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 Pat Scott
(27 January 1933 - 21 February 2018)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of long time member Pat Scott after illness which took hold last year. Pat was the father of our past OIA Chair Sheila Scott.

Pat was was born in county Kerry, Ireland. Visitation will be on Sunday 4 March from 1 to 4 pm. Funeral will be held on Monday 5 March at 10:30. For further details see here: http://ottawacomhaltas.blogspot.ca/2018/02/sad-tidings-for-ottawa-irish-arts.html

In memory of both Pat and Deirdre Scott, donations can be made to the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County. 

Ottawa Irish Arts is glad to say the Ottawa Catholic School Board has their pre-registration ready for Irish-language classes. The Ottawa Catholic School Board is asking parents who have children aged K-8 interested in Irish-language classes to submit pre-registrations. Classes started on January 20, 2018. But they are still taking students! 

2017 AGMs!

This year we are holding our Branch AGM on Thursday, October 5th at 6:30pm, at the Elmvale branch of the OPL (1910 St Laurent Blvd). Then, a few days later we are hosting the CCE Regional (Canada East) AGM. This will take place Saturday, October 14 at 1:00pm, also at the Elmvale branch. The céilí is of course the same day! A month full of exciting events.

Why have we changed our public-facing name to "Ottawa Irish Arts"?

Dear Members, a chairde, 

This is a note to let you know that the public name for CCE Ottawa is changed to “Ottawa Irish Arts.” Our legal name, and our affiliation with Comhaltas, will not change. Why are we doing this? Read on to find out.

Since its inception in 1975 our branch has been named “Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Ottawa Branch.” This name served us well for many years, but as time moves on, so have many of our founding and long- time members. Many of those members were first and second generation Irish, and had first-hand knowledge of the Comhaltas organization. 

Using the branch's legal name, which is in the Irish language, for public outreach is becoming increasingly difficult as it is difficult to pronounce (for non-Irish), and literally has no meaning to non-Irish. It is after all in another language. Changing our public facing name allows us to reach out to the broader Ottawa community in order to maintain, and hopefully grow, our activities of preserving traditional Irish culture.

By changing our name to “Ottawa Irish Arts” we tell people where we are, the culture we represent, and the types of activities we pursue. It is easy to spell, pronounce, and is consistent with many other Comhaltas branches. 

Over time we will migrate the website and other media to the new name.

We are still a Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann branch. From here on, I strongly encourage all members to consciously use the name Ottawa Irish Arts, particularly when reaching out to new people or groups.

Thank you, Le meas,

Craig Hamm 

Chair/ Cathaoirleach,

Ottawa Irish Arts (Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Ottawa Branch)

On behalf of the Executive 

Membership changes - Online renewal and Online registration for classes   

Please note that memberships must be renewed before 30 September 2017.

Our intrepid Rúnaí (Secretary) manages the branch membership, after the 2014 AGM some changes were implemented. To come to par with the membership service that many other CCE branches provide, we have implemented online memberships, and the renewal date for membership was stipulated to be before the branch AGM.

For those members that would prefer not to use online payments, they can continue to use the PDF form that is available on the website and should be mailed with payment to the address that appears on the form. For those members who do not have internet access, their membership forms will be sent to them (or they can request it from the Rúnaí). Please note that the mailing address has been changed in the form to accommodate the new implementation.

Treoir online!

If you want to catch up with past issues of the Treoir, you can read it online: https://treoir.comhaltas.ie 

The CCE blog http://ottawacomhaltas.blogspot.ca can also be easily read on your mobile device, such as the many 'smart phones' that now exist. You can also subscribe to the blog so you can receive the latest posts via email.

Direct submissions (you write the content, we post it for you) can be sent to the CCE-Ottawa Branch webmaster at: webmaster.ottawacomhaltas@gmail.com or you can submit your post at: webmaster8617.comhaltas@blogger.com. 

Please note that all submissions must be related to the Comhaltas mandate (Irish/Celtic culture).

Looking forward to see you at the next Céili at the Blessed Sacrament Church (194 Fourth Avenue), you do not need to know how to dance nor need to have a dancing partner. Everyone is welcome!

Until next time / Go dtí an chéad uair eile!

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Last updated: 21 January 2018

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