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Cancellation of the St. Patrick's Day Parade

In response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Irish Society of the National Capital Region and Beau’s Brewery have made the difficult decision to postpone the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Ottawa St. Patrick's Party for 2020. These events were set to take place this Saturday, March 14.

We have been closely monitoring this concern leading up to today. While Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa are still assessing the community risk of transmission as low, the logistics of these events would make it difficult to follow the current recommended guidelines for social distancing. We believe postponing the Ottawa St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Party is the right and responsible thing to do.

We understand that this will be a disappointment to those who had hoped to attend, and we very much appreciate everyone’s support of these events. We are still planning to host these events later this year but will issue refunds to any ticket holders who request it. An email with information about refunds will be going out to all ticket holders when ready, we appreciate your patience. We wish you all a very Happy St. Patrick's Day and hope you still find a fun and safe way to celebrate the wonderful traditions of this holiday.



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The Irish Society promotes and strengthens Irish/Irish Canadian culture and heritage through a variety of events throughout the year, such as the annual Ottawa Irish Festival which takes place every March. Our membership and volunteers support the Irish/Irish Canadian community in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

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The Irish Society’s activities include:

  • Ottawa Irish Festival (previously Irish Week) held annually in mid-March, featuring a variety of cultural and social events, including the annual St. Patrick’s Parade and Party.
  • publication of our members' newsletter - Irish Society / NCR Newsletter 
  • Celtic Cross Memorial commemoration
  • other cultural, social and fundraising events
  • Our new Irish Festival Website.

An elected volunteer Board of Directors manages the affairs of The Society. Our Annual General Meeting is held in June. People interested in joining the Society, or becoming active in the activities of the Society are encouraged to contact us.


City of Ottawa

The Irish Society of the National Capital Region was founded in 1957 and later incorporated in the province of Ontario on March 6, 1995 (Ontario Corporation Number 1119278), as a non-profit charitable corporation.

Irish Society Constitution

Revised at September 18, 2018 AGM ~ Please click here to view.


The focal point for everything Irish in the National Capital Region

Mission Statement

  • To strengthen the Irish/Irish-Canadian community
  • To promote Irish culture and heritage
  • To promote the interests of the Irish/Irish-Canadian community
  • To create a greater awareness of the Irish Society within the college and university community
  • To provide appropriate financial support to members of The Society, as required.