The Official Sponsor of the Wilmington DE St. Patrick's Day and The Delaware Feis.
The I.C.C.D. was founded in 1976, as a "Family organization" by "a group of local 'Lace-Curtain' and 'Shanty' Lovers of 'Ole Erin,' " according to one of our founders, Jim O'Hanlon, with the purpose of "learning and spreading Irish culture and traditions among ourselves and others."
We are primarily a social organization, and are not affiliated with any political or religious organization. You don't even have to be Irish or live in Delaware to become a member of the Club and enjoy our activities!
Unless otherwise noted in the Monthly News section, our meetings are held at Catherine Rooney's Pub in Trolley Square, Wilmington. Among our many activities, we hold:
Monthly General Business Meetings--on the 3rd Tuesday-anyone interested may attend;
The Annual Wine & Cheese Gathering in February;
A Christmas Party for children in Dec.;
The Annual Christmas Dinner for members and their guests in Dec.;
The Annual Delaware Feis Irish Dance Competition each August;
The Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Wilmington-- with related activities.
The Irish Culture Club of DE is organizing a Group Attendance to the 2017 Irish Heritage Night at the Wilmington Blue Rocks Game on the evening of Tues. August 1st when they play against the Buies Creek Astros. The game starts at 6:35 PM . Advance Sale Discount tickets are $8, and an optional, Irish Heritage Meal Voucher (Shepard's Pie) is available for $8. In addition the first 500 to arrive will receive a comemorative Tshirt. So, we suggest arriving early. There will be Irish Music and traditional Irish Dancers performances before the game. In order to sit together, as a group, we are requred to signup/register & send in our group payment in a single transaction. *** BY DOING SO, THE ICCD WILL ONLY HAVE TO PAY ONE PURCHASE/HANDLING FEE.*** If interested in attending the game and sitting with the ICCD as a group: Download the Flyer. Fill Out the Bottom portion. Make Payment Checks payable to ICCD, in the amount of your Tickets + any Meal Vouchers (Order Total). Pls. Send your completed form and payment to Gregory McCoy at 2410 E. Parris Dr., Wilmington,DE 19808. by Friday, July 14th in order to get these Blue Rocks.Discounts. I will make a combined, ICCD group purchase. Feel free to contact me: ph: (302) 593-2921, or e mail: email@example.com
Irish Heritage Night at the Blue Rocks FLyer
38th Annual Delaware FEIS Sunday, Aug. 13th, 2017
The Irish Culture Club of DE will host the 38th Annual Delaware FEIS on Sunday, Aug. 13th. 2017.@ St. Mark's High School, 2501 Pike Creek Rd. Wilmington, DE. From 8:30 AM til 5 PM.
To register entries for the Irish SodaBread and/or Irish ArtCompetition,
Entries must be received No Later than August 4th, 2017.
IRISH SODA BREAD: #800 Irish Soda Bread, #801 Brown Irish Bread There is no entry fee. To Register an entry, Please fill out an Index Card with your name, address, phone number and competition # you are entering. Please mail the Index Card to : ICCD P.O. Box 3374 Wilmington, DE 19804 (with Attn: DE FEIS Soda Bread Entry) Wrap the bread in plastic wrap and check it in at the FEIS main desk prior to 11:00 AM on the day of the FEIS. All bread becomes DE FEIS property. Bread should have the competitor’s number on it.
IRISH ART:#700 competitor age under 10, #701 ages 10-18, #702 age over 18.
Entry to depict an Irish scene or theme. There is an Entry Fee of $7.00.
To Register an entry, Please fill out an Index Card with your name, address, phone number and competition # you are entering. Mail your Index Card & Entry Fee of $7.00made payable to ICCD to : ICCD P.O. Box 3374 Wilmington, DE 19804 (with Attn: DE FEIS Irish Art Entry) Entries and Fees must be received No Later than August 4th, 2017. Check in each Art entry at the FEIS main desk by 11:00 AM on the day of the FEIS and have competitor number on the back of the artwork.
DE FEIS Raffle Chances are available. If, U have NOT received any by mail, Please contact Nora Smith via email: firstname.lastname@example.org ph: (610) 494-4347
They sell for $1.00 each. You do not have to be present to win.
