It’s a yes! 78% of active members of the United Irish Cultural Center have voted in favor of change, as proposed by the board of Directors of the UICC, to change the status of the Center to one of non profit (c3) The change will take place in the coming months and will allow the Board to plan for a viable, sustainable future. You can watch some of the meeting and the announcement of the vote in the video below
We have a special Children’s Storytelling Day tomorrow starting at 2:30pm. Donations are just $5 per child
It’s been a busy few days at the Center after a wonderful Samhain weekend. We had lots of music, dancing and some parties to enjoy. Among the highlights were Saturday’s concert by the Mayo born tenor Tommy Fleming. He enthralled a large audience in the St Patrick’s Room with a repertoire of Irish and contemporary songs to raise the spirit. Tommy promised he would return in 2017. We hope he keeps his promise
Saturday was certainly a busy night at the Center. As Tommy performed upstairs, Neil O’Neill was entertaining in our restaurant, fully bedecked in his Scottish/Irish kilt. Later we had a special Samhain costume party and disco that keep folks dancing into the wee small hours
This weekend we are looking forward to more great music in the bar with Tony McMahon and our regular First Saturday Irish Traditional Music Session with Cormac Gannon and friends. Hope to see you there!
On Saturday afternoon, we’ll be starting a once weekly Celtic Culture at the UICC event. It happens every Saturday at 2:30pm in our Boardroom where we have discussions and conversation on topics from Poetry to literature to myths and legends, all with an Irish/Celtic connection. On the third saturday we are having a special Children’s Storytelling event for our younger folk. This week we begin by having a Seamus Heaney Poetry Day, finding out about the life and works of this great poet. We shall be viewing a specially commissioned video on the new Seamus Heaney Homeplace Centre in Seamus’s hometown of Bellaghy, Co Derry.
There’s a nominal $5 coffee/tea donation. Come along and join the discussion
The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain is almost upon us. The day when spirits from the Other World come to visit. It has long since been subsumed by the Christian faith as Hallow Eve, followed by All Souls day and then All Saint’s Day. In those days of long ago, the Celts adopted costumes and masks so that returning spirits, perhaps with evil intent, would not recognize them and pass along to frighten others. A custom of reparation to those visitors, in the form of perhaps a piece of cake or offering also emerged, in respect to the unwelcome “ghosts”. Later this custom transformed into the practice of trick or treat we know so well today as millions of children around the world, some adults too, knock at our doors asking “trick or treat”.
The Irish culture and folklore has a rich tradition of telling stories, and most definitely, many of those are about ghosts. On Friday October 28th we’ll be having a Ghost storytelling night at the Center. I’ll be the senchai, telling a few of those stories, encouraging you to tell some of yours. We have a special Ghost Hunter from Clones, Co Monaghan, joining us by the wonders of the Internet, who will regale us about some of her adventures and stories. Most of all, we want to hear your stories too. Come along for 8pm. It’s a free event and should be a great evening.
On Saturday Oct 29th we’re having a Samhain/Halloween Costume Party from 9pm in the main bar. I’ll be DJ for the night. It’s another free event. Come in costume or in your regular Saturday night. I’ll be wearing my false face. I haven’t taken it off since last year! 🙂
Welcome to our first ever blog posting for the United Irish Cultural Center. Whether you’re a member, a casual visitor or just curious to know more about our Center, we hope you enjoy the experience and feel a part of and become informed about what’s happening at the Center and all the great events happening here in the coming months. We have a busy restaurant and bar, with live music each weekend, regular concerts, functions and activities that attract people from all across San Francisco and the Bay Area
Let me briefly introduce myself. I’m Donagh McKeown, Marketing, Promotions and Programing person for the UICC. I’ll be your guide over the coming days, taking your through what has and will be happening in our eventful building. Look at it as an inside look at the diary of an organization, telling the story of our members and all activities that happen under our roof. We’ll have stories, photographs, and the occasional video to show. In time we may have your stories and photographs to share also.
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