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When the translation is provided submissions to the blog will be published in both English and Irish. Please send submissions to the webmaster address shown at the very top of the blog. Please visit us often. This blog is the companion of the Ottawa Comhaltas website:

Beidh poist a fhoilsiú i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge nuair is féidir. Tabhair cuairt orainn go minic. Is é seo an blag an compánach an láithreán gréasáin Comhaltas Ottawa:

Monday 29 July 2013

CCÉ Canada East Region Music Hall of Fame

1996:  Leo Brown*
          Chris Langan*^

1997:  Sean Gorman*

1998:  Merv Kelly*
          Kevin Finnegan

2000:  Donald Kavanagh
          Ena O’Brien
          Elizabeth MacDonald

2001:  Tom McSwiggan
          Patrick Conroy

2002:  Maureen Mulvey-O’Leary
          Joe Mell
          Mary Carr

2003:  Rosario Ruane
          Patrick McGuire

2005:  Jack Hickman
          Dennis Alexander
          Frank Cassidy

2006:  Bridgit Ripley
          Karen Light
          Matilda Murdoch

2007:  Micéal Mac Searraig
          Raymond Caldwell

2008:  Anne McConnell-Strong

2009:  Stan O’Donohue
          Maureen Maher
          Stuart Hook

* Deceased
^ Honoured posthumously 

Sunday 14 July 2013

Isle of Irish despair

Not long ago I came across an old article titled “Isle of Irish despair,” by S. Kingsmill, and V. Wilkinson. Canadian Geographic, January/February 1992, 112(1):78-83.

I was surprised to learn that one of the islands we saw from Île d’Orleans last summer, had such a tragic history, for being Canada’s first quarantine station for Irish immigrants. The article recalls the “Summer of Sorrow,” when nearly 100,000 Irish immigrants arrived in Grosse Île, situated 50 kilometers downriver from Quebec City. It tells of the Irish immigration to North America in the 19th century, of people fleeing famine in Ireland and bringing sickness with them, those that survived the ocean crossing faced the quarantine on the island. It is estimated that 5,400 people died at Grosse Île during the summer of 1847.

If you are interested in learning more, check Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada:

You can also see Newspapers reports from 1847 where are listed all the ships that docked at Grosse Île: 

Sunday 7 July 2013

2013 Ottawa Gaels Annual Golf Fundraiser Tournament

When: Saturday, July 13, 2013
          12:30 pm. Shotgun Start
          06:30 pm. Dinner

Where: Irish Hills Golf & Country Club, 3248 Carp Road, Carp, ON K0A 1L0

Cost: $110.00 per golfer (includes   
         $34.00 Dinner only

For more information, Contact Clara (after 6 pm) at 613-850-9074 or at

Who are the Ottawa Gaels? The Ottawa Gaels Gaelic football Club was established in 1975, they are a Gaelic Athletic Association club in Ottawa dedicated to the promotion and development of Gaelic football in Ottawa

The Ottawa Gaels are affiliated with the Toronto GAA, where they play in both men's and ladies senior competition. The league is made up of 8 teams from Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, and the season runs from May to September.

Come and join us for a good craic! 

Tuesday 2 July 2013

Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada: Tamworth and Dún Laoghaire (Ontario) 2013

In case that you missed it, the last weekend of June (28-30 June) was the 2013 Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada as part of the Gaeltacht Thuaisceart An Oileáin Úir that was held both in Tamworth and at the Days Inn and Conference Centre in Kingston (Dún Laoghaire), Ontario. For detailed information check: 

Tamworth. Photo courtesy C. Hamm

During the three-day event, the most exciting is the one held on the Saturday, at the Tamworth site. There is where all the competitions are held; competitions are grouped as follows: 

Speaking: Oration, Story Telling, Poetry Recitation, Pair Dialogue 

Writing: Poetry, Prose, Learning Books and Aids 

Singing: Sean Nós Singing, Singing in Irish (not Sean Nós), Individual, Choir, Lúibíní 

Music: Harp, Uilleann Pipes, Céilí Bands 

Dancing: Sean Nós, Set Dancing 

Several CCE Ottawa members actively participated at the Oireachtas, in music, speaking, Sean Nós dancing, Singing, and Set Dancing. At the end of a Saturday where the rain held off for the most part of the day (began to rain as the participants were heading off to the Banquet in Kingston!), the Ottawa group fared quite well. 

Ellen MacIsaac’s Celtic Choir, took the first place (Gold medal) on the Choir competition, the Ottawa Céilí Band took the first price in their category, Ellen MacIsaac took the 2nd place (Silver medal) in the Corn Mhic ConCharraige competition, the Sean Nós competition for those who have already won the open Sean Nós competition. Emilie Funston took 3rd place on Sean Nós dancing, Patrick Scott took the 1st Annual Bob Ely award for Poetry Recitation, and the CCE Ottawa Set Dancers took the first place on Set Dancing.

Ellen Singing and Medals. Photo courtesy of Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada

Pat Scott reciting. Photo courtesy C. Hamm
Pat Scott receiving the Bob Ely Award. Photo courtesy of Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada
Ottawa Céilí Band. Photo courtesy C. Hamm

CCE Ottawa Set Dancers. Photo courtesy C. Hamm
Two of our dancers, Emilie Funston and Melanie Courtemanche with their winning medals! Photo courtesy of Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada

Congratulations to everyone who competed, regardless of the result!
Until next time / Go dtí an chéad uair eile!