An bhfuil Gaeilge agat? Do you have a little bit of Irish? Estás interesado en coger un poco del idioma irlandés?
If so, come along to our VICA ´Maidin Chaifé´ in Rivendel Restobar, Carrer de l’Hospital, 18, 46001 Valencia, Saturday February 1st at 10.30am. Chat with the VICA team in Irish, even if it´s simply a “cúpla focal”.
We hope that this will become a regular event – please check the “Calendar of Events” link for updated information on the next Maidin Chaifé.
Our next event will be an evening of Irish literature, which will take place in Mulligan’s pub on Calle Yecla on Saturday, November 30th at 1900. Titled “Irish Poems and Stories: Ancient and Modern” we will have a variety of speakers bringing to life the old tradition of Irish poetry and storytelling. The event will include readings of original work, as well as some well known pieces of Irish literature. We expect a big crowd in on the night, so get in early! Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
The 2019 Valencia Irish Cultural Association AGM took place at in Sankofa Espai Cultural last Saturday, September 21st. The following officers were elected for the upcoming year:
Chairperson: Dermot Hurley Secretary: Fionn O´Reilly Treasurer: Edel Byrne Public Relations Officer: Philip Jones Co-ordinator for traditional music sessions: Nick Skelton Co-ordinator for dancing events: Cynthia Couriel St. Patrick’s Day funding: Karen O’Reilly
Hailing from Louisburgh, County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, Charlene has been an avid Irish dancer from a young age, dancing competitively and performing throughout Europe and North America during her dance career. She performed as lead dancer on the PBS production Celtic Crossroads: World Fusion which toured USA and Canada from 2010-2013. In 2012, she starred as lead dancer with Altan during their tour of Norway and UK.
Valencian Irish Cultural Association welcomes our special guest, Wexford writer and poet Westley Barnes. Local writers and poets also welcome to read on the night (en cualquier idioma/en qualsevol llengua).
The event will take place on Wednesday, June 19th at Sankofa Espai Cultural, Carrer de la Beata Inés, 10, 46018 València.
Thanks to the support of a variety of Irish food and drink companies, we were able to offer a great selection of treats to the more than 500 people who came to the Valencia Irish Cultural Association’s 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
Thanks to Ray and Ros Coyle from Tayto Park for an extremely generous donation – Tayto crisps are always a hit with Irish people, but plenty of locals also enjoyed them! Tayto goodie packs were also included in our raffle prizes.
The 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Tinglado 2, Valencia, was a great success. Over 500 people attended the event, which showcased the best of Irish music, dancing, food and drink. There was also a dedicated kids area with a bouncing castle, face-painting and arts and crafts.
The event started at 1130 with VICA musicians and friends providing entertainment on the main stage until 1400. The céilí dancing was led by Cynthia from Mediterrània Escola de Dansa Irlandesa with everyone having great fun.
With 4 four days to go to St. Patrick’s Day, we are stepping up our preparations for the 2019 Valencia St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. The Embassy of Ireland and Tourism Ireland have generously provided funding for this event, support which is greatly appreciated.
Síle Maguire, Ambassador of Ireland to Spain, released the following statement:
“Valencia es una ciudad con gran tradición de acoger a visitantes de la región mediterránea, y de todas partes del mundo. Su calurosa bienvenida es bien conocida por todos. Como Embajadora de Irlanda, estoy encantada de que nuestra Fiesta Nacional se celebre este año en Valencia con un Desfile y Festival de San Patricio.