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Danny Burns Memorial Benefit

8th Annual Danny Burns Memorial Feed the Hungry Benefit at the Wolf and Hound on West Broadway near Alma.  The event takes place on December 6 (Sunday).

Please spread the word to your members and former members.  This event is a wonderful way to get together with old friends and new and to kick off the Christmas season. Every penny raised goes to feed Vancouver’s hungry.

In the past ISSC members have shown fantastic support and we hope that you will again this year. 

Come on out on December 6h  and enjoy the ceol agus craic.

As well, please email the poster to all your friends who would enjoy an evening full of fine Celtic music, great company and a pint or two.  We’ll see you there.

Sandra Nisbet

Movember Party this Saturday (28th Nov)

There is a Movember Party this Saturday (28th Nov) at Moose’s
Down Under — all are welcome to this charity fun event.

If you participated in Movember this year, there is a $10 entry
fee which gets you a huge buffet dinner. If you did not participate, the
entry fee is $15. There will be many prizes awarded on the night, and
it should be a cracking evening. Things kick off at 7pm, and dinner will be
served around 7:45pm. So come on down with friends and family as all the
money raised (including entry fee) goes towards the fight against prostate

For more information on Facebook:

Moose’s Down Under
Restaurant, Bar & Grill
830 West Pender St.
Vancouver, B.C.
Movember (a portmanteau of the words ‘Moustache’ and ‘November’) is an annual month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November.

The  Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer.
Movember is very proud to partner with Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC).

Ceili, Nov. 21, 2009

Dear ISSC Vancouver Members,

Don’t miss out on our Ceili – happening November 21, 2009
Featuring live Irish music by Gaoler’s Mews – fiddle, pipes and guitar!

This is a BENEFIT CEILI for the Vancouver Irish Ceili Society. Proceeds will go to support the continuance of this dance tradition in
Vancouver – we need your support!

Beginners are welcome and so are children. Each dance is taught on the spot, so you can learn as you go. Wear comfortable shoes that can slide. You don’t need to come with a dance partner, but why not invite a friend? We rely on word of mouth publicity!

Victoria Drive Community Hall, 2026 E.43rd Ave (at Victoria)

Doors Open: 7:00pm
Instruction: 7:30pm
Dance: 8:00 – 11:00pm
Price: $15.00 ($12.00 seniors/students/unemployed) Kids: $5
Refreshments available
t: (604) 733-6298 (604) 733-6298

(Watch for the St. Patrick’s Day dance on March 13, 2010!)

Jenny White

Former ISSC President and Founding Member – Sean Commins R.I.P.

Born in Ireland May 22nd 1943, Sean was raised in Belcare, Galway. Originally he had plans to be a farmer but his teacher sent an application to a trade school and he decided to give it a go. He completed his apprenticeship as an electrician and worked briefly in Ireland before he decided for Canada in the summer of 1967.

He started work in Northern Alberta in the tar fields but one fine morning in January he woke up to a Chinook snow storm. He was puzzled, as the day before it had been quite pleasant. Immediately he packed his bag and headed to the train station for Vancouver. On his first night a few friends had to force him to go out, as he was tired from the trip, and there he met his future wife Eileen. Their two children Brian and Fiona would light up their lives in the years that followed.

After working for BC Hydro and his union he got a job with BC Transit and stayed for almost 30 years as an electrician, not a bus driver! Sean hated having to explain that. His love of gardening saw him grow almost everything. The only flowers he ever loved were the ones that came from a potato crop.

In 1974 he was one of the founding members of the Vancouver Irish and Sporting Club. He served on the executive from 1984 until 1987, first as V-P and then as a three term President. These would turn out to be outstanding years for the club’s Gaelic Football team that would qualify for the North American County Board championships in Boston (1984) and Chicago (1985). Sean took charge of all the backroom dealings in keeping the team competitive.

He had a heart of gold and was a friend to anyone that got to know him. As a youth, I suffered a head butt that broke my nose up in Edmonton during a Gaelic football match. Sean took me to the hospital and stayed throughout all of the medical attention, forgoing the party back at the Irish Centre. He was a good man and an honest Gael. Thank you Sean and “Up Galway!”

John O’Flynn
Rúnaí – Canadian County Board

ISSC Board for 2010

President:  Pat Lowney
Vice President:  Ronan Matthews
Secretary:  Sean Twomey
Treasurer:  Katrina McAndrews

PRO:  Richard Jones
Mens Rep:  Peter Agnew
Ladies Rep:  Mel Fisher
Hurling Rep:  Eoghan Buckley
WCD Rep:  Ronan Deane
WCD Rep:  Darren Duff
WCD Rep:  Jerry McCarthy
Social Rep:  Eimear Gogan
Social Rep:  David Tonge
Member at large:  Billy Quinlan
Member at large:  Peter Gunn
Member at large:  Ed Carbery
Member at large:  Denis Ryan
Member at large:  Marie Dowling


Hi All,

The 2009 ISSC AGM details are as follows:

Event: 2009 ISSC AGM

Location: Coal Harbour Community Centre

Address: 480 Broughton St, Vancouver (Broughton and West Hastings)

Date: Sunday November 8th 2009

Time: 2.30pm

Board positions:

Board Executive:

Vice President

Other positions:

Mens Rep
Ladies Rep
Hurling Rep
Social Rep x 2
Members at large x 2

All positions are up for election, if you would like to be considered for one of the above positions please let me know by Friday next.

It is a requirement to be a full member if you wish to sit on the board of the ISSC.
Full membership is $100 at present.


Pat Lowney

Ireland Vs. France

Ireland play France in the World Cup Qualifier on Sat November 14th and Wednesday 18th.
Malones Bar and Grill on Pender and Seymour are showing both games to those interested.

Cover charge will be $20 and will cover admission to both matches with delayed coverage of the Wednesday match currently being planned.

Special brunch menu will be available on both days.

Please forward this event onto others who may be interested and we create a proper Irish atmosphere for the game.
See link below.

Social – Saturday 24th October

ISSC Vancouver Harps Aussie Rules Presentation Night

I would cordially like to invite all players, partners and supporters to
attend the Vancouver Harps Aussie Rules 2009 Best & Fairest Awards.

It will be held at Malone’s, on Seymour Street and West Pender at 7pm on
Saturday 24th October. (I know this is short notice, sorry).

Dress wear is to be semi-formal attire, with the teams colors worked in
where possible.

It is a stand-up function, with drinks and finger food. The cost is $20
per person, which includes finger food and one drink upon arrival.

We will be holding the presentation night with the Vancouver Cougars.
If you could please let me know if you are planning on attending, just so
we have enough food to cater for everyone.

The general idea behind the night is that it is a re-cap of the year and
there is 5 or 6 awards given out for people’s performances during the
year. So come down and see if you have won an award and it is also a
chance to meet up with a few team mates, who you may not have seen in a

Please feel free to bring friends and any new arrivals in Vancouver.

See you all next Saturday night.