The Ottawa Irish Festival ~ March 7 ~ 17, 2014

The Ottawa Irish Festival is an annual celebration of Irish and Irish-Canadian culture in the National Capital Region.

The 2014 Ottawa Irish Festival is eleven days this year. Schedule of events is subject to change.

Friday March 7 – Proclamation of Ottawa Irish Festival Days by the City of Ottawa

11:00 am
Ottawa City Hall

Mayor Watson, City Councillors, Irish Ambassador Dr. Ray Bassett, and Police Chief Charles Bordeleau have been invited. Rosemary O'Brien to read the Proclamation in Irish, and Robin Averill to sing the Canadian and Irish National Anthems.

More info: Tracey Dixon -

Everyone is welcome to attend and start the celebrations for Ottawa Irish Festival.

Friday March 7 – Annual St. Patrick's Day Lunch

11:00 am
Heart & Crown Irish Pub
67 Clarence Street, Ottawa

Please join us at the third annual Irish lunch in Ottawa. It will be a spectacular afternoon including a pre-lunch "Make Yourself Irish" reception, with traditional live Irish music, great food and an array of lively entertainment, including a Paddy's lock-in (post lunch party).

This event is a wonderful opportunity to entertain clients, friends and employees while supporting some great causes. Proceeds from the lunch will benefit the Ottawa Food Bank, The St. Patrick's Home Foundation and St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Pre-lunch reception
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Paddy's lock-in (post-lunch party)

Tickets are limited so order now! Tickets are $175.00 each
Support the Ireland Fund of Canada by donating now.

Sunday March 9 - Irish Movie Matinee

Featuring the 2000 Irish film "An Everlasting Piece" written by Barry McEvoy. It is based on the adventures of his father as a toupée peddler to both sides in the midst of the conflict during the 1980'a and was shot on location in Belfast and in Dublin. Sponsored by the Irish Society of the National Capital Region

2:00 pm
Scavi at Saint Patrick’s Basilica
281 Nepean Street at Kent Street (entrance off Gloucester Street)

Information: contact Brendan Hennigan at or 613-591-9194

Tuesday March 11 - Author's Day & Irish Photography Competition

11:00 am
St. Margaret Mary's Church Hall
7 Fairbain St. at Sunnyside Ave. in old Ottawa South

co - sponsored by The Irish Society and The Irish Seniors Drop-in Centre.

Readings: George Laidlaw, from his book The Incredible Smalls you find history and biology and, in a fast-paced adventure mystery, it doesn't matter if you are eight or 80 each story is captivating. Over 40,000 students in the Ottawa area have discovered this new series.

Alan H. Bentley from his book Historic Churches of the Ottawa Valley – an illustrated account of many of the historic churches found in Ottawa and its surrounding communities. A work of over 15 years searching and photographing churches on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River.

More info:

Admission: Drop-in members $2.00 and non-members $5.00
Light lunch provided
Irish Photography Competition: featuring Ireland - themed photos. First Prize: $100 gift certificate from Devine Fine Jewellery (Chateau Laurier); other top entries receive a high - quality large format print of their photo.

Closing date for entries: February 26 (5:00 pm EST).

Send entries to: More info:

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Wednesday March 12 – "Waking" of the 2013 St. Patrick's Parade Grand Marshall, Sean Murray

5:30 pm
Heart and Crown Pub
Clarence & Parent Streets in the Byward Market

Tickets $35.00
More info:

Saturday March 15 – 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Parade

11:00 am beginning at Laurier Ave. West & Elgin St.

Parade route: Laurier Avenue West, to Bank St., to Wellington St., west to area near Library & Archives Canada building. Ottawa Food Bank volunteers will be collecting non - perishable and cash donations along the Parade route.

Invitation Application
Details Rules

Saturday March 15 – Parade Party

12:00 Noon to 4:00 pm
St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts
Cumberland & St. Patrick Streets

Featuring Irish musicians, dancers and singers. Food & beverage service.

