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The ISSC AGM held on Sunday November 21st at Mount Pleasant community centre.

The elected members are as follows:

Board executive:
President: Pat Lowney
Vice President: Ronan Matthews
Secretary: Jerry McCarthy

Treasurer: Marie Dowling

Other board positions:
Social rep: Eimear Gogan
Hurling rep: Colin O’ Flynn
Ladies rep: Angela Oldknow
Registrar: Helen Keohane
WCD Rep: Billy Quinlan

Members at large:
David Tonge
Owen Woulfe
Katt McAndrew
Chris Kody
Eoghan Buckley

Thanks to all who attended and volunteered their time and efforts.


Pat Lowney

ISSC Annual General Meeting

The ISSC 2010 AGM will take place Sunday November 21st at Mount Pleasant Community Center, 4-6pm. (Kingsway & East 8th ave)
2010 was the 35th anniversary for the ISSC and has been an extremely successful year both on and off the field.
The year kicked off with a seven-a-side, mixed football league. Our Vancouver Tournament in June hosted 4 visiting teams and managed to field 3 Ladies football teams, two men’s football teams and a men’s Hurling team. The Vancouver Harps Ladies’s team remains the undefeated Western Canadian Champions. The Vancouver Harps men’s team was also crowned Western Canadian Champions and for the first year ever, the Vancouver Harps Hurling team participated in the North American Championships Gaelic Games in Chicago bringing home the title of Junior ‘A’ champions.
The ISSC hopes to continue to celebrate these great successes into 2011 and the future. We rely heavily on the support and efforts of our committee members and our Sponsors to achieve this.
We are inviting you to volunteer or nominate others via email for the following positions:
Executive Board
Vice – President
Committee Members
Ladies Football Rep.
Men’s Football Rep.
Hurling Rep.
Field Booking Rep.
Social Rep.
Committee Member at large
Support Roles
Manager & Trainer for Ladies football teams x 3
Manager & Trainer for Men’s football teams x 2
Manager & Trainer for Hurling
In order to continue the success the ISSC has seen over the past number of years there is a need for our members to take as active a role as possible in the club’s operation and growth.
We encourage all member to make the effort to attend.
If you have any questions please let me know,

Sean Twomey

ISSC Halloween Party – SOLD OUT

 This event has now sold out and we are not taking any more bookings.!/event.php?eid=149161361788035&index=1

Dress up, come out and get scary at the annual ISSC Halloween party.

Saturday, October 30 at 8:00pm
Smileys Public House
911 West Pender St.
Vancouver, BC

Prizes for best costume

******This will be a ticket only event. No tickets available on door******

To purchase and secure your ticket please email:

Tickets: $10 (max 230)

*** Purchase early to avoid disappointment, this event sold out last year***

ISSC 35th Anniversary & Awards Night

Please join us in celebrating our 35th year anniversary at our Annual End of Year Award Ceremony.

The ISSC Vancouver was founded just over 35 years ago by a group of individuals in an effort to bring people together socially. We continue to promote and support Irish Cultural and Sporting events here in the Greater Vancouver region.

Also, Catholine Butler will be recognised for the lifetime achievement award.

Details of the ISSC 35th anniversary & 2010 awards dinner are as follows:

Event: ISSC 35th anniversary & 2010 awards dinner

Venue: Croatian Cultural Centre

Address: 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Date: Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Time: 7:00pm to 1:00am

Dress code: Semi formal

Ticket only event: $30, includes sit down meal and music.

Please email info@isscvancouver to book your ticket.

Please RSVP on the facebook link below to allow us to judge numbers interested.!/event.php?eid=143425759030485&ref=ts

ISSC Events this Friday

Mark your calendar folks…

Vancouver Ladies Football League Final

Friday August 13th @ 6pm

Andy Livingston Park, Vancouver

Celts Vs. Harps

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Celebrate after with:

Vancouver Harps Hurling Team Race Night

Vancouver Harps Hurling Squad is holding a Fundraiser this Friday to raise money for our trip to the NACB Championships in Chicago this September. attached is a Racecard for the night, please review and if you have a horse involved please try to make it on time as you may WIN!! Racing begins at 7:30pm and a race takes place every 20 minutes.

