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When the translation is provided submissions to the blog will be published in both English and Irish. Please send submissions to the webmaster address shown at the very top of the blog. Please visit us often. This blog is the companion of the Ottawa Comhaltas website:

Beidh poist a fhoilsiú i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge nuair is féidir. Tabhair cuairt orainn go minic. Is é seo an blag an compánach an láithreán gréasáin Comhaltas Ottawa:

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Irish Language Weekend - September 23rd - 25th

Caint is Comhrá and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Ottawa Branch Irish Language Weekend

When: Friday, 23rd September to Sunday 25th September 2016
Where: Galilee Mission Centre 398 John Street Arnprior, Ontario (45 minutes northwest of Ottawa off Highway 417)
Cost: $240.00 per person includes all activities, meals and accommodation (Four $100 bursaries available for students) 

Meals included:
Welcome supper – Friday
Breakfast, snacks and lunch – Saturday and Sunday Banquet – Saturday night

Accommodation included: Single rooms,  Shared bathroom

Check-in Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm Friday Welcome Supper: 6:00 pm Friday 

Caint is Comhrá and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Ottawa Branch cordially invite you to our Irish Language immersion weekend, which is open to all levels from beginner to fluent speakers.

The only requirement is a desire to learn and a willingness to speak Irish at all times to the best to one’s ability.

Language classes are mandatory. Workshops (céili/set dancing, stained glass, sean-nós singing and introduction to Celtic traditional music) are optional.

Bring your musical instruments, stories, and songs for the siamsa on Friday night and the céili on Saturday night.

For more information contact:
Toni Forsythe
Phone: 613-233-9927 E-mail: 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Caint is Comhrá in August

A fundraising concert for Caint is Comhrá was held on Friday 19th August.

It was a well-attended house event, with local talent performing. The organizers provided a light supper of pizza, gourmet salads, and decadent desserts.

The music was toe-tapping and many wished there was space for dancing to the tunes played.

The cause for the fundraising is their upcoming Irish Language weekend that will be held in late September (details of this event will be forthcoming).

The organizers thanked to all that participate in the event.

Mary and John
John, Paul and Mary
Members of the Audience

Two of the organizers   
Leopold Bloom dropped by

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Irish Heritage Day @ Ottawa Fury FC

Dear members,

Please do not forget that the game against Jacksonville on Saturday August 13 is Irish Heritage Day at TD Place, brought to you by CCÉ Ottawa and the Irish Society of the National Capital Region. There will be dance and music performances during the pre-show. 

Come celebrate the Irish heritage of the players and of our fair city.

Tickets just $15 each for sections X and Y, taxes and fees included... Just enter the promotional code "IRISHFURY" at  (See also the attached poster). If you are purchasing a ticket, once you select the section and seat, towards the end just before the check out, you enter the promo code (IrishFury) in the right upper corner of the page.

Xavier-Oscar Mou
Oifigeach caidrimh phoiblí | Public Relations Officer | Relationniste
CCÉ Ottawa

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Irish Poet and the Natural World - Book Review

The Irish Poet and the Natural World: An Anthology of Verse in English from the Tudors to the Romantics 
Andrew Carpenter and Lucy Collins (editors)

"The editors of this collection from the late sixteen to the early nineteen century have edited and annotated their selection with skill, including judicious footnotes and coconut biographical notes. This is both a relief and a pleasure, making this a work one wants to dip into and flick back and forth, as indeed the editors would wish us to do... this lovely, wide-ranging and superbly selected anthology. This is a book to take down from the shelves often." -- Books Ireland

This annotated anthology of poems make available a rich variety of Irish texts depicting the relationship between humans and the environment between the years 1580 and 1820. more than a hundred poems are printed here, together with an extensive critical introduction, notes on each text, and a full biography. all the poets whose work is represented were born in Ireland or are identified as Irish.

