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ISSC Annual Sevens Gaelic Football Tournament 2013

When: 8th February – March 15th
Time: Week 1 – February 8th, 7.00pm
Where: Capilano Rugby Club, Klahanie Park, West Vancouver

Focus is on having the craic, meeting new members, introducing Gaelic
football to beginners and being sociable! Drinks afterwards at the
Capilano club house.

Ladies: – If you are interested in playing, please contact your Ladies
Football Reps via the team email, and
they will assign you to a team.

Mens: – For the Men’s competition, we are asking you to submit your
own team. However, if you are a newcomer or can’t organize a team we
will be able to assign you to one. Ideally you will have 10-12 players
on each team but we can assign additional players if necessary.

Please submit all teams or requests for a team to or speak to Mens Football Rep, Sean Donelan.
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Sympathies to the Kelly family

The ISSC committee would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of William Kelly on his recent passing. William Kelly & Sons has been one of our most faithful sponsors over the years and our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

Australia Day: Annual Aussie Rules Match 2013

The ISSC invites all its members to come join the Vancouver Cougars as they celebrate Australia Day this year, January 26th at Montgomery Park (W 43rd and Oak) (map).

The traditional game of Aussie Rules will be played between the Irish and the Aussies.

“Festivities will kick off at noon, and we have the east and west fields booked until 4 PM for some footy, including our traditional match against the Vancouver Gaelic [team]. Then starting at 6 PM we have the 3rd floor of Ceilis’ downtown location (670 Smithe St) booked. We’ll be raffling some Aussie snacks and lollies – fantales, caramelo koalas and shapes!! Other prizes (Bundaberg rum!) are in the works.

Tickets to Ceili’s are $5 and include a free drink. You can purchase at the door or pre-purchase now before they sell out here.”


Reminder that the rescheduled ISSC 2013 Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday January 21st from 7:00 to 9:00pm at:

Coal Harbour Community Centre
480 Broughton Street, Vancouver

Four blocks from Burrard St Skytrain and easily accessible by the 19 bus.

We ask all people interested in playing Gaelic Games in 2013 in Vancouver to attend. Remember, this is YOUR CLUB: it doesn’t run itself!

An email with full details has been circulated to all 2012 members.

ISSC Kids’ Christmas Party – Sunday 16th Dec

Come along to the ISSC’s Kids’ Christmas Party 2012!

Date and time: 1-4pm, Sunday December 16th 2012.

Location: 1090 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver (Yaletown)
Conveniently close to the Skytrain station.

  • The party is open for kids of all ages, from 0-90
  • We ask all to bring a gift for “Secret Santa” valued at no more than $20
  • Gifts will be put under the tree and when Santa arrives he calls up each child one by one
  • Kids must be under 250lbs to sit on Santa’s knee!
  • Finger food and soft drinks will be provided; please BYOB!

Please RSVP to no later than Thursday, December 13th so we can get an idea of numbers.

2012 De Danaan Feis – Reminder

A reminder that THIS WEEKEND, Gaelic spirit will be in full force at the Richmond Olympic Oval from November 30–December 2 as the De Danaan Feis unites the community to celebrate Gaelic culture through song, dance, music, theatre and more. Catch an Irish play, “The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer”; jam with the Irish folk group Beoga, described by the Wall Street Journal as “the most exciting traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century”; cheer on the Irish Dancers at the competition; and participate in Gaelic workshops and crafts all weekend.

Of course Gaelic sport will also be on display courtesy of the talented and dedicated members of Vancouver’s Irish Sporting and Social Club – keep your eye out for demonstrations of hurling and Gaelic football!

Tickets still available at

2012 ISSC AGM – Friday, November 23rd

The 2012 Irish Sporting and Social Club’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday November 23rd from 8:00 to 10:00pm at:

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

181 Roundhouse Mews (Corner of Davie & Pacific)
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3

(Click here for a map)

Transit users: Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Centre is less than five minutes’ walk from the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line stop.

The agenda and other details will be forwarded later in the week. We ask each member to make every effort to attend and give their input at the meeting. We also encourage people to consider putting their names forward for positions on the 2013 committee (positions subject to change):

Vice President
Social Rep
Ladies’ Football Rep.
Men’s Football Rep.
Hurling Rep.
Camogie Rep.

See you all there!

2012 De Danaan Christmas Feis

The 2012 De Danaan Christmas Feis will be held on December 1-2, 2012 in Richmond,
British Columbia. This year, the feis is part of a fabulous Irish Christmas festival happening at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Nov 30 – Dec 2. In addition to the dance competitions, there will be concerts and workshops! Don’t miss this great event.


To promote our Club and the Gaelic Games in Greater Vancouver, through

— Demonstrations that focus on participation and inclusion, and

— Information booths that cater to the following user-groups that week-end

— Feis participants, their friends & families (up to 1,400 people, all ages) and

— Active Members of the Richmond Olympic Oval Facility (up to 5,000 people, all ages).

Contact Ronan Deane (ronandeane at
Friday Nov 30 – Maire Clerkin’s play,
“The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer”

Saturday Dec 1 – Christmas concert with BEOGA, #1 Irish Traditional Band of 2011.
The Beoga Concert will be preceded by a fun dance Showcase of some of Western Canada’s dance schools.

Sat & Sun – Dec 1 & 2 – Gaelic Games demonstrations
Hosted by the Vancouver Irish Sporting and Social Club, home of Gaelic Games in BC.
Learn the rules, how to score, and try out techniques to master these unique, exciting sports.

Click on for more info.

2012 ISSC Spirit Award – Tom Butler

The ISSC is delighted to award the 2012 Spirit Award to Tom Butler.

Tom came to Vancouver in 1951 and quickly became involved in the local Irish scene. He was a supporter of the first GAA team in Vancouver, the Sons of Erin, who were formed in 1961. When the Sons of Erin wound down, Tom became an active member of the fledgling ISSC and some years later was a team trainer and serving member of the club’s executive.

Tom has been an outstanding ambassador for Vancouver’s Irish community throughout the years and the ISSC would like to recognise this with our annual award, which will be presented at our Awards Night on September 29th.

For more on Tom’s life in Canada, check here.

Awards Night 2012

Date and time: Saturday, September 29th 2012 at 7:00pm.

Location: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC

Dress code: Semi-formal

Please join us in celebrating another great year of sport and society at our annual end of year award ceremony.

The ISSC has gone from strength to strength in 2012 with a clean sweep of the football titles in the Western Canadian Championships. For the third year running we entered teams in the North American County Board Championships.  Despite the long distance and resources needed to travel to Philadelphia, our committed hurlers and men’s and ladies’ footballers made their mark and reminded everybody that Vancouver GAA is a force to be reckoned with.

In addition, this would not have been possible without the tireless work and donations of time and money from the members of the club. We are run on a volunteer basis and this night is in no small part a recognition of the effort put in on multiple levels.

Dinner will be served and of course there will be a bar on the night.

Only 200 tickets available, $30.00 plus service fees. ($35 if not pre-booked)

Book here: