Catholine Butler  

Writer, Sales and Promotion

Eleanor Reynolds


Victoria Drive Community Branch                     5590 Victoria Dr, Vancouver

Ellie founded Celtic Canada with her vision of creating a one-stop multimedia social platform for The Celtic Community in Canada. She imagined a site where those of Celtic descent and interests could not only share their events and stories, their businesses and dreams but also connect with other Celtic ex-pats across Canada.  It would be a resource to service, engage & communicate with the dynamic Canadian Celtic Community to which she belongs.  And it worked! Celtic Canada is the result!

         The inaugural issue was a tremendous success - showcasing an image of Valentia Island. The image is of great significance for the inaugural launch of Celtic Canada as we connect coast to coast to coast. Valentia Island is one of Ireland’s most westerly points lying off the Iverage Peninsula in the south-west of County Kerry. Valentia was the eastern terminus of the first commercially viable transatlantic telegraph cable in 1865 – from Foilhommerum Bay to Heart’s Content, Newfoundland in 1866. 150 years later here we are connecting and opening a new multi-media platform coast to coast to coast!
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Launched in 1991 by Catholine Butler and                                                                                       Maura De Freitas, The Celtic Connection,                                                                                  Vancouver-based monthly newspaper, now serves over 35,000 Celts across Western Canada and the Northwestern United States.
     The Celtic Connection is Canada’s only newspaper which unifies all the Celtic people under one banner with a focus on music, theatre, movies, interviews, current events and Irish, English, Scottish and Welsh community news.
      The mother-daughter team has worked tirelessly to help forge cultural alliances under the banner of The Celtic Connection newspaper: Maura is responsible for all aspects of editing and production while Catholine writes and handles sales and promotions for the newspaper.
      Catholine (formerly Elaine Gannon/McCay), was born on January 16, 1934, in Martindale, Quebec. Hers is a familiar face to many in the Celtic world and she has received numerous awards recognizing her work and contributions to help promote the highest aspirations of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English culture. She is widely recognized as one of the leading voices and most influential people in Celtic communities across western North America. In her monthly columns she has profiled countless individuals and interviewed a wide range of public figures giving voice to various Celtic communities and organizations.
For over 26 years, Catholine’s tireless work has resulted in an historical archive of the Irish. An online archive digitization project is underway through Simon Fraser University Library.
     Before partnering with her daughter, Catholine was regional and public relations manager for a high-end retail chain with branches in Alberta – which required an annual buying trip to Ireland to attend trade shows.
     Looking back to 1965 – 1970, Catholine was a founding member of Club Tír na nÓg, an Irish social club based in Ottawa, with over 2,500 members. The club presented monthly dances featuring top Irish showbands, produced a newsletter for members and arranged cultural tours of Ireland.
     From 1970 to 1980, as owner of the Irish Entertainment Agency in Ottawa, Catholine managed numerous Irish bands and booked tours across North America. She arranged radio and television promotion across North America, handled all aspects of Immigration Canada work permits for Irish groups to travel to Canada. Many renowned Irish entertainers found their first start in North America through the Irish Entertainment Agency.
     During the same period, she was part-owner of Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub with her first husband Tom McCay (born in Strabane, Co. Tyrone) Molly Maguire’s was the first authentic Irish pub in Ottawa.It featured live traditional Irish music and was wildly successful with a reputation for craic and great entertainment. Politicians and famous names rubbed shoulders with construction workers and the average citizen as everyone soaked up the atmosphere and let down their hair. There were long line-ups every night at the door and many new Irish arrivals in Canada found a warm welcome along with employment at Molly Maguire’s. Later, Catholine was also part-owner of Elaine’s Irish Pub in Ottawa, Ontario.
     From 1981 to 1983, Catholine hosted a radio show also called Celtic Time in Edmonton, Alberta. This show was broadcast on CKER Radio, the Alberta multi-cultural radio station.
     1983 to 1984, she hosted her own television show called Celtic Time in Calgary, Alberta.  She created and hosted a weekly one hour television program on Rogers Cable with this show. She presented an annual St. Patrick’s Day showcase featuring a fashion show and local Irish entertainers and interviewed many local and international Irish personalities.
     Catholine was a founding member of Club Tír na nÓg, an Irish social club based in Ottawa, with over 2,500 members from 1965 to 1970. The club presented monthly dances featuring top Irish show-bands and produced a newsletter for members and arranged cultural tours of Irelan
     During those years, Catholine [known as Elaine McCay] was also the President of the Carlton Showband Fan Club of Ottawa, responsible for publicity and arranging fan club information.
     Catholine’s second husband the late Tom Butler, born in Kilmaine, Co. Mayo, also played a significant role in the development of many Irish groups and organizations in British Columbia in particular, to Ireland's national games of Gaelic football and hurling in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008 his work was recognized and the Gaelic Athletic Association's pre-eminent championship awards in men's Gaelic football in Western Canada was named the Tom Butler award.
     In September 2008, the Vancouver Irish Sporting and Social Club also recognized the work of Catholine Butler, presenting her with the Lifetime Achievement Award of 2008 at their annual banquet. Catholine’s work was also recognized by the Irish Women’s Network of BC when she was presented with the Irish Woman of the Year Award in 2006.
     Catholine has also studied Irish language, folklore, song and dance at the University of Ottawa and attended summer school in Anagray, Co. Donegal, Ireland.  She will always be remembered as the voice at the end of the telephone for countless Irish people seeking support and assistance over the past 20 years. Her presence and willingness to help will be attested by leaders in all the various Irish organizations across western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.             
Despite her advancing age, she has no intention of retiring and remains a vital presence in Irish communities across western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest through her work with The Celtic Connection newspaper.                                                                                 220

