Text Box: The Gaelic League, Inc.
Irish American Club
2068 Michigan Avenue • Detroit, Michigan, 48216 • Phone: 313-964-8700 or 313-96-IRISH • www.gaelicleagueofdetroit.org
November/December 2009 Issue


Text Box: Calendar of Events:

Saturday 7       Ardan Academy of Irish Dance World Fundraiser
	             8pm, $10.00 in advance,
                          $15.00 at door in the hall
	             Codgers   8pm-1am in the Lounge	
Sunday    8        Northern Aid Party 3-8 pm
Friday   13         Larry Larson   8pm-1am in the lounge
                           Ceili 8pm-10pm in the hall
Saturday 14       Prodigals in Concert – 9:00 pm
	              $20.00 in the hall
Thursday 19      Tin Can Raffle Weekend
Friday       20     Larry Larson 8pm-1am in the lounge	              Saturday 21      Irish Genealogy Meeting 1:30 pm in the hall
                           Terry Murphy  8pm-1am in the lounge
Sunday    22       Pub Quiz  4pm   $5.00
                           Tin Can Drawing following Quiz
Wednesday 25   Pre-Thanksgiving Party featuring:
		 The Codgers 8pm No Cover
Thursday   26     Happy Thanksgiving –closed
Friday        27     Larry Larson 8pm-1am in the lounge
Saturday    28     Careys Company 8pm-1am			

Friday         4    Larry Larson 8pm-1am in the lounge
                         Ceili 8pm-10pm in the hall
Saturday     5    Codgers 8pm-1am in the lounge
Sunday       6    Gaelic League Children’s Christmas Party 2pm 
Friday       11    Larry Larson 8pm-1am in the lounge
	             Ceili 8pm-10pm in the hall
Saturday   12    Inis Ceol 8pm-1am
Monday    14    Gaelic League Elections 7:30
Friday       18    Larry Larson 8pm-1am in the lounge
Saturday   19    Night of 100 Santa’s featuring: 
	             Larry Larson 8pm-1am NO Cover
Friday       25    Nolliag Shona  closed
Thursday  31    New Years Eve Party: check web site                               for  details

2009 Officers:

President: Theresa Anaya               

Vice President: Mary Bongiorno

Treasurer: Marilyn Couture

Financial Treasurer: Erin Keem

Recording Secretary: Jesse Anaya


Board of Directors:

Mary Bongiorno

Eddie Landaw

Sheila Maloney

Dave Keem

Howard Kelley

Roxanne LaPuma

Pat McParland

Dan O’Neill

Susan Waisanen


Board of Auditors:

Margaret Kenny

Ann Aldridge

Jim Dewan



Text Box: Gaelic League/Irish American
New Years Eve Party
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Check the website for the latest details

















Text Box: Questions or concerns contact: (313)974-7474
Or email:gaelicleague@aol.com



From the President…

Yes it’s true – time flies!


As 2009 rolls down, there is plenty of bustle at the club. Hope that you have a chance to stop by & join in some of the events or classes that your club has to offer. Your involvement is the key to our success!!   Don't forget that the Gaelic League meetings are held on the fourth Monday every month and it is imperative for all dues paying Gaelic League members to attend and help make the decisions that keep the Club up and running.  There have been months when membership attendance was lacking and decisions had to be deferred. Keep in mind that your attendance and opinions do count.


Interested in becoming more involved? The UIS (United Irish Society) is responsible for putting on the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, and is made up of members from the communities Irish organizations. The UIS delegates select the Grand Marshal and choose the Parade Theme. The Gaelic League and the Irish American Club are entitled to ten delegates and four alternates.  If you would like to be part of the Parade planning and fund raising, please call and leave a message (313)964-7474.  Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of the month at 8:00pm and alternate between the AOH on Grand River at Telegraph and the Gaelic League.


As we move into the Holiday season there will be plenty of things going on.  The Prodigals will be here on Saturday, November 14th.   Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening of hand clapping, window shaking Celtic Rock. It is sure to be a crowd pleasing event.


The following weekend is the annual Tin Can Raffle to benefit the Irish Radio Program.


Again this year we will have a Pre-Thanksgiving party on Wednesday, November 25, featuring the Codgers. The party starts at 8:00pm so you can kick off the holiday weekend early.


On Saturday, November 28 (Thanksgiving weekend) bring your decorating skills down and help decorate the bar, lounge & hall for Christmas.


On Sunday, December 6, Santa & his friends will stop by. So why not make a family day of it. Crafts, games, clowns, and lunch included. Just call (313) 964-7474 and make a reservation for any child 10 & under.


The night of a hundred Santa’s’ is sure to be a holiday stress reliever so make plans to Santa Watch on Saturday, December 19.


Of course the plans are in the making for the New Years Eve party. Check the web site at www.gaelicleagueofdetroit.org for details.


