Celebrating March 17

Here are links to activities on line which you may wish view in lieu of the pandemic’s curtailment of St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

50th Shannon Irish Show Revisited: currently viewable at

March 16, 7 pm: “Meet Your Irish Neighbours” with Fergus Keyes: https://fb.me/e/WjT6Hunh

March 20, 7 pm: Premier of new QAHN-produced video documentary, “Echoes of a Fine-Tuned Valley: Musical Memories from the Jacques-Cartier Area”: https://fb.me/e/29fsiV0Bk

March 17: Under the artistic direction of Cyrille-Gauvin Francoeur and Josée La Roche, this historical documentary will present the testimony of a descendant of an Irish family, as well as that of an Irish immigrant to Quebec. In addition, a performance by the Pipes & Drums Of The Emerald Society of the New York City Police Department will be presented. This group has marched every year in Saint-Patrick’s parade in Quebec City since 2010.

March 17, 11:30 am: Mass will be celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day at St Patrick’s Church on de Salaberry however attendance will be limited to 21 households (bubbles) to a maximum of 50 people in keeping with the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

The Evolution of Halloween

Tuesday 27th October, 5pm EST

Did you know that Ireland has celebrated Halloween for over 1,000 years? Do you know why we carve pumpkins or wear masks? Do you know to be careful not to be drawn into the Otherworld on Halloween Night? The Irish Embassy in Ottawa is facilitating access to this virtual event tracing the story of Halloween back and forth across the Atlantic from ancient Celtic traditions to modern celebrations. The evening will also feature a special rendition of a Halloween story from Irish legend!

This event was live-streamed on their YouTube channel and can be seen here YouTube channel 

Speakers include:

·     Julie Le Blanc, Professor of Celtic Studies at the University of Ottawa

·     Kelly Fitzgerald, Head of Irish Folklore and Ethnography at the School of Irish, Celtic Studies at University College Dublin

·     Chantal Kobel, Bergen Fellow at the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies