Irish Community Connectionsby Irish Community News
- New York Irish Center's bi-lingual winter table quiz, get out and practice your cúpla focal
- New York City’s Basket Brigade appeal for help this Thanksgiving
- Enrol for American citizenship classes at the Irish International Immigrant Center
- World Mental Health Day, starting the conversation
- Employment rights in America
The Irish community center, located in Long Island City, Queens, is calling on the New York Irish to gather their team and enjoy the traditional Irish competitive spirit.
All questions will be asked in Gaelic and English so even if you have never spoke a word of Gaelic before, you’ll be sure to leave this quiz with a cúpla focal.
Thanksgiving is here again and New York City’s Basket Brigade needs help again this year to feed those families in need.
Are you eligible to become a U.S. citizen? Would you like some help in navigating the process and preparing for the interview and exam? Let the expert staff of the IIIC help!
by Eileen O’Callaghan, Senior Program Coordinator
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Q: I recently became a naturalized US citizen. I’ve been looking for a new job, and it seems to me that some prospective employers have been hassling me unfairly about my immigration status. This may be because of my accent or the country I originally came from. Is there anything that I can do?
The fraternal organization of law enforcement officers and firefighters of Irish decent will honor Barry O’Donovan, proprietor of the Kilkenny House Restaurant and Pub in Cranford, as Irishman of the Year and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr as Irishwoman of the Year.
Irish entertainment will be provided by the Eamonn Ryan Band. Tickets include beer, wine, soda and snacks and cost $25.
The Irish Heritage Society of Milford presents a collaborative program featuring the trio “Ask Your Father,” comprising of Rick Spencer, Rich and Dee Kelly.
Take a musical journey through the history of the songs of Irish America! A historical narrative and music program will begin the evening. Following a brief intermission, there will be a second set of Irish music.
Jubilant Clare supporters attended the Cara Club in Brighton this week. There were noticeable broad smiles and lively spirits as Clare’s pulsating performance was discussed, dissected and celebrated. Pat Ahern, a proud Clare man, who has witnessed many years worth of All Ireland's, stated it was the ‘greatest one he’s ever seen’. It would be very hard to disagree, and that’s coming from a proud Cork woman. It’s wonderful to see what the spirit of the GAA can do to men and women who left Ireland behind in the 1950’s and 60’s, but hold hurling dearly and fiercely in their hearts.
Maith thú and congratulations to Clare but don’t get too fond of Liam, the Leeside of Cork will have him back next year!
The Silver Key is awarded those in recognition for their outstanding contributions to the Irish Community. In addition to Sr. Marguerite the other recipients are Seamus Mulligan, WROL and Arden O’Connor.
Online registration for the DV 2015 Program began on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time and will conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time. This lottery is open to eligible immigrants and anyone with eligibility questions can email me at my address above. After screening, those who want to apply for the lottery will be provided with assistance on the application.
For more information on the DV program, see the US State Department website
By Kieran C. O’Sullivan, Immigration Counselor with the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston
Thank you …
We had a good turnout at our clinic this wee where Attorney Dan Harrington who specializes in immigration and citizenship cases donated his time assisting immigrants on immigration and US citizenship related matters. Thanks also to our legal program volunteers Neil Hurley and Sheila Gleeson who donate many hours each month to our mission.
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These events will be open to uninsured and under-insured immigrants and others and will provide important information about the Affordable Care Act, insurance plan enrollment and accessing health and social services. Other organizations that will be present include Health Care for All, the Mass League of Community Health Centers, Community Action Committee of Cape and the Islands and more.
6. Talk to your family members: Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue. (National Council on Aging, 2013).
This is confidential and nonjudgmental service. For more information or just to chat contact Eileen on 617-265-5300 X 13
To book your spot or find out some more information contact Eileen on 1.855.479.2472.
directly regarding upcoming legal clinics or consultation with an immigration attorney.
program to gain some experience in the field of architecture and experience life in the United States. Boston is the city of choice for Adrienne. She is delighted with her new internship and is very grateful to the staff at the IIIC for all of their assistance. Likewise, the IIIC staff are delighted that Adrienne has secured such an amazing internship. "Adrienne is a bright, young lady with lots of ambition and drive and we know that she will excel in her new role at DiMella Shaffer," reports Ann-Marie Byrne, Director of Learning Exchange Programs at the IIIC. "We wish her every success in her new position."
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Depression is a real issue, be it on its own, or connected with alcohol, drugs or prescription medication.
However there is help on hand and no should suffer alone. We at the Irish Pastoral Centre strongly urge anyone suffering from depression or any addiction to contact us. If you or someone you know is in need, please contact the IPC to reach the many resources which are available. This is confidential and nonjudgmental service. For more information or just to chat contact Eileen on 617-265-5300 X 13
Massage and relaxation sessions are coming to the IPC this fall. Massage therapy is more than simply relaxing me-time. Studies continue to prove the physical and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session. Just some of the benefits of massage found by the American Massage Therapy Association include;
· Stronger immune system: massage has been shown to improve and strengthen the immune system. This is great news, as we need all the help we can get as we enter flu season.
The IIIC is holding a free health screening on Tuesday, October 8th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Flu shots, blood pressure tests and wellness screenings will be available at no cost to you.
Answers to all of your health insurance and healthcare access questions will also be answered. Appointments are recommended but drop-ins are also welcome.
For additional information and to register for the screening, contact Ciara Lavery at (617) 542-7654.
The cooler days are upon us, with these come lower humidity, hotter drinks and open fires. After a long hot summer which sometimes kept us locked indoors, it’s time to get out and enjoy the cooler evenings. It’s the perfect time to lace up the runners and take a stroll or even just enjoy an evening sitting outside in the cool air. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is twice as polluted as outdoor air. Every system in our bodies is dependent on oxygen, and fresh air is the easiest way to get it. This boosts our immune system, improves our blood pressure, and reduces stress and anxiety and depression.
Get out and join us at Café Eireann or the Cara Club. We will meet Monday, September the 9th at 1pm, at the Veronica Smith Centre in Brighton and Wednesday the 11th, at 10am at 15 Rita Rd, Dorchester. Good coffee, chat and ‘craic’ are great for the health and heart!
Do you have some spare time? Want to get out and meet some new people? Do you have a special skill you’d like to share? Want to help out a great cause?
YES?! Well the IPC is the place for you.
By Ann Marie Byrne
Last Wednesday, the IIIC organized a visit to the Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque in Roxbury. Upon arriving, we were greeted and welcomed by Barbara Sahli, a member of the Muslim American Society of Boston. The purpose of the visit was to improve group members’ understanding of Muslim culture, disprove stereotypes and examine prejudice. One of the group members admitted that he did not know what to expect when going to the Mosque.
· Joshua Tree: Friday, September 13th. 8:00pm. $15 pp. The nation’s premiere U2 tribute band is back at the ICC by popular demand. Typically this event sells out so please purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased online at www.IrishCulture.org and by calling ICC at 781-821-8291.
· ICC Author Series Welcomes Howie Carr: Saturday, September 14th. 7:00pm. $30 Members & $35 General Admission. ICC would like to welcome famed talk show host, award winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author and political reporter, Mr. Howie Carr. Carr has written three best-selling books on the topic of Boston crime and Whitey Bulger. The evening will include dinner, discussion and Q & A. Tickets are available on-line at www.irishculture.org or by calling ICC at 781-821-8291.
Historians say Halloween began with the Irish and we at the Irish Cultural Centre want to celebrate that great part of Irish history. Halloween from around the world describes how Halloween began with the Celts farmers thousands of years ago. “They knew that the sun helped make their crops grow, so when autumn came the sun began to fade and they believed that the sun would be winter’s prisoner for six months. They were worried that the sun would not return so to make sure it did they held a festival on October 31. During which, they asked the sun to return safely in the summer. All the cooking fires were put out and a huge bonfire was lit on the hillside. Here they prayed the sun would shine brightly after winter was over. The next morning they would return to the hillside take a piece of the burning wood from the remains of the bonfire and light new fires so as to bring good luck. Feasts were held over the new fires and people would dress up in costumes made out of animal skins. It was believed these costumes would protect people from bad luck. This is how Hallowe’en is said to have begun and is still celebrated today.
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Q: Some friends of mine recently moved to a new school district, and they have been having trouble enrolling their children in the local public elementary school. Both the parents and the children are legal permanent residents. Can the school stop the children from enrolling in school?
A: No. Under Federal law, all children in the United States are entitled to public elementary and secondary education regardless of their race, color, national origin, citizenship, immigration status or the status of their parents or guardians. So a school has no legal basis to prevent legal resident children from attending. This entitlement also extends to cases where children or their parents are undocumented.
There is some confusion about the kinds of information that schools can collect from pupils and their parents without violating federal law. The Civil Rights Division in the US Department of Justice has published a fact sheet with some clarification of this issue. These are the main points:
On August 20th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued the following warning about a new scam involving immigrants who have pending applications for benefits:
“In recent weeks, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) learned of a new telephone scam targeting USCIS applicants and petitioners. Scammers are using a technique called “Caller ID spoofing” to display a misleading or inaccurate phone number in a recipient’s Caller ID. The scammer poses as a USCIS official and requests personal information (such as Social Security number, passport number, or A-number), identifies supposed issues in the recipient’s immigration records, and asks for payment to correct these records.
Glucksman Ireland House NYU has opened a book of condolence for New Yorker to sign in tribute to the late beloved Irish poets Seamus Heaney.
by Eileen O’Callaghan, Senior Program Coordinator
By Kieran C. O’Sullivan
The Irish Cultural Centre Academy’s Fall Semester of classes is in session! The Fall 2013 Semester features classes in Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Intermediate Irish Language with instructors from Cumann na Gaeilge, and classes in Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced Bodhran with instructor Mance Grady.
We have an exciting new painting workshop for artists and art enthusiasts as well—a 3-week class in painting technique with renowned painter Vincent Crotty, which runs Thursday October 3, 10, and 17 from 6:30-9:30pm. Irish Language classes will be held starting Wednesday, September 18th from 7:30-9:30pm. Bodhran classes will be held in two 5-week sessions on Thursdays—semester 1 begins September 19 for five weeks, and session 2 begins October 24th for five weeks. All classes are available for adults ages 16 and up.
The nation’s premiere U2 tribute band is back at the ICC by popular demand! The Joshua Tree will rock the Centre on Friday, September 13th at 8:00pm.
Joshua Tree plays all your favorite U2 songs and will keep you dancing all night long!