Lúnasa will be joined by Karan Casey, one of the most innovative and proactive voices in Irish folk music.

TICKETS: General Public: $30; Senior Citizens: $25; Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $25; Students (with ID): $15. For information, visit or call the box office at 203-371-7908. Members of the Gaelic American Club can use the code GAC2017 for a special discount.