May your holidays’ be bright & your New Year be happy!


Sonas Ort,


Theresa Anaya, President


Pub Quiz News from Sheila Maloney


September 20, 2009 saw the return of the Pub Quiz after a summer hiatus.  Once again Fierce Warriors in the quest for knowledge gathered to slay opponents who stood in their way of glory and the title of:

"September 2009 Pub Quiz Winner"

Tony Johnson, Jane Bryan, Maureen Fernandez, Scott Fernandez and MaryAnn Dunmire managed to come out on top!!!


People came down to the Club and answered questions like:

1) what is the only substance capable of cutting a diamond? 

2) Which two sports comprise a biathlon? 

3) And how often are brain cells replaced?  

Come on down and enjoy an afternoon of trivia. Join us on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Quiz starts promptly at 4 p.m.

You can bring a team of up to 5 people or the hosts will be happy to place you on a team.

The entry fee is still only $5 and the quiz is followed by a "Pot Luck" style dinner. 

The club provides the main dish and you may bring a dish to pass if you wish. 

We look forward to seeing our old friends and welcoming new ones.

October 25 quiz proceeds go to the Children's Christmas Party fund 

November 22 quiz proceeds go to the Irish Radio Show.


** Answers: 1) another diamond, 2) cross country skiing and rifle shooting & 3) never


Radio Show News from Kathleen O’Neill

It’s that time of year.  Our yearly tin can raffle event is fast approaching. This annual event helps to defray the Irish radio show cost of $375.00 weekly. Raffle tickets will be available from November 19th through the 22nd. The drawing will occur after the pub quiz on Sunday, November 22nd. You do not need to be present to win. Donations of items (new or slightly used) to be raffled are currently being accepted (Until November 14th).

Our weekly Irish radio program airs every Sunday from 1:30-3pm. Tune into WNZK

690am or listen via the internet at www.gaelicleagueofdetroit.org.Our program aims to provide the latest in Irish music, news, and announcements from the Metro Detroit Irish Community, Canada and Ireland.

Previously recorded shows can be heard via our website for up to a month after broadcasting.

This weekly Irish program is the ONLY local Irish radio show.

Your input is always welcomed.  Want to hear a special tune and/or celebrating a special event

(Birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation, retirement, etc.) let us know. Send news to gliaweb@aol.com, call 313-96-IRISH, or call the radio station during show time at 248-557-3300.

This program belongs to all of us. Financial donations from individuals, businesses, organizations or as memorials are welcomed throughout the year.

(Make checks payable to WNZK and mail to: Gaelic League Attn: Kathleen O’Neill

 2068 Michigan Ave Detroit, MI 48216).


Text Box: The Irish Pallottine Fathers 42nd Annual Dinner Dance
Featuring Brian Bonner & Arranmore
Man of the year: Kevin Wisely
Woman of the year: Peggy Finn

Friday, November 6, 2009
$55.00 per person
7:00pm cocktails    8:00 pm dinner    9:00pm dancing
St Mary’s Cultural Center
18100 Merriman Rd Livonia, MI 48152
ticket information:
248-546-1289   248-540-6687
248-981-5736   734-285-2966
*All proceeds in aid of East African Missions







Saturday, November 14, 2009

8pm doors open at 7:30 pm

Tickets $20.00

Available at the Gaelic League


*lighted guarded parking available.


Text Box: Euchre Night November 14 has been cancelled.
See you at the Prodigal Concert!


Text Box: Pre-Thanksgiving Party
Codgers Live
Wednesday November 25, 2009
8:00pm NO COVER!



The holiday spirit is in the air, it’s time to deck the halls.

So join us on November 28 as we decorate the walls.

Any time after 1:00 you can join in the fun. The more the merrier it’s true.

So come on down and lend a hand—let your Holiday Heart show through




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Santa is coming!

 Santa will be visiting the Gaelic League on Sunday, December 6, 2009!!  So if you know any good little boys and girls, 10 years and under, call the club at (313)964-8700 and make your reservation. Just let us know your child’s name & age. This party is a wonderful day filled with crafts, clowns and of course a visit from none other than Santa himself.  Make this day your families’ Holiday get together. All are welcome!

Party starts at 2:00pm.

Tickets for a special raffle (to help defray the cost of the party) with a Christmas Prize will be available for purchase at the bar.

Join us on October 18 at 4pm for the Pub Quiz –October’s pub quiz funds support the Children’s Party.


Text Box: Don’t miss the night of a hundred Santa’s
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Party starts at 8:00pm
Music by: Larry Larson
Text Box: An Irish Christmas Blessing 
The light of the Christmas star to you 
The warmth of home and hearth to you 
The cheer and good will of friends to you 
The hope of a childlike heart to you 
The joy of a thousand angels to you 
The love of the Son and 
God's peace to you.