Bringing Canada and Ireland closer through scholarly exchange
The inclusion of both the Western Canada
I Irish Dance Teachers Association
and the Irish Dance Teachers Association
of Eastern Canada
recognizes the continuous dedication of Irish Dance Teachers and Dancing Schools in providing excellence in Irish Dancing to Canadian children in decades past and in the future throughout Canada from coast to coast.
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Inaugural Board meeting at Beachy Cove, Newfoundland 1993, L - R : Prof. Noel Walsh (Psychiatry UCD), Dr Patrick Hillery (former President of Ireland), Dr Craig Dobbin O.C. (Chairman & CEO Cdn Helicopter Corporation), Inset: Mrs Elaine Dobbin; Prof. Ken Ozmon (Pres. St Marys U, Halifax Nova Scotia), Antoin Mac Unfraidh (Irish Ambassador to Canada), Michael Wadsworth (Cdn Ambassador to Ireland), Prof. John Kelly (Registrar UCD}. 200
Each November, the Association runs a regional championship called The Oireachtas (a Gaelic word pronounced Oh-rock-tiss) where the best dancers from across the region compete for titles and qualifying places to attend both the North American and World Irish Dance Championships the following year.Please reach out to the Regional Director in your region to inquire about dance lessons in your area and/or to support our endeavors (such as The Oireachtas) through sponsorship. OIREACHTAS It is with great pleasure that the Western Canada Region extends this invitation to all
registered ADCRG’s in North America, Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland to adjudicate the 2017 Western Canada Regional Oireachtas will be held in Victoria, BC, November 10-12, 2017 244
The Wild Geese.Irish social network is a leading Internet destination for those looking to explore and celebrate Irish history and heritage, in William Butler Yeats words: 'wherever green is worn.'
Exchanges between Ireland and Canada are rooted in a long tradition of inter-linkage between the two countries and ongoing experiences of both a shared and comparable nature. At the time of Canadian Confederation in 1867, and still, the Irish ethnic group is second only to the French Canadians in numerical strenth. Close and enduring links have been founded upon that basis.
Historically, many political and social events and personalities have contributed to the trans- Atlantic bonds. The Ontario school system, for example, was developed upon the model of the Irish National School system and it is well remembered that it was in Ottawa in 1948 that the then Taoiseach (Prime Minister) John A. Costello, announced the intention to declare the Irish State a Republic. Later that same year the Republic of Ireland Act was passed by the Oireachtas (Legislature).
Relations between Ireland and Canada are underpinned by a shared commitment to democracy and human rights and the continuing flow of substantial trade and investment. The question of language rights, acknowledgment of respective identities and the requirements of differing traditions are common to both our countries. Such issues – and possible responses to them – can be elucidated, explored and enhanced by comparative studies.
The Canadian County Board, established 1987, is a democratic organization of
(a) Clubs (b) Divisional Boards (c) Eastern Minor Board (d) County Committee Toronto Divisional Board: Toronto, Brampton, Durham, Ottawa and Montreal.
Western Canada Divisional Board: Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
The Wild Geese was established in the fall of 1997 as an online magazine to share “The Epic History and Heritage of the Irish” with the tens of millions of individuals of Irish ancestry found world wide. Hundreds of individuals from around the Irish Diaspora, of varied viewpoints & religions, have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the reach & depth of its content. Our community launched in March 2013, draws nearly 30,000 visitors and generates more than 60,000 page-views per months is growing steadily.
Mission: Every day, with our team of members, readers and Irish Heritage Partners The Wild Geese explores, promotes, preserves, and celebrates the epic heritage of the Irish around the world — through compelling content, evolving technologies, a dynamic community, and collaborative marketing connections.
Vision: The Wild Geese inspires generations, new and old, to understand the outsized role of the Irish and Irish emigrants in the world’s evolution, while rejoicing in a common humanity. We cherish our mission — holding it sacred in a world of shifting values, rising cynicism, materialism, blurred geo-political identities, and rapid-fire technological change. 237
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We Saw A Vision
In the desert of discouragement we saw a vision.
We planted the tree of valour and it blossomed.
In the winter of bondage we saw a vision.
We melted the snow of lethargy and the river of resurrection flowed from it.
We sent our vision aswim like a swan on the river. The vision became a reality.
Winter became summer. Bondage became freedom and this we left to you as your inheritance.
O generations of freedom remember us, the generations of the vision.
Liam Mac Uistin
It is the mission of ICUF to support and develop the relationship between Canada and Ireland, through the organization and facilitation of scholarly exchange between both countries. Scholarships are awarded to candidates of the highest calibre, whose work relates to both Irish and Canadian interests, and provides the potential to develop ongoing international links in that area.
This mission is realized through the operation of three distinct scholarship programs, each of which supports scholarly travel from Ireland to Canada, and from Canada to Ireland:
The James M Flaherty Scholarship Programmeinitiated in 2016, supports both emerging and established scholars, from across all academic disciplines.
The Dobbin Atlantic Scholarship Programmeinitiated in 2016, supports the development of a new generation of academic, artistic, cultural and economic links between Atlantic Canada and Ireland.
Clár Gaeilge / Irish Language Programme supports the growth and development of the Irish language in Canada.
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Canada‘s embrace of Gaelic games has provided wonderful memories for those of the Irish-Canadian community and has created an opportunity for all to discover an exciting facet of Ireland’s culture.
The history of Gaelic games in Canada, before the founding of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ireland in 1884 and in the years since, proves a determination by Irish immigrants who have arrived in numerous provinces of Canada. Through their dedication the flag of Irish sports has flown strong, and will continue to fly in the years to come.
The sporting traditions include the oldest European field game of hurling - a masterful art and the fastest game in the world-in which players use an ash wood stick and a hard ball. Many argue with some conviction, and no small amount of fact to support their case, that Canada’s national sport, ice hockey, has its origins in hurling. The word puck is derived from the Irish word poc, which is the action of striking the ball with a hurley.
In 1845, the civic fathers of Quebec City banned the playing of hurling in their narrow streets, while in St. John’s, Newfoundland, hurling was being played as early as 1788 at the “Barrens” of the city.The ladies’ version of hurling, Camogie, has had its presence on occasion in some Canadian communities. The skilful play of Gaelic Football, which has dominated the sporting scene across the country in many Canadian cities, continues to be the greatest strength in modern times
In 10 cities across Canada are 14 affiliated clubs with the majority having both men’s and ladies’ teams. Clubs with flourishing minor programmes. British Columbia- Vancouver Harps, Alberta-- Calgary Chieftains, Red Deer Eire Ogs, Edmonton- Wolfe Tones, Toronto- St. Mikes, St. Pats (Men’s), St. Vincents (Men's), Toronto Gaels (Men’s), Durham – Robert Emmets, Brampton Roger Casements, Michael Cusacks (Ladies), Ottawa- Gaels, Quebec- Montreal Shamrocks and Les Patriotes de Quebec of Quebec City. Youth Organizations that the County Board work with include Vancouver ISSC, Brampton Rebels, Toronto Chieftains, Ottawa Gaels and Ottawa Eire Og Hurling.
Founders: R- Gerry Regan, L- Joe Gannon
Sharing the Vision .
Fran Reddy, Biz Dev Co-ordinator
Canadian County Board President Mr. Brian Farmer and Secretary of the Canadian County Board Mr. John O’Flynn at the Irish Sporting and Social Club of Vancouver 40th Anniversary GAALA event in Vancouver. B.C. September 2014.