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We're open again!!!

We are happy to announce that we are opening again, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. We currently do not have a chef so food is not available but we are working on finding someone! The pints are cold and the Craic is still great so please come down for a bevy and say hi. 


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:

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.

An Irishman Abroad (in Canada)

Confucius once said: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” My guess is that Confucius never skated on ice.

I understand many of the quirks of Canadian culture. Poutine makes complete sense to me - a hearty meal based on function over form. Milk in a bag, hard to justify but I understand the concept. But the human desire to skate makes no sense. Surely it’s not just me that thinks there’s something unnatural about balancing on knives attached to the soles of my feet….for fun!

That being said, early in my first Canadian winter, I accepted the reality that I would have to deflect attention away from my frozen bone marrow and eke SOME goodness from the perpetual cold. Having heard from so many people about the unique experience of skating on the Rideau Canal – and having been brought up thinking that to walk on water was an achievement of messianic proportions – I decided to invest in a pair of skates and throw myself at it.

Well throw myself I did, mainly in a graceless hurtling motion toward the ice. It’s extremely hard to articulate the sense of unease when you first stand up in a pair of skates. My first time involved ambling down to the canal and mindlessly sitting down like everyone else on the benches to begin the process of strapping my skates on tightly. So far, so good. It was only when my body instinctively began to stand up that I realised I hadn’t thought this through. I assure you dear reader that it is not for comic effect that I tell you my first experience of standing up on skates resulted in a swift ego-obliterating fall forward and a terse meeting of bench and jaw.

Having undertaken to never again experience the public derision of that first foray (there was no derision to my face of course, but I could tell instinctively there were multiple derision-fests happening all over Ottawa that night), I decided to teach myself to skate under the cover of darkness. Luckily, the neighbourhood ice rink had me covered. As soon as the last of the child-Gretsky’s retired for the evening, that rink became my colosseum, and I was the gladiator. Assuming the roles of the man-eating tigers on chains were: my natural imbalance, inherent fear, and gravity.

George Bernard Shaw said that “A man learns to skate by staggering about and making a fool of himself.” Never a truer word spoken. It may have looked clownish, but if you could have heard the montage music playing in my mind, you’d have known this was an arena of life or death. It suffices to say that, although I’ve never scaled Everest, I now know the mental fortitude necessary.

That was the first winter, and with the second now safely under my belt, I can at least point to progress. The jaw has healed, the ego less so, but the constant threat of obliteration for every second spent on the ice has given my winters a whole new lease of life. I won’t say I’ve perfected it – this year’s socially-distanced looks of abject sympathy from passing strangers as I lay in a heap on the ice attest to that – but my fear has abated, and where I once saw terror on the ice, I now see challenge.

It still makes no sense to me, but I’ve surrendered my allegiance to logic and good sense, and my winters have been all the better for it.


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 for more info.

March is now Irish Heritage Month in Canada

An historic moment!! March is now Irish Heritage Month in Canada thanks to James Maloney MP for all his efforts in making this happen-

James Maloney, who represents Etobicoke-Lakeshore in the Canadian House of Commons, celebrates after his motion to designate March as Irish Heritage Month passed unanimously.

In an interview James Maloney said: “My motion just passed in the House of Commons with unanimous consent.

The month of March is now officially known as Irish Heritage Month”

Maloney’s motion, M-18, reads: “That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the important contributions that Irish-Canadians have made to building Canada, and to Canadian society in general, and should mark the importance of educating and reflecting upon Irish heritage and culture for future generations by declaring the month of March as Irish Heritage Month.“

Keep an eye on our website to learn the history in making history this month!

James Maloney

#irishheritagemonth #IrelandCanada #IrishinCanada

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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December Newsletter

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]