Founder Joseph P. Ryan – December 19, 2009 11:00 a.m. Mass and Wreath Laying Ceremony in Cranbrook, BC.

To celebrate the establishment of the Association in Thurles, Co. Tipperary on 1st of November 1884, as one of the last events in celebrating 125 years of the GAA, Chairman Brian Farmer and the Canadian County Board is inviting members and friends of our Association to gather and remember GAA Founder Joseph P. Ryan on Saturday December 19, 2009 at a 11:00 a.m. mass in St. Mary’s Church in Cranbrook, British Columbia with a wreath laying ceremony to follow at Ryan’s grave.

The mass celebrant will be Father Harry Clarke (Mayo) who will be traveling in from Castlegar, BC.

GAA members who are able to arrive on Friday anytime after 3 p.m. on December 18, 2009 will be provided complimentary accommodation at the Sandman Hotel and a complimentary lunch to follow the remembrance ceremonies on the Saturday.

Please contact me with any questions you may have at 604 929 1466 or by e-mail at All out efforts to have Western Canadian Clubs well-represented at this historic event will be greatly appreciated at such short notice.

John O’Flynn
Rúnaí – Canadian County Board