Vancouver Ladies Harps Information and 2009 Recap

The Vancouver ladies Gaelic football team is a group of approximately 45 ladies in the Vancouver and Greater Vancouver area.  Our team has grown quite substantially over the last two years, evident by the fact we were able to enter two teams into the tournament portion of the Vancouver Tournament/WCD Championship weekend in 2009.  Our ladies club consists of ladies from all over the world, including Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Scotland and ladies of all ages.  The last year has seen a few great players arrive and leave, but we have a strong base of returning players which has expanded greatly during 2009 and hopefully will continue through 2010.  2009 also marks the arrival of Ronan Matthews joining the team as coach, who effectively coached us to another successful year.

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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

Hurling helmets


From January 1st 2010 the wearing of helmets with faceguards will be compulsory for all matches. For more information please see link below:

If you are planning to play hurling in vancouver in 2010 and are travelling from Ireland, the club would appreciate if people would bring their own helmets. Hockey helmets are readily available in sports stores , but these have been found to be quite uncomfortable and heavy in the hot summers.


The Hurling Committee

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

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