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Festival of Saint Patrick Dinner 2018

Join us as we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with an elegant and spirited evening on Saturday, March 17 at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. You won’t want to miss this year’s signature event as we have a very special guest speaker! 

We are honoured and very excited to be hosting Mary McAleese, Former President of Ireland (1997-2011), as this year’s keynote speaker and Service Award recipient. Dr. McAleese served as the President of Ireland, and was re-elected, unopposed, for her second term in office. The theme of her presidency, ‘Building Bridges,’ focused on reconciliation, justice and social inclusion. Dr. McAleese is a formidable and accomplished woman and politician, and we are privileged to have her as our guest speaker this year.

Additionally, this year’s dinner is noteworthy as we have a second Service Award recipient, Father Albert Cosgrove. Father Cosgrove is celebrating his 50th year of priesthood and while he would be too modest to say, one could certainly ascribe a theme to his 50 years in the priesthood as ‘kindness and respect’ – values he holds dear and which have served as the foundation in his service to the community.

Attendees will enjoy a tempting three-course menu and be treated to a host of top-class Celtic performances by some of the region’s most talented artists.  

Time: Reception 6:30 p.m.
            Dinner 7:30 p.m.

Location: Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax

Dress: Black Tie/Dark Business Suit

Deadline for ticket purchase: Tuesday, March 13

All are welcome to attend. Tickets are $80 each. Tables of eight are $640. Click here to purchase your ticket to this hallmark event securely online via PayPal.

Special hotel rates are available for guests at the Marriott Harbourfront coming to the dinner. The cut-off date for booking is February 23.

Dietary restrictions should be made known at time of ticket purchase.

CIS Holiday Gathering with stories, song and cheer – November 29, 2017

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a cozy evening of Irish storytelling with special guest John Prendergast. Originally from Trá Lí, County Kerry, Ireland, John is the Ireland Canada University Foundation Irish Language Scholar at the Irish Studies Department at Saint Mary’s University. He is sure to delight attendees with his charming tales rooted in Celtic heritage.

Traditional Irish tunes, and a few festive ones too, with the talented Décota McNamara and Jeremy Finney will complement the warmth of the season.

And in the spirit of the holidays – the more the merrier! Bring your friends and family, and encourage them to get involved with the CIS.

All in all, catch up with familiar folks, make new friends and enjoy stories, music, light fare and the bliss that this merry time of year brings!

Event details
Date: Wednesday, November 29
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: An Seanchai, The Old Triangle 
Light refreshments will be served.

 This event is free of charge and all entertainment is courtesy of the Charitable Irish Society of Halifax.