Love Traditional Music?

If you do, you’re in for a treat this weekend!

In between Ceilis on Friday and Sunday, on Saturday night we have local traditional band Grace O’Malley playing at the Irish Centre.  A crowd favourite, be sure to come down and have a listen.  While you’re there, check out the kitchen specials!

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1916 Commemoration Events at the Irish Centre

To mark the centennial of the 1916 Easter Rising, there are two events underway this weekend at the Irish Centre.

On Friday, April 22, we have a night of Ceili dancing, live music and singing as part of the 1916 Worldwide Commemoration Ceili – which will see Irish people from around the world commemorate the Easter Rising with song and dance.  The events kick off at 7:30 and admission is free.  Come out and join us for this event!

Another celebration will be held on Sunday, April 24, with some fabulous live traditional music, talented Irish dancers and in the kitchen our delicious Irish stew is on the menu.

We look forward to seeing you over the weekend!

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Lunasa in Concert this Thursday

Lunasa picIf you’re looking for some great Irish music, look no further.  The internationally acclaimed band Lunasa will be playing at the Irish Centre on Thursday, April 14.

Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 8PM. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door.

The band is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. They are renowned for their stunning shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring cycle. They have performed over 1,500 shows across 36 countries since the band formed in 1997. The band has appeared at internationally renowned venues such as The Hollywood Bowl, National Concert Hall (Dublin), Sydney Opera House and Moscow International House of Music. They have been invited to appear at the White House.

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Congratulations New Executive

The 2016 Executive was voted in earlier today at our AGM.  Thanks to everyone who came out and had their voices heard.

Our 2016 Executive is:

President – Martin Doyle

Vice President – Murray Connor

Secretary – Kimberly Budd

Treasurer – Rory Brady

Social Director – Seamus Donaghy

Cultural Director – Sean MacQueen

Sports Director – Dave Finnegan

Member at Large – Carole Fitzgerald

Trustees – Siobhan MacQueen

Bill McQuire

George Waun

A special thank you to all outgoing members of the 2015 committee on their hard work.

And remember, even if you’re not on the committee, we always need volunteers for special events and other happenings at the Irish Centre!  Let someone on the executive know if you want to share your talents with us.

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St. Patrick’s Week 2016

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This upcoming week is the Irish Club’s Superbowl…lots of events leading up to the big day, and a few that follow!

Wednesday, March 16

Traditional Pub Night

We’ll have the tent in the back up and will be hosting a traditional pub night in it!

In addition to music from Martin P Doyle, there will be drink and kitchen specials.

This kicks off at 8 PM!

Thursday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day

Lots of things going on the big day itself…so big that we needed to set up a tent in the back!

Things start at 7 AM with the traditional Irish breakfast for only $5!  We’ll be showing the GAA matches, have lots of entertainment, and have Irish dancers performing throughout the day.  Check out our schedule of events!

8 AM Club Hurling Championship Na Piarsaigh vs. Ruairi Og

10 AM Club Football Championship Ballyboden St. Enda’s vs. Castlebar Michels

11 AM Music by Martin P Doyle

1 PM Music by Amie Weymes and the Atta Boys

7PM Music by Peter Kelly

9 PM Music by The Chancers

For all of this entertainment and excitement, tickets are $15 in Advance/$20 at the Door!

Friday, March 18

Keep the celebration going with our Jam Session starting at 8 PM

Saturday, March 19

You have one more day left in you!  Come down to enjoy music from Peter Kelly.

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UFC 196 at the Irish Centre

UFC196Come catch the McGregor v. Diaz fight at the Irish Centre on Saturday, March 5.

Admission is $10 at the door.

Tell all your friends…it will be a great night!

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St. Patrick’s Day is 4 Weeks Away!

Things are about to swing into full gear hear at the Irish Centre for St. Patrick’s Day, which is a very short four weeks away.

We’re putting up the decoration soon and making sure there will be enough cans of Magner’s on hand to last through the week!

On Saturday, March 12, there will be the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance.  Tickets are available at the bar, and are sure to go fast this year.  Music will be provided by Mark McGarrigle, and like every year, there will be some lovely Irish dancers here to entertain us.

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On the big day itself, there will be breakfast and GAA matches, entertainment, and food specials from the kitchen all day, as well as a pint or two. ;)   Irish dancers will be performing throughout the day as well. Tickets are $15 in advance for members and $20 at the door.  Music for the day will include Amie Weymes, Pete Kelly and The Chancers.  Hope you’ve booked off the Friday!

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“EVERYTHING IRISH” Fundraising Raffle for the McDonnell Scholarship

THE PRIZE IS “EVERYTHING” IN THE DISPLAY CABINET AT THE FRONT OF THE CLUB, IT INCLUDES:

Woman’s aran knit shawl and hat

2 childrens’ aran knit sweaters, hat and mittens

Bodhran drum

Tin whistle

Heraldic scroll of Ireland

Set of Irish linen napkins

8 Galway crystal wine glasses

TICKETS ARE 3 FOR $10 ( available at the bar)

 

 

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Mike McDonnell Scholarship

Mike McDonnell was a longtime member of the Irish Centre and served in many capacities on the Executive up until his death in May 1988. Mike, being in real estate at the time, had come across the building that later would become known as the “Irish Centre”. He loved and played music and was always ready to promote anything Irish. With Mike’s passing, his mother, (the late) Rose McDonnell, approached the Club with the idea of a scholarship in Mike’s name; thus the Mike McDonnell Scholarship was founded.

The scholarship was started not only in memory of Mike but to promote education and interest in the Irish culture and to encourage youth membership in the Centre. It is run and managed by a volunteer committee currently consisting of Martin Doyle (representing ISSS Executive), Anita Nixon (representing McDonnell family), and Isobel Nesdole (representing ISSS Membership). The scholarship is funded through donations and various fundraising.

Application Criteria:

● The applicant must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident;

● The applicant must be between 18-25 years of age;

● The applicant must be a full time student;

● Recipients will be limited to those accepted to a university, college or technical institution;

● The applicant must be a member, in good standings, of the Irish Sports & Social Society for the year in which the Scholarship Application applies to;

● The applicant must have held, in good standing, a membership to the Irish Sports & Social Society for at least one year immediately prior to the year in which the scholarship application applies to.

Application(s) available for pick up at the Irish Centre as of September 12, 2015

Completed application(s) must be returned to the Irish Centre by closing October 23 2015

Successful applicants will be contacted by November 7, 2015; and the Scholarship will be awarded on November 14, 2015

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A Tribute to Steve Conneely

 

Steve Conneely……

A native of Galway or someplace near

A proud islander of Inisheer (Inis Oirr)

Steve Conneely known to us all as Stiofan

From the barony of Aaran he rowed on

Greeted at the shores of Galway Bay

Arrived this Gaelic speaker with fluent words to say

Onto Dublin he headed to learn his trade

Fixing engines of all vehicles ever made

 

Did we cross paths on Grafton Street, I may never know

But it was here when we finally met in the snow

Stiofan came to Edmonton in 75’

Bringinng his tools to keep his skills alive

Here is where he made home

Every few years back to Aaran he’d roam

He played a major part in culture, sports and song

He could tell all kinds of stories all night long

Stiofan was a father figure to many around

An uncle, a cousin and a special friend, he was sound

He took up golf in his later years

Enjoying many rounds with his peers

Safe home to Aaran our friend so dear

Your beautiful resting place of Inisheer (Inis Oirr)

So raise your glass in honor to our dear friend Stiofan

Although he is gone our memories with him will forever live on

 

Christy Whelehan

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