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SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 2016


CEILI DANCE


3 TO 5 pm


AT RIRA


Commercial Street, Portland


COME AND SEE THE NEWLY RENOVATED SECOND FLOOR AT RIRA AND JOIN THE IRISH AMERICAN CLUB FOR THE FIRST CEILI DANCE OF THE SEASON ! ! !  LIVE MUSIC WITH THE PORTLAND CEILI BAND, DANCES CALLED BY OUR OWN CEILI TEACHERS, MORRIGAN & BRIDGET, RIRA MENU AVAILABLE.  AS ALWAYS - FREE, FUN AND FAMILY FRIENDLY ! ! !


RiRa has recently renovated the second floor and it’s simply stunning! 


You won’t believe your eyes!  Come early and have Sunday brunch;  stay late and enjoy dinner.  Or do both!  Work it off and work up your appetite with some dancing -  or just enjoy the music and good company of your Irish American friends.


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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

6:30 PM

DOWNSTAIRS AT THE MIHC

THE IRISH AMERICAN CLUB’S SEPTEMBER GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING

CATCH UP WITH YOUR FRIENDS, FIND OUT WHAT’’S NEW AND HAVE SOME REFRESHMENTS!

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BRIDGET AND KEVIN’S PRE-WEDDING CEILI !


Bridget and Kevin would like you to join them upstairs at Bull Feeney’s on Thursday, September 15, 7 to 9 pm for a Ceili dance to celebrate their upcoming wedding!  Come on upstairs after our HALF SAINT PATRICK’S DAY and join in the fun with the Portland Ceili Band, the Irish American Club and Bridget and Kevin and their families.  Free, fun and family friendly !!!!!



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HALF SAINT PATRICK’S DAY !!!


Join the Irish American Club as we mark the halfway point to the best day of the year – St. Patrick’s Day, 2017!  On Thursday, September 15, we will be celebrating at Bull Feeney’s on Fore Street, starting at 4 pm right through 7 pm. We’ll have live music, drink specials, raffles – all in the spirit of the Irish ‘ceol agus craic’ and an effort to raise some funds for next year’s parade.

    

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    IRISH LANGUAGE LESSONS


The Irish American Club Irish Language class will begin on September 16, 6 PM for beginners, and on September 23, 7 PM, for the advanced class.  All are welcome.


The classes will be held at the Maine Irish Heritage Center at Gray and State Street in Portland, Maine.  The classes will run from 8 – 10 weeks depending on various circumstances.  Cost for the class is $20 for Irish American Club members and returning students;  $40 for non-members.  For more information call Brendan at 207-518-9104 or email Club2@irishofmaine.org


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JULY, 2016

HERE WE ARE HAVING A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER SO WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE THAN A PICNIC?

 

OUR ANNUAL SUMMER GATHERING WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, JULY 31, 11-4 PM AT SHOREWAY PARK, ON THE CAMPUS OF SOUTHERN MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

OPEN TO ALL:  FREE, FUN AND FAMILY FRIENDLY!

 

THERE’LL BE MUSIC, DANCING AND FOOD – BRING YOUR OWN OR TRY ONE OF OUR LOCAL FOOD TRUCKS

COME AND MEET UP WITH OLD FRIENDS, MEET SOME NEW FRIENDS!  CHECK ON YOUR MEMBERSHIP STATUS AND BE SURE TO CAST YOUR VOTE TO APPROVE YOUR NEWEST BOARD MEMBERS.

RAIN OR SHINE – COME PLAY WITH THE IRISH AMERICAN CLUB!

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016


6:30 pm AT THE MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER


THE IRISH AMERICAN CLUB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


AND POTLUCK DINNER!


WE WILL SUPPLY PLATES, UTENSILS, AND BEVERAGES


AND WE WILL GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE STATE OF THE CLUB!  YOU WILL BRING SOME FOOD TO SHARE – APPETIZERS, SALADS, BREAD, MAIN DISHES, DESSERTS!!!


SHOULD WE BE LUCKY AND HAVE A QUORUM, WE MAY EVEN HAVE ELECTIONS!!!!!


HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!



   


2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising. Irish men and women around the world are participating in Centenary Events that mark this pivotal period in Ireland's history. We will be kicking off our celebrations with a series of events in late April that will continue throughout the year. Please save these dates.





Friday, April 22nd, 7:00 PM


Lecture/Video at Maine Irish Heritage Center


Professor Michael Connolly will present a lecture titled "Irish Labor and the Easter 1916 Rebellion and Its' Aftermath." Connolly, who teaches at Saint Joseph's College, will cover the Irish Labour Party and the collaboration between James Connolly and Jim Larkin. Of particular interest will be the Dublin Lockout of 1913 and the formation of the Irish Citizen Army, with a particular focus on James Connolly's role in the Rising. He will also talk about the role of labour in the 1917 Anti-Conscription movement and the fate of the Irish Trade Union Congress in the aftermath of 1916. A brief Q&A will follow and then we will view an episode of the documentary series "1916 Seachtar Na Casca" that focuses on one of the major figures  of the Easter Uprising, James Connolly.



Saturday, April 23rd, 4:00 PM


Fibin presents "Pearse in Pictures" at MIHC


Written and performed by journalist Harry McGee, and his brother Dara McGee, who performs the live art throughout the show, "Pearse in Pictures" is a striking re-imagining of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising. The insurrection, led by a small group of idealists, resulted in a heavy defeat with all leaders executed. However, it was the spark that lit the bonfire that culminated in an independent Ireland. The performance focuses on five leading figures of the Rising with a dramatic unexpected twist at the end. Fibin is a theater group from Inverin County Galway Ireland that was formed in 2003 and has performed over 30 productions mostly in Ireland. With support from Culture Ireland.


Sunday, April 24th, 11:30 AM


Reading of the Proclamation on the steps of Portland City Hall


The proclamation of the Republic (Forogra na Poblachta) also known as the 1916 Proclamation or Easter Proclamation, was a document issued by the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army. The reading of the Proclamation signaled the start of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916, set in motion a chain of events that would eventually lead to Irish independence in 1922. April 24th marks the 100th Anniversary of those events. Two local Irish Americans will read the Proclamation at noon at City Hall, in English and in Irish. Fran Seeley, whose father Patrick McDowell was a member of the Irish Volunteers and fought in the Rising, will recite in English. Brendan McVeigh, former president of the Irish-American Club of Maine and facilitator of the Irish language class, will proclaim it in Irish. The Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band will perform.


Sunday, April 24th, 2:00 PM


Stories From the Easter Rising at MIHC

Please join us as we pay our respect to the signatories of the Proclamation along with other key figures in the Easter Uprising. Hear about Countess Markievicz and Sir Roger Casement, pivotal figures in the struggle for Irish freedom. Using music, poetry, and images, we will honor their legacies.


EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER (EXCEPT FOR THE READING OF THE PROCLAMATION, AS NOTED).





ALL OF THESE EVENTS ARE BOUGHT TO YOU BY YOUR IRISH AMERICAN CLUB OF MAINE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER, THE ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS, THE MAINE POLICE EMERALD SOCIETY AND ALL MEMBERS OF OUR MAINE IRISH NETWORK.



PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP WITH THE IAC - $25 FOR INDIVIDUAL/$40 FOR FAMILY OF FOUR.  ANY QUESTIONS?  YOU CAN ALWAYS CALL KATHY 207-712-5191.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND AT SOME TIME - THE CENTENARY OF THE 1916 RISING IS HERE AND YOU WANT TO BE SURE TO REMEMBER AND CELEBRATE!




































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































 






















































 


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