The Irish Association of Manitoba

654 Erin Street

Winnipeg, Manitoba    R3G 2V9



SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2020 @ 1 pm

Keep in mind that we need to respect social distancing so that means we will be limited to the number of people who can attend.  Currently we have space for 72.  We will also provide for members to use Zoom and join us from home.  We would ask that everyone to please wear a mask would be most appreciated. 

As per Article 6 Voting Privileges of the IAM constitution - A full member who have paid the prescribed membership fees or dues to the association for the previous six (6) months, or have made a financial donation in equal or excess of the prescribed fees or dues in the previous six (6) months, shall be entitled to vote at any General or Annual meeting. Honorary life members, or members over the age of 65, while encouraged to do so, are not required to pay fees or dues; however, they do retain voting privileges. No proxy.

Also, Membership Fees are due for the 2020-2021 year October 1, 2020

Membership fees are:

Single $25.00 Family $50.00

Renewal memberships can be paid in the club at the bar by cash, cheque, credit card or debit. Payment can also be made by e-transferring to the club’s email address:

[email protected] Or by mailing the payment to the Irish Association at 654 Erin St.

If you wish to pay by Credit Card, you can fill out the Credit Card Authorization form on the website & mail it to the Club or email it to [email protected]

All members will need to fill out the membership form either at the club or found on the website & either mail, email or deliver it to the club with your payment.

Thank you. Your support is needed & very much appreciated.

Irish Association of Manitoba Board of Directors.


Damien Bessette Scholarship Applications

Damien Bessette Scholarships

The Board of Trustees will be accepting applications for 2020-21 scholarships until Friday October 30, 2020.

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]

See the "Damien Bessette Scholarship" page for the history of the scholarship

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Pool Tourney in the back and Live Music out front!

 Come on down for a great "socially distanced" evening at the club on Friday's! Food Special's available. Doors open at 5pm. Hosted by Geoff Erickson

Pool back at the Irish Club

The club has been structured to allow for social distancing, tables sanitized and hand sanitizer will be readily available.

The Air conditioning at the Irish Club is back up & running cool.  Come join us for a pint, some Pub Grub & a visit on Thursday & Friday evenings.

The club has been structured to allow for social distancing, tables sanitized and hand sanitizer will be readily available. 

Hope to see you all down, we need our friends support now more than any time!


Irish Club is now open Thursday & Friday evenings from 5 pm to 11 pm

Pub Grub will be served both evenings!


 We will be resuming Thursday evening Trad Sessions.  Doors open at 6pm and pub grub will be available for purchase. It's been too long seen we've seen you so come down and enjoy a pint or two. The club has been structured to allow for social distancing and hand sanitizer will be readily available. ☘️☘️

First night open at the club July 21,2020

Wonderful evening was had last night for our first Trad session back at the club while still socially distancing. We missed all of you! Hope to see you again next Thursday!


As you have heard by now, after much consultation and consideration, this years Folklorama Festival has been cancelled. This decision was made not only by the Board of the Irish Association but we also received official notification from Folklorama on April 24, 2020. We all know this is the right decision in order to keep our Folklorama family safe and in good health.

We would like to thank all our extraordinary volunteers who dedicate so much time, ingenuity and energy to make the Irish Pavilion one of the top cultural experiences. Without those special folks who organize, build sets, showcase their Irish talents, plot and plan behind the scenes, attend meetings, chef up meals for 100’s, this is your year to take a breather and let your minds wander to making next years Pavilion “top notch”.

To the Volunteers who attend nightly during Folklorama week, “What would we do without you?” Thank you so much for your tireless dedication night after night with hopefully a bit of craic and food thrown in for good times! We hope to see you all back in the fold next year.

Folklorama 2021 will be held next year and for our Irish Pavilion it will be held August 1st-7th. Our venue site will remain the same and has been booked for 2021.

All our Best, Stay Safe, Social Distance, Wash Your Hands & Be Healthy

Bonnie Smeaton and Joe Savage,

Folklorama Coordinators

Would you like to learn the Irish language for free?

Friends, a chairde,

I hope this finds you all safe and well.

Learning the cúpla focal might be a nice way to pass the time in the coming weeks, and so I wanted to share the below email from the Ireland Canada University Foundation with you. They are offering free online courses in beginners Irish (full details in the newsletter below just click the "learn more" button below).

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A message from the Irish Embassy in Canada

Dear friends, a chairde,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these challenging times.

As you may have seen from our social media over the past few weeks, we have actively been encouraging Irish citizens in Canada who are here on short-term visas, and who wish to return to Ireland, to make arrangements to do so as soon as possible.

Many of our young people have already lost their employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and our wish is to try and avoid our Irish citizens in Canada being left in a precarious living situation as a result of the COVID-19 situation.

Today, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney shared the following message to Irish citizens in Canada:

Advice to Irish Citizens on short term visas in Canada

“I urge Irish citizens in Canada on short term visas, who are thinking about coming home, to make arrangements to leave as soon as possible. While many of you have benefitted from Canada’s generous working holiday visa scheme, we are now living in uncertain times. Flight connections are limited and narrowing, and you should seize the opportunity now to return to Ireland in the coming days.

Our Embassy in Ottawa and our Consulate General in Vancouver stand ready to provide advice and guidance”

We have posted this message on the Embassy’s Twitter (@irlembcanada) and on the Embassy’s Instagram (@irelandincanada), as well as a further message about narrowing flight options between Canada and Ireland, but we need your help to get these messages out to our community.