1st Prize: $1000 cash
2nd Prize: Belleek
3rd Prize: Irish Crystal
Irish Music & Ceili Dancing will be provided by McDermott's Handy & Friends from 12:00 Noon til 4:00 PM at the Food Court. Additional Information will be posted as it becomes available.
We will gratefully welcome baked goods – brownies, cookies, cupcakes, cakes. Irish treats are always in demand and we especially would love to receive Irish soda breads and scones. Please call Paul Dolan, (302) 998-6255 to donate baked goods or volunteer time for Tea House set up on Saturday, August 12th and during the Feis.
Request for Volunteers to work at the FEIS.
We need volunteers to help set up on Saturday, August 12th. Stages will be picked up and transported to St. Mark’s. They will be setup and balanced for our dance competitions. Rows of chairs will be lined-up and arranged around the dance floors. We need help to get this extremely important activity done safely, smoothly and quickly. Volunteers are also, needed to setup & decorate The Tea House & Food Court ; to store food and equipment in the High School Cafeteria on the second floor.
On Sunday, August 13th, the day of the FEIS, we need workers to prepare and sell food & beverages in the Tea House and Food Court, to the hundreds of people at the FEIS. There will be other adhoc logistical task where help is needed. Volunteers are needed to clean-up the Tea House & Food Court upon the end of the event. Workers are needed to help dismantle the competition dance floors, and load them onto flat-bed trucks for transport back to storage
*** All ICCD Historical/Cultural Sessions for 2017, held monthly on the 2nd Tues. @Catherine Rooney's, Trolley Sq. have been Canceled ***
*** The ICCD Board made the decision due to poor attendance ***
Local Irish-American World War II Vet passes away
It is with sincere sympathy to share the sad news of the passing of Irish-American World War II Veteran, Charles Henry Gaffeney on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. He was born on July 22nd, 1924, to Henry & Helen Gaffeney. Charlie was known for his booming laughter and twinkle of the eye and positive attitude were fitting examples of his Irish heritage. He, his mother and younger brother Thomas (Tommy) struggled during the Great Depression of the 1930s in Red Bank, N.J. after the passing of his Dad. Charlie graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School and entered the Army at the onset of WW II. After landing in France, his efforts on the Western European front earned him military honors and medals, his greatest achievement being his participation in the “Battle of the Bulge in Dec. 1944 – Jan 1945. Upon his return, Charlie attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C., earning a degree in architecture. He worked for the DuPont Company until his retirement. He was a Ham radio enthusiast and an owner of an airplane, that he designed & built himself. He also enjoyed attending Irish Culture Club of DE meetings, the retired men’s luncheons and being a parishioner of St. Helena’s Catholic Church. During the 2015 ICCD Christmas Dinner, Charlie was presented with a Certificate of Commendation & Achivement, championed by Catherine Rooney's co-owner, Joe McCoy, sponsored by Wilmington Councilman, Charles "Bud" Freel on behalf of the Wilmington CIty Council. Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Tuesday, May 16 from 5:00-7:00PM. A viewing was held at Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Tuesday, May 16 from 5:00-7:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Helena Roman Catholic Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington on Wednesday, May 17 at 10:00AM. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Charlie may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 (www.woundedwarriorproject.org)
Recent 2017 ICCD Events
2017 Memorial Day Parade, Wilmington, DE
The 2017 Wilmington, DE's Memorial Day Parade.
150 Years of Remembering on the original, traditional day. was held Tuesday, May 30th. The Parade started at 6:00 PM.
Eleven ICCD club members, family & friends marched down Delaware Ave.
42nd Annual Wilmington St. Patrick's Day Parade & Hooley
Sincere Appreciation goes out to Patrick Kelly, Parade Chairperson, to all of the sub-chairpeople and all the Parade & Hooley volunteers. Special Thanks to Parade Honorees, Annamay Claffey & her sister, Eileen Sweeney for there many years of Outstanding Service to the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Wilmington,DE, their service with the Irish Culture Club of DE and to the Community. Appreciation is also extend to the ICCD Club members, their Families & Friends and all the Parade Paticipants who weathered the cold to march in The 42nd Annual Wilmington St. Patrick's Day Parade & Post-Parade Hooley held on Sat. March 11th, 2017.
