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 Regular Thursday evening Trad sessions will be on hiatus until Covid Cases come down.

We are still open for Food and beverages though until 10pm.

Slainte ☘️

Proof of full vaccination required when attending the Irish Club

Due to the recent rise in COVID cases and recommendations from public health the Irish Association will now require anyone attending the club in person to provide proof of full vaccination as of Aug 26th/2021. This will be a temporary measure that will be reassessed in the fall by the board. Masks will also be required when moving throughout the facility but not when seated at the table. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  Slainte 🙏☘️

Saint Brigid is the only patroness saint of Ireland. St. Brigid's feast day is 1 February and it is also known Imbolc, a traditional Gaelic festival. The day marks the beginning of Spring in Ireland.

While there are not many historical facts about St. Brigid, she is primarily known for her generosity to the poor and her many miracles. Many of her miracles are often associated with typical tasks performed by women, however, Brigid is celebrated as a trailblazer.

Some of St. Brigid’s miracles include the following:

Known for her reputation as an expert dairywoman and brewer, it is said Brigid could turn water into beer.

Brigid’s prayers were said to still the wind and the rain.

Brigid had asked the King of Leinster for land. She told the king that where she stood was the perfect spot for convent, as it was fertile, near a lake, and next to a forest where members could collect firewood and berries. However, the king laughed at Brigid and refused. Brigid then prayed and asked God to soften the king's heart. Smiling, Brigid then asked the King, “Will you give me as much land as my cloak will cover?" Believing Brigid to be joking, the King agreed. Brigid had four of her sisters grab her cloak and run off in the four cardinal directions, her cloak growing in all directions. The king became frightened exclaiming, “Oh, Brigid! What are you about?” Brigid responded, “I am, or rather my cloak is about covering your land to punish you for your lack of generosity to the poor.” The king asked Brigid to call her sisters back and agreed to give her a decent plot of land. Brigid agreed, however, if the king became stingy, Brigid had only to allude to her cloak to bring him back to reason. Later, the king became a Christian, began to help the poor, and commissioned the building of the convent. It is said that the convent was known for making jam from the local blueberries.

With St. Brigid's Day right around the corner, the Embassy is happy to have not one, not two, but THREE separate events prepared for your enjoyment and interest!

Beginning at 1:00pm EST on Tuesday, 1 February, Second Secretary Sally Bourne will be joined by Julie Connell, Director of DFA’s US and Canada Unit; Sandra Moffatt, Manager, Canada, Tourism Ireland; and Lydia Rogers, Country Manager and SVP, Enterprise Ireland. The group will discuss their careers, women in the international sector, and opportunities within the sector in the near future.

This pre-recorded discussion will be streamed on the Embassy’s YouTube channel. Don’t miss out!

Then, at 4:00pm EST (also on Tuesday), the Embassy will host Dr. Gráinne Healy, chairperson, facilitator, researcher, evaluator, trainer, and social inclusion projects manager; The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Distinguished Visiting Fellow with the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP), Columbia University; and Karol Balfe, CEO ActionAid Ireland, for a panel discussion on current global challenges. The discussion will touch on the impact that women are having and can have on finding solutions to these challenges.

The panel discussion will take place via Zoom. All those interested can register below. Please note, as registration is limited, only one registration per household is required.

We hope to see you there!

Then, at 4:00pm EST (also on Tuesday), the Embassy will host Dr. Gráinne Healy, chairperson, facilitator, researcher, evaluator, trainer, and social inclusion projects manager; The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Distinguished Visiting Fellow with the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP), Columbia University; and Karol Balfe, CEO ActionAid Ireland, for a panel discussion on current global challenges. The discussion will touch on the impact that women are having and can have on finding solutions to these challenges.

The panel discussion will take place via Zoom. All those interested can register below. Please note, as registration is limited, only one registration per household is required.

We hope to see you there!


CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY BOOKLET

The Embassy is also happy to announce that the Department of Foreign Affairs and EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum have put together a Brigid’s Day children’s activity booklet. All those interested in getting an activity booklet for the younger folks they know (or for themselves because they are young-at-heart) can email the Embassy at [email protected]

IAM MEMBERSHIP reminder!

This is a great time to renew your membership if you haven't already or join! The more the merrier at the Irish Club. Membership is also a great way to support the club in these trying times. Visit www.irishassociationofmanitoba.ca for more info.

Expansion of Passport Online Services

Passport Online has expanded its services and is now open to all applicants residing in Canada! This means, in addition to renewals, first time applicants can use the Passport Online tool to apply for their Irish passport (or renew their passport that was issued over 15 years ago). The expanded service includes both adult and children's applications. For information on how to apply, or to begin your application, please see: www.dfa.ie/passportonline.

Passport Online provides citizens with faster processing times and lower fees than the alternative paper route. The Passport Service recently resumed processing online applications and they aim to have the current backlog of onlie applications cleared within the next 6-8 weeks. The online service still remains the fastest way to apply for an Irish passport.

This has been anything but a normal year for the Association as we confronted Covid-19.

The impact on the club finances has been immense. With the necessity to cancel St. Patrick’s celebrations & Folklorama, our two main fundraisers, in addition to losing all rental potential & club functions the association has generated no income since March. We have seen our share of good times and bad, but Covid-19 has been a complete game changer for our finances. Therefore the IAM board is asking for your support in it’s fundraising efforts.

Fundraising Irish Association of Manitoba

Dear Members,

As you know the Irish Association of Manitoba needs to fund raise to keep the doors open and continue to operate the Irish Club. We need your support now more than ever!

In addition to becoming a member, we are also offering sponsorship packages. Payments to start as of November 15/2020. Bronze to Gold packages can be paid in full if desired.

Bronze Sponsor - $100 ($25/month)

After 4 consecutive months of sponsorship:

1 fish and chip supper *

1 complimentary alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverage

Silver Sponsor - $180 ($45/month)

After 4 consecutive months of sponsorship:

2 fish and chips suppers*

2 complimentary alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages

Gold Sponsor - $300 ($75/month)

After 4 consecutive months of sponsorship:

2 fish and chip suppers*

2 complimentary alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages

2 tickets to the next St. Patrick’s Day Gala**

Platinum Sponsor - $1000 (payment in full)

4 fish and chip suppers*

1 complimentary bottle of wine

Advertising on the IAM website

Sponsors can also choose where they would like their funds allocated. These include but are not limited to:

• Roof Repairs

• Kitchen Upgrades

• Operating Budget

All sponsors will be recognized on the IAM website.

Please email [email protected] 

for more information.

Thank-you for your continued support.

*Meal/beverage sponsorship reward available until Jan 1, 2022.

**Meal rewards and Gala tickets will distributed in late February 2021


For more information, forms & list of sponsors please click on the "Learn More" button below which will take you to the "Sponsorship Drive" page.

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