The Ottawa Irish Festival ~ March 7 ~ 17, 2013
|The Ottawa Irish Festival is an annual
celebration of Irish and Irish-Canadian culture in the National Capital
The 2013 Ottawa Irish Festival is eleven days this year. Schedule of events is subject to change.
|Thursday March 7 Proclamation of Ottawa Festival Days - 10:00 AM
Ottawa Police Service headquarters
474 Elgin Street at Catherine Street
Friday March 8 Erin Luncheon & Auction - 11:30 AM 2:30 PM
St. Patrick’s Home
2865 Riverside Drive
Parking across the street in the Terry Fox Facility
Free shuttle bus service between the parking lot and St. Patrick’s Home, approximately every 15 minutes, from 11:00AM until 3:00 PM
Tickets are $45.00 and available from Reception at St. Patrick’s Home or by calling the Foundation Office at 613-260-2738
Saturday March 9 - Learn the Irish Language
Blessed Sacrament Church Hall
194 Fourth Ave, Ottawa
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Enjoy a fun day of learning the Irish Language organized by the Ottawa Irish Language Group, Caint is Comhrá, under the auspices of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Ottawa Branch. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day! No experience necessary. All levels are welcome.
Cost: $25 (includes lunch and snacks)
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday March 9 - Lecture: Cosy Homesteads: The Life and Lore of Traditional Irish Dwellings
Main floor auditorium at Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.
10:00 am to 11:30
Ppresented by Dr Rhona Richman Kenneally. Rhona Richman Kenneally is a professor and immediate past Chair in the Department of Design and Computation Arts and a Fellow of the School of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University. She is also the editor of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies.
Free. Refreshments available.
Saturday March 9 CWL Hosts 7th annual St. Patrick Celebration
Our Lady of Fatima Parish Hall
153 Woodroffe Ave
Live Irish music song, special guests Acacia Lyra, harp and voice duo, Janine Dudding & Susan Sweeney Hermon.
Tickets $15 includes Irish stew, soda bread, buns, tea, coffee, desserts.
Advance ticket sales after all Masses Feb.16/17 to March. 2/3
Sunday March 10 Pancake Breakfast 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Brigid’s Centre (Kildare Room)
310 St. Patrick Street at Cumberland Street
Enjoy great food, live entertainment, song and dance and of course the conversation.
Adults - $5.00 and Children - $3.00
Contact: Ann 613-225-1830 or email@example.com
Sunday March 10 Cookery Class, Dinner & Kitchen Party
Loblaws Community Room, Gloucester Mall
1980 Ogilvie Road, Gloucester
4:00 to 7:00 PM
Aveleigh Eastman, Ottawa Rose 2012 invites you to this event. Learn to cook four courses from professional chef then sit down and enjoy the meal! Visit from wine historian pre-dinner, traditional Irish kitchen party to follow.
Tickets available on Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre website
$30.00 limited capacity 4 course dinner
Entertainment (wine not included in price)
Tuesday March 12 Second Annual Authors Day - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
(Authors to be announced)
Irish Seniors Drop-In Centre
St. Margaret Mary’s Parish Hall
Fairbairn at Sunnyside in Ottawa South.
The authors will read and take questions regarding their works. Their books will be available for sale. Light lunch will be served.
Admission Drop-In Centre members free and non-members $5.00.
Information call 613-591-9194 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday March 13 - Irish Wake: 5:00 PM
The Irish Society /NCR presents The Passing of our 2012 Honourary St. Patrick's Parade Marshall
An Irish Wake honouring Bill Brown at the Heart and Crown (Snug Pub), 67 Clarence St., in the Byward Market
5:00 PM - Gathering of mourners in the Snug Pub
5:45 - 6:15 PM - Procession of mourners, led by horse - drawn hearse, around Market Square, returning to Heart and Crown (Mother McGintey's)
6:30 PM - Entertainment
7:00 PM - Corner's Findings and Blessing of the Coffin
7:30 PM - Reading of the Will, and Eulogy
8:00 PM - Music and Dancing on the Coffin
8:30 PM - the Waking continues ...
TICKETS - $35.00 Available at the Heart and Crown (Market - Snug Pub) and Heart and Crown (Preston Street)
or by contacting Peter Rock at (613) 237-0665 TBA
Thursday March 14 Celebration of the Rideau Canal Workers Designation 7:00 PM to 10:00 pm
Kildare Room at St. Brigid’s Centre
310 St. Patrick Street at Cumberland Street.
This event is co-sponsored by the Irish Society of the National Capital Region and the Ottawa & District Labour Council. Meet and greet followed by poetry and short story readings about the Rideau Canal workers, speeches by dignitaries and followed by music with Kevin Dooley and Friends. All welcome.
Information: email@example.com or 613-591-9194
Friday March 15 VERSeFest features Irish Showcase with Poets
Knox Presbyterian Church
120 Lisgar Street at Elgin Street, Ottawa
Matthew Sweeney (County Donegal) and Rita Ann Higgins (Spiddal, County Galway)
Readings from their collections followed by a Question & Answer session
Info: David O’Meara 613-867-4858 or www.versefest.ca
Saturday March 16 Ottawa St. Patrick’s Day Run 10K, 5K and Family Fun 1K Run
Sponsored by Ottawa Irish Rugby Club and Running Room
Start: Immaculata High School, 140 Main Street, Ottawa
Times: 10K 9:00 am, 5K 9:15 am and Family Fun 9:30 am
Saturday March 16 31st St. Patrick’s Parade and Grand Irish Party 11:00 am
Due to the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, we have had to change the Parade route and the venue for the Parade Party.
