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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 

Donal Kavanagh

It is with great sadness that we give you the news on the death on 25 December 2016, of one of the founding members of the Ottawa Branch of Comhaltas. His funeral will be held at St. Mark's Church (160 Rue Principale, Aylmer, QC J9H 3M8) on Wednesday 11th January 2017 at 11 AM, with a lunch to follow in the church hall. Visitation will be on January 10th between 6PM and 8 PM, at Racine, Robert & Gauthier Beauchamp Funeral Home, 47 Denise Friend, Aylmer, QC J9H 3A8. 

Jerome Quinn, interviewed Don a few years ago: https://youtu.be/TfNmAxtwK3Q

Ottawa Branch Chair's Corner Financial Update

The note from our Acting Chair, Craig Hamm, which contains information about our branch's financial situation, and an update on our chair, Sheila Scott, who is on medical leave has been published in our blog, here is the link to read the note.

Also, we want to give our best wishes to longtime members Doug and Ena Hayes, who coincidentally both needed surgeries just this past week. Please send some nice healing thoughts their way! Get well soon, Doug and Ena, and we hope to see you at ceilis again in the future. 

Membership changes - Online renewal and Online registration for classes   

Please note that memberships must be renewed before 30 September 2016.

Our intrepid Rúnaí (Secretary) manages the branch membership, after the last AGM (2014) 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 welcome!

Until next time / Go dtí an chéad uair eile!

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