Congratulations to all the members that collaborated to make the St. Patrick’s Day March Dinner and Céilí a success. The meal was, according to reports, delicious. The whole evening went off very well. The Blakeys ended up enjoying being on the dance floor, close to the dancers. It was a long day for everyone. Thank you to all who came out to help with the set up and those were able to stay for the ‘take down.’ Bravo everyone!!!
The Chair represented CCÉ Ottawa at the induction of Eithne Dunbar into the Brockville Performing Arts Hall of Fame, on Thursday, March 26th . As many of you know, Eithne has been an energetic promoter of Irish music, language and culture in the region, initiating the Irish Cultural Society in 1996. That organization hosts ceilis, concerts and other cultural events. She has come to teach Irish for us during our Lá Gaeilge events run with Caint ‘is Comhrá. Eithne has made 2 CDs of songs in the Irish language, the only singer outside of Ireland to have done so. Profits from Eithne's CD's go to the Canadian Gaeltacht, devoted to the teaching and preservation of the Irish language and culture outside of Ireland. Eithne was featured recently at one of our ceilis, where she sang and sold some of her CDs.
The Chair also taught Irish classes at the Irish language weekend in Kingston, April 10-12. I also helped call the Saturday evening ceili by calling all the ceili dances. Stephen called the 2 sets dances. I also taught with Julie a sean nós workshop on the Sunday.
We prepared a page of memories for the family of Dorine Best. She had been involved for years in the running of the Irish language weekends in Arnprior, most recently as a member of Caint ‘is Comhrá. She also attended out Irish language classes and ceilis at Blessed Sacrament. Dorine died of cancer. A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, April 11, the same day that many of us were at the Irish language weekend in Kingston.