Entry is $20 on the night if you do not hav ea ticket but come early as we are expecting a large crowd. There will be beer, spirits and soft drinks available on the night and the chance to place a few bets on your horse or friends horse!

Location: Croatian Culture Club, 3250 Commercial Drive: Click here for Google Map

Click here for the Racecard.

Click here for more details…

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The first complete Western Canada tournament to be staged in RED DEER, ALBERTA, can only be described as a resounding success.

Top-class field and facilities, responsive and welcoming hosts, and a very high standard of Gaelic Football played in lush green fields in Alberta (in August).    What more could you ask for?  OK, so the conspiracy theorists will say that the “release” of 8 billion mosquitoes in the area of the fields was a distraction that the visiting teams struggled with.  However, by all accounts, the teams from Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Vancouver are raving about their hosts, and their experiences in this latest Western Canada GAA hub.

The VANCOUVER HARPS (LADIES) repeated their heroics of 2008, taking both titles back over the Rockies and there were no complaints from the opposition.   The Ladies demonstrated great skills but also, keen tactical awareness, to take their 4th title in a row, and over take the Edmonton Wolfe Tones as the winning-most club in the Division.   The VANCOUVER HARPS (MEN) played some great football and though the Albertan sides really put it up to them, they had enough to (in the end) win the title by a commanding and deserved margin.

It was great to see the Lethbridge, AB, contingent in town, and their players provided great support to Red Deer Eire Og’s cause.   Red Deer were competitive in all their fixtures, and effectively ended the challenge of the spirited Vancouver Celts with their victory over the only club younger than theirs in the Western Canada Division.   Stephen Agnew produced a powerhouse display for Eire Og scoring a cracking hat-trick of goals to ensure a victory for the home side.

Calgary Chieftains and Edmonton Wolfe Tones renewed rivalries in the final game of the 2010 Championship with the Wolfe Tones victory providing a small consolation for the 2009 Champions.

Saturday night’s event at the Westerner was memorable with Sean Smith providing a brief and enlightening summary of the career of Edmonton and Co. Louth Great, Jack Bell.  Jack, a stalwart of the Wolfe Tones, died in March 2010, and the Gaelic community in Western Canada will miss his presence.  

The Bell family were on hand to accept from the Canadian County Board’s secretary, John O’Flynn, a Louth jersey in commemoration of his services to the County.

A special presentation was also made by John O’Flynn to the Lavery and Lynch families of Red Deer in recognition of their efforts in founding a GAA club in Red Deer. A recently published book called Lest We Forget that chronicles the lives of the seven founders of the GAA in Ireland and in particular, Joseph P. Ryan who is buried in Cranbrook BC, was presented to each family amid grateful applause.

Later in the evening, Germaine Gibbons was on hand to present the Tom Gibbon’s Memorial trophy to the Vancouver Harps’ Ladies captain, Helen Keohane.  Germaine’s husband and the late Tom Gibbon’s son, Liam Gibbons, sadly, passed away last winter. Liam’s vibrant personality will be fondly remembered by all who knew him in Vancouver.

After a very keenly contested singing competition into the wee hours of Sunday morning, the teams rested up and prepared for Sunday’s fixtures.   These were played in brilliant sunshine and again the Battle of Alberta, between Calgary and Edmonton, produced a cracking tussle.   Even a score-board malfunction couldn’t deny a rejuvenated Chieftain team, and they produced the goals that mattered to take a 2-7 to 1-8 victory.   The Ladies played a friendly challenge to round out the game-play, but the first official Red Deer Ladies title went to the Vancouver Harps.   Back in the Men’s competition, it was the Harps, led by Mikey Harnett, who first dispatched Red Deer, and then the Chieftains, to complete a sweep of tournament titles in 2010.

On behalf of all the visiting teams, the Western Canada Division and the Canadian County Board offers special thanks to Red Deer’s Eire Og’s Tournament committee and the Titans RFC in Red Deer, for a job well done.

Many look forward to more visits to Lacombe County in the years to come.

John O’Flynn

Rúnaí – Canadian County Board