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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:

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Caint is Comhrá invites you! || Caint is Comhrá cuireadh duit!

Irish Language weekend

When: September 27 to 29, 2013

Where: Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North. Arnprior, ON, K7S 2P8 ‎
Google maps:

Sponsored by the Ottawa Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and Glór na nGael

For information and registration contact Tony Forsythe

Deireadh Seachtaine Lán Gaeilge

Nuair: 27, 28, 29 Meán Fómhair 2013

Nuair a: Galilee Centre, 398 John Street North. Arnprior, ON, K7S 2P8 ‎
Google léarscáileanna:

Faoi choimirce Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éirinn Ottawa agus Glór na nGael

Le haghaidh eolas agus clárú Tony Forsythe613-233-9927

Come and join us. We will love to see you there! 

Friday 13 September 2013

First céilí of the '2013-2014 céilí season'!

It is that time of the year again when we get together to enjoy the first céilí of the season. 

Our first 2013-2014 season céilí is on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:00pm. We are at our regular location: Blessed Sacament Parish- Ottawa, 194 Fourth Ave, Ottawa, Ontario.

You do not need to know how to dance nor need to have a dancing partner. Everyone is welcome!

Members – $10
Non-Members – $15
Students – $5
Children under 12 years of age – free

Entertainment, raffles, door prizes, and free snacks at the break!

Our céilís are the third Saturday of every month, 8:00-11:30 pm. Monthly céilí dates for the 2013-2014 season:
  • September 21, 2013 
  • October 26, 2013 
  • November 16, 2013 
  • December 21, 2013 
  • January 18, 2014 
  • February 15, 2014 
  • March 15 (St Patrick’s Day céilí) 
  • April 12, 2014 
  • May 17, 2014 

Come and join us. We will love to see you there! 

Sunday 8 September 2013

Gaeltacht Gathering Tour, 2013

Chance of a Lifetime. A community visit to Ireland's Gaeltacht areas.

Dates: 20 October – 2 November 2013
Cost: $1,700 (U.S. or Canadian)

What is special about this trip? In every location that we visit there will be a Gaeltacht community waiting to welcome us. As part of "The Gathering Ireland 2013", and "The Year of the Irish Language", they will be as excited to meet us as we are to meet them. It is expected that this will forge lasting friendships between individuals, and lasting connections between Irish speaking organizations in North America and Ireland. Since local events will be hosted by the various Gaeltacht communities, we are able to keep our costs to a bare minimum. 

Faill an tSaoil. Cuairt chomhphobail go ceantair na Gaeltachta in Éirinn.

Dátaí: 20 Deireadh Fómhair – 2 Samhain 2013
Costas: $1,700 (S.A.M. nó Ceanadach)

Cad atá sainiúil faoin turas seo? Beidh pobail na Gaeltachta áitiúla ag cur fáilte ó chroí romhainn in achan áit a gcuirimid cuairt orthu. Mar chuid do Thóstal Éireann 2013, agus Bliain na Gaeilge, beidh siad chomh tógtha faoi chuairt a dhéanamh linn agus a bheidh muid faoi chuairt leo. Beimid ag súil go mbunófar ceangal agus cairdeas idir daoine aonaracha sa dá dhream, agus idir eagraíochtaí Gaeilge i Meiriceá Thuaidh agus in Éirinn. Cuirfidh na pobail Ghaeltachta áitiúla aíocht ar ghníomhaíochtaí an turais, agus mar sin beidh muid in ann ár gcostas a choinneáil ar an íosmhéid lom.

Tuesday 3 September 2013

2009 CCÉ Canada East Region Music Hall of Fame - Stuart Hook

This post is linked to the CCÉ Canada East Region Music Hall of Fame post; slowly we will feature all the people that have inducted to the CCÉ Music Hall of Fame.

Stuart Hook

For more than 15 years, Stuart has been tireless in his efforts to support Irish Culture in St. John. He carried the Branch through tough times when membership was almost nonexistent. Stuart's loyalty and dedication to promoting Irish culture, music, song, dance and storytelling has provided a solid foundation for his branch to grow. Today the branch enjoys a record number of members.

Though Stuart was born in Peterborough, England, his wife Helena, who hails from Athlone, Co. Westmeath, jokes that he is more Irish than she is. It was through the nurturing atmosphere of Comhaltas that Stuart found the confidence to learn to play musical instruments and to sing. He did neither until he was in this fifties! Stuart's skill on the tin whistle and bodhran blossomed under the Comhaltas umbrella.

Stuart is always eager to share his knowledge and talents with others and strives to make traditional Irish music accessible to all ages and skill levels. He has developed musical associations throughout New Brunswick and beyond. This has been a great benefit to Comhaltas and has enriched many people's Irish experience.

Over the years, Stuart has held several positions within the St. John Branch Executive including: Auditor, Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations Officer. He encourages other members in their efforts to participate and grow within the organization. Stuart's approachable manner and nurturing personality have made him an excellent ambassador for Comhaltas and the Irish culture in general.

For these and innumerable other reasons, it is with pride that we include Stuart Hook into the Comhaltas Music hall of Fame.

Text taken from the CCÉ Canada East Region Music Hall of Fame program for Saturday October 31, 2009. Toronto, Ontario
Until next time / Go dtí an chéad uair eile!