Friday, 29 April 2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016

COMMEMORATION of 100th Anniversary of 1916 Irish Rebellion

SUNDAY, MAY 1st, 2016  at  7:30 pm
Heart & Crown Snug Pub
353 Preston Street, Ottawa

Traditional Irish music, songs, poetry & readings, hosted by 
“Celtic Folk Night Group”

Formal programme followed by Celtic Folk Night (Rebel Songs)

No Cover ~ All Welcome ~ Info 613-726-7583

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Darkness into Light - 5k Walk/Run (Pieta House, Ireland) - 7 May 2016

There will be a 5 kilometer walk/run in support of Pieta House, Ireland. Pieta House is a crises centre for those experiencing self harm or thoughts of suicide.  This year the event has expanded to include Ottawa.

Starting eight years ago, the first event saw several hundred people in Dublin's Phoenix Park, now it has grown to thousands upon thousands upon thousands of people across over 80 locations and four continents in May of last year, Darkness Into Light in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and self-harm, has grown beyond all expectations.

Formore information about this event visit the link:

For general information on the Pieta House walk/run, please visit:

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Mac Piarais i bPictiúir / Pearse in Pictures (Live Theatre) - Wed. 20 April 2016

Join Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, Ottawa Branch, who are proudly sponsoring Fibin's stage production of the play "Mac Piarais i bPictiúir / Pearse in Pictures," written and devised by Harry McGee and Dara McGee. Fibin are arriving direct from Co. Connemara, Ireland, to perform this play in a select number of venues in Ontario. Fíbín was nominated for the Irish Times / ESB Theatre Awards in 2005; a rare feat for a company in its formative years and again in 2011. We were also the 2005 winners of the Galway County AIB Theatre Awards. This is a very special and rare opportunity!

Pearse in Pictures is a striking re-imagination of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, the insurrection led by a small group of idealists resulted in a heavy defeat with all the leaders executed. However, it was the spark that lit the bonfire that culminated in an independent Irish. The performance focuses on five leading figures of the 1916 Rising with a dramatic unexpected twist at the end.

This event is a fundraiser for the Ottawa Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ Ottawa). You can enjoy Irish theatre, Irish music and contribute to its continuation in Ottawa.

Prior to the play, theatre goers may gather for some socialising in Brigid's Well, the new pub in St. Brigid's Centre (Cumberland Street entry), which opens at 4 PM. The play starts at 7:30 PM. After the play, you can meet the actors, and listen to live Irish traditional music!

The play will be performed at St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 310 Saint Patrick St. on the periphery of the Byward Market. Please use the Cumberland Street entry for the pub and the play. Street parking and parking garages are within one block of the Centre.

$20 – Adults
$15 – valid Student ID
All tickets $25 at Door
More info: call 613-912-3664 (leave msg and return number)

Fibin are travelling with the support of Culture Ireland.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

1916 Remembered - St. Brigid's, 17 April 2016

The 1916 Rising commemorations continue!

Sunday 17 April – 2.00pm. 1916 Remembered: A commemoration of the events of 1916 through a weave of Irish song, music, narration and literature. St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts. No charge but please RSVP to Kay –   (613) 829-8467

Event Link:

Alex Kehler and Nicholas Williams CD release concert 15 April 2016

Alex Kehler (Skye Consort, Les Siffleurs de Nuit) and Nicholas Williams (Genticorum, Crowfoot) will be performing a CD release concert next Friday, April 15th at Southminster United Church.

These multi-instrumentalists weave tunes rooted in Scandinavian,Quebecois and Celtic traditions accompanied with rich vocal harmonies. Nyckelharpa, flute, piano accordion, fiddle, piano, guitar, and låtmandola are all featured in their repertoire which includes lively numbers but also tunes that approach the subtlety of a chamber music ensemble.

Watch here -

Date: Friday, April 15th, 8:00pm (doors open 7:30)
Venue: Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. at Bank (Galt St. entry)
Tickets: $15 advance ( & $18 at the door

Official information here:

Monday, 4 April 2016

Irish writers at Ottawa International Writers’ Festival - 14-15 April 2016

Thursday 14 April & Friday 15 April - Four Irish writers at Ottawa International Writers’ Festival. Supported by the Embassy of Ireland, Culture Ireland and the Ireland Literature Exchange.
Tickets & info:

Thursday 14 April - Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St.

6:30pm: SAFE AND SOUND with Paul Lynch, Abdourahman A. Waberi and Carol Daniels.

Dublin’s Paul Lynch is the author of The Black Snow, which Booklist describes as "so starkly brutal and so beautiful that it is impossible to look away.” He takes the pastoral novel and--with the calmest of hands---tears it apart. With beautiful, haunting prose, Lynch illuminates what it means to live through crisis, and puts to the test our deepest certainties about humankind.

8:30pm: RADICAL EMPATHY with Sara Baume, Sunil Yapa and Joan Crate.
Cork’s Sara Baume is the author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither, a captivating story, told over the course of four seasons, of a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog, praised in The Irish Times for its "astonishing power with language [and its] touching and inspiriting sense  of empathy, that rarest but most human of traits.”

Friday 15 April - Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St.

6:30pm: ALL IN THIS TOGETHER with Farzana Doctor, Monique Schwitter and Christine Dwyer Hickey .
The Lives of Women, by award-winning novelist, playwright and short story writer Christine Dwyer Hickey, was an Irish Times Book Club pick and was praised for "an uncompromising portrayal of the suburbs and the cruelties brought about by the demands of respectability."

8:30pm: THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT with Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Kris Bertin and Danielle McLaughlin
Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Cork’s Danielle McLaughlin, includes two stories published in The New Yorker and was heralded by The Irish Examiner as "a remarkable first collection from a distinctive and extremely gifted writer on the brink of major recognition.”

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Call of the Forest: the Forgotten Wisdom of Trees - Mayfair Theatre - 14 April 2016

Diana Beresford-Kroeger (originally from Cork) is premiering her documentary Call of the Forest: the Forgotten Wisdom of Trees at the Mayfair Theatre on Thursday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m.
“Every breath we take is because of a tree’s ability to create oxygen. No other organism or invention can do what the tree does. Trees are entirely unique in our galaxy, quite possibly the universe –so with every breath you take, thank a tree. We want you to plant trees and fix your forests.  We need your help to do this and on the journey, I will tell you why.  The story is the ancient secret of the forest.  We will unfold this secret with science.  We will all go on the greatest adventure of our lives.  And we will come home to a different understanding of ourselves when we realize the importance of the forest.  You will never look at a tree in the same way again.  Trust me in this.”
– Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Link to the Mayfair Theatre description:

Further information on the film is here:

Friday, 1 April 2016

Ottawa Gaels Annual Spaghetti Fundraiser - Saturday night, 9 April 2016

The Ottawa Gaels, our local GAA club, have their annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser this  Saturday,

St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts.

The fundraiser gets underway at 5:30pm.

Only $10 for adults and $5 for kids.Saturday.

More details here!