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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:

Sunday 31 January 2016

Irish Trivia Night Fundraiser - Tráth na gCeist

Tráth na gCeist  Fundraiser

When: Thursday 4 February 2016 at 7PM
Where: Patty Boland's Pub in the Byward Market, 101 Clarence St.
Cost: $10 per person, and teams of up to 4 people are allowed (teams are not required)

Join fellow Ireland and Irish enthusiasts this Thursday night for an evening of fun questions and answers on the people, places, music, and history of Ireland. The event is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (English translation is "Gathering of the Musicians of Ireland"). There will be prizes available. A wide variety of topics have been chose, so everybody should have a chance at a few points over the night.

Bring a friend!

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Canada, The Irish Language and the Easter Uprising 1916: A Commemoratory Conference

Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh, who is one of our members, and founding chair of the North American Gaeltacht is working with the Irish Embassy to organize a commemorative conference at the Ambassador’s Residence on 19/20 February about the 1916 Uprising. 

Members are strongly encouraged to attend. During the conference reception on Friday 19 February, at the Ambassador's residence, another of our members, Bríd Guglich, is being honored by investiture as the President of Oireachtas Gaeilge Cheanada. The poster concerning that investiture is also attached. It would be nice if we could have a strong contingent present from the branch present to give Bríd our congratulations.

Canada, The Irish Language and the Easter Uprising 1916: A Commemoratory Conference


LOCATION: Irish Ambassador’s Residence, 291 Park Road, Ottawa

DATES: 19 and 20 February 2016

DETAILS: Click Here
ACCOMMODATION: Best rates at Days Inn Ottawa319 Rideau Street


Dr. Pádraig Ó Siadhail, Head of Irish Studies, St. Mary’s University Halifax

Cllr. Niall Ó Donnghaile, former Mayor of Belfast

Dr. Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh, Royal Military College of Canada

Representative of the Republic of Ireland (TBA)

SEAN NÓS SINGING WORKSHOP: Michael Newell, Boston (Ros Muc, Connemara)

COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE: 3:00 pm, Saturday 20 February (free)


Due to popular demand, the conference lectures on Saturday 20 February will now be run in parallel sessions, one in English, and one in Irish (simultaneous translation):

We hope that you will join us!

Monday 18 January 2016

1916 Centenary Commemorations in Canada's National Capital

A Celebration of the Irish Republic, Irish Language and the Irish Canadian Identity

2016 marks the 100th year since the declaration of an Irish Republic in 1916. The Uprising, of which the Declaration was a part, had enormous implications in Ireland, Canada, and worldwide. In Canada, it made public an Irish Canadian identity which supported political independence for the ancestral homeland; the Self Determination for Ireland League of Canada boasted a membership of 300,000. It also represented the high-water mark for the Orange Order in Canada, which numbered 200,000 at the time.

With respect to local politics, the Uprising and the subsequent achievement of independence raised hopes for increased Canadian autonomy. Canadians were becoming bitterly aware, during the First World War, that Dominion Status in an Empire did not equate to international sovereignty.

The leadership of the 1916 Uprising was largely drawn from the Gaelic League, which saw the Irish (Gaelic) language as Ireland's greatest heritage, and the key to Irish emancipation. For this reason, the lectures will be given in Irish (Gaelic), with simultaneous translation. The lectures will be followed by a commemorative service in Irish (Gaelic) and a singing workshop in the traditional style (Sean Nós) in Irish (Gaelic).

WHAT: 1916 Centenary Commemorative Conference

  • Reception, Friday 19 February, evening (at the Irish Ambassador's Residence, 291 Park Road, Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa)
  • Commemorative Lectures (Saturday, 20 February, 10:00AM to 3:00PM)
  • Commemorative Service (Saturday, 20 February, 3:00AM to 3:30PM)

WHEN: 19 and 20 February 2016

WHERE: Ottawa, Ontario: University of Ottawa

LANGUAGE: Irish, with simultaneous translation

COST: $60, Full Package. Click here for pricing of Individual Activities.

DETAILS: Click here



Later on Saturday 20 February, you can join us (Comhaltas Ottawa) at our monthly ceili starting at 7:00PM in the basement Hall of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 194 Fourth Avenue (with percy St.) in the Glebe in Ottawa. 

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Seán Ó Sé - An Irish Legend

Seán Ó Sé

"Seán Ó Sé: Saol Caite le hAmhráin agus Scéalta / A Life in Song and Story"

A new film by Matthew Allen, aired on Irish television channel TG4 on New Year’s Day 2016. It will be available streaming worldwide for free through the month of January. To access the film, click: TG4-SeanOSe (access only available until 10 February 2016).

Seán Ó Sé’s long and illustrious career has touched all bases in the Irish music business spanning from his work in the 1960s in concert, radio, and recording with Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann across to his many decades of musical performance and story telling in genres as diverse as variety concerts, céilí band, and cabaret. Seán’s musical life is explored within the contexts of his deep attachment to the Irish language, West Cork and Beara, and his passion for his career in teaching and education administration in Cork City. The film features live performances and interviews with longtime associates from the worlds of music and education.

Produced with the support of the UCC School of Music and Theatre, the Cork Film Centre, and Wheaton College, Massachusetts, USA. Contact:

Matthew Allen 

Here is a very good article on the life of Seán Ó Sé:  Seán Ó Sé, the legend - The Irish Times 

Until next time / Go dtí an chéad uair eile!