• *This page lists the Monthly, Weekly, and Bi-Monthly Events at IHSM*

  • See the IHSM Calendar Page by clicking on the “Calendar” tab above for all entertainment, bands, trivia, etc.

  • Don’t forget to visit Non-IHSM Events for activities not sponsored by IHSM but available locally. Monthly invitations from Comhaltas are posted here as well.

  • IHSM Monthly Events

  • Genealogy and Family History Group

    The first Saturday except in December when it’s the second Saturday), every other month, 10 am to 12 pm
    Open to all IHSM members interested in pursuing their family history and share successes and collaborate on tools and research tips. Coffee, tea, water, etc. offer,d. Held on the first Saturday every other month; often off-site — Contact Sheila Johnson at vershe@vershe.com or 203-878-7888 for more information._

  • Irish Heritage Riders

    Irish Heritage Riders meet the 3rd Thursday of every month @ 6:30 pm in the bar area of the club house. All riding members are welcome!
    Please contact Kevin Fox @ Krfox821@gmail.com for more information.

  • Off-site Monthly Happy Hour

    off-site Monthly Happy Hour
    Click on the Calendar Tab and look at the first Monday of the month or go to this Month’s Music and Activities section under the Happenings Tab for more details.

  • Off-site Monthly Luncheon

    Check the first or second Friday on the Calendar or see details in this Month’s Music and Activities section of the Happenings tab for the specific location of our monthly Luncheon!

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  • IHSM Weekly Events

  • Irish Knitting and Cniotála Club

    IHSM Irish Knitting and Cniotála Club. Crocheters welcome too! ~ This activity is on hold until Spring 2020. Come enjoy social time with other knitting and crocheting enthusiasts! All ages and ability levels welcome.

  • MulKerin School of Dance

    Irish dance lessons with Mulkerin School of Dance will resume in September. Come join in the fun on Wednesdays in the fall and spring where your first class is free! Check the calendar for specific dates.

  • Trivia at the Clubhouse

    Clubhouse Trivia Every Thursday this month. It’s game on at 7:30pm!
    Grab some friends and head to the Clubhouse.
    Good times, fun prizes and lots of laughs are what you’ll find! Join the party!

  • Traditional Music practice at the Clubhouse

    Sunday Traditional Music at the Clubhouse
    1pm – 3pm Every Sunday from September 29th through May (exceptions posted on calendar).
    These are informal musical seisiúns in the tradition of Pubs in Ireland. All Members and their guests are welcome. Bar is open.
    Bring your instrument and energy. Clubhouse rentals take priority over Sunday Traditional Music. Check website calendar.

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  • IHSM Bi-Monthly Events

  • IHSM Irish Book Club

    The IHSM Irish Book Club is open to all members who have read the book of the evening and wish to discuss its merits with other interested members. Drop ins welcome! Please bring a snack to share between friends! This club meets every other month and is chaired by Kathleen McGuire.

    January’s Book Club Choice:
    Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 7-9 PM at the clubhouse: The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander, © 2016, 305 pp. Dublin, 1962. Within the gated grounds of the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city’s Magdalen Laundries. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Some inmates are “fallen” women—unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man. Among them is 16-year-old Teagan Tiernan, sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest. Teagan soon befriends Nora Craven, a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat. Stripped of their freedom and dignity, the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world. The Mother Superior, Sister Anne, who has secrets of her own, inflicts cruel, dehumanizing punishments—but always in the name of love. Finally, Nora and Teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure—and plot an escape. But as they will discover, the outside world has dangers too, especially for young women with soiled reputations. Told with candor, compassion, and vivid historical detail, The Magdalen Girls is a masterfully written novel of life within the era’s notorious institutions—and an inspiring story of friendship, hope, and unyielding courage.

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7-9 PM at the clubhouse: Country Girl: A Memoir by Edna O’Brien, © 2012, 357 pp. An exquisite account of Edna O’Brien’s tasing, barrier-busting, up-and-down life. When her first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, it so scandalized the O’Briens’ local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O’Brien was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the twentieth century. Country Girl brings us face-to-face with a life of high drama and contemplation. Starting with O’Brien’s birth in a grand but deteriorating house in Ireland, her story moves through convent school to elopement, divorce, single-motherhood, the wild parties of the ’60s in London, and encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars, and literary titans. There is love and unrequited love, and the glamour of trips to America as a celebrated writer and the guest of Jackie Onassis and Hillary Clinton. Country Girl is a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that have imprinted upon and enhanced one lifetime.

    • Please note: the March 2020 book club will meet on the 4th vs 3rd Tuesday of the month…which is March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day!

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020: The Fire Starters by Northern Irish writer Jan Carlson, published April 4, 2019, 304 pp.

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020: Country Girls: Trilogy by Edna O’Brien, three novels ( The Country Girls, 1960; The Lonely Girls, 1962; and Girls in Their Married Bliss, 1964; and an epilogue), 546 pp.