Monday, 5 October 2009

Chicopee Abú! The Republican:

A center born of the suffering and triumphs of an island people known for preserving their language and culture even in their diaspora will celebrate a decade of its presence in the Pioneer Valley during the weekend of Oct. 9.

“Not only is the center 10 years old, but it also is growing. We offer an increasing number of programs and continue to attract new audiences, all the while keeping our faithful members, many who have been members since the beginning,” said Sister of St. Joseph Judith Kappenman, director of the Irish Cultural Center at Elms College in Chicopee.

Anniversary weekend celebrations feature a brunch with Irish American author Peter Quinn as guest speaker on Oct. 11 at the Elms; workshops including ones on the Irish langugage, Irish set dances and Gaelic games during the day there on Oct. 10, and a concert Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. by a group that numbers the sons of legendary Irish folk singer and musican Tommy Makem at The Wherehouse in Holyoke...

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