Other Cultural Activities


The Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation (GDICF) offers a variety of classes, lectures, concerts and events to promote Irish culture and heritage in the Greater Danbury area.  These are listed below:

  • Weekly Music Classes: Tin whistle and Irish Flute. Rita McAuliffe 845.454.3232 and ritar3232@aol.com.
  • Weekly Music Classes: Fiddle. Nora Hanley. Norahanley@yahoo.com.
  • Weekly Irish Language Classes: the Irish Gaelic Circle of CT holds Beginner and Intermediate levels (Skype) at the Center. John Feeney, jfeeney@kells-all.com or 203.417.1700.
  • Crochet Classes: Diane Kopta, 203.648.0218
  • Irish Book Club: Meets monthly. Ellen Shanley. 203.770.7221.
  • Irish Film Series: Meets monthly. Ellen Shanley. 203.770.7221.
  • Weekly Set Dancing Classes (not Step Dancing). 203.739.0010.
  • Traditional Music Seisiún. 1st Sunday of the month at 6 PM. Nora Hanley
  • Step Dancing Classes: the Gilleoghan School of Irish Dance holds weekly classes at the Center. Phil Owens, info@gilleoghan.com.
  • History Lectures as announced
  • Concerts as announced.
  • Annual Greater Danbury Irish Festival. Three day Cultural Festival in Sept. featuring live performances of singer, dancers, storytellers and musicians as well as a céilí, cultural exhibits and workshops in music and dance. The focus is on families as no heritage can survive and flourish if it is not passed on to our children. Kristin & Paul Grasseler, 203.788.2125.
  • Celtic New Year Celebration: a candlelight ceremony to celebrate the Irish origins of Halloween. John Feeney, jfeeney@kells-all.com or 203.417.1700.

The classes run in terms so it is recommended that you contact the teachers for details.  The schools listed and the GDICC have websites and are on Facebook.




Diane Kopta


Diane Kopta has an Irish heritage background and has been crocheting since she was 7. She is a published designer and has taught at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City where half of the enrollees at her workshop were staff from the Museum.  The Beginner’s Course will give you a firm foundation on position of hands, hook and yarn as well as teaching you the beginning basics of creating your own patterns.  You will learn the chain stitch and single crochet to make your first project, a scarf for yourself!  Start Crocheting now, and enjoy a stress free session having loads of fun!!!! No prior experience necessary.   dkopta@sbcglobal.net



Music Classes

Rita McAuliffe

The rich musical heritage of Ireland is being passed on at the GDICC!  Weekly classes are taught by Rita Mc Auliffe in a group setting at the Beginner and Intermediate levels for Tin Whistle and the Irish Concert Flute.  Students learn a wide range of tunes from Jigs, Polkas and Reels to Slow Airs.  Open to all age groups and skill levels.  Rita, a native of Ireland herself who hails fromCounty Kerry, has been playing Irish music at various music seisiúin in the NY-CT area for many years and is also a teacher by profession.  For information on learning this Irish musical tradition, call 845-454-3232 or email ritar3232@aol.com.



Nora Hanley


Nora Hanley, leader of the GDICC seisiun, gives Irish fiddle lessons Saturday mornings at the center. A student of Brian Conway, she is grounded in the Irish musical tradition and has played at many sessions around NY and CT.  Her classes always emphasize good basic technique.  An eight week term will be starting April 21st at 10 AM for continuing students and at 11 AM for new students. For additional information contact Nora at norahanley@yahoo.com or stop by the next session to discuss your musical goals.


6 Lake Ave, Danbury, CT 06810 / 203-739-0010