View 2017 Luncheon photos here.
View 2017 Ball photos (Album #2) here.
View 2017 Ball photos (Album #1) here.
Montreal Irish Festival Announced
The Irish in Montréal have celebrated St Patrick’s Day for nearly 260 years and have held a parade as the centerpiece of those celebrations for 194 consecutive years. But most don’t know there are many events spanning nearly two months that encapsulates what we call the Irish Season. This year to highlight the contribution the Irish have had on Montréal, Quebec and Canada we have grouped all the Irish Season’s major events together under the title “The Montréal Irish Festival” and it will be included in Montréal’s 375th birthday celebrations. A true honour to have our contributions continued to be recognized and celebrated by the city. Currently and for many years the Irish community, although tightly knit, is represented by over 20 different organizations. It is confusing for those within the community never-mind for those outside the community. Therefore this year we will simplify things and highlight these events:
Montréal Irish Film Festival
Montréal has had an Irish film festival for 25 years now. It is happy to be named the largest annual Irish film series in North America. Typically they have a guest speaker and have welcomed he presence of directors, producers and actors like Milo O’Shea, Stephen Rea, Gabriel Byrne and Kevin Tierney, Irish industry insider Rod Stoneman, and acclaimed writer Roddy Doyle, who introduced a screening of his classic, The Commitments.
Although their series is half complete there are many great films remaining including an evening of Irish Short films on March 31st. A full line-up can be found on their website: http://www.cinegaelmontreal.com/index.htm#NoNotice
Annual Charity Ball
This is the oldest event of its kind anywhere in Canada and this year will be one to remember. To help celebrate Montreal’s 375th the Ball will be held at the elegant and beautifully redecorated Chalet at the Lookout on Mont Royal. Can you imagine a better way celebrating the Irish then dancing under the stars on the mountain with our beautiful city as the backdrop?
Proceeds from this event will be set aside for charitable, educational and cultural endeavours and The West Island Palliative Care Residence.
Join the community and very special guest, the newest Irish Ambassador to Canada Jim Kelly and his wife Anne Martin on this great evening.
The Ball takes place on March 3 and tickets prices range from $125 - $300 and can be found: http://spsmtl.com/content/st-patricks-society-montreal-2017-annual-charity-ball
Irishman of the Year Breakfast
For over 30 years the Montréal Irish has celebrated a deserving individual who has contributed to his community throughout his life in many different ways. Each year a breakfast is held in his honour with a 1000 of his closest friends and family.
This year’s Irishman of the Year is none other than Andrew Fogarty. He will be joined by local celebrities, comedians and dignitaries including Parade Grand Marshal Mayor Denis Coderre.
Stop in, have a great breakfast with an Irish coffee and help contribute to an organizations charitable endeavour and celebrate a man who has given himself to his community.
Tickets are only $65 and can be purchased through Tim Furlong 514-713-3207. The breakfast is taking place March 11 at 0900 at the Plaza Centre Ville, 777 blvd Robert Bourassa
St Patrick’s Day Luncheon
The event was first held in 1834 and this year will be celebrating its 184th year.
Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal with complimentary wine for the Toast finished off with a nice Irish coffee listening to guest speakers such as John Rae, Executive Vice-President of Power Corporation of Canada.
A great event for movers and shakers & for those who want to get to know the Montréal Irish community.
Tickets are a very affordable $95 and can be purchased at spsmtl.com/purchase_tickets. This year the luncheon will join the other events at the Plaza Centre Ville, 777 blvd Robert Bourassa and will start at 1100 on March 17
Montréal’s 194th St Patrick’s Parade
Montréal’s St Patrick’s Parade is famous the world over and widely considered one of the best. It is the highlight of the Irish Festival with all of Montréal’s Irish organizations taking part.
The first parade was held in 1824 and has transformed into an event that all Montréaler’s look forward to regardless of their background. It uniquely celebrates not only all things Irish but all the communities that make up Montréal. After a sometimes very long winter it signals to all that spring has finally come.
Each year over 100 hundred different groups composing of thousands of people take part in the parade that up to 750,000 people gather to watch. This year to mark Montréal’s 375th anniversary the organizing committee has planned some fun new items to highlight the people and history of the city.
Have you ever heard of an Irish hockey player? Well, there aren’t too many of them but a special group kids that make up Flying Ducks Irish hockey club will be joining in the parade. The Flying Ducks will be coming to town to help raise awareness of Irish hockey and the lack of training facilities available in the Republic of Ireland. They will be honing their skills playing games against and with Canadian players throughout the week of St Patrick’s. Stay tuned for more details.
The Parade is being held on March 19th starting at 12pm on Ste Catherine’s Street from Fort to Phillips Square. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy this great event regardless of the weather. More information can be found here: http://www.montrealirishparade.com/parade
Awards Banquet & Dinner Dance
The event that closes out the Irish Festival and the Irish Season.
After presentations of trophies to the best entries in the St Patrick’s Parade and a few short speeches it’s all about letting you hair down and having a great time. Widely regarded as the best bang for your buck and the best party on the Irish calendar.
A great meal, complimentary cocktails and wine throughout the meal followed by a night of dancing and getting in touch with old friends and making new ones all at the great price of $80. Bid on a few items at the silent auction to help organizers with their charitable endeavours throughout the year.
Tickets can be found here: www.montrealirishparade.com/events/awards-banquet . The Banquet is on April 1 starting at 6pm and will be returning to the Plaza Centre Ville, 777 blvd Robert Bourassa
These of course are only but a few of the many events happening during the Irish Season. We invite all of Montréal to take part and follow the different organizations throughout this great time.
We hope you truly enjoy this year’s Montréal Irish Festival! Let us know you’re there by sharing your pictures and using the hashtags #MTLStPaddys #MTLIrishFest #IrishSeason
The SPS Photo gallery, a selection of our various events, will be updated at a later date.