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Annual General Meeting – March 31 @ 1 pm

 

Sunday, MARCH 31
Doors open @ 12:15 pm      Meeting starts at 1:00 pm     Please come early to          register and get a seat

With the AGM fast approaching, we are encouraging all our members to attend.   The Irish Centre is a very active society and requires dedicated and motivated members for it to be successful.

The Executive is reaching out to the 2018 membership to consider putting their name forward to fill one of the many volunteer Executive positions available.  It takes much effort and teamwork to keep the Irish Centre going.  An Executive that is dedicated, works as a team and have the interest of the membership, will ensure a strong ISSS and community.

Please feel free to contact any current Executive member regarding a position.  You can also contact one of the Trustees to put your name forward for a position.

Refreshments and nibbles will be served following the meeting.

Respectfully yours,

Irish Centre Executive  

CASINO Volunteers Needed – Nov. 7th & 8th

Every two years we work a casino fundraiser which helps keep the doors of the Irish Centre open – keeping Irish culture alive in Edmonton. The funds raised go to sports, dance, music, building renovations/maintenance, and so much more.

This year we will be working at the Yellowhead Casino located at 153 Street & Yellowhead Trail.

19 Volunteers (age 18+) each day are needed to work all positions (count room, runners, cashiers, etc.)  No experience required; training will be provided, and all time shifts (morning, afternoon, evening and night) over the 2 days are open.

Our aim is to get all the positions filled as soon as possible.  Sign UP! at the following link or call Rory at 780-720-3010.

http://signup.com/go/uQeWGai

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 (www.edmontonirishclub.ca).

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.

Welcome to our new 2018/19 Executive

President                     Martin Doyle              780-419-2951         moc.evilnull@elyod.nitram
Vice President            Janet Wilde                 780-476-0215        ten.suletnull@najom
Secretary                     Bonnie McGuire          780-451-1721        ac.wahsnull@eriugcmlb
Treasurer                    Rory Brady                   780-720-3010       moc.dtlkcormahsnull@yror
Social Director           Melanie Regan            780-233-7558       moc.liamtohnull@66siwel_einalem
Cultural Director       Shannon Haggerty     780-918-0647       moc.liamgnull@SSSIrotceridlarutluc
Sports Director          Denise Howie              780-757-3554        ten.suletnull@2eiwohd
Member-at-Large     Anita Nixon                  780-457-1605        ac.wahsnull@anoxin
Trustee                        Kimberly Budd            780-919-7689        moc.emnull@ddubdylrebmik
Trustee                        Paul Hawthorn            780-757-3554        ten.suletnull@nrohluap
Trustee                        Bill McGuire                 780-451-1721         moc.oohaynull@85raguoceht
Past President           Stephen McElhatton   780-919-8241        moc.oohaynull@nottahlecms

Memberships Due for 2018/19

Membership renewals are now due

It’s that time of year again … take out or renew your Irish Sports & Social Society Membership.

Click on the ‘Membership &  Hall Rental’ tab to see the benefits of being a member and get the Membership Application form.  Applications are also available at the Irish Centre bar.

Please fill in the form (print clearly) and return it along with your cheque to the following:  Attention: 2018 Membership Application, Irish Sports & Social Society, 12546-126 Street NW, Edmonton AB  T5L 0X3

If you have already submitted your 2018 Membership Application, thank you.

If for some reason you are not renewing your membership, we would like to know why or if you have any questions related to the memberships, please do not hesitate to contact Anita Nixon at ac.wahsnull@anoxin or (780) 887-9705.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the Club.

Annual General Meeting

Sunday, MARCH 25

Doors open @ 12:15 pm.
Please come early to register and get a seat.
Meeting starts @ 1:00 pm.
With the AGM fast approaching, as an Executive, we are encouraging as many of our current members as possible to attend the meeting.  The ISSS is very active these days and require dedicated and motivated members for it to be successful.  The Executive is reaching out to the 2017 membership to consider putting their name forward to fill one of the many volunteer Executive positions available at the AGM.  It takes much effort and team work to keep the ISSS going.  An Executive that is dedicated, works as a team and have the interest of the membership, will ensure a strong ISSS.
Please feel free to contact any current Executive member regarding a position.  You can also contact one of the Trustees to put your name forward for a position.  Many hands make lighter work.
Respectfully yours, ISSS Executive                                                                     

 

2017/18 Executive

Congratulations to the incoming 2017/18 executive committee.

President – Martin Doyle

Vice President – Janet Wilde

Secretary – Kimberly Budd

Treasurer – Rory Brady

Social Director – Melanie Regan

Sports Director – Paul Hawthorn

Member At Large – Anita Nixon

Trustees – Seamus Donaghy, Bill McGuire, Ted Nesdole

Past President – Stephen McElhatton

The Cultural Director position was not filled at the meeting. If you are interested in the role, please contact any of the existing executive members.

Updated contact information will be available shortly.

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)

Pavilion:

  • 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

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.

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