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Irish immigrants founded the Rhode Island Ceilidhe Club in 1956. The purpose was to have a place to hold social activities and share their common heritage. The club is located in Cranston, RI, and there we host pub nights, lectures, classes, ceilis and concerts...as well as special events and our marvelous St. Patricks' Day corned beef dinner! Here you will find an old fashioned welcome, a cozy pub with the game on of an occasional Sunday, tea and your favorite beverages, and some of the best Irish traditional music around.

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The Trad Stops Here!

Over the years, we have been thrilled to offer intimate evenings with some of the best names in traditional music. Our Pub and Hall have been the setting for performances by Kevin Burke, Frankie Gavin, Niamh Parsons, Brian Conway and Felix Dolan, Sean Tyrrell, Andy Irvine, John Carty, Joey Abarta, The Murphy Beds, Grainne Hambly and Billy Jackson, and many others. Our smaller spaces can often be 'just the thing' for the first concert in a tour, or the show that fits in beautifully between larger cities. Concerts are added throughout the season as space in the schedule permits, so be sure to "like" our Facebook page for the latest event details.

In addition to our concert evenings, Pub Nights bring out our favorite local talent on many a Friday. Get the current round of info- sign up for our e mail list, or check out the latest newsletter here. We promise a warm welcome and a fabulous time!

We also offer top notch food offerings every Friday. These are prepared by our wonderful cook Glenn. Be sure to check out our pub specials below.

Upcoming Pub Music

From: 3:00PM - 7:00PM
Band: Ireland the Band
Leader:David McGrath

Ireland-The Band is a group dedicated to preserving and furthering Irish music and culture.  The band consists of three wonderful musicians and singers.  In the photo to the left we are: Daniel Charles Cassidy, David McGrath, and Frank Kelly.

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Dinners: Installation of Officers and Member Appreciation

Ceilidhe Club Installation of Officers and Member Appreciation Event

Sunday, May 5, 2024 from 3pm – 7pm

Hot Buffet, Desserts, Coffee and Tea

Free to members who have paid their new year dues

(Dues can be paid at the door for present or new members)

$10.00 per person for non-members

Children 12 and under are Free

Thank you to the Ceilidhe Club membership for all of your great support and to our Executive Board and Officers for a job well done!

Join us for an afternoon of great traditional Irish music with

Ireland the Band along with enjoying the company of good friends and meeting new ones!  

Reservations can be made by contacting Patrick Harrington, Heather Pearson, Kathy Greenwell, emailing the Ceilidhe Club or leaving a phone message.

Tables of 8 or more can be reserved!

Family friendly event!

PS.  There is also a signup sheet in the foyer of the club


Lectures: 1916 Committe Lecture

1916 Committee Lecture Information:  We are very fortunate that Tim Hoyt will be returning to the podium for a 7:30 pm start. His topic is `The Irish Revolution and the American Diaspora, 1900 - 1924`. Here is how Professor Hoyt describes his presentation:
This lecture will examine the evolution of Irish-America`s support for radical nationalism - the `physical force tradition` - in Ireland in the late 19th and early 20th century. There will be a discussion on the three most important influences of the radical political groups furthering Irish independence. Listen to the role of  Irish-American opinion in the struggle for freedom and the detonation on the Easter Revolution in 1916. Learn why the impetus for independence was undercut by the crosscurrents on World War I and the disunity among its Irish leaders and organizations in the critical years between 1917 - 1923.
Save that date, Friday, May 3, as Professor Hoyt always gives an informative and entertaining lecture.
Ticket prices: (members) $10.00 (non-members) $15.00
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Set Dancing: Irish Set Dancing

Monday Nights Sep - Jun fm 7:15-9:15 $7; no partner required! parties and special nights throughout the season

Ticket prices: (members) $10.00 (non-members) $15.00

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Step Dancing: Irish Step Dancing with Meghan Kelly

The Kelly School of Irish Dance is thriled to continue the Ceilidhe Club`s tradition of Irish step dancing classes and welcome a new generation of Irish Dancers to the KSID x Ceilidhe Club dance family. Meghan Kelly, TCRG, began teaching Irish Dance in  2006 at the Club and is delighted to return home this Spring. The Kelly School offers both competitive and recreational dance programs, private lessons, workshops, adult classes, and our favourite— performance choreography classes. Classes are offered for the littlest of beginners through world champion level dancers. Please contact Meghan Kelly for details and to enroll. eMail: Meghan@thekellyschoolofirishdance.com Phone: (401) 595-7866 The dance lessons for kids will be starting on March 7, 2024 in the hall.  Classes will be every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM.
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President: Patrick Harrington

Vice President: Heather Pearson (Eric)

Treasurer: Joanne Mollica (Steven)

My family is of Irish heritage, Walsh and O'Rourke. I grew up in a household of Irish music and a fascination for anything Irish. My parents brought me to The Blarney Stone Pub in Pawtucket where "Ireland 32" held office. I joined Ireland 32 and then The Ceilidhe Club. I have volunteered at Edgewood Yacht Club since 1989 off and on as Treasurer, and assistant Treasurer. I currently am the Bookkeeper there. While at the Ceilidhe Club last year, a notice was posted that a Treasurer was needed and I am now happily in that position . I co-share the office with Rose Dourette. I enjoy the comraderie at the Ceilidhe Club and the wonderful music and friends.

Treasurer: Rose Durette

Recording Secretary: Sara Benz

Corresponding Secretary: Dorothy Langford

Sergeant at Arms: Glenn O'Gara

Webmaster: Paul G `Jerry` Scannell (Mary)

I have been involved in many organizations over the years to include The Shamrock Society of North Providence (past president), The Ancient Order of Hibernians - William J McEnery Division (past president), Knights of Columbus (past Grand Knight). I have also been the webmaster for my K of C council as well as the RI State Council. I have truly loved designing the Ceilidhe Club website.

Trustee: Dennis Hughes

Trustee: Maureen Murphy

Trustee: Katherine `Kathy` Greenwell (Joseph)

Trustee: Ann McCarthy

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