Spunky redheads wanted
Get your party on
St. Patrick’s Parade will take place on March 11.
Ottawa East News
By Michelle Nash Baker
Calling all redheads.
The Irish Society of the National Capital Region is looking for individuals with the rarest hair colour out there — red — to participate in this year’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade on March 11.
Involvement is up to the ginger-haired participant — volunteer, watch from the route, or take part in the parade.
The parade begins at city hall and follows a route along Bank Street to Aberdeen Pavilion, at Lansdowne Park.
Currently, the society is looking for more parade marshals to help out.
According to organizer Lauren Strevens O’Neil, marshals are needed all along the route.
“We do also have a need for some banner-carriers,” Strevens O’Neil. “Some energetic folks who are willing and able to walk the parade route carrying our sponsors' banners.”
Aside from banner-carriers, the parade also collects food and money donations for the Ottawa Food Bank.
All volunteers must be 16 years or older — students can earn up to six hours of volunteer hours.
Volunteers can register at city hall at 8 a.m. on March 11. Interested individuals can contact email@example.com.
The annual parade celebrates Irish culture and heritage every year during the Ottawa Irish Festival, which ends at the Grand Irish Party.
Beau’s All Natural Brewing has partnered with the society to create the second annual Beau’s St. Patrick’s Party.
The Irish Society, along with other Irish organizations in Ottawa, host a variety of events across the city embracing Irish culture during the Ottawa Irish Festival.
The festival begins with a proclamation at by Mayor Jim Watson on March 9 at city hall. Refreshments and live entertainment will be available between 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Over events include:
• The Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre holds its selection on March 12.
• On March 14, see musicians Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly in the pub at St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts
For full event details and more information about the festival, visit irishsocietyncr.com.
- First Annual Irish Society Awards Evening Selections
- Small business of the year
Sue Fay Healy School of Traditional Dance
- Large Business of the year
Bradley-Kelly Construction Limited
- Volunteer of the year
- Musician / Band of the year
Saint Brigid's Sunday Breakfast Musical Group
- Irish Person of the year
- Irish Society Scholarship Award
- Irish Society Founders Award
- 2015 Saint Patrick's Parade Awards
- Best Marching Band
Sons of Scotland Pipes & Drums -Ottawa
- Best Float
Beau's All-Natural Brewing - Vankleek Hill
- Best Group
Greyhound Society of the National Capital Region - Ottawa
- Best of all others
Trillium Academy of Irish Dance - Ottawa
- New Books of Interest
- Philip Donnelly launched his new book The Eyes That Shone - From Ireland to Canada in the 1950’s at the residence of the Irish Ambassador. “It tells a story of one of the many Irish families who, over the years, came to Canada to start a new life and, through their hard work and determination, achieved great success in their adopted home.” Published by General Store Publishing House, Renfrew ON and retails for $29.95
- Kevin Dooley: The Angira Legacy and The Challenge. In these the second and third book of the Angira Trilogy, we meet people of the Anguish Diaspora. Angira is a fictional but recognizable Celtic island, home of crofters and miners, rough traditional and poor on the surface, rich, complex and ancient to those who know her. Retails for $22.95 and available online by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sharon Doyle Driedger her new book An Irish Heart: How a Small Immigrant Community Shaped Canada is about the immigration to Canada in the 1840’s by the Irish and their establishment of the thriving community of Griffintown in Montréal and the great contribution of the Irish to Canada. For more information contact email@example.com or 416-361-0032
- Mike Heenan launched his new book of poetry Urban Affairs and Country Matters March 18th at The Bytown Museum. Published by North Grenville News Press and retails for $10.00 and available from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-230-4640
- John J. Heney launched his new book John Heney & Son The Canadian Saga of an Ottawa Irish Family at Ben Franklin Place, Centrepointe in Nepean. Never before revealed, this richly-illustrated, surprise-filled tale tells our colourful local history, underpinning the impact of family life and commerce on early Ottawa and across a young Canada. Published by General Store Publishing House, Renfrew ON and retails for $29.95. Contact email@example.com or 613-224-6888
- Paul Mackan recently published his latest book Dream Girl Dream. Saralee is a stick-to-her-guns girl. It is fun, scary and funny, whether it is true or not is up to you. Enjoy. Available at www.publishamerica.net/product89202.html and retails for $16.95.
- McCue, Craig - Rideau Whispers in Stone - the rich personal experiences of those who built and first worked North America's oldest active canal have been all but lost to history. Printed in 2009 by Rusali Publishing and available at localbookstores or at Friends of the Rideau web site www.rideaufriends.com at $19.95
- Caroline Pignat's latest book Greener Green, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award. Written by an Irish emigrant 160 years after The Famine, Greener Grass is a heroic story of courage, family and survival. It stokes the memory of a time that many have forgotten and captures the spirit of a people who deserve to be remembered. Availbale in bookstores or contact www.reddeerpress.com
- Ottawa Irish Rugby Club is looking for new players to join the club. training is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and league games are on Saturdays.
For information see Ottawa Irish Rugby Club web site at www.ottawairishrugby.com
- Youth Hurling Sundays - Ottawa Gaels
Too cold out there? Keep your kids active indoors and we're looking for participants. Free introduction to the game. Boys and Girls ages 4 - 18. No experience required.
Every Sunday 12 - 1 pm
Boys and Girls Club, 2825 DuMaurier, Nepean
What to bring: Helmet and shin pads if you have them if not, we will provide.
Questions: e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or Paula Macfarlane 613-867-9959
- Graduate Scholarships
Concordia University, School of Irish Studies, Montréal
Address your application to the School of Canadian Irish Studies Graduate Scholarship Committee. Applications should consist of a project description, an outline of affiliation and involvement with the School of Canadian Irish Studies, a CV, and a short list of funding already received.
School of Canadian Irish Studies Graduate Scholarship Committee
School of Canadian Irish Studies
1455 De Maisonneuve West, H 1001
Montréal, Québec H3G 1M8
For more information, contact: email@example.com or 514-848-2424 ext. 8711.