The Parade started at 12 Noon, at 4th & King St. It proceeded up King St., pausing at the Grandstand for brief performances by Irish Dance Groups & Bands. The Parade continued on King St. & ended near 14th St. where the Post-Parade Hooley was held in a parking lot with a large tent, with propane heaters. Commemorative Parade Mugs were sold for $20 ea. Unlimited beer refills were available thru-out the afternooon, until were compelled to start shutting down appr. 3:30 PM by local authorities.
2017 ANNUAL ICCD St. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER
Catherine Rooney’s , 1616 Delaware Avenue, Trolley Square, Wilmington, DE Thurs., March 9th. Cocktails @ 6:00 pm(cash bar), Dinner @ 7:00 pm Cost $28.00 per person
Dinner includes soup or salad, a choice of a chicken, fish or meat entree, dessert & soft drinks. Dessert will be Catherine Rooney’s Specialy Irish Bread pudding served with a hot caramel sauce & whipped cream. See Dinner Entrée Selection Form, below for details. Music will be by The Seven Rings.
Reservations & payment must have been made by Friday, March. 3rd, 2017.
A Shout-Out of Appreciation to the Seven Rings for their Fabulous Performance of Up-BeatIrish Celtic & Folk Music at the 2017 ICCD St.Patrick's Day Dinner, Thurs. March 9th. Sincere Appreciation is also Extended to Catherine Rooney's, Trolley Sq. Wilmington, DE for hosting the even and serving food & beverages. A Special Thanks to Paul Dolan for organizing it
2016 ICCD Memorable Events
37th Annual DE FEIS, August 14th, 2016
On behalf of the Irish Culture Club of DE, Our sincere appreciation goes out to the hard work by the DE FEIS co-chairs, Nora Smith and Eileen Paulson, to the DE FEIS sub-chair people and staff, to the volunteers from ICCD, to the Judges & Musicians, the maintenance staff of St. Mark's H.S.,volunteers & contestants from the five Irish Dance Schools of DE. Broesler, Do Cairde, Hester, McAleer and McHugh, their teachers, family and friends , especially everyone who worked on the dance floors, students from Delaware Military Academy and all other volunteers whose association I may have missed. A Shout-Out goes to “McDermott’s Handy and Friends”, who filled the Food Court with Irish tunes for our dancing and listening pleasure. They all contributed to help make this years DE FEIS successful and fun. Sincerely, Greg McCoy, President-ICCD
The 2016 DE FEIS will be held on Sun. Aug. 14th, at St. Mark's High School, 2501 Pike Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE. Starting time 8:30 AM til 5 PM. Dancers can register by Clicking on the pic to the Right. To view the 2016 DE FEIS Syllabus, Click on the thumbnail to the Right. U can Checkout the DE FEIS on facebook.
Saturday, August 13– The Food Court , Tea House will be setup & decorated. Competition Dance Floor Stages will be transported to St. Mark’s. H.S. setup & balanced. We need help to get this extremely important activity done safely, smoothly and quickly. If you can volunteer time, please contact one of our Feis chairs : Nora Smith (email@example.com) and Eileen Paulson Any help is appreciated.Sunday, August 14 – 37th Annual Feis/Festival. We need many volunteers to keep this wonderful event running smoothly, especially food service. It can get crazy and busy, but always lots of fun and we receive many compliments from the participants. If you can volunteer time, please call Nora Smith at (610) 494-4347
2016 DELAWARE FEIS
Adjudicators John Heinzman MichiganMichael Beltvich IllinoisMichael Kenny MassachusettsPaula Woodgate CanadaMaureen Armstrong FloridaEileen McDonagh Morr New YorkMichael Meehan Ireland Kerry Kelly Oster New YorkIris Sharnick Gray PennsylvaniaMaureen Hamilton Nelson New JerseyLinda Farrell Sanfilippo New York Cathy Spencer Revis New York Patricia Mc Loughlin New Jersey
Musicians Mark Arrington PennsylvaniaKaren Conway New JerseyKevin Forde New JerseyBrigid Feld Robine PennsylvaniaChris McLaughlin New JerseyPatricia Morrissey New Jersey
The parade will start at 6:00 PM. Please join us around 5:30 pm on Delaware Avenue near Riverview and Greenhill Avenues. The parade will proceed East down Delaware Avenue and end at the Civil War Monument at Broom Street where a memorial service will honor the dead of all wars.
May 2016 History/Cultural Mtg. "Irish Women of the 1916 Easter Rising"