Please re-share our posts on Twitter and Instagram, and if your organisations have Facebook pages, we ask you to share these messages there too. We have attached the Twitter Card and the Instagram-sized image of the Tánaiste’s message to this email, as well as the Twitter card we shared about flight options. The Twitter cards can also be shared to Facebook as photos.

It has been wonderful to see how the Irish community in Canada has pulled together over the past month, and we aim to speak directly with as many organisations as we can in the coming days and weeks to discuss the needs of the Irish community in your area. Thank you for your support for our efforts, and for everything that you are doing to help your community.

Take care of yourselves and each other. Stay safe.

Le gach dea ghuí,

Jim Kelly

Ambassador of Ireland

Laura Finlay

Second Secretary | Embassy of Ireland | 130 Albert Street, Suite 1105, Ottawa, ON K1P 5G4, Canada| [email protected]; | tel: +1 613 288 3297 |

message from the Embassy of Ireland

A chairde, friends,

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh go léir. St. Patrick’s greetings to you all.

While St. Patrick’s Day 2020 isn’t quite the celebration we had anticipated, it is still important that we celebrate our National Day with you in some small way, even if it is virtually! So if you get a chance, please do check out our Twitter (@irlembcanada) or our Instagram (irelandincanada) to see what we’re up to today. Our friends in Tourism Ireland (@GoToIrelandCA) are also sharing photos of Canadian greenings – a small respite at least from these testing times.

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about the changes we are making in the Embassy in respond to the COVID-19 situation. Our top priority is, of course, the health and well-being of our citizens and staff alike, and so while we are working in a restricted capacity to allow for social distancing, we are and will be here for you, ready to offer guidance and assistance to our diaspora in Canada.

We would strongly encourage you to keep a close watch on our website over the coming days and weeks for important updates. Here you will find the latest information on travel advisories, the COVID-19 situation in Canada and Ireland, and information on how we will be working in the Embassy over the next few weeks. This information will also be posted on our social media (Twitter - @irlembcanada, Instagram – irelandincanada), and I would also encourage you to follow the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Twitter (@dfatirl), as well as the Department’s dedicated travel advice Twitter account (@dfatravelwise).

We are also strongly advising all citizens to download the TravelWise app to your phone, which will allow you to get the latest travel alerts and updates.

For information on each province’s response to COVID-19, including links to health services, please keep an eye on the following websites: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

Many of you will have watched or read the St. Patrick’s Day greeting from President Michael D. Higgins, and if not, it can be found here (English version) and here (as Gaeilge). In his 2020 St. Patrick’s Day message, President Higgins called on Irish people to work together “in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation” to confront the global spread of the coronavirus. We can all play our part to help “flatten the curve” in the period ahead, but we know that these will be particularly difficult weeks for the most vulnerable amongst us. Echoing the President’s sentiments, I encourage you to do what you can to assist your elderly neighbours and friends in these uncertain times, while taking good care of your own safety and wellbeing.

It's important too to remember that ‘social distancing’ should not mean ‘social isolation’. Fortunately, technology today provides more ways than ever to stay in touch with each other.

We strongly encourage you to connect with friends and family whatever way you can, whether by a video call to your friends, watching movies with other people online, phoning someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, or sending those “catch up” message that you have been too busy for up to now. I know too that even with technology, social distancing can feel very lonely for some. If you find that your mental health is being affected by everything that’s happening, our friends in the Irish Canadian Immigration Centre have a list of mental health resources that you might find useful.

We are fortunate here in Canada to have a strong and close knit community, and we know that these difficult times will pass. In the meantime, take care of yourselves, and each other, and I look forward to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with you all in the future.

Le gach dea ghuí

Jim Kelly

Ambassador of Ireland to Canada

Club Closure Indefinitely- Mar.16/20

To Our Membership and Friends:

As we continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation here in Winnipeg, and the continued updating of closures in the city, the IAM Board of Directors have decided in order to protect the health and wellness of our members and friends, it is only prudent that we close the club until further notice. While the club is closed it will provide us the opportunity to deep clean the club. Going forward we will step up our cleaning and sanitizing of all surfaces and glassware. Bartenders have been briefed and understand the importance of this protocol in order to protect themselves, our members and guests.

Therefore, to protect yourself and others, once the club re-opens we ask that anyone who is feeling unwell refrain from visiting us so that together we can ensure a safe and comfortable experience for everyone.

Again, we continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide ongoing updates as needed. 

Visit our website and social media for updates & Facebook page "irishassoc"

Any questions or concerns can be sent to [email protected]

Thank you and we look forward to seeing in the near future.

Joseph Savage


St. Patrick's Weekend & day Update re:Covid-19  -Mar.13/20

The IAM board after careful consideration has made the decision to postpone all of our St. Patrick's Day & weekend festivities at this time. We need to put the health of our members and non-members alike as our top priority. We hope to be able to offer a St. Patrick's celebration later this year as long as the current health situation can be resolved.

Again, we will continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide ongoing updates as needed. Please refer to our website and Facebook page for further information. & irishassoc on Facebook.

Thank you,

Joseph Savage


...but we were prepared...

to September 2018 newsletter

St. Patrick's Gala

What a wonderful evening!  The club looked magical, great entertainment, food & lovely company.   

Thanks to the McDonnell School of Irish Dance, our traditional musicians, sean-nos singer, Traicy Robertson, grand march piper, Mark Paxton-Macrae, Honorable Cathy Cox, Councillor Brian Mayes & our lovely MC, Danielle Savage.

                                                                                                   What a night!!

Hugh G. Rice - A New Show

We have a new showing of a few of Hugh's paintings on the walls of the Irish Club main room.

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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]