Parade: While the Parade will no longer be on Bank St., it will continue to form up on the Laurier Avenue Bridge, between 8:00 11:00 AM.
The Parade will leave the intersection of Laurier Avenue West and Elgin St at 11:00 AM, and proceed west on Laurier Avenue West, turn right on Bank St., then left on Wellington St., and continue west on Wellington St. to an area near the Library and Archives Canada building, arriving there at approximately 12:00 12:30.
(If you are familiar with this year’s “Help Santa Toy Parade”, you’ll note that we are using the same route but in reverse.)
At this point, the Parade will turn left, at the Garden of the Provinces, and proceed southwest onto (old) Wellington St, to an area bounded by Albert, Brickhill, and Commissioner Sts, to disassemble.
Participation: Anyone wanting to participate in the Parade is asked to contact Bryan Daly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-591-9194
Volunteers: To ensure a safe and successful Parade, we need approximately 100 volunteers; and encourage anyone interested in being a Parade volunteer to contact Earl O’Reilly at email@example.com
Financial support: the Parade costs approximately $20,000 is always welcome, and anyone wanting to help support the Parade is asked to contact Peter Rock at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again this year, Ottawa Food Bank volunteers will be collecting non - perishable food items and cash along the Parade route; please be generous.
The 2013 Irish Society Parade Grand Marshall, Patron of the 2013 Ottawa Irish Festival and Individual of the Year, Seán Murray
Seán Patrick Murray has been a keen supporter of all things Irish throughout his life. Seán’s Father, Timothy V Murray, was born and raised in Dublin and immigrated to Canada in the late 1950’s. Seán learned very quickly in life about his Irish ancestry and connection, one that he holds close to his heart today and passes down to his 5 children.
Seán’s passion and unwavering commitment to his heritage include but are not limited to his support of the Ireland Fund, the Irish Luncheon, the Canadian Irish Studies Program at Concordia University, as well as personally hosting numerous Irish related charity functions.
Seán is extremely proud of his Irish heritage and background. He is also involved with the Canadian Forces Army and is the Honourary Colonel of the Stormont Dundas Glengarry Highlanders. Seán is a real estate developer both in Ottawa and abroad.
Grand Irish Party: The venue for our 2013 Parade Party will be St. Brigid’s Centre (at the intersection of Cumberland & St. Patrick’s Sts), home of the National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre a likely place to hold a St. Patrick’s Parade Party.
The Party will run from 12 noon until 4:00 PM, with food and beverage service provided by St. Brigid’s.
There is on street parking in the area and an Ottawa City parking garage on Murray Street and lots behind Notre Dame Basilica and Centre Élisabeth-Bruyère all within a short walking distance to St. Brigid’s.
Saturday March 16 Eucharist celebration for the Feast of St. Patrick
St. Patrick’s Basilica
277 Nepean Street at Kent Street
Contact: 613-233-1126 or saint_patrick_basilica.org
Saturday March 16 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Ceílí 6:00 PM
Sponsored by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall
194 Fourth Avenue in the Glebe
Three course dinner followed by live entertainment and dance
Tickets: $35.00 + fee of $3.08
Contact: Chris at 613-722-3620 or www.ottawacomhaltas.com
Sunday March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon 12:00 PM 3:00 PM
Enjoy live entertainment, song and dance
Limited seating advanced ticket sales only - $35.00
Contact: 613-224-7373 or 613-222-0710 or www.sbcottawa.ca
Sunday March 17 Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre Selection
Residence of the Irish Ambassador
Park Road, Rockcliffe Park
One young woman will be selected to represent Ottawa at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Ireland. Attend this afternoon reception and enjoy onstage interviews and party pieces of all Ottawa Rose applicants.
Interviews conducted by CTV's Michael O'Byrne. Refreshments provided. Portion of event proceeds going to the Ottawa Valley Aid for Chernobyl Children
Thursday March 7 17: Irish Village Pubs Any Day - Ol agus Ceol! (Drink and Music!)
Heart & Crown Irish Pub including The Snug, Mother McGintey’s, RoisínDubh and Peter Devine’s
67 Clarence Street
Heart & Crown Irish Pub
353 B Preston Street (in the heart of Little Italy)
Aulde Dubliner and Pour House
62 William Street
James Street Pub
390 Bank Street
Sunday March 17 Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Pub
Stop in to a daytime of authentic Irish music.
1211 Wellington Street
Contact: email@example.com or 613-724-2200
Post Ottawa Irish Festival Week
Sunday March 24 - O'er the Waves: The Ottawa Celtic Choir
St. Luke's Anglican Church
760 Somerset Street, Ottawa
An evening of songs of the Celtic Nations and the Celtic diaspora.
Ottawa Celtic Choir (Ellen MacIsaac, conductor). Come and enjoy an evening of excellent music at St. Luke’s.
Admission to each recital is by donation: there is no set price.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-552-3964.
Any Day - Ol agus Ceol! (Drink and Music!)
Visit The Irish Village in the Byward Market or
your local Heart and Crown any day of the week for
a variety of specials and live music during the Ottawa Irish Festival.
email@example.com or 613-591-9194