Irish Community Events

Danny O'Connell Award
The criteria for an application for the Danny O'Connell Memorial Award presented each year in July at Almonte Celtfest.


When he left us, Danny was a full-time student in business studies at Algonquin College and involved in recreational sports - but above all else, he was a force in the Ottawa Valley traditional music scene.

The Danny O'Connell Memorial Fund was established in 2004, to support Ottawa Valley traditional "old-time" or Celtic fiddlers under 25 years of age who demonstrates musical potential and financial need.

One award will be presented each year.

The value awarded is $1,500.


Candidates will be identified and recommended by the Irish Society of the National Capital Region, the Ottawa Traditional Fiddling and Folk Art Society, and the Renfrew County Fiddlers Association. Each association will identify one candidate.
The Irish Society is accepting nominations for consideration to be reviewed by a comittee which will select and submit a candidate.


Applicaants will apply by submitting

  • a one page letter to Ottawa Community Foundation outlining:
    Their musical goals and aspirations, their current financial situation and why this award is important to them;
  • a letter of reference from their supporting agency; and
  • some evidence of performance (such as a tape, CD, etc.) if applicable.

  • Administration The Danny O'Connell Memorial Award is administered by the Ottawa Community Foundation , the selection will be made by a committee established by Dan O'Connell, the Fund Advisor, in consultation with the Ottawa Community Foundation.
    May 1 of each year
    End of June

    Danny O'Connell Memorial Committee

    Members wishing to nominate a candidate for the Danny O'Connell Memorial Award:
    It would be appreciated if the candidate would send their application to the
    Nominating Committee
    Irish Society NCR
    PO Box 5112
    Ottawa ON
    K2C 3H4
    The Nominating Committee will select a candidate for forwarding to the Ottawa Community Foundation for consideration.

    Information – Bryan Daly, Irish Society NCR 613-591-9194 or

    Comhaltas Ottawa

    All events are at:
    Blessed Sacrament Church
    194 Fourth Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 2L6
    unless otherwise indicated.

    Monday/Dé Luain

    • 6:00-7:00 pm Beginner Irish
      Have never done any Irish, ever.
    • 6:00-7:00 pm Advanced Beginner Irish
      Have previously done some Irish but need a refresher
    • 7:00-8:30 pm Intermediate Irish
      Has a reasonable level of fluency. Can participate in everyday conversation, can read simple Irish text and writing simple sentences.
    • 7:00-8:30 pm Advanced Irish
      Has a good to high level of fluency of the Irish language.

    6:30-8:00 pm Sean-nós dancing/ Set Dancing
    8:00-9:30 pm Solo Dancing

    More information on Irish language and Set, céilí and Sean-nós dancing: Please contact OIA Secretary, #3-311 Daly Ave, Ottawa, K1N 6G6
    More information on Solo Dancing: (


    (Except the 1st Wednesday)
    Almonte Weekly Celtic Jam

    Naismith Sports Pub
    144 Ottawa Street, Almonte
    From 7:30 pm
    For information
    Contact Charlie Dunlop

    Irish Traditional Music Session
    Daniel O'Connell's Irish Pub
    1211 Wellington Street

    9:00 pm

    Information: 613-722-7955
    Daniel O'Connell's Irish Pub
    All Welcome

    Past Events

    Ottawa Welcomes the World: IRELAND 
    Date: Bloomsday - Friday, 16 June, 2017
    Location: Lansdowne Park

    Schedule Title Activity        
    10:00   Pavilion Doors Open to Public
    10:15   Trillium Academy of Irish Dance
    10:25   Storyteller Lucy Brennan
    10:35   Harp and Voice – Ellen MacIsaac & Susan Toman
    10:50   Skit Irish Skit: Barbara
    11:40   Vocal performance Irish Tenor Hugo Straney
    11:50   Choir performance Emerald Isle Seniors
    12:05   Harp Duo Mary Muckle & Marianne Lin
    13:00   Trillium Academy of Irish Dance
    13:10   Storyteller Lucy Brennan
    13:20   Harp and Voice – Ellen MacIsaac & Susan Toman
    13:30   Music and Dance performance Triple Trouble
    14:25   Vocal performance Irish Tenor Hugo Straney
    14:35   The Plough & the Stars, by Seán O’Casey: Ottawa Irish Seniors
    15:35   Irish short skit The Auld Wans
    15:45   Music and Dance performance Triple Trouble
    16:00   Celebration event Bloomsday: enjoy some Joycean music and excerpts
    16:55   Born Horizon performance By Peter Hughes & guests
    17:15   Karson McKeown & Ellen Daly
    17:35   Sue Fay Healy School of Irish Dance
    17:40   Celtic Choir
    18:05   Mary Muckle & Ottawa Youth Harp Ensemble
    18:30   Celtic Fiddler Anna Ludlow
    19:00   Live performance: Thomas D’Arcy 
    20:30   Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra perform Irish Eyes:   a Concert of Irish song & dance with the Sue Fay Healy School of Irish Dance
    22:00 Doors close


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