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Address: 2068 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI 48216  (Map)

Phone Numbers: Bar 313-964-8700, Office/FAX 313-964-7474 (313-96-IRISH)

Hours: Sunday Noon-8pm, Monday-Thursday 2 - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday Noon-2:00am

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Congratulations 2015 Gaelic League Officers (Elect)

President

Board of Directors

Board of Auditors

Roxanne LaPuma

Mary Bongiorno

Mary Bongiorno

Vice President

Kathleen Finley

Patty Cooley

Theresa Anaya

Amy Novak

Margaret McLaughlin

Financial Secretary

George Chapman

 

 

Kevin Driscoll

 

Treasurer

Erin Keem

 

Sheila Maloney

Pat rick Brown

 

Recording/Corresponding Secretary

Kathleen O’Neill

 

Jennifer Kelley

Susan Waisanen

 

 

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"Cead Mile Failte" One Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

 

Thank you for visiting the website of The Gaelic League of Detroit.

 

The Gaelic League/Irish American Club of Detroit strives to be Metro Detroit’s Center for promoting and preserving Irish Culture and Tradition. We offer many ongoing activities and events.  Be sure to visit the “LINKS OF INTEREST”, “GL NEWSLETTERS”, “GL IRISH RADIO SHOW”, and “UPCOMING EVENTS FLYERS” below for updated details.   Scroll down to view the calendar of events and learn more about upcoming special events.  You are always welcome to visit the Gaelic League and participate in the fun and/or email us your thoughts.

 

Sláinte

 

GAELIC LEAGUE OF DETROIT IRISH RADIO SHOW AND WEBSITE

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 24th 7:30 pm

Christmas Eve Mass

St Patrick Church

58 Parsons St Detroit, MI

All are welcome

Church to be decorated by

F. O. U. I.s 12/20/14 9 am

Come and enjoy

 

Wednesday, Dec 31st

Gaelic League

New Year’s Eve Party

7 pm Toast

All are invited to welcome in the New Year

Music with McSpillin

Athblian shona duit!

 

Saturday, Jan 10th 2015

Gaelic League

6th Annual Wine Tasting

 

Saturday, Jan 31st  2015

Gaelic League  7:30 pm

Mid-Winter Irish Gathering

Andy Cooney & His Show band

$20 members, $25 non-members

See Flyer

 

 

~ UPCOMING 2014 EVENTS AT A GLANCE IN METRO DETROIT IRISH COMMUNITY ~

DATE

WHAT

WHERE

WHEN

REMARKS

12/02/14

Foley-Leon Family Fundraiser

Gaelic League Hall

5-9 pm              $15 at Door

 

12/05/14

Brendan Grace

Gaelic League Hall

7pm  $15 members

$20 non-members

313-964-8700    

12/05/14

AOH Dunleavy Annual Christmas Party    

Crystal Park 17099 Champaign Avenue, Allen Park

7 pm - ? $40                       

Tickets are available from a AOH member or at

Dunleavy’s Downriver in Allen Park (313) 382-4545

12/6-7/14

LAOH - No Room at the Inn

35637 Cherry Hill Westland

12/6  noon - 4 pm and 6 – 8 pm

12/7  11 am until 2 pm

Suggested donation $5.00 for adults, $1.00 children

All proceeds benefit St. Vincent DePaul

12/07/14

Children’s Christmas Party

Gaelic League Hall

2 pm  RSVP by 12/1/14

GLIAWeb@aol.com     313-964-8700

12/11/14

ICCC Christmas Pub Night

K of C 1711 Walker - Windsor

7:30 pm

 

12/13/14

Christmas Ceili

AOH Hall –5 Mile Rd - Redford

$20 adv ONLY,  6:30 pm dinner

Tickets: Daily-Murphy’s ‘til 4 pm, AOH after 5 pm

12/20/14

Irish Christmas – Winter Solstice w/Finvarra’s Wren

White Crow Conservatory - Saginaw

$12

989-790-2118  www.thewhitecrow@hotcrowpie.com  See Flyer

12/24 /14

Christmas Eve Mass

St. Pat’s – 58 Parson, Detroit

7:30pm

All are Welcome

12/26-27/14

Mick’s Crossroads Ceili

The ArkAnn Arbor

7:30pm  $15,  Dinner & show $25

734-761-1800  www.theark.org     See Flyer

12/31/14

New Year’s Eve Party

Gaelic League

7pm toast  music by McSpillin

313-964-8700

01/10/15

6th Annual Wine Tasting

Gaelic League Hall

7-9 pm

313-964-8700                         See Flyer

01/24/15

Pub Night at AOH

25300 Five Mile, Redford, MI

7 pm   $20            See Flyer

$20 donation includes complimentary beer, wine, pizza, munchies, continuous live Irish entertainment and dancing. Proceeds support Motor City Irish Fest