Publication Year: Hardback March 2014
Pages: 430
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781782050643


This book review appeared in Stylus: Trade, Academic, and Professional Books - Fall 2015, book catalogue. For more information about, and to place an order of "The Irish Poet and the Natural World: An Anthology of Verse in English from the Tudors to the Romantics,” please check Stylus/Cork University Press website.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Annual Student Symposium at Ottawa U and Irish language

'A student symposium was held at the University of Ottawa recently for undergraduate students. Among the students chosen by the Faculty of Arts to take part, were three students from the Irish language class. Each presented on the Irish language today, the history associated with the language and the systems currently in place for the progression of Irish in the future. The symposium incorporated world cultures and it was particularly wonderful to therefore have the Irish language represented at it'.

'Cuireadh siompóisiam ar siúl le déanaí in ollscoil Ottawa dona mic léinn i mbun na buncéime a bhaint amach. I measc na ndaltaí a bhí roghnaithe chun páirt a ghlacadh, bhí triúr ón rang Gaeilge. Dhein siad cur i láthair ar an nGaeilge mar theanga inniu, an stair a bhaineann leis an nGaeilge agus an córas atá i bhfeidhm anois chun an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn in Éirinn. Siompóisiam ar chultúir éagsúla timpeall na cruinne a bhí ann agus b'iontach an rud é go raibh trí chur i láthair ar an nGaeilge'.

Cáit Ní Shiúrtáin

ICUF Scholar at University of Ottawa

Friday, 22 April 2016

Caint is Comhrá and Shakespeare 400 - Hamlet in Irish

Hamlet in Irish

On April 8th 2016, members of 'Caint & Comhrá' took part in a reading of Hamlet at the University of Ottawa. A celebration of Shakespeare 400 was taking place & Hamlet was read in 37 languages, including Irish! We enjoyed translating the particular scenes, which we did in Irish and it was read in the Freiman Recital Hall at the university.

'Ar an 8ú Aibreán ghlac baill 'Caint & Comhrá' páirt i léiriú Hamlet a bhí ar siúl in Ollscoil Ottawa. Céiliúradh 400 bliain de shaothar Shakespeare a bhí i gceist. Cuireadh an dráma ar siúl i 37 teanga agus an Ghaeilge ina measc! Bhí spórt agus spraoi againn ag déanamh aistriúcháin ar na radharcanna a tugadh dúinn agus cuireadh i láthair é ar an stáitse i Halla Freiman san ollscoil.'

Cáit Ní Shiúrtáin

ICUF Scholar at University of Ottawa

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Pearse in Pictures - a striking re-imagination of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising - Wed 20 April 2016

Join us, the  Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, Ottawa Branch, on 20 April, for Fibin's stage production of the play "Mac Piarais i bPictiúir / Pearse in Pictures," written and devised by Harry McGee and Dara McGee. Fibin are arriving direct from Co. Connemara, Ireland, to perform this play in a select number of venues in Ontario. Fíbín was nominated for the Irish Times / ESB Theatre Awards in 2005; a rare feat for a company in its formative years and again in 2011. We were also the 2005 winners of the Galway County AIB Theatre Awards. This is a very special and rare opportunity!

Pearse in Pictures is a striking re-imagination of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, the insurrection led by a small group of idealists resulted in a heavy defeat with all the leaders executed. However, it was the spark that lit the bonfire that culminated in an independent Irish. The performance focuses on five leading figures of the 1916 Rising with a dramatic unexpected twist at the end.

This event is a fundraiser for our local branch. You can enjoy Irish theatre, Irish music and contribute to its continuation in Ottawa.

Prior to the play, theatre goers may gather for some socialising in Brigid's Well, the new pub in St. Brigid's Centre (Cumberland Street entry), which opens at 4 PM. The play starts at 7:30 PM. After the play, you can meet the actors, and listen to live Irish traditional music!

The play will be performed at St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 310 Saint Patrick St. on the periphery of the Byward Market. Please use the Cumberland Street entry for the pub and the play. Street parking and parking garages are within one block of the Centre.

TICKETS (online, secure payment)
$20 - Adults
$15 - Students
$25 - at the door

Until next time / Go dtí an chéad uair eile!