Entry fees: Adults (age 20 & over) $10:00; Teens (13 - 19 years) $5:00; Children (to age 12) Free.

In addition to the above-listed events, organized by the Irish Society, the following events are scheduled.

Saturday March 8 – Annual St. Patrick Celebration hosted by The Catholic Women's League

6:00 pm
Our Lady of Fatima Parish Hall
153 Woodroffe Ave.

Live Irish music, song, dance, Irish stew, soda bread, tea, coffee, dessert.

$15.00 advanced tickets
Call 613-726-7583

Saturday March 8 – Saint Patrick’s Basilica Dance

Come celebrate the start of Ottawa Irish Festival in the lower level of Saint Patrick’s Basilica. Music by Glen-Breton Band, Sue Fay Healy Dancers, Traditional Irish Dancers, group ceilidh dancing and Irish Stew. Hosted by Knights of Columbus

5:30 to 9:00 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM, welcome and dinner at 6:00 PM, music and dancing at 6:45 PM, Cash bar.

Tickets $20.00 each, children under 12 free (youth goodwill offering)

Information: Contact Brendan Hennigan at or 613-793-6798

Sunday March 9 - Live Celtic Music & Breakfast - Irish Week

10:00 am to Noon
St. Brigid’s Centre (Kildare Room)
310 St. Patrick Street at Cumberland Street

Listen to Irish Music and sing some Irish Songs while you eat breakfast. Live music, food and good company at an affordable price! Pancakes, ham, home fries, sausages, juice, fruit, tea and coffee.

The Irish Eyes gift shop will carry a selection of gear for St.Patrick’s Day.

Adults: $5.00, Children $3.00.

More info: Ann 613-225-1830

Thursday March 13 – St. Pat's Soiree Fundraiser for St. Patrick's Home Foundation

6:00 - 10:00 pm
Centurion Conference & Event Centre
170 Colonnade Rd. South (Between Merivale Rd. & Prince of Wales Dr.

The Soiree features a four course gourmet dinner, silent & live auctions, casino, and entertainment.

Tickets: $100.00 are available by calling St. Pat's Foundation at 613-260-2738.

Friday, March 14 - Erin Lunch, Fundraiser for Serenity Renewal for Families

11:00 am to 1:30 pm
The Hellenic Centre
1319 Prince of Wales Drive

Come join Max Keeping and friends for a toe-tapping Patrick's Day celebration. Fiddlers, step-dancing and Irish stew (Hellenic style) make for a great way to celebrate your Irish connections. Support the future of Serenity Renewal for Families. Your donations and support will help us secure our future and continue to serve the community. Proceeds from this event will be shared with the Saint Patrick's Home of Ottawa.

Tickets $30.00 per person are available on-line or by phone 613-523-5143.

More info:

Saturday March 15 - Book Launch

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Peter Devine's Irish Pub
Clarence St. in the Market

Local author, Darren Jerome, will hold a book launch of his latest novel Bytown. It is set in Bytown in the 1840's during the times of the timber barons and the Shiners. He will be reading from his book.

Free admission with snacks available and music provided by Kevin Dooley & Friends.

All welcome.

Sunday March 16 – Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre Selection

3:00 pm
Residence of the Ambassador of Ireland
291 Park Road, Rockcliffe Park

More info:

Monday March 17 - Celebration for St. Patrick at St. Patrick’s Basilica
12 Noon
281 Nepean Street and Kent Streets.

Reception to follow in the Scavi (entrance off Gloucester Street or stairway at the front left side of the church).

Parking passes available from the church office.


Monday March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
National Irish Canadian Cultural Centre
310 Patrick St. - Entrance to Kildare Room on Cumberland St.

Join us to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Live music, song & dance.

Limited seating - Advance tickets ONLY. Tickets: $45:00

More information: 613-244-7373 or 613-222-0710 or 613-225-1830 or

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.

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