Newsletter February 2020

Welcome to this month's newsletter, it's packed with news and upcoming events that we're delighted to share with you. 

Defibrillator Arrival

This month The McLean Merchants Association kindly donated a defibrillator to The Aisling Irish Center. Located inside the center by the front door, the defibrillator is a life saving tool available for use by members of our community in an event a life threatening incident presents itself. The staff at the center have been taught the life saving skill of CPR and have been trained in the use of the machine by Red Cross Instructor, Niamh Flanagan.

If you're interested in learning CPR or refreshing your knowledge, contact Niamh at 914 310 0190 or

Photo Credit: Catherine Devane

Film Screening & Mulcahy Scholarship 2020

On Thursday, February 27, there will be a special screening of the documentary- "How To Defuse a Bomb- The Project Children Story" in the Bronxville Cinema. On the night we will be discussing this years Mulcahy Scholarship and how to apply.

Learn more about Project Children and The Mulcahy Scholarship here

Aisling Irish Center 5K Run/Walk - Save the Date!

We're delighted to announce that the date for this year's annual 5K will be Sunday, April 19th... more information coming soon! 

Until then, we have a great event on THIS FRIDAY that will help prepare you for this year's 5K.


Any questions or to RSVP, contact

Help keep an Irish tradition alive

The card game 25 has long been a popular game played in Irish homes and pubs. 

The object of the game is to see who gets to 25 first with each trick is considered 5 points. To begin the game, any player can deal out the cards. The first player to receive an ace is the player who actually gets the first deal. Each player receives five cards. When the dealer is finished dealing the cards, he turns up the next card. This card is called the head trump. Then each player looks at his hand to see how many trump cards he has. The more trump cards a player has, the better his chances are of reaching 25!

We're looking for people in the community to help keep this tradition alive... young and young at heart! If you're interested in learning a new skill or just want to play a few games yourself, contact



Census 2020- Your Questions Answered 

Our Executive Director, Sandra Feeney-Charles, sat down with Brian Anderson from the Census Bureau to discuss why it’s important to take part in the Census and to put an end to any rumors surrounding it.

Click here to watch the video.

Upcoming Workshop

Following the success of previous workshops, The Aisling Center Counseling & Social Services welcomes you to their next event on Wednesday, February 26th which will focus on all thing's wellness


Program Spotlight: Foróige Youth Club

The Aisling Center Foróige Club began in June 2018. It serves as a model to engage Irish American youth and gives many young people the opportunity to connect with their Irish heritage and their peers. The program is geared towards engaging our youth in leadership roles while carrying out civic duties and complements the center’s community caring ethos. The club is for youths aged 12-18 years old, essentially the most formative years for developing a sense of civic responsibility. Foróige Clubs are a safe place for young people to hang out, meet new friends and have a voice. What makes Foróige different from other youth clubs is that it is run by the young people themselves. This allows them to believe in themselves, make decisions and practice leadership skills. So far, our Foroige club has been very successful in the community and is currently at full capacity with 38 active teenage members, and a waiting list in place. We find that many of our members are those who aren’t necessarily involved in the GAA, Irish music and Irish Dance. Our Foróige club offers an alternative for them to connect with their Irish heritage while also learning key leadership skills. 


This month our group had the opportunity to travel and meet with the Philadelphia Foróige Club and learn all about their historical city.

If you are interested in learning more about our Foróige clubs or volunteering with us, please email or call us on 914-237-5121.



  • Irish Volunteers for the Homeless Program     2:00pm—4:00pm (sandwhich prep)                                                                                                                                 7:30pm—9:30pm (delivering sandwiches to the city)
  • Flynn School of Irish Dance      4:00pm—7:30pm
  • Foróige Youth Group                 7:00pm—8:30pm


  • Parent & Toddler Playgroup        9:30am —11:30am
  • Young @ Heart Senior Lunch     1:00pm—2:00pm
  • Flynn School of Irish Dance        4:00pm—8:00pm
  • Irish Music/Singing with Dawn    4:00pm—6:00pm
  • Art Classes for Preteens             5:00pm—6:30pm
  • Open Level Yoga with Carolyn    7:30pm—8:30pm


  • Music Together (0-3 years old)    10:30am—11:30am
  • Karate for Kids                             2:30pm—7:30pm
  • Flynn School of Irish Dance         3:00pm—8:00pm
  • Céilí Band                                    7:30pm—8:30pm


  • Book Club                                     11:30am—1:30pm
  • Flynn School of Irish Dance          4:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Irish Music/Singing with Dawn      5:00pm—6:00pm


  • Chair Yoga for Seniors                 12:30pm— 1:30pm
  • Young @ Heart Senior Lunch      1:30pm—2:30pm
  • Karate for Kids                             4:00pm—7:00pm
  • Flynn School of Irish Dance         4:00pm—8:00pm
  • Irish Music/Singing with Dawn     4:00pm—6:00pm
  • 25 Card Drive (1st Friday each month)   8:00pm—10:00pm


  • Yoga with Pamela                          9:15am—10:15am
  • Flynn School of Irish Dance          11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Irish Music/Singing with Dawn      11:00am—1:00pm


  • AA/Betterway Group Meeting       9:30am – 11:30am

Who we are and what we do

Founded in 1996, The Aisling Irish Community Center is a not-for-profit community based organization providing social, educational, legal/immigration, and cultural programs.


We offer a range of classes from music, karate, Irish dance, yoga, youth groups and much more. Our Young at Heart is a group we welcome with open arms into the center, where seniors and retired people get together for lively conversation, light refreshments and friendship. Guest speakers frequently attend to talk about various topics/ issues. Frequent trips to plays, movies and places of interest.

The center also provides free counselling services, crisis intervention and life skills coaching.


Feel free to stop by anytime if you have any questions or issues that we can help you with!


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Aisling Irish Community Center, 990 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY. 10704

Tel: 1914-237-5121 / 7121

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