Have you played GAA in Edmonton??

It’s hard to believe that the Wolfe Tones have been around for 40 years…


A 40th anniversary gala is being planned for September 26, 2015 and we’re inviting anyone who has ever played for the Wolfe Tones to come out and celebrate our club.

Details about events and ticket sales will be available soon!

In the meantime, we’re looking for people willing to share their stories, artefacts, and pictures with us to put together our slide presentations and videos.

Please contact Kimberly Budd if you have something to contribute at moc.emnull@ddubdylrebmik.


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Casino Volunteers Needed

A lot of the great things that happen here at the Irish Centre happen because of the funds raised at the casino that we work as a society once every two years.

Volunteers – such as yourself – are needed in force over these two days to work a shift at the casino.

Our dates for this year are April 7 & 8.

Please contact Rory Brady if you can help at 780-720-3010.


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Interested in Some Irish Theatre?

It’s that time of year again where Irish culture comes to Edmonton in a big way with the Serca Festival of Irish Theatre.  This year includes theatre, music, dancing — and poetry!

The festival runs from March 12 to March 20 at Alberta Avenue Community League (9210 118 Avenue).

This year’s festival includes a Dinner and Poetry Brothel on March 13th, puppets for the kids with Princess Fiona and the Leprechaun on March 14 and 15, and other events.  For the complete schedule, please visit www.sercafest.com.

Admission is by donation, and a portion of the funds raised will go to the Theatre Network Fire Rescue Fund.

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New Music at the Irish Centre

Looking to hear something new?  We thought you were…

On Saturday, February 28, the Irish Centre is pleased to present Grace O’Mally at 8PM.

Marian (Galway), Nicola (Co. Coventry), Havelock (Kingston Town), and Pat (Wee County) collectively make up the band, Grace O’Mally, named after the 16th Century Irish pirate, who was the inspiration for the well known Gaelic song “Oro se do bheatha bhaile” (Oh You’re Welcome Home).

The band plays a mixture of Irish, Scottish and East Coast folk tunes as well as covers of all your favourites from Mary Black, Christy Moore, The Pogues, The Dubliners and more.

Come down, have a pint and enjoy!

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One Month ’til St. Patrick’s Day

Here at the Irish Centre, the count down has begun and the preparations for St. Patrick’s Day 2015 are well underway.

Advance tickets are $15 and include breakfast, that will be served from 9 – 11 AM.

They will be $20 at the door.

Entertainment for the day includes Irish dancers, Brian Maxwell in the afternoon, and the Chancers in the evening.

More info will be posted as it becomes available!

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Love is in the Air…At the Irish Centre

Come on down for Valentine’s Day and enjoy great music and fantastic food.

Our new chef Michael will be cooking up Prime Rib  with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables for only $12.  (No one said love need be expensive…)

Stick around for musical entertainment Martin Kerr at 8PM.  Martin is an Edmonton-area favourite who hails from a sleepy English market town.  More information about Martin is available on his website at http://martinkerrmusic.com.


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Come down to the Irish C entre on Sunday February 1st for our Super Bowl Sunday! The Bar opens at 1:00 pm.

The Pre-Game starts at 2:00 pm. Don’t miss out on the excitement of the Super Bowl Game on large screen and there are drink specials and a dinner special:

At the Bar: Geuinness $5 a pint. Stella and Rickards Red are $4 a pint. Bud Light Bottles are $3.50. Cans of Magners $5

In the kitchen: Dinner special is Steak & Shrimp for $12.00. Food will be served at 5:00 pm.

Hope to see you all there!

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Staying in Canada

Have you fallen in love with Canada and want to stay?

Canadian Visa Specialists, in conjunction with the Irish Canadian Immigration Centre, will be at the Irish Club on Wednesday, February 12 for a free seminar on the options for all temporary residents in Canada, including visitors, holders of International Experience Class visas, work and study permits.  The session will start at 7PM.

The seminar will address options to renew or change your status as well as how to apply for permanent residence.  Information will also be provided on the recent changes announced by Citizenship & Immigration Canada and how they will affect you.

A special guest from Scotiabank will also give a short presentation.

This will be an informal session with an open Q&A portion and there will be an opportunity to network after the information session.

To sign up for the seminar, please visit http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/immigration-seminar-how-can-i-stay-in-canada-tickets-10397941523

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“Ode to a Concrete Parking Lot”

At the Irish Sports and Social
Twas on a Friday night
They were out there pouring concrete
sure it was a lovely sight.

There was Martin in his wellies
and Eric in his socks
and Jockey was the Gaffer,
cause the rest of them were locked

Crooner McNulty hurt himself
when he tripped on a wire frame
he was up to his neck in concrete
when the paramedics came

McCready was there with trowel in hand
and Masterson worked the lights
McCormack was still cleaning up
when a Policeman came inside

“What’s goin on here?”
a culchie accent said
and there was this massive big Policeman
with the light shining off his head

“Oh it’s you Inspector”
and he standing at the bar
“It’s ok Pat” the Poiceman said
“I just come to pick up me car”

“Is it outside your parked?” said Paddy
“Or, or is it round the back?”
and Paddy smiling nervously
waited for an answer back

So out the back the two did go
and the scene they did survey,
no car to be seen
just a slab of concrete lay.

“Did you’se tow me car boys?”
a towering man roared out
“What car” was the reply
in unison that rang out.

Well it was Saturday afternoon
when they were all released on bail
and scheduled court appearances be made
or else they’d go to jail

Now Dublin has great monuments
and Cork, not to be outdone,
has Patricks Bridge and other things
to remember it’s native sons

But the Irish here in Edmonton
will not soon be forgot
Our monument is a car named “Braiden”
about three feet under the Lot

by Joe Burns


Thank’s to Joe for sending us this poem!

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A brief history

The Edmonton Irish Sports and Social Society can trace its origins to a meeting on April 18th, 1958, when a group of newcomers formed the Edmonton Gaels. In February 1959 they adopted the title Irish Sports and Social Club, and soon saw the formation of the Shamrock Rovers soccer club. On November 28th, 1962 the club attained society status and thus became the Irish Sports and Social Society. Continue reading

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