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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!

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

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

Love is in the Air…At the Irish Centre

Come on down for Valentine’s Day and enjoy great music and fantastic food.

Our new chef Michael will be cooking up Prime Rib  with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables for only $12.  (No one said love need be expensive…)

Stick around for musical entertainment Martin Kerr at 8PM.  Martin is an Edmonton-area favourite who hails from a sleepy English market town.  More information about Martin is available on his website at http://martinkerrmusic.com.

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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY AT THE IRISH CENTRE!

Come down to the Irish C entre on Sunday February 1st for our Super Bowl Sunday! The Bar opens at 1:00 pm.

The Pre-Game starts at 2:00 pm. Don’t miss out on the excitement of the Super Bowl Game on large screen and there are drink specials and a dinner special:

At the Bar: Geuinness $5 a pint. Stella and Rickards Red are $4 a pint. Bud Light Bottles are $3.50. Cans of Magners $5

In the kitchen: Dinner special is Steak & Shrimp for $12.00. Food will be served at 5:00 pm.

Hope to see you all there!

Staying in Canada

Have you fallen in love with Canada and want to stay?

Canadian Visa Specialists, in conjunction with the Irish Canadian Immigration Centre, will be at the Irish Club on Wednesday, February 12 for a free seminar on the options for all temporary residents in Canada, including visitors, holders of International Experience Class visas, work and study permits.  The session will start at 7PM.

The seminar will address options to renew or change your status as well as how to apply for permanent residence.  Information will also be provided on the recent changes announced by Citizenship & Immigration Canada and how they will affect you.

A special guest from Scotiabank will also give a short presentation.

This will be an informal session with an open Q&A portion and there will be an opportunity to network after the information session.

To sign up for the seminar, please visit http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/immigration-seminar-how-can-i-stay-in-canada-tickets-10397941523

“Ode to a Concrete Parking Lot”

At the Irish Sports and Social
Twas on a Friday night
They were out there pouring concrete
sure it was a lovely sight.

There was Martin in his wellies
and Eric in his socks
and Jockey was the Gaffer,
cause the rest of them were locked

Crooner McNulty hurt himself
when he tripped on a wire frame
he was up to his neck in concrete
when the paramedics came

McCready was there with trowel in hand
and Masterson worked the lights
McCormack was still cleaning up
when a Policeman came inside

“What’s goin on here?”
a culchie accent said
and there was this massive big Policeman
with the light shining off his head

“Oh it’s you Inspector”
and he standing at the bar
“It’s ok Pat” the Poiceman said
“I just come to pick up me car”

“Is it outside your parked?” said Paddy
“Or, or is it round the back?”
and Paddy smiling nervously
waited for an answer back

So out the back the two did go
and the scene they did survey,
no car to be seen
just a slab of concrete lay.

“Did you’se tow me car boys?”
a towering man roared out
“What car” was the reply
in unison that rang out.

Well it was Saturday afternoon
when they were all released on bail
and scheduled court appearances be made
or else they’d go to jail

Now Dublin has great monuments
and Cork, not to be outdone,
has Patricks Bridge and other things
to remember it’s native sons

But the Irish here in Edmonton
will not soon be forgot
Our monument is a car named “Braiden”
about three feet under the Lot

by Joe Burns

 

Thank’s to Joe for sending us this poem!

A brief history

The Edmonton Irish Sports and Social Society can trace its origins to a meeting on April 18th, 1958, when a group of newcomers formed the Edmonton Gaels. In February 1959 they adopted the title Irish Sports and Social Club, and soon saw the formation of the Shamrock Rovers soccer club. On November 28th, 1962 the club attained society status and thus became the Irish Sports and Social Society.

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