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Families and Individualst

* Denotes student at Scoil Ghaeilge Vancouver

Belinda Benedict, Vancouver. B.C. *
Belinda Boyd. Richmond B.C. Canada
Gerry Bradley Port Moody BC Canada *
Natalie Buchanan Surrey B.C. *
Tom Byrne Vancouver BC Canada
Christine Raif Byrne Port Moody B.C. *
James and Joanne Carbin Mission B.C.
Senator Pat Carney, Saturna Island, BC
Yvette Cassidy Vancouver BC Canada *
Lynn Campbell Maple Ridge B.C. *
Bridie Cloherty Vancouver B.C. *
Bob Cunningham Surrey B.C. *
Deirdre Dooley Vancouver B.C. *
Catherine Connor & Christine Flynn Vancouver BC
Al, Maureen and Ryan Gerrard Point Roberts Washington USA
Dr. Bal Gupta Toronto BC Canada  (Air India 182 Victim Families Association)
Sharon Haggerty Bowen Island B.C. *
Ryan Hill Vancouver B.C. *
Glenn Hubick Vancover BC Canada
The family of Barney Holden Vancouver BC Canada
Alexandra Hollingshead Vancouver B.C. *
Brian Kaneen Vancouver BC Canada *
Tom Keenan North Vancouver B.C. *
Wendy Klippenstein New West Minster B.C. *
Carolyn Lair San Francisco USA *
Bob Mackin North Vancouver B.C. *
Perviz Madon North Vancouver BC (Air India 182 Victim Families Association.)
Tony & Gwen McCamley Langley BC Canada
Jim McCann Richmond BC Canada
Mark & Rita McDonnell Surrey BC Canada
George & Teresa McDonnell Richmond BC Canada
Damian McElgunn Vancouver B.C. *
Macklin McFadyen Hill Vancouver B.C. *
Paul McGinley Vancouver BC Canada *
Sandra McKeown Toronto Ontario *
Heather Mulholland New WestMinster B.C. *

Rick Mulholland Surrey B.C. *
Thomasina Murdock Penticton B.C. *
Síle NíCheidigh An Spiddal Contae Gallimh Eire
John & Maura O’Brien Saint Johns Park Waterford Ireland
Rían Ó Maoil Chonaire *
Seán O’Conaill, Glanmire, New Brunswick *
John O’Flynn North Vancouver BC Canada
Tom O’Flynn Vancouver BC Ireland
Marianna O’Gallagher, R.I.P. Quebec City.
Connie Kusler Penticton BC
Kathleen Kennedy Bray County Wicklow
Tony and Betty O'Duffy Brennan Family

Tony O’Kelly Burnaby B.C. *
Ciara O’Kelly Burnaby BC *
Conchúr Ó Raghallaigh Vancouver BC
Scott Oser near Springfield Illisnois USA
Frank Peyton Vancouver B.C. *
Eddie Reynolds County Dublin Ireland
Eugene and Janet Sammon
Tom Scanlon Vancouver BC Canada
Jim Speiran Richmond BC Canada.
Danielle Taylor Vancouver B.C. *
Patrick Taylor Vancouver B.C. *
Jayashri Thampi, Toronto, Ontario  (Air India 182 Victim Families Association)
Theresa Thoreson Vancouver B.C.
Margreth Tolson Vancouver B.C. *
Graham Wilson Maple Ridge B.C.
Vanya Wong Vancouver B.C. *
Cris Wright Vancouver B.C. *
Ed Carberry Vancouver B.C
Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada) Inc.
Livres Carraig Books Quebec QC Canada
Mary Ann Meegan Insurance Agencies Coquitlam BC Canada
Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) Phoenix Park Dublin Ireland
Stewart School of Irish Dance, Vancouver, B.C..
The Family of Judge Dermod Owen Flood Q.C. Victoria, B.C.

Donors ($500.00+ CAD)

Brian & Sheena Quish Port Moody BC Canada                                                                    (Mr. Quish is a descendent of Edmund Foley, one of the Forgotten Ten)
Dr. Garth Vaughan M.D., C.M., F.R.C.S.C. Nova Scotia.
John and Erin Coughlan, Vancouver B.C.
Mayor Gerry Furney, Town of Port McNeill, B.C.
Mr. Hamish Douglas Burgess, Celtic Artist, Maui, USA
Mr. Jim Fitzpatrick, Celtic Artist, Dublin, Ireland.
Mr. David Preston Smith. Nova Scotia.
Pat & Ira Cleary and Family Vancouver BC Canada.
PW Trenchless, Surrey BC
Scoil Gaeilge Vancouver BC Canada
The City of Vancouver
The family of Al McCabe, Port Coquitlam BC
The family of Brendan and May Flynn Bray County Wicklow Ireland
The Irish Association of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
Tourism Ireland Canada.
Town of Port McNeill, B.C.
Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.



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