Tournament a Great Success

This year’s Vancouver Tournament was a full weekend of sports and entertainment with both a Ladies and Gents football Championship and a Hurling Championship.

There were travelling teams from Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Seattle.

Gaelic Football Tournament winners Vancouver Celts Ladies beat the Vancouver Harps 4-6 to 4-4 in their see-saw final. The team was presented with the Kevin McFadden Memorial Trophy.

The Vancouver Celts Men beat the Edmonton Wolfe Tones 0-11 to 0-9 in extra time after a 0-7 to 0-7 draw had been first played. The Celts were presented with the JJ Hyland Memorial Trophy.

The Vancouver Hurling team nipped the NACB Seattle Gaels by a point. The hurlers were presented the West Limerick Holdings Ltd. Challenge Plaque.

See here for photos.

Weekly Update June 8th

Training is scheduled as follows for the week –

– Tonight out in Queens Park, New Westminister. Training starts at 7pm sharp so please don’t be late. If running late or unable to attend please let your player rep or coach know.
– Thursdays training will be at McSpadden park off commercial st. Training starts at 7pm.
– Tomorrow night both teams will train at McSpadden Park at 7pm.
– Thursdays training location is yet to be decided but currently the default location is Brewers Park.

– After a very successful weekend, hurling training is back on this Sunday at 11.30 at Strathcona Park.

Zinedine Zidane and Friends
Zinedine Zidane and Friends play a Canadian all starts team in Vancouver on July 4, 2009 at BC Place. Tickets are available on ticketmaster. The organizers of this soccer match have set up a promotional code for the ISSC.
On the Search For Tickets page, use the promotions and special offers section for selecting your tickets. The code you need is Gaelic. For every ticket purchased using this code, the ISSC gets a percentage of the sales price.

Congrats to all who played over the weekend in Seattle. It was a great weekend and very successful for Vancouver. Special thanks to Mel and Ronan for all their work in getting the ladies to Seattle and playing as well as they did. Also huge thanks to “the Hurling Management”, Seanie and Denis, for putting together two strong hurling teams this weekend in Seattle. The standard of hurling played on Saturday was impressive and hopefully can be carried through for the summer.

Just a reminder for those who haven’t paid membership yet to please do soon as we need this to keep the club running over the summer with expenses such as the Vancouver Tournament etc.. coming up soon. Also if down town for a drink, please head into our generous sponsors the Black Frog at the end of Cambie St in Gastown and say hello. For those cider drinkers among us they have pint bottles of uk bulmers in stock for those sunny days.

ISSC Update June 1

Just a quick update on training plans for this week –
Ladies –
Tonight, Monday’s training is on at 7pm at Queens Park New West.
Thursday night will be on at McSpadden park off Commercial St starting at 7pm. This is close to the Commercial/Broadway skytrain station –
Mcspadden Park
Tuesday night training starts at 7pm at Strathcona park. This is for both Celts and Harps.
Thursday night training will be on at 7pm at Trout Lake. The Harps will be playing the Sons of Erin and the Celts will be training nearby.
Strathcona Park
In advance of your trip to Seattle this weekend, hurling will be on Wednesday this week at Strathcona park. This will start at 7pm.
Please contact your player rep or coach if you will be late or absent so the Coaches can plan drills according to numbers in advance.
Best of Luck to all teams travelling this weekend.


Training for both ladies and gents is on tomorrow evening at 7pm at Trout lake. The Celts will be playing a game against the Sons of Erin on the main pitch, while the Harps will in the park training nearby. The ladies will be training on a baseball diamond on the south end of the park. Ladies will meet at the regular spot at 6.45 and then walk to designated area. Following this, we will be going back to our Sponsors, the Black Frog in Gastown for a few sociable beverages.

The Black Frog Pub –In the heart of Gastown, 108 Cambie St., Vancouver.

This weekend, hurling training will be on Sunday at Strathcona park at 11.30am. This will be one of the last trainings before the trip to Seattle for games on the 6th May so all interested in travelling to Seattle please make an effort to come.
The Harps will be playing the Cougars in Aussie rules in Langley this Saturday. This should be a tight game and the Harps need as many players as possible to help them out. Email for more details and of your availability.
Lastly, we need 2 or more volunteers to help with the Eurofest this weekend. This will be a great way for the ISSC to promote Gaelic football and Hurling by having a presence there and introducing more people to the sport. We need someone to assist with parking from 12 – 2 and from 2 – 4. Free tickets to the event will also be provided. This is taking place at Burnaby Lake sports complex. More information about the festival can be found here -

As the club is expanding so quickly this season, we need assistance from all members to spread the workload and helping out with different ISSC activities. Each of you will be required to provide some time to do voluntary work to help the club function and expand throughout the season so volunteering two hours this week, we will be well appreciated by the club.

Aussie Rules this Weekend

This weeks games see the Harps play against the Cougars out in Langley at
2.45. Click here for a map of the location. This should be a good game,
as many of the cougars have played with the Harps this year and as have
many of the Harps have played with the Cougars, so there should be no
shortage of friendly rivreally and banter.

The first game is the Burnaby Eagles against the North Delta Bayhawks at
1pm, anyone who wish can head out early and give Delta a hand for numbers.
In the break between the two game there will be a competition for the
Longest Kick and 100 Meter sprint.

After the game everyone is invited back to the Eagles sponsor bar, Nathans
Grill for a bite to eat and some presentations

Unfortunately there is no bus out to the game. So anyone that is driving
out and has space, could you please email Cathal and let him know. Anyone
who needs a lift, email Cathal for info.

There will be Australian Rules Football training on Wednesday nights out
at the bus loop at UBC for anyone not attending
hurling training.

Cathal will also start collect membership from players. Membership is $45. This
money helps run the league and cover the cost of the team. With the
membership you get 15% off of food and game day pint specials at Sammy J
Peppers on Granville Island.

Also we need to start getting confirmation of numbers for people, who are
not heading on the hurling trip to Seattle and are interested in going to
the tournament in Kelowna on June 6th. It is a tournament in which the
Vancouver and Alberta teams participate in a round robin style tournament.
It is a good road trip and Kelowna is a good party town. For anyone who is
interested try the Samesun Hostel, which is cheap and in the middle of
town.(  Make sure and go to Cheetahs while
you are there.

San Francisco Smithwicks Sevens

Vancouver men edged out in Semi Final thriller
ISSC Vancouver were the recent honorary guests at a 7-a-side tournament hosted by San Francisco GAA in the newly opened Treasure Island complex.  This facility boasts 3 full size pitches with stunning views of downtown San Francisco and was a recent host for the All-star tour.
Read more…

Football Training:

Football Training:
Men’s football training this week will take place at John Henry Park (Trout Lake) on Thursday at 7pm
It is important that we get a good attendance this week as we have some new players and we need to see how they gel with the existing players and allocate them to either the Celts or the Harps.
If you not already done so, please complete and bring along the attached registration form with the $100 fee to training on Thursday.
If you you registered and paid for the sevens tournament, please bring along the additional $55.
The Vancouver Tournament will take place on June 27th & 28th
The Edmonton Tournament will take place on July 25th & 26th

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