Category Archives: Culture

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!

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