Bringing Canada and Ireland closer through scholarly exchange
Inaugural Board meeting, 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
THE IRISH CANADIAN IMMIGRATION CENTRE.
In the latter part of the nineteenth century there was renewed interest in the Irish language. Many writers and scholars felt that the Irish language was very important for maintaining an Irish identity.
The Gaelic League was founded in 1893 with the aim of restoring the Irish language. O'Growney was one of the founders, along with Douglas Hyde and others. The League ran Irish language classes all around the country. They also taught native speakers in Gaeltacht areas how to read and write in their own language.
His Excellency Loyola Hearn, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland and Tara , Oonagh & Anhony O’Gara organisers of the 2011 Rose of Tralee Festival.
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
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.
The Irish Canadian Immigration Centre is a not-for-profit organization. There are no fees for services.
I/CAN gives information on work permits and permanent residency, essential guides and up-to-date news, helpful settlement links. They also provide seminars facilitated by volunteer specialists, essential guides and up-to-date news, helpful settlement links and direction to services in your community if you’re in a crisis.
If you’re job hunting check I/Can’s community job website www.irishjobs.ca and check into their employment seminars with tips on resumes, applications, and networking. They also post helpful leads on their news and Facebook pages.
Following is some of the backstory to this welcoming organization:
On December 21st, 2011, Cathy Murphy answered her phone. It was 11.30 pm. Eamonn O’Loghlin was calling to ask her to be the first executive director of the newly established Irish Canadian Immigration Centre, in Toronto. Murphy said, “It was a Christmas present I will never forget. We opened just two weeks later, with a formal opening following on St Patrick’s Day in 2012.”
"All the young Irish are coming because they need jobs, so it's our job to make sure that they know which sectors are hot, where and which provinces they ought to be looking, according to their skills transferability," Murphy said. More than 10,000 Irish people (mainly ages 18–35) were looking to bring their skills to Canada. The Irish government was helping with the finances and, said Murphy, the Irish were bringing skills in trades, banking and information technology that Canada needed.
Executive Director, Cathy Murphy recalled a young Dubliner: “Dean landed at Toronto’s Pearson airport the spring of 2012 … not looking to be awestruck … not a tourist heading for the sites of Niagara … a worker and he needed a job. He came alone, knew no one, and at 18, was the youngest client to pass through our doors since the centre first opened in 2011. A carpenter, he has not been out of work since the day he arrived. It was Dean’s intention to settle in Canada as a permanent resident … Since 2009, the number of Irish becoming permanent residents has more than quintupled.” She also recalled, “A Corkonian, Stephen … surprised us with the gift of reciprocity. After accessing the centre’s resources, Stephen employed his DJ skills to host a fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting the centre. Volunteers such as this make our work possible.”
Eamonn O'Loghlin was the interim
president of the newly formed
Irish Canadian Immigration Centre.
He helped hundreds of young people land their first jobs in Canada.
Born in Ennistymon in 1951, Eamon
attended St. Flannan's College in Enis and graduated from University College Cork with a commerce degree in 1975. He left Ireland for Canada the same year and worked in marketing for Hallmark Cards for 18 years before starting up his own marketing and communications consulting business – O'Loghlin Communications.
He also hosted a weekly Irish radio show, Ceol agus Craic, and published a national magazine, Irish Connections Canada – formerly the Toronto Irish News. A long-time supporter of the Ireland Fund of Canada, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and the GAA, Mr O'Loghlin was director of strategic partnerships and corporate sponsorship at the Canadian national exhibition. He was Director of Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Sponsorship at the Canadian National Exhibition for over a decade. He was Executive Director of the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce, and was interim President of the newly formed Irish Canadian Immigration Centre. He was also a long time supporter of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Ireland Fund of Canada, and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. In 2009, he was honoured as 'Irish Person of the Year' by Toronto's Irish community for his contribution to helping Irish people. He was Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2012.
He hosted President Bill Clinton, President Mary McAleese and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore in Toronto. Ahead of his time, Eamonn took a gathering home to Ennistymon every year.
Eamonn was the beloved husband of Madeleine, from Cork, for 37 years and father of Treasa and Rory, passed away on Friday, January 4th, 2013, at the age of 61, Eamonn remains in many grateful hearts.
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
It is the mission of ICUF to support & develop the relationship between Canada & 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.
The Rose of Tralee International Festival si one of the largest and longest running festivals in Ireland, celebrating 58 years in 2017. The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry, Ireland for a global celebration of Irish culture. The festival includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, circus theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and Rose Parades. 161
Sharing the Vision .
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.
Born in Surrey, British Columbia where she has lived her entire life with Irish roots going back to her Papa Keigher, who was born in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon. Her maternal grandparents (Burkes and Kelly) are from Dublin and Kildare. Her mom, uncles and grandparents emigrated to Vancouver in 1965. At the age of eight, following in her parents and Nana’s footsteps, she began Irish dancing with the Steel School of Irish Dance, and continued on for another 15 years.
Tara graduated in 2010 from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and began work at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Tara says that being part of the Rose of
Tralee International Festival was one of
the greatest experiences of her life and
she will never forget the bonds she made
with others of Irish backgrounds
Tara was a participant in the 2013 Miss BC pageant.and she is active in fund raising for the Cops for Cancer .
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.
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
The Brockville Irish Cultural Society was established on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th 1996. With the goal of promoting Irish music, song, dance and culture in Brockville and area Following are some of the society’s achievement --- Monthly evenings at St. Lawrence College Student Pub with performance and enjoyment of traditional Irish music, dance, song, and poetry.--- Irish Dance classes for adults, --- . Participation in community events – the Multicultural Festival, Celtic Festival, Museum events and New Year’s Eve Concerts --- . Workshops in Irish Dance and Fiddle by professional teachers - Slow Jam Sessions for beginner musicians --- Concerts and Workshops over the years by well renowned traditional Irish Musicians and Dancers such as The Angel Band (New Hampshire), Tommy Peoples (Ireland), Sean Tyrell (Ireland), Maeve Donnelly (Ireland), The Searsons (Ontario), Ena O’Brien Céilí Band (Toronto), Ryan McCaffrey (Calgary) now a world famous lead dancer of Riverdance; Sláinte Mhaith (Cape Breton Celtic band), Díorma (young musicians from Ireland), Reid Taheny Irish Band Toronto. Joining the Irish Cultural Society, it’s as easy as filling out the application form but join or not, you are welcome to join the activities which include music, dance, storytelling, singing, drama, language, history.
Tara Maria Keigher
chosen in 2011 chosen to represent Edmonton &
Western Canada in the Festival , Tara was the first Western Canadian to make it on to the finals.