The Irish Association of Manitoba

654 Erin Street

Winnipeg, Manitoba    R3G 2V9

Due to the current code Red in Winnipeg the Irish Club will be closed until restrictions are lifted. Please stay safe and let's all do our part to reduce the spread of COVID.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to date.

 Now that the club is closed until further notice, we need their assistance more then ever. 

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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November 6, 2020


For more information or registration help, contact Matina ([email protected] ; 514 848 2424 x 8711)

What’s that Tune? A Music Appreciation Course in Irish Traditional Music / IRST 298 B (3 credits)

Prof. Kate Bevan-Baker / Tuesday, Thursday 10:15-11:30

Irish traditional music is a defining feature of Irish culture and is appreciated by audiences across the globe. This music appreciation course is dedicated to understanding Irish traditional music performance and performance practices. Throughout the course, students will develop music appreciation skills by examining the repertoire, instruments, playing techniques, and performance practices of this complex genre, which is both ancient and contemporary. Interactive learning and teaching will be emphasized through in-class demonstrations and guest performances. Students will acquire an understanding of Irish traditional repertoire by identifying various tune types and by comparing different versions of the same tune/song. Three critical domains of Irish traditional music will be explored—ethnomusicological, spatial and compositional. The course will emphasize academic and performance aspects of Irish traditional music by critiquing performance contexts and cross-fertilization among performers, teachers, composers, and listeners. Moving beyond the music itself, the course will also explore perspectives such as revival, innovation, and globalization in Irish traditional music, song and dance. No prior knowledge of music is necessary to take this course.

Independent Ireland from the Civil War to the Celtic Tiger / IRST 314 A / HIST 398 G (3 credits)

Prof. Gavin Foster / Tuesday 11:45-14:30

This course examines political, social and cultural life in the post-revolution southern Irish state formed by the Anglo-Irish Treaty (1921) and Irish Civil War. Key themes include state formation and post-civil war politics; Fianna Fáil and “the republicanization” of society; church and state; Irish neutrality and Anglo-Irish relations; the political and social character of “De Valera’s Ireland”; post-war economic and social change; external relations and influences; the Republic’s responses to Northern Ireland and the post-1968 Troubles; globalization and the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger economy.

Classics of Irish Theatre / IRST 344 A / ENGL 398 F / PERC 398 F

Prof. Kate Bligh / Wednesday, Friday 16:15-17:30

This course traces a colourful history from the mid-19th century to the present, exploring, amongst other works, the melodramas of Dionysius Boucicault; the pithy plays of Oscar Wilde; the arguably propagandistic work of W B Yeats and Augusta Gregory; the existentialism of Samuel Beckett; the Hiberno-Greek tragedies of Marina Carr; and the Tarantino inspired comedies of Martin McDonagh. Illuminating the politics – national, postcolonial, gendered and global – present in Irish theatre, this course shows that when theatre holds a mirror up to the Irish nation, a wider world is reflected back.

Irish Cultural Traditions in Quebec / IRST 371 A / HIST 398 F (3 credits)

Prof. Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin / Monday, Wednesday 11:45-13:00

For over three centuries, the Irish have played a seminal role in the political, economic, religious, and cultural life of Quebec. During the eighteenth century, Irish Wild Geese soldiers arrived in New France as part of the French military and colonial establishment. A century afterwards, Irish ideologues, journalists, and revolutionary figures helped shape the political contours of both patriotic Quebec and the emergent Canadian confederation, while victims of the Great Irish Famine added a new and tragic chapter to the history of the province. Throughout the twentieth century, Irish communities continued to flourish in rural and urban Quebec, while individual Quebecers of Irish origin made formidable contributions to the life of the province. Drawing on historical, ethnographic, musical, and literary sources, this course will explore the story of the Irish in Quebec since the early 1700s, from small community settings in the Gaspé peninsula and the Gatineau Valley, to larger working class and mercantile enclaves in metropolitan Montreal, Quebec City, and Sherbrooke. Particular attention will be given to Irish commemorative practices in Quebec and the manner in which Irish communities have shaped and maintained their own sense of cultural memory and historical place in La Belle Province.


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‘Citizenship: An Exploration in Law and the Humanities’, the second event of the Irish Network of Legal Humanities will be free, online and available to watch on Friday 27 November from 3pm-4:30pm. The event is a series of short recorded talks and a poetry reading, and it will be followed by a live YouTube comment Q&A with the speakers. It will be introduced and concluded by Professor Eugene McNulty (School of English, Dublin City University) and Dr Adam Hanna (English Department, University College Cork). This event has been made possible by a grant from the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at University College Cork. More info here.

School of Irish Studies

Concordia University

1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest

H 1001

Montréal (Québec) Canada H3G 1M8

Tel: (514) 848-2424 ext. 8711


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We have a new Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 year!!!

                                                            President - Gerald Martin

                                                        Vice President - Joanne Small

Executive:  Brian Keely                                                           Directors at large:   Ryan Street

                     Denise Campbell                                                                                  Philippe Kwon

                    Tara Bailey                                                                                               Shirley Cuillinane

                    Tara Martin                                                                                               Ann-Marie Cuillinane

                    Anne Durcan                                                                                           Jan Ivey

                                                                                                                                       Lois Mallet

                                                                                                                                       Kieran Savage


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

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!!

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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]