01/24/15

Parade Times Ads Deadline

Parade Times

Patron Ads

Forms

01/31/15

Mid-Winter Gala w/Andy Cooney & his band

Gaelic League Hall

7:30 pm $20 members

$25 non-members

See Flyer

01/31/15

Mar/Apr Newsletter

Articles due

Email GLIAWeb@aol.com

 

02/08/15

Grand Marshal Brunch

Gaelic League Hall

$15 adults, under 12yrs $10

12 pm Mass, lunch follows

02/15/15

Parade Route Shamrocks

Orders due

 

Printable Order Form

02/21/15

Court of St. Brigid Pageant

AOH Hall, 25300 Five Mile Road, Redford 48239

7:30pm  $10 at Door

www.ctofstbrigid.com for info and forms

03/01/15

Parade Fundraiser

Gaelic League

 

 

03/15/15

St. Pat’s Parade Day Mass

58 Parsons St., Detroit, MI

9 am

Shuttles available from Gaelic League

03/15/15

St. Patrick’s Parade

Michigan Ave - Detroit

noon

 

03/17/15

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

 

 

09/22/15

Irish Tiger Night

Comerica Park

Sponsored by UIS – price TBD

 

 

DECEMBER 2014  (Unless noted, events are at the Gaelic League)

SUN

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

NOV 30

RADIO 

Kathleen O’Neill

GL Radio Show

1:00-3:00 pm

WNZK AM 690

DEREK WARFIELD & THE YOUNG WOLFE TONES

5pm  $15 member

$20 non member

DEC 1

A Ceili

Anne McCallum’s

Set Dance Classes

7:30-9:30pm

 

2

3

yoga

YOGA 6-7pm

w/Veronica Carey

muff

Irish Language Circle 7:15-8:15pm

SESSIONS (2)

Music Session

7:30-10PM

4

5

BRENDAN GRACE

7pm   $15 mem/$20 non

 

Ginger & Tonic

a.k.a. Joni & Allen

8pm-1am

 

6

CODGERS2

Codgers 8pm-1am

 

DEC 7

RADIO 

Angela Ryan

GL Radio Show

1:00-3:00 pm

WNZK AM 690

 

Children’s Christmas Party

2pm – RSVP names 12/1

8

Gaelic League

Election Meeting  7pm

 

 

A Ceili

Anne McCallum’s

Set Dance Classes

7:30-9:30pm

 

9

10

yoga

YOGA 6-7pm

w/Veronica Carey

muff

Irish Language Circle 7:15-8:15pm

SESSIONS (2)

Music Session

7:30-10PM

11

12

Wagner Act

a.k.a. John & Nick

8pm-1am

 

Kitty’s Ceili

 8-10 pm

 

13

Terry

Terry Murphy

 8pm-1am

 

MATT KOROBOV

vs. ANDY LEE

WORLD MIDDLWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT

HBO 10 pm See Flyer

 

14

RADIO

Kathleen O’Neill

GL Radio Show

1:00-3:00 pm

WNZK AM 690

 

 

 

 

15

A Ceili

Anne McCallum’s

Set Dance Classes

7:30-9:30pm

 

 

16

FOUI_Logo

FOUI Election Meeting  8pm

17

yoga

YOGA 6-7pm

w/Veronica Carey

muff

Irish Language Circle

 7:15-8:15pm

SESSIONS (2)

Music Session

7:30-10PM

RADIO RAFFLE

18

SONGWRITERS NIGHT

W/ JOHN FREEMAN

& FRIENDS - 8PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

Terry

Terry Murphy

8pm-1am

 

Kitty’s Ceili

 8-10 pm

 

 

20

McSpillin  8pm - 1am

 

* Santarchy Night *

21

RADIO

Kathleen O’Neill

GL Irish Radio Show

1:00-3:00 pm

WNZK AM 690

 

22

 

23

 

24

Oiche Nollaig

Christmas Eve Mass

St. Pat’s Church 7:30 pm

58 Parsons St., Detroit

25

Nolliag Shona Duit!

