Mosaic 2017 is just 4 weeks away! June 1st, 2nd & 3rd. The Irish Pavilion will be at the Caledonian Curling club once again. (more…)
We have passports available for sale for Mosaic 2017!! If you need a passport we would be happy to sell you one. The Irish Club of Regina gets a cut from every passport we sell, so we would appreciate you buying them before Mosaic from us or at least purchase them from us at our pavilion. (more…)
Posted by Kenton de Jong on March 9, 2017
St. Patrick’s Day is approaching, and with it comes the annual tsunami of green rimmed glasses, shamrocks and sequins. Although it has always been a popular holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has seen enormous growth thanks to Regina’s proud Irish community. READ THE REST HERE
St. Patrick’s Day Family Dinner and Dance
Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at The Travelodge – 4177 Albert St.
- Cocktails from 5.30 to 6.30 p.m.
- Dinner at 6.30 p.m.
- Dance at 8.00 p.m. Music by D.J. – Garth Wright.
Menu – Prairie Classic Buffet
- Roasted Angus Beef with cognac flame and five peppercorn gravy
- Black pepper and maple glazed turkey breast with herbed turkey
- gravy and homemade stuffing
- Stuffed Cabbage rolls
- Pan-fried perogies with caramelized onion butter sauce
- Lemon and garlic roasted potatoes
- Fresh medley of seasonal vegetables
- House spring baby leaf salad
- Classic Caesar salad
- Southern bliss potato salad
- La Taqueria quinoa salad
- Selection of fresh seasonal vegetables and dip
- Fresh hand-cut seasonal fruits
- Chef’s dessert table featuring a gourmet cheesecake selection, variety of cakes, pies, parfaits and squares
Adults $25.00, Children 12 and under $10.00, Children 5 and under free.
Non Members (full price):
Adults $45.00, Children 12 and under $22.00 and 5 and under free.
*Memberships had to be purchased by December 31st to qualify for the reduced rate.
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In 1925 the first Irish Club in Saskatchewan was founded called “Sons and Daughters of Erin”. Mike Quinn is proudly in possession of the minutes of the Executive Committee Meetings from 1925 to 1933. They were a hard working socially aware group who made it their mandate to welcome Irish newcomers and to provide whatever assistance needed in those difficult times, 1933 was the last recorded minutes.
Another group in 1960 (for which I could not find a name) was again formed and ran until 1966. This was a very large, enthusiastic, and successful membership. The club faded out of existence due to families moving on etc.
What follows is what I like to think of as the reactivation of these efforts.
In 1977 the Irish Ambassador to Canada on a visit to Regina requested some members of the Irish community be invited to a reception to meet with him. This proved to be a difficult task. The late John O’ Donoghue, a government employee at that time, together with Mike Brady (Regina businessman), Sean o’ Connor teacher, and Seamus O’Hagan (both of Moose Jaw), and their wives, were among the small number gathered. The Ambassador was clearly disappointed and informed them that indeed there were a number of Irish families living here and suggested they form a club.
The following day Etta O’Donoghue searched every page in the telephone directory for obvious Irish names and in conversation with some along the way, she spoke to or was directed to the late Betty Szuchewycz (Kelly) and Maeve Persram (Downey).Later Etta was heard to have said “sure I would never have found them through their surnames”. Maeve placed an advertisement in the Leader-Post and was amazed at the response.
Our first gathering was in Betty’s basement (which she called the dungeon) 30-40 people attended, as the evening progressed amid lots of laughter and happy chatting back and forth, it was suggested we form a casual group to share our love of music, song, dance and storytelling, which is indeed our Celtic background. However at this point, most were reluctant to leave without something more concrete being achieved, it was then decided to form a committee, the following generously agreed to this: Marie O’Sullivan (President) Maeve Persram (Vice President) Mary O’Neill (Treasurer/Secretary) and four or five other members at large, and a huge number of volunteers offered their services. The Irish Club was launched and the Irish community was ready for it.
At a later date, the club was named The South Saskatchewan Irish Club later to be changed (since it was seen to exclude our northern brothers and sisters) to the Saskatchewan Irish Club and subsequently changed again to the current The Irish Club of Regina.
We were very fortunate to have a group of very talented young musicians in the membership whose names were Frank Cassidy, Mike Quinn, Michael and Steve Durbin and our own little amateur dance troop, our entertainment was very popular St. Patrick’s Day dinners were a great success as a result.
Pub nights followed which were held at a little restaurant called the “Schnitzel Hausa” which was owned by a German couple Mr. and Mrs. Albert. They were lovely, with our entertainment we provided the drinks and they made the sandwiches which were totally appreciated by all in attendance, these nights sold out in advance.
The President of Multicultural Council the late Marie Stewart in 1981 approached us and invited us to join the “Mosaic family of pavilions” we were rather daunted by the mere size of this endeavour and opted to join with the then British Pavilion (since defunct) our contribution was a tea room. which was again very successful, we had tremendous fun and were invited back, always a good sign.
At our next A.G.M the idea of going into Mosaic under our own steam was presented, we concluded, the cost would be out of reach and we didn’t really have the financial wherewithal, anyway, when John O’ Donoghue stood up and made an offer we couldn’t refuse. He mortgaged his house and took out a short term loan. How generous and brave was that? This was our introduction as an independent Pavilion, and we enjoyed a wonderfully vibrant and three very successful days of celebration. We were launched into Mosaic and I am very happy to say we are still enjoying this fun and success to this day.
The Irish Club would like to congratulate Molly Fogarty on becoming the new Western Canada Rose 2016. She has won this title and will be traveling to Ireland in August to represent Western Canada at the International Rose of Tralee Festival.
Molly is a current member of the Irish Club and the granddaughter of Jim and Mary Fogarty who were longtime members of the Irish Club.
Molly will be volunteering at Mosaic on Saturday so please congratulate her when you see her.