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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:

Wednesday 26 November 2014

The Gaelic Life and Work of Patrick Ó Broin - Celtic Chair Lecture Series

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Ottawa

‘The Gaelic Life and Work of Patrick Ó Broin’.
By Kevin Dooley

Padraig O'Broin (J. Patrick Byrne), 1908-1967,  was an internationally known Canadian Poet. He ranks among the great Canadian Poets of his time - Al Purdy, Milton Acorn. He worked as Poetry Editor for the Canadian Authors Association and McClelland Stewart publishers.

Padraig, who came to Canada from Ireland in 1913 with his family was also a Gaelic poet, scholar and translator. He taught himself Irish and founded and edited Celtic/Gaelic Journals in the 1950's.

When: Tuesday, 2nd December 2014

Where: University of Ottawa, 125 University Rd. (corner of Louis Pasteur Rd.), Montpetit Hall (School of Human Kinetics), Rm. 207.

Time: 07:30 PM

Everyone is welcome!

Sunday 23 November 2014

Black Magic and Bogeymen - Book Review

Black Magic and Bogeymen. Fear, Rumour and Popular belief in Northern Ireland 1972-74.
By Richard Jenkins

This book gives insight into a particular grim period during the early 1970s in Northern Ireland using an extremely unusual episode - the black maid rumours - as a privileged window onto a world that may now be behind us, but which continues to fascinate many readers. 

Providing a fascinating insight into some of the problems and procedures if social history, the author also demonstrates that phenomena like black magic rumours cannot be understood without taking a multidisciplinary approach, taking in perspectives and comparative evidence from anthropology, sociology, folklore and media studies.


This book review appeared in Stylus: Trade, Academic, and Professional Books - Fall 2014, book catalogue. For more information about, and to place an order of "Black Magic and Bogeymen," please check Stylus/Cork University Press website.

Monday 17 November 2014

Ballymun Lullaby - Ireland’s film at the EU Film Festival

Ireland’s film in the EU Film Festival Ottawa, Ballymun Lullaby by Director Frank Berry, screens on Friday November 21, 9:15 pm, at the Library and Archives Building Auditorium, 395 Wellington St..

This heart-warming documentary follows the dynamic and funny Ron Cooney who has been working in the Ballymun high-rise housing estate in Dublin for fifteen years, helping his community through music. This music will challenge the negative views many still hold of the area – views that have the potential to hold his students back. The camera follows Ron and composer Daragh O'Toole as they work with their talented students to produce an original, world class collection of music that gives voice to their story, leading to a unique collaboration with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. What Ron and his students have achieved is simply amazing. Ballymun Lullaby is a story that needs to be heard. More information about the film is available here:

The Festival website includes the full schedule of films.

They are also on Facebook at

Box Office Prices:
$ 12.00 (includes HST): Non-member General Admission
$ 8.00 (includes HST): CFI Members, seniors (65+), students
$ 35.00 (includes HST): 5-Film Passport (CFI Members only)

Many thanks to the Irish Film Institute for their support

Saturday 15 November 2014

Ruaidhri O'Donnell, 1938-2014

Ruaidhri O'Donnell, was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1938, he had a twin brother, Colm and was an older brother to Frank.

When they were young, the brothers were sent to Donegal each summer where they became fluent Irish speakers and developed a great love of the language and culture of Ireland. Ruaidhri, with good University degrees behind him had a vast and varied career both in Ireland and Canada. He emigrated to Canada in 1969 where he eventually worked for the Canadian Revenue Agency.

He met and married Mary (nee Horne), they had a son Eamon.

Now, Ruaidhri possessed a wicked and clever wit which we enjoyed greatly. As a lifelong member of CCÉ Ireland he and Mary were intimately connected to CCÉ  Ottawa for over 20 years, serving on the Ottawa Branch executive for many years. One of his many (and an important) contribution was the arrangement of tables and chairs before, and putting them away after, for the ceilis. Which was very big undertaking in the days where CCÉ  Ottawa was at St Patrick's hall for years and years,  he continued with this activity when we moved to Blessed Sacrement Church Hall. However, later on his back began to give him trouble, and he could not do it anymore. He and Mary came to the ceillis and sat with friends near the back of hall enjoying the music.

Ruaidhri enjoyed the friendships with CCÉ members, but of late his illness kept them away. He will be sorely missed. 

Ruaidhri died on 30th October,  All Souls Day, he would have enjoyed the irony.

By Toni Forsythe

An obituary appeared in the Ottawa Citizen.
Many thanks to M. Maher and P. Cassidy for their candid shots of Ruaidhri. 

Friday 7 November 2014

Lá Gaeilge - 15 November 2014

Lá Gaeilge Irish Language Day

Caint is Comhrá, under the auspices of the Ottawa Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann invites you to an Irish Language Immersion Day.

When: 15 November || 15 Samhain

Where: Blessed Sacrament Church Hall, 194 Fourth Avenue/ Percy St.

Cost (lunch included) || Costas (lón san áireamh): $25

An Irish-immersion experience close to home. All welcome. Lá lán-Ghaeilge i ngar dúinn. Tá fáilte roimh gach fomhlaimeoir.

Registration || Clarú 


Classes || Ranganna 

9:00am – 4:00pm 

Lunch || Lón 

12:00pm – 1:00pm 

Further information || Tuilleadh eolais Toni Forsythe

Note: the November ceili will be held on the same day, at the same location, beginning at 08:00 PM.

We hope to see you there for a good craic!

Saturday 1 November 2014


Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Ottawa


Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

'Language of discontent in Penal Times' : Ireland in the 18th century.


Ireland-Canada University Foundation (ICFU) Scholar 2014-2015

When: Thursday, 6 November
Where: University of Ottawa, 57 Louis-Pasteur Rd. (corner of Thomas Moore Rd.),  Fauteux Hall  (Law Building), Rm. 147A
Time: 7:30pm.

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

We hope to see you there!

Until next time / Go dtí an chéad uair eile!