March 8 – 16, 2014
The 2nd Annual CELTIC PERSON / ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENT
and ST. PATRICK’S DAY HONOURARY GRAND PARADE MARSHALL
CelticFest Vancouver is pleased to announce that the recipient of the second annual Celtic Person / Organization of the Year Award is The Irish Sporting and Social Club (ISSC), celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2014. The Award will be presented to the organization at the CelticFest 10th Anniversary Gala at the Vogue Theatre on Friday, March 14. The evening’s musical lineup features Newfoundland’s The Once, two-time JUNO winning banjo maestro Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, Irish sensations Hermitage Green in their Canadian debut, and JUNO winners The Paperboys. The ISSC will also serve as the Honourary Grand Parade Marshall for the 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 16 starting at 11 am along Howe Street (starting at Davie) in downtown Vancouver.
The Celtic Person / Organization of the Year award recognizes outstanding contributions made to the local Celtic community and the community at large by both groups and individuals of Celtic heritage. The award’s inaugural recipient, Catholine Butler of The Celtic Connection, was honoured in 2013.
Celtic Fest Vancouver Society Chair Harry Cussen says, “The Irish Sporting and Social Club has been a dynamic and positive force in the local community since 1974. On the occasion of their 40th year of activity and good work, we are pleased to honour this outstanding organization. Their record of service and achievement, and the important role they play in the local Celtic community and beyond, deserves both our recognition and our thanks.”
The Irish Sporting and Social Club began in 1974 with the aim of bringing the local Irish community together socially, and to promote the playing of Gaelic football, Hurling and Soccer. It has evolved from being a social outlet solely for Irish immigrants to a 200-member organization that includes a mix of Celts, Canadians and many other nationalities.
The Club runs and supports a number of successful teams including the Vancouver Harps and Vancouver Celts in Men and Ladies Gaelic football teams, and J.P. Ryan’s Hurling and Camogie Teams. They promote youth development in all the core sports. The ISSC has a strong social element as well, hosting a variety of activities through the year. They also serve as a point of contact for the large number of newly-arrived Irish immigrants in Vancouver, offering help and support to this expanding community.
Current Irish Sports and Social Club President, Jonathon Kavanagh, will attend the March 14th Gala to accept the award on behalf of the organization, with club past-presidents also in attendance.
Tickets for the Friday, March 14, CelticFest Gala at the Vogue Theatre are $30 (advance), $35 (door), and available at http://celticfestvancouver.com/schedule-tickets/2014/ and the Vogue Theatre Box Office (Northern Tickets)