About The Emerald Isle Club
Celebrating Over 60 Years!

The Emerald Isle Club, Inc. was founded in 1956 by a group of Irish friends who wanted to keep their Irish heritage alive and pass it down to future generations. Over the past 60+ years the Club has become well-known in the Maryland Irish Community for its members' dedication and support of traditional Irish music and dance, Irish charities, Irish ancestry and language, and for its strong monthly ceili program. The Emerald Isle Club is a non-sectarian and 501(c)3 charitable organization.

We extend an invitation to all people who are strongly committed to these same ideals to join our organization and work to strengthen the awareness of Irish heritage in the Baltimore and Maryland communities. Until we are able to get our links to our membership and ceili pages active, please use our email to contact the Club with questions or requests for membership at EICnewsletter@yahoo.com.

Board of Directors, Officers and Committee

Officers: Fall 2020 - Summer 2021
Updated Info to come for Fall 2020
EIC President Clara Finnegan
Vice President - - - - - 
Secretary Kate A. Murphy
Asst. Secretary

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Treasurer Jack Murphy
Asst. Treasurer Robert Powers
Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Zittle
Chaplain Msgr. Jay O'Connor
Historian - - - - - 
Directors Laura Cadden
Peter Fitzgerald
Cathy Holland
Renee Jackson
Jody Landers
Laura Seidel
Chris Beattie
Jeannie Marshall
At Large

Judy Kondner
Mike Kenney
Mary Ann McCloskey
Colleen Craven
Donna Adolph

Committee Chairs Fall 2019 - Summer 2020
Ceili Jody Landers - 410-254-7046
Chaplain - - - - - 
Hearts & Flowers Judy Kondner
Irish Festival Mary Ann McCloskey
Membership Jody Landers
Memorial MassJudy Kondner
Music Peter Fitzgerald
Newsletter Treasa Beyer
Fundraiser- - - - -
Publicity- - - - - 

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Contact The Emerald Isle Club

By Mail:
Emerald Isle Club
PO Box 20068
Towson, MD 21284

By E-mail:
Newsletter (Sign up, or Submissions: EICnewsletter@yahoo.com
EIC Board: EIC Board

By Phone:
Jody Landers - 410-254-7046


Looking for a nice gift idea? Purchase EIC Ceili Gift Card. See Member Desk at Ceili or Contact EIC.

Presidential History
Recent EIC Presidents, Rick Herbigand Bill Zittle. Thank you for your great efforts!

Rick and Bill passing the tourch (back and forth).


President's Letter - Fall 2017:

FALL 2020 - CV19 UPDATE:
The EIC will not be holding any Ceili Dances this fall. We are planning for our first dance for February 2021
(subject to change)

We are planning a few alternative on-line events – please check back to see what may be scheduled.


A New Word From Our EIC President - Clara Finnegan

It is hard to believe, but we are now more than seven months into the "new normal" that is the age of Covid19! As the results of our survey con- firmed, social interaction, the ability to maintain contact with friends, is very important to our members. It is one of the reasons for the existence of the Emerald Isle Club, but itís also what is most difficult to continue in semi-quarantine.

The Board has been looking for many ways to avoid going "dark" while we wait for a vaccine. We are cautiously planning a combination of in-person and virtual events to slowly open up and move away from isolation. Here is a brief summary.

Rick Herbig has been working hard to arrange for a Fall Concert at the Atlantic Ballroom. Peter Fitzgerald and the J. Patrickís All Stars will be performing our first one in November. While the event is free for EIC members, attendance will be limited to observe social distancing. Additional details are elsewhere in the Newsletter.

On the virtual front, we are excited to have Shaileen Beyer, Treasaís sister, join us for an overview of contemporary Irish literature. We are hoping that this program will generate sufficient enthusiasm so that an EIC book club could be in our future! Also, anyone who has been a part of Ralph Wilson's informal Set Dancing Classes is welcome to join a monthly virtual Happy Hour to catch up, listen to some music, and maybe even try to remember a few "figgers."

We will post our upcoming Ceili, parade and events scheulde as soon as we are able. We do have word the Baltimore Irish Festival, and the Maryland Irish Festival in Timonium, Maryland in November 2020 are CANCELLED. Both are planning on 2021 dates.

More events are planned, but if you have any suggestions or would like to help, please contact me with an email to emeraldisleclub@gmail.com. In the meantime, please stay safe and guard your health!

Clara Finnegan
President, Emerald Isle Club
Contact me (finnegan31@verizon.net) or
Mary Ann McCloskey (mamcclos@aol.com) with any questions

Comments and suggestions are always welcomed by emailing me at rgherb@att.net or look for me at the Ceili. Remember to like us on Facebook and share our event and postings, which is a great way to help us promote our events.

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