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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.

2009 ISSC Halloween Party – Sold Out

This event has sold out.
The 2009 ISSC Halloween Party details are as follows:
Event: 2009 ISSC Halloween Party
Date: Saturday October 31st
Time: 8pm to 2am
Location: Smiley O’ Neals, 911 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC.
Price: $10
Pre buy your ticket and use it for a complimentary drink on the night.

Best Costume Prizes

Tickets can be purchased from:

Eimear Gogan
Pat Lowney
Paudie McGinn
Michael Thomas
Mel Fisher

Katt McAndrew
Please confirm your attendance by using the Facebook link below.

Free Concert Thursday Oct. 8 – 8pm

Thursday, October 8th 8pm
St James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave)
Tickets: $23 ($20 members) (but read below)

Hi Everyone,

We’ve got a great traditional Irish music concert on at the Rogue Folk Club tomorrow and unfortunately, no one is buying tickets!  These are some of the best players in the world and it would be a shame to see them play to an empty hall.  So please, pass this around, buy a ticket, pay what you want, or just show up and we’ll let you in for free!

Here is the info again – thanks for your help in getting the word out!

Keona Hammond
Rogue Folk Club

Playing together since 1992, Rattle the Boards have been praised as one of the best traditional acts in Ireland’s music scene. Pat, John and Benny were all members of the Knocknagow Ceili Band who were based in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and spent many years playing for dancers throughout Ireland. Benny is also leader of the International supergroup Danu, and has toured all over the world. In 1999 Rattle the Boards released their debut album to much acclaim. With many performances in Ireland and Europe over the past few years they have grown into an act very much sought after. In 2002 Rattle the Boards provided the musical inspiration for a major Irish theatre show called Teac A Bloc by famous visual artist Des Dillon. Rattle the Boards arranged and performed with Teac A Bloc to sold-out venues throughout Ireland and also performed two sketches from the show on Ireland’s premier tv program, “The Late Late Show.”

Last spring they released their long awaited 2nd CD The Parish Platform. Their sense of fun and the lift in the music makes them unique among their contempories. As their name suggests this is a group that will have its audience on their feet and dancing in no time!

Playing since he was 13 years old, Benny McCarthy is one of Ireland’s best young melodeon / button accordion players. His playing is described as powerful and soulful. He comes from Co. Waterford in the sunny south east of Ireland, and founded Danu in 1995.

Pat Ryan (fiddle, mandolin, banjo) comes from a great musical family and has played since he was very young. He first learnt music from his father Jack Ryan who was a notable fiddler with the Knocknagow Ceili Band. His first instrument was the harmonica and now he is accomplished on many instruments . Pat comes from Clonmel in Co. Tipperary.

John Nugent has played guitar since his youth. Like a lot of guitarists he has a strong background in rock and popular music. His love for Irish music began when he met Pat Ryan. John, from Newcastle in Co. Tipperary, has mastered the art of tasteful accompaniment.

John T. Egan (vocals) comes from a musical family and has been singing since he was very young. He has many influences including the Irish greats such as Luke Kelly, Liam Clancy & Christy Moore. John T. is also a keen gaelic sportsman which all adds to his great love of all traditions of Ireland. He also comes from Newcastle, Co. Tipperary.


This concert will also feature a special guest appearance by fiddler / singer Lissa Schneckenburger from Boston. Lissa last played here a couple of years ago, and has a great new CD out since then. She’ll perform the opening set with her excellent trio, playing traditional songs from “the Old Sod” – New England style – and hot original fiddle tunes.


Rattle The Boards and Lissa Schneckenburger play the St James Hall on Thursday, October 8th at 8pm.  Tickets are $23 ($20 for members) and can be purchased at Highlife Records and Rufus’ Guitar Shop, online at or by calling 604.736.3022.  Doors open at 7:30pm.


I am introducing myself to the Celtic community as a native Irish speaker born and reared on the Donegal Gaeltacht of Gweedore. I finished a degree with honours in Celtic Studies and Music at the University of Ulster… doing research and collecting of the endangered folkloric tradition from the homes of coastal Ireland and the Gaelic Hebrides in Scotland.

I currently am undertaking a second higher-level degree in Linguistics at Simon Fraser University, I have taught numerous courses in Ireland on Scottish Gaelic and have devoted my life to teaching music and keeping my native Irish alive.
I am offering private lessons in both the language and mythologies of the Gaelic dialects of Ireland and Scotland for a fee of $30 per session.

It is said in Gaelic: “tír gan teanga, tír gan anam” – A country without a language, a country without a soul.

I can be best reached through e-mail at and I live in the Commercial Drive area. If interested, feel free to contact me.


ISSC Halloween Party

Host: ISSC Vancouver
Type: Party – Holiday Party

Price: $10
Start Time: Saturday, 31 October 2009 at 20:00
End Time: Sunday, 01 November 2009 at 02:00
Location: Smiley O’Neals
Street: 911 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Town/City: Vancouver, BC


…Halloween Costume Party…

Pre buy your ticket and use it for a complimentary drink on the night.

Best Costume Prizes

Tickets can be purchased from:

Eimear Gogan
Pat Lowney
Paudie McGinn
Michael Thomas
Mel Fisher

Irish Ambassador’s visit

Don’t Delay – Get Your Tickets NOW!
Tickets are Limited for Gala Reception
to Meet the Irish Ambassador

Don’t wait until the last minute or it may be too late!…..Advance tickets for the Gala Reception on Saturday, October 3 to meet the Irish Ambassador are limited and THERE WILL BE NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR.
This is a special opportunity to welcome His Excellency Declan Kelly the Ambassador of Ireland to Vancouver. Let’s extend a resounding West Coast Welcome to our guests.
All proceeds will benefit our local Irish community benevolent fund which helps families and individuals in need. Many people have needed support in times of crisis over the years and The Celtic Society of Canada has been there to help through the generous support of the community. Your contribution is extremely important.
DON’T DELAY, book now! Come out and enjoy a wonderful evening featuring traditional music with Ballyhooley led by uilleann piper Tim Fanning and the Vancouver Regiment of the Irish Pipes and Drums.
Delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served along with lots of great craic. There is plenty of free parking available.
There will also be many special guests, including members of the Olympic Council of Ireland who will be in town making advance preparation for the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the Irish Pavilion to be hosted by Doolin’s Irish Pub in downtown Vancouver.
Also among the special guests will be: John Keane – the new Irish Honorary Consul of Ireland for Seattle and Washington State; Cameron Milliken – the Honorary Consul General of the Government of Ireland to Alberta based in Calgary; Doodie Cahill – the Honourary Consul of Ireland for Alberta based in Edmonton; John Dooley – the Irish-born Mayor of Nelson, B.C.; Gerry Furney the Irish-born Mayor of Port McNeill, B.C.
Most of all…you will have a chance to personally welcome Ambassador Kelly to the Lower Mainland.
Tickets are $50 each. To order, call Catholine Butler at The Celtic Connection at (604) 434-3747.
Tickets can also be obtained from Deirdre O’Ruairc of the Irish Women’s Network at (604) 538-6765, e-mail:; Conor Walshe of the Irish Sporting and Social Club at (604) 505-5983, e-mail:; Marie Morris of the Celtic Society of Canada at (604) 929-1042.

All-Ireland Football Final

Mahony & Sons, UBC will show live coverage of the All Ireland Football final between Cork & Kerry at 7.30am on Sunday September 20th 2009.
Cover charge is $20 and the noon replay has a cover charge of $10.

It is advisable to arrive early if you wish to get a good seat.
Free parking is available to customers at the rear of the bar.