 Happy Christmas!

GL CLOSED

26

Colm Graham

8pm-1am

No Ceili

27

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Terry Murphy & Frank Kennedy 8pm-1am

 

DEC 28

RADIO 

Kathleen O’Neill

GL Radio Show

1:00-3:00 pm

WNZK AM 690

29

 

 

30

 

31

New Year’s Eve Party

7pm Toast

McSpillin  8pm - 1am

JAN 1, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Athblian shona duit!

GL CLOSED

2

Larry Larson

8pm-1am

NO CEILI

3

CODGERS2

Codgers 8pm-1am

 

 

 

GAELIC PHRASES OF THE MONTH Michael Green:http://www.ireland-information.com

PHRASE:

MEANING:

PRONOUNCED:

Nollaig faoi shean is faoi mhaise duit!

A prosperous and enjoyable Christmas!

Nullig fwee yan iss fwee mway/shih dwit

Nollaig Shona duit

Happy Christmas to you

nullig hunna dwit

Athblian shona duit

Happy new year to you

ought/bleen hunna dwit

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS OF IRELAND

Ireland has a wide number of Christmas traditions that are steeped in the Gaelic and Catholic heritage of the country.

THE WREN BOY PROCESSION

The Wren Boy Procession

The Wren Boy Procession has been revived in recent years with parades being held on St. Stephens Day in Sandymount in Dublin and other locations. There are several legends regarding the 'wren boy'. 

 One such tale tells of a plot in a village against some British soldiers during Penal times. The soldiers were surrounded and were about to be ambushed when a group of wrens pecked on their drums raising the alarm. The plot failed and thus the wren became known as 'The Devil's Bird'. 

To commemorate this deed a procession takes place where a pole with a holly bush is carried from house to house and families dress up in old clothes and with blackened faces. In ancient times an actual wren bird would be killed and placed on top of the pole. 

It is possible that the very Irish tradition of visiting houses of friends and relatives on St. Stephens Day traces its origin to these events. 

THE CANDLE IN THE WINDOW

The Christmas Candle in the Window

A tradition that was very widespread in the 1970's but which seems to be dying out somewhat and especially in urban areas is the 'candle in the window'. Symbolically the candle represented a welcome to Joseph and Mary as they wandered in search of lodgings. The candle indicated to strangers and especially to the poor that there may be an offering of food in the house within. 
 
During the Penal Times in Ireland Catholic priests were forbidden to perform Mass so the candle acted as a covert signal that the occupier was a Catholic believer and that mass could be held on the premises. 

MARY

 

Mary the mother of Jesus was especially revered in Ireland at Christmas. There are many traditions involving girls named Mary which at one time was by far the most popular female name in the country. The candle in the window was often to be lit by a girl named Mary and only extinguished by her. The removal of decorations in January were also often to be punctuated by a visit from a Mary. 

THE LADEN TABLE

The centre-piece of the Christmas holiday in Ireland is the Christmas Dinner. After the often lavish meal the kitchen table was again set and on it was placed some bread and milk and the table adorned with the welcoming candle. If Mary and Joseph, or any wandering traveller, happened by then they could avail of the hospitality. 

LITTLE CHRISTMAS

The Christmas Laden Table

All Christmas decorations are usually taken down and put away on 'Little Christmas' (January 6th.). It is considered very bad luck to remove the decorations and Christmas tree before this date. 

IRISH CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

Christmas Holly Decoration

The widespread practice of placing a ring of Holly on a front door started in Ireland. Holly was one of the main plants that flourished at Christmas time in Ireland and gave the poorer population means with which to decorate their homes. 

MORE MODERN TRADITIONS

Modern Ireland has changed vastly from the times when these Irish Christmas traditions flourished and have often been replaced with newer more secular ones. St. Stephens Day is still regarded as a day to visit family and friends but is also a great sporting day with horse-racing, football and a myriad of other sports taking prominence. 

Many workers take the entire week off between Christmas Day and New Years Day with many businesses completely closing down during this time. 

Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve is also very well attended and is often adorned with a choir, the Church with a Manger and Nativity scene. 

A Christmas Day swim is practiced in certain parts of Ireland with perhaps the most famous being at the 'Forty Foot' tiny beach in South Dublin

 

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