Category Archives: Culture

Mike McDonnell Scholarship Awards Night

The Mike McDonnell Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to members or the dependents of members of the Society who have been accepted to a post secondary educational facility (i.e. University, College, or Technical Institute).

Applications are now available at the Irish Centre bar and on the website (

Application submission deadline: October 5, 2018.

Scholarship Awards Night

November 10  @  8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating with the 2018 recipient(s) as they
are awarded one of our Mike McDonnell Scholarships.

For further info contact Isobel Nesdole@ 780-916-9691.

Volunteers Needed – Heritage Days Festival – Volunteers Needed

August 4-6

The Irish Sport and Social Society is still looking for volunteers to help in the Ireland pavilion at the festival grounds – cooking, preparing, and serving food, selling t-shirts and snow-cones as well as providing general customer service.

No prior experience is required and training will be provided.

All volunteers will receive two complementary Irish Centre drink tickets per shift worked.

Anita Nixon @ (780) 887-9705
Shannon Haggerty @ (780) 918-0647

Heritage Days Festival – Volunteers Needed

Happy May!  I hope everyone is enjoying this fine weather!  We are heavy into the planning for Heritage Days (August 4-6) and are now calling out for volunteers.

Information Session at the Irish Centre
June 6th @ 7:00pm

Everyone is welcome to join us.  We need volunteers to help prior to the festival with making bread, scones, and stew and also at the grounds in the pavilion.  No prior experience required – training will be provided.  Two complementary Irish Centre drink tickets, per volunteer, will be given for each shift worked.
Ireland Tent (Pavilion) Service
2 shifts per day (13 people per shift)
Types of Duties:  Cooking, preparing, serving/selling food, and general customer service.

Saturday (Aug. 4):               12 – 5 pm               &             5 pm – 9 pm
Sunday (Aug. 5):                 10 am – 3 pm        &             3 pm – 9 pm
Monday (Aug. 6):                10 am – 3 pm        &             3 pm – 9 pm

Note: all food preparation will be done at the Irish Centre.

Scones, and Soda Bread
Dates: TBD – will work around volunteers availability

Irish Stew
8 volunteers per day
Duties:  peel potatoes; cook meat; precook the vegetables; and bag the stew for freezing.
Dates:    August 2 & 3        9 am to finish
Stage (Set-up and Tear-down)
August 3rd and August 6th

Shuttle Drivers
2 drivers per day
Duties:  transport supplies, as needed, to and from the club.
If you, or someone you know, are interested in volunteering please come to the meeting, you do not have to be a member to volunteer, so feel free to invite friends and/or family.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and want to volunteer, please contact
Shannon Haggerty at moc.liamgnull@sssirotceridlarutluc (780-918-0647) or
Anita Nixon at ac.wahsnull@anoxin (780-887-9705).

Thank you everyone … many hands make light work!

2018 Western Canada Rose of Tralee

2018 Western Canada Rose of Tralee

It is with much regret that we inform you the 2018 Western Canada Rose of Tralee will not go ahead this year and instead will be pushed over to 2019.

Along with other Rose centres, there appears to be a decline in the number of applicants. There is currently a review, by the board in Tralee, to hold the event every other year instead of yearly.  Each Centre would alternate and hold an event every other year and every centre will have the opportunity to have a live interview on RTE television.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to a more successful event in 2019.


2018 Rose of Tralee Selection Night

Rose of Tralee Selection Night

May 26, 2018

Join us for one of the most glamorous nights of the year!
Tickets:  $25.00
Irish Centre Members Only .… Get $5 off when you purchase tickets between March 21-23
** get your ticket for only $20 **
Available now and can be picked up at the Irish Centre
If you have any further questions please contact Katie (780) 691-4700 or Katherine (780) 298-2473
We are looking for individuals, groups and/or companies to sponsor the new Western Canada Rose.  If you are interested please read the attached link  Corporate Sponsorship 1


St. Patrick’s Day Tickets Now Available

It only comes once a year, so get your tickets while they’re still available!

Tickets for this year's St. Patrick's Day events are now available!!

Tickets for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day events are now available!!

Saturday, March 11 we have the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance.  Featuring a fantastic roast beef dinner, music from Allen & Hobbs, tickets are only $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Tickets for St. Patrick’s Day itself are available too. Friday, March 17 (yes, we know the date is wrong on the tickets…) starts first thing in the morning with a full breakfast (only $5 once you’re through the doors) and the  GAA Club Finals. Throughout the day there will be Irish dance performances and music, as well as food specials in the kitchen.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

On Saturday, we’re keeping the party going with Vibram Souls playing in the evening. There’s only a $5 cover charge for this great band, and proceeds will be donated to charity.

Come down and buy your tickets while they’re still around!  See you this March at the Irish Centre!!

Heritage Days Volunteers Needed

Just a sample of some of the delicious potato bread for Heritage Days made by volunteers last year!

Just a sample of some of the delicious potato bread for Heritage Days made by volunteers last year!

Do you have some spare time and love festivals?

Heritage Days is one of the biggest festivals in Edmonton and is attended by thousands of people from around the world.

Every year the Irish Centre calls out for volunteers to get involved and support ourIrish community. This year, we need another group of dedicated volunteers to make the Irish Pavilion a success!

Food preparation:

  • Potato Pancakes (June 20-23; June 27-28)
  • Soda Bread; Barm Braic; Scones (Mid July)
  • Irish stew (July 23-28)


  • Set up / Take down
  • Drivers
  • Kitchen crew members (8 shifts over 3 days)
  • Front end servers (8 shifts over 3 days)

You don’t need any special skills or experience. Maybe you want to learn how to make some traditional Irish food or just meet some wonderful new Irish (and non-Irish!) friends … just sign up.

It takes a village to make the Ireland pavilion a huge success and we are very proud of our volunteers. Let`s make 2016 another brilliant year!

Sign up sheets – available at the Irish Centre or let us know that you’re interested by contacting:

Seán MacQueen – moc.liamgnull@neeuqcamks

Siobhan MacQueen @ 780-489-8001

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!

St. Patrick’s Week 2016

By Andreas F. Borchert, CC BY-SA 3.0 de,

By Andreas F. Borchert, CC BY-SA 3.0 de,

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.