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Celtic Connection – Sports Challenge at the July 26th Golf Tournament

The Sports Challenge at The Celtic Connection’s Golf Tournament on Sunday, July 26th at the Mylora Golf Course, 9911 Sidaway Road, Richmond, B.C.

Please note our Golf Tournament is on a Sunday this year!

The winner of the challenge will receive a trophy for bragging rights and 1/8 of a page ad in The Celtic Connection newspaper.

The ISSC won The Celtic Connection ad prize in 2008. Marcus Treacy of the Scribes Rugby Club is issuing a challenge this year to all the sports teams in the tournament.

Don’t delay, register your players ASAP! Cost per player is $75 and includes green fees and a delicious barbeque.

Please email if interested in playing as the ISSC would be keen to put forward a team.

Celts and Harps teams named

Listed below are the team lists for the Celts and Harps. If we have spelt any wrong or missed anyone please advise so we can add you back in.

Fergus Murray
Peter Gunn
Brian Mahony
Sean Kelly
Gary Howe
Dennis Ryan
Justin Hoines
Sean Twomey
Peter Agnew
Pat Lowney
Keith Roche
Ed Carberry
Hugh Baker
Sean Kelly
Tony Cooper
Brad Jorgenson
Jerry McCarthy
Cathal O Loughlin
Conor O’Reilly

Coach: Conor Walshe
Donal Keane
Ronan Matthews
Paudi Mcginn
Colm Flavin
Cormac Sheridian
Vinny Crowley
David Tonge
Mark Armstrong
Rory Dolan
Declan Fitzpatrick
Billy Quinlan
Michael Thomas
Eoghan (laois)
Colm Flavin
Cormac McCormack
Peter Campion
Steven Waison
Brian Kelly
Keith Clark
Keith (wicklow)
David Wilson

Weekly Update

San Fran – For those interested, the ISSC is sending down 3 teams to San Fran the weekend of May 16th to play in a sevens tournament. We are sending a ladies, gents and mixed hurling team. We are currently looking for more numbers to bolster the teams so have a look at the attached pdf for more info and let us know if your interested. It should be a good weekend for all.

Football training continues as normal this Friday at Capilano Rugby club. This starts at 6.30 with training for both ladies and gents on. This should be our last Friday training as we will be moving to mid week training next week. More info will follow. As usual, the Black Frog in Gastown will be the venue for a few sociable beverages after training.

Hurling training continues this Sunday at Strahacona at the earlier time of 11.30. This was well attended last Sunday with enough numbers to play a strong game. The more the merrier and will make training more enjoyable. Also any ladies interested in playing please attend as we are currently pushing to get a ladies team together.

Personal Injury Insurance

In contact sports such as Gaelic Football & Hurling, injuries requiring hospital treatment are inevitable.
It is therefore essential that all members are insured to at least BC Care Card level or similar approved.

The ISSC does not carry personal injury insurance and will not/can not currently cover medical expenses for players injured while taking part.

(Anyone with a previous/recurring sports injury should also check that they are covered to play sport and for further treatment paid by their insurance company, if the injury should occur again)

It is a requirement that you have adequate personal insurance cover if you intend to play for the club.

Thank you.

ISSC Board

Ladies Football

Starting Monday April 27, Monday night training will be in New Westminster at Queens Park 7pm-8:30pm, we will be between baseball diamonds #2 and #3, on the “South Field”.

Until further notice, Friday night training will continue at Capilano Rugby pitch in North Vancouver, until our downtown Thursday night location becomes available.

In other exciting news, Ronan Matthews has agreed to take on the role of coaching the ladies this year. Ronan has various experiences in coaching at various levels (which I will let Ronan expand on himself) so it is very exciting to have him on board. Thanks Ronan. Also, Vinny Crowley will be returning on Monday nights to assist Ronan. Ronan will be at training both tonight and Monday night, could I please ask as many of you as possible to try your best to attend training on either (or both) of these nights. Ronan would like to meet and talk to everyone.

If anyone has friends, family, work colleagues, acquantances etc who may be interested in becoming part of our team, please bring them along, everyone is welcome and we can never have too many people.

Any questions or queries relating to the ladies team can be directed to Mel Fisher at

Keep an eye on the Vancouver Harps Ladies Football Team Page

Hurling is starting

There will be the first official hurling training this Sunday at 1:30pm at Strathcona park. Everybody is welcome and its a good way to spend an hour or two on a Sunday afternoon.
If people can not make it but would be interested in attending another day then can you please let me know. It would be great to get as many people as possible out as it makes training more enjoyable.
We have a large selection of hurleys as well this year so there will be not shortage like last year.
So hope to see you all there on Sunday, if you have any questions email

Quick Update

Just to let you know training is back on this Friday at Capilano rugby club at 6.30. We will be going back to the format of having ladies and gents training sessions. If you know of any one, Irish or not who may be interested please bring them out as we would really like to grow our numbers this year.
Then Saturday afternoon at UBC we have a game of Australian Rules against the Vancouver Saints at UBC. This is our first game of the season and a chance to keep our winning record from the first game we played. For those that played that day it was a great team effort and enjoyable win. Please email Cathal if your interested in playing Aussie Rules and also if your available this weekend to play. We want to put out a strong team for this.

Gaelic Football 7’s Week 4


After week 3 of the Black Frog sevens tournament, it’s getting very tight at the top of the table with 4 teams within 2 points of each other.

The Wildcats had a good win over The Trailer Park Boys to leapfrog them to the top of the table.
The Beachcombers got back to winning ways and recorded an impressive win over The Goonies to stay in contention.
McGinn’s Army eased past Strawberries & Cream who are are now in dire need of a stimulus package of mammoth proportions.
If you have not already registered, please fill out the attached form any bring it along with the $45 fee on Friday.

Gaelic Football 7’s Week 3

Another very successful night for week 2 of The Black Frog Sevens Tournament.
The Trailers Park Boys still hold the lead with maximum points from their 2 games thanks again to the ladies scoring.
The Wildcats are elevated to 2nd place with a win by the narrowest of margins over McGinn’s Army.
The Goonies had a convincing win over Strawberries & Cream who remain at the foot of the table.
There is prize money of $200 for the winners and $100 for the runners up. This prize money will be given out at the conclusion of the tournament on the Friday that precedes St. Patrick’s day to help you kick off the weekend.
Also for those interested, the Australian rules teams the Cougars and the Saints are currently training indoors mid week and welcoming to anyone interested in dropping in. The Saints train on a Wednesday and the Cougars currently training on a Thursday.