Once again, we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an elegant black-tie evening on Friday, March 17 at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel – and you won’t want to miss it. And what an event we’ve planned for you! You’ll enjoy a superb meal and top-flight entertainment, featuring the Nova Scotia Irish Dancers, under the direction of Zeph Caissie, and live traditional music by Tatter Jack (Jeremy Finney and Décota McNamara).

We’re delighted to welcome Professor John Prendergast of Saint Mary’s University, this year’s Ireland Canada University Foundation Irish Language Scholar, as our guest speaker, and will be honouring Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, with our Service Award. 

Time: 6 p.m. – Reception, 7 p.m.  – Dinner

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom (upstairs)

Deadline for ticket purchase: Noon, Monday, March 13

Tickets are $75 each or $600 for a table of eight. Reserve your space today (and pay in advance, if you’d like) by contacting the website



Rosemary scones & Irