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Vancouver ISSC 40th Year Celebrations

The 40th Anniversary GAA-La

On December 1st, 1974, the Vancouver Irish Sporting & Social Club was established when members of the Vancouver Irish community gathered to decide on the name of a new club.  It was Pat O’Donohue who proposed the current name, and it was unanimously accepted by all present that night.

Fast Forward through several waves of emigration to Greater Vancouver from Ireland, and we see a club that has embraced the Gaelic Games as the back-bone of a very successful and vibrant club 40 years later.

40th Anniversary GAA-La Event, October 18th, 2014

at UBC Golf Course
On October 18, 2014, the ISSC is hosting our 40th anniversary GAA-LA event at the University of British Columbia Golf Course. The club would now like to extend an open invitation to all former players, members, supporters, and friends to come along and enjoy the celebration as part of the extended ISSC GAA family. It promises to be a night to remember, a night to renew & to rekindle old friendships.

The event is anticipated to sell out on the night. The ISSC would strongly encourage anyone who wants to purchase a ticket to RSVP / contact the undersigned in order to reserve a ticket in advance of the official ticket launch which will coincide with the Western Canadian GAA Championships (see above).

An event like this does take a high level of financial support from our club and our extended sponsors, however ISSC would also now encourage other parties interested in offering some sponsorship for the night to contact us for further details.

11th Western Canadian GAA Championships, August 2/3, 2014

Capilano Rugby Club

On the August Long Week-end, at Capilano Rugby Club in North Vancouver, the ISSC hosts the Western Canadian GAA Championships at Capilano Rugby Club, in North Vancouver. It will be the largest tournament staged in the history of the Division, and it is expected that there will be 8 Men’s teams, and 5 Ladies teams competing for the Division’s bragging rights.

The tightest Alberta Cup in Ladies Football has just finished, and while the winners were the same, their path to glory was made very difficult with strong displays from Edmonton and Calgary.  Reiging Tom Gibbins Western Canada Champions, the Vancouver Harps, will have to be on their game if they are to successfully defend their crown.

In Men’s competition, Edmonton defend their title, intent to prove that they don’t need to be in the City of Champions to win this title.  Vancouver will be strong this year, however they know that the hotly contested Alberta Cup will mean, their guests will hit the ground running when they arrive. The Saskatchewan boys will hope to do one better in 2014 and perform on the Senior stage.  Also, look out for new local club, the Fraser Valley Gaels who will look to impress on their first Championship sojourn.

With such a large gathering, the ISSC is hosting a festival that runs parallel to the Gaelic Games!  Local Irish / Celtic businesses are encouraged to attend and set-up a stall at our event.  Please connect with if you are interested in attending and promoting your business.

See also,!/events/648090198609315/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Western Canada GAA Championships 2014


Send the ISSC your Memories, and be part of our 40th Anniversary Celebrations….

 Send us the link to your VIDEO and we will compile a Testimonial Montage Video to be premiered at the GAA-LA 40th Anniversary Event on October 18th, 2014.

Some Great People have passed through this club over the years, and I am sure there are some fantastic memories to share.

Have fun with this..

Submissions End September 1st, 2014.

ISSC Promo Video

We want to expand the ISSC family, and we have created the below promotional video to show you what we are all about.

Please like and share the video with friends and family as much as possible.

If you or a friend are interested in joining or wanting to try Camogie, Gaelic Football or Hurling for the first time, please contact All levels are welcome!!

ISSC would like to extend a special thanks to Stuart Maxwell for his wonderful work.

ISSC abu!!

Ladies Football City League

Ladies Football City League begins this Thursday, May 24th with the Senior match between Harps and JP Ryan’s kicking off at 6:30pm and the Junior match between Harps and JP Ryan’s starting at 7:15pm in Brockton Oval, Stanley Park. All support welcome.

ISSC Hurling Game

ISSC Hurling game will take place this Saturday, May 12th at 4:45pm at John Hendry Park, Trout Lake (East 12th Ave and Templeton Drive). All support welcome.

Some photos of this game are available here.

ISSC Soccer Games

Upcoming ISSC Soccer games:

Sunday, May 6th at John Oliver School (530 East 41st Ave) at 6pm. See map:

Thursday, May 10th at Van Tech grass pitch (1 block south of East Broadway & Penticton) at 6:30pm. See map:

Thursday, May 24th at Van Tech grass pitch at 6:45pm.

Wednesday, May 30th at Eric Hamber Secondary School at 6:45pm. See map: This will be our first cup game.

Please come along and show your support!