November 3- Songs of John McCormack



Sunday, May 6: IWN- ON’s 5th Annual Ladies’ Spring Garden Party


Dust off your spring bonnet or sport a fascinator and join the Irish Women’s Network of Ontario for the 5th Annual Ladies’ Spring Garden Party at the residence of the Irish Ambassador!

Enjoy delightful refreshments, entertainment, a silent auction and door prizes.

Funds raised from this year’s Garden Party will go towards Carty House, a first home and helping hand for refugee women in Ottawa.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite now.

Please RSVP before May 1.

Feel free to extend the invitation to your friends!

NEWS: Government of Ireland announces plan to open new Consulate in Western Canada

A message from Ambassador Jim Kelly:

A Chairde, dear friends,

During his visit to Canada in August, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. announced the Government’s initiative to double Ireland’s Global Footprint by 2025. In his remarks, he also expressed his wish to see an expansion of both the diplomatic and state agency footprint in Canada, reflecting the close relations between Ireland and Canada across all areas, and noting the potential for stronger trade and investment links as CETA comes into force and Brexit becomes a reality.

Today, in tandem with the release of Budget details, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., announced that Ireland will open five new resident Diplomatic Missions, including a new Irish Consulate in Vancouver, to serve Western Canada.

This marks the first expansion of Ireland’s residential diplomatic presence in Canada since the opening of the original Mission in Ottawa in 1939.

In making the announcement, Minister Coveney noted that:

“The opening of a Consulate in Vancouver in western Canada reflects the strength of the Ireland-Canada relationship, the growing economic importance of that region and also the fact that there is a large Irish community now living there. This will strengthen our hand when helping Irish business to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, with the Consulate serving as a gateway for Irish business to western Canada”.

I am delighted by today’s news, which I believe will enhance the Ireland-Canada relationship, as well as our capacity to serve the Irish community and pursue Ireland’s interests in Canada.

I look forward to working with you, and in particular the Irish community in Vancouver and across Western Canada, as we take this initiative forward in the period ahead.

Jim Kelly

10 October 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017- IWN-ON Fall Hike

Take a Hike with IWN-ON!


Sunday, October 1, 2017
Time:                         10:00 a.m.
Where:                       P11 at O’Brien Beach/Meech Lake, Gatineau Park
Hike Leader:            Aileen Comerton
How Long:               2 hours max. for the hike itself, incl. a rest at the summit
What to Wear:          Light Hiking Boots and Clothing Layers
What to Bring:         Water and light refreshments (fruit, nuts, granola or chocolate

What if it Rains?      Hike will be cancelled wt. note to your email address on the morning of the hike

What happens when it’s over?  Optional post-hike lunch at the Old Chelsea Pub



Friday, June 16- Ottawa Welcomes the World: Ireland

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A celebration of Ireland in Canada as part of Ottawa 2017
Friday, 16 June 2017; Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa; 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
In this landmark year for Canada, the Embassy of Ireland, together with Irish community organisations across Canada, is proud to present a celebration of the deep and strong bonds of friendship that Ireland and Canada have long enjoyed as part of the “Ottawa Welcomes the World” series of free events at Lansdowne Park.
Ireland is delighted to showcase a day-long programme of Irish music, dance, and theatre. A warm Irish welcome awaits visitors as they take an exciting journey through Ireland’s stunning scenery, and explore the vibrancy of the Irish community in Canada, taking in Gaelic sports, film, and crafts along the way.
June 16 is Bloomsday, the day on which James Joyce’s celebrated novel Ulysses is set and which is observed annually around the world. Visitors are invited to meet some of his characters, find out more about Joyce and his work, and enjoy some Joycean music and excerpts.
The children’s programme includes a wide range of interactive activities for all ages. Families will have the opportunity to listen to our resident story‑tellers, learn about some traditional crafts, and try some Gaelic football and hurling, as well as to learn some phrases in Irish and some dance steps, or how to play some Irish music.
Embassies and high commissions will showcase their country’s culture in a series of world‑class free events at Lansdowne Park. As part of the Ottawa 2017 signature event series, more than 75 countries and international partners will celebrate their culture through food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more! This celebration of Canada’s diversity and rich multicultural heritage will promote and strengthen ties between nations on the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary. For more information, visit