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Covid-19 – ISSS Executive Response – August 13 Update

This is the latest revised restrictions for the club

  • Limited capacity of 50 people including staff
  • Social distancing of at least 2 meters (6 feet)

Along with the above restrictions, the following must also be adhered to:

  • The Centre will be open to members and the public
  • Kids are allowed in the Centre at this time but need to adhere to the to the social distancing restriction
  • With the limited capacity of 50% and the social distancing or 2 meters, the maximum capacity allowed at the Centre will be 50 people.
  • Bar service is available again and tables are set up for a maximum of six people per table. Each table is set up with a maximum of six chairs. Extra chairs and not allowed nor is putting tables together
  • The snug area is still closed to members
  • Live music, bookings, and functions (including card playing & darts) is not permitted
  • Please do not come to the Centre if you are not feeling well, have been in contact with someone not feeling well, or traveled in the last 14 days
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve
  • Members are advised to wash their hands with soap & water frequently
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use

The past few months have truly been very challenging for us all. COVID-19 has certainly changed our lives and how we do things. I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and staying safe.

Since we have been able to reopen on May 14; the Irish Centre has been doing fairly well. With the public health measures in place (sanitizing requirements, capacity restrictions, live entertainment restrictions, social distancing and most recently mandatory face masks); we have been trying quite diligently to stay on top of the changes while keeping our members safe and informed.

We have rearranged tables and chairs to ensure social distancing, there is hand sanitizer available when you first come in and on each of the tables, tables are wiped down and sanitized, the sign in book helps us keep track of those visiting the Irish Centre, and disposable masks are available.

Posters can be found in the main entrance area of the Centre to remind our members to practice social distancing, help prevent the spread, mandatory face masks, etc.

Even with all this in place, we will only be successful in stopping the spread of COVID-19 if we ALL follow the rules.
Take care and stay safe.

Visit the following websites for more information on COVID-19:;;

We are getting closer to scheduling our AGM and a communication will be sent to all members soon.

Temporary Hours of Operation:
Wed., Thurs., & Fri. 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sat. 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sun. 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Notice of Bereavement

It is with deep sorry that we morn the loss of another one of our members at the Irish Centre….Matt Monaghan.
Those of you who knew Matt knew he was a quiet, gentle man who loved music and in particular the fiddle.
For funeral details, please visit
With deepest sympathy to Maureen and the Monaghan family.
There will be a celebration of Matt’s life held at the Irish Centre at 4:00 p.m. on Sat. Oct. 19, 2019.

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.

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.

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)


  • 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