The Irish Association of Manitoba

654 Erin Street

Winnipeg, Manitoba    R3G 2V9

to September 2018 newsletter

Shannon Dancers impromptu reunion at the Irish Pavilion

Great to see so many familiar faces at the Irish Pavilion this week so far.

Irish Pavilion Folklorama in full swing

Irish Pavilion

Week 2: Sunday, August 11 - Saturday, August 17, 2019

Soul Sanctuary | 2050 Chevrier Blvd

Fort Garry/River Heights

The Irish Pavilion is one of the oldest pavilions (48 years) in Canada's largest and longest-running multicultural festival. We will welcome you with joy, laughter, and plenty of soda bread. Listen to the lively music of the “Celtic Way”, Winnipeg’s own Irish pub band , catch a glimpse of the champion Irish dancers from McDonnell School of Irish Dance and enjoy the world class male dancers from Dublin, Ireland.

Show Time:

SUN 5:15, 6:45, 8:15, 9:45 pm

MON 6:45, 8:15, 9:45 pm

TUE 6:45, 8:15, 9:45 pm

WED 6:45, 8:15, 9:45 pm

THU 6:45, 8:15, 9:45 pm

FRI 6:45, 8:15, 9:45 pm

SAT 5:15, 6:45, 8:15, 9:45 pm

Damien Bessette Scholarships

The Board of Trustees will be accepting applications for 2019-20 scholarships until Sunday October 27, 2019.

To be eligible to receive a scholarship, an applicant must:

• Be a voting member of the Irish Association of Manitoba for a period of at least three consecutive years prior to applying for a scholarship, or the child or grandchild of such a member, and

• Be a registered full time student in a program of at least one year duration at a Canadian college, university or other institution of post-secondary training, and not have previously received a Damian Bessette Scholarship.

Application forms may be obtained by contacting Bridgette Allen Hampton at [email protected]

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December Newsletter

Folklorama August 11 to 17th, 2019

Hi all,

My name is Kieran Savage, this year’s Irish Pavilion – Folklorama 2019 Volunteer Coordinator. It is that time again!! Time to welcome Winnipeg-ers, Manitobans, national and international guests to a “bit of the Irish”!

We need help! We need friendly, fun-loving, “get the job done” attitudes! We need YOU!

This year’s Pavilion runs in the second week of the Folklorama festival, Sunday August 11th – Saturday August 17th , at our wonderfully AIR CONDITIONED facility, Soul Sanctuary – 2050 Chevrier Boulevard. Come be a part of the fun, say hi to old friends, make a few new friends!

Similar to last year, you will be receiving an email shortly from an online tool called “SignUpGenius”. It’s an easy way to select when you are available, and what areas of the Pavilion you would like to help. Please note, at times we will need to move people around to different areas to cover where we are short hands.

Here is a link to follow to SignupGenius

Some events you need to know about, please add to your personal calendar;

• Volunteer Orientation Evening - Thursday July 25th, The Irish Association of Manitoba, 654 Erin Street (Complimentary pub grub and beverage - 6:30pm, Presentation - 7:00pm)

o In keeping with Folklorama’s certification process, all volunteers need to be orientated to some of the mandatory safety information. Please come and get to know your fellow volunteers and enjoy a lovely beverage in the process.

• Stage moving crew – Wednesday July 31st (Time to be determined, beverages provided)

o Will be looking for crew to help unpack the stage from the shipping container behind Soul Sanctuary and move the pieces into the building. The Spirit of Ukraine master carpenters take over from there and put together the colossal jigsaw puzzle of stage.

• Pavilion move-in crew – Saturday August 10th (Time to be determined, beverages provided)

o We’ll meet at the Irish Club to load up the pavilion supplies and equipment in trucks, wait for the Spirit of Ukraine’s pavilion to end and the public to leave, and then begin unloading and setting up, because from this point in time there will be approximately 15 HOURS TILL WE OPEN!! YIKES!!! (haha)

• Pavilion setup crew - Sunday August 11th - 11:00am – 3:30pm

o Setup main hall tables and chairs, dress the tables, help setup food serving station and bar, and clean up

• Pavilion tear down crew – Saturday August 17th (right after the Pavilion closes)

o Tear down and load up, unload back at the Irish Club. All tear-down volunteers will be fed and watered back at the club! (And a wee bit a craic as well!)

• Stage moving crew - Sunday August 18th (Approximately 10:00am – Soul Sanctuary, beverages provided)

o Time move the puzzle pieces of a stage back into the shipping container, back to bed for another year

And lastly, our Thank You to our AMAZING volunteer community . . .

• Volunteer Appreciation Evening – Friday September 6th, 7:00pm, The Irish Association of Manitoba, 654 Erin Street

o Please come out and connect with old and new friends, have dinner a beverages on us!

Important Notes:

• Please wear closed toe shoes for all volunteers activities, whether it’s moving crew or during the week of the pavilion

• Also looking to identify people that would consider carpooling or assisting with rides to/from the pavilion if you are headed that way. Some of our most dedicated volunteers are in need of a lift, and given our awesome community, I’m sure we’ll be able to help everyone out. Wouldn’t you agree? (wink)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me, Kieran Savage at [email protected] or phone or text at 204-793-6076.

You can also reach our Pavilion Co-coordinators Joe Savage at [email protected] or Bonnie Smeaton at [email protected]

Looking forward to working with you all!



WINNIPEG IRISHFEST 2019 Saturday September 21st

We are looking for volunteers interested in sharing their talents with the general public during the daytime Show & Tell Demonstrations, Beginner Workshops, Sessions etc. Possible ideas - Show & Tell of your instrument; An introductory workshop in your instrument; A hands-on instructional workshop of your art or craft; Leading and/or playing in Sessions; Show & Tell Dance; Introductory Singing Workshop; Children's craft; etc....etc....suggestions??? CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

ALSO: Volunteers to help set up, clean-up, direct people or answer questions; sell evening concert tickets etc.

Please read the info below and get back to me ASAP to let me know what you would be interested in volunteering to do.




WINNIPEG IRISHFEST 2019 Saturday September 21st

Crescent Ft Rouge United Church 525 Wardlaw (at Nassau St N)

11am to 4:30pm Free family-friendly workshops, demonstrations, sessions

7pm Concert Tickets $15 (under 16yrs free)

This year we are trying something new with our annual Winnipeg Irish Festival (aka Irishfest).

We are designing the festival to be a community-building and audience-development event,

with free public workshops, demonstrations and sessions during the day

and an evening concert showcasing some of our very best local performers.

All activities will take place in the Sanctuary of the church to maximize public exposure and participation.


Brendan Grace   1951-2019

Comedian Brendan Grace has died.The 68-year-old was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

Originally from Dublin, Grace lived in the US, but regularly returned home to tour.

He had battled a number of health issues in recent years including a stroke and complications from diabetes.

A showbusiness veteran for 50 years, Grace began his career in music before turning to comedy.

Along with his standup show, he is best known for his unforgettable cameo as Father Fintan Stack in Father Ted.

Mystery Picture left at the Club

Anyone knowing who owns this please let us know at [email protected]


The Club will be Closed on Friday Nites from May 24 to September 4.

We will see you Back in the fall!

The Club will be Closed for the months of July and August!

The IAM Board wishes all a Safe and Fun Summer Season.

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New face  of the Irish Club!

Anyone needing space for business or private functions please keep the Irish Club facilities in mind. For more information on renting the banquet room, games room or the theatre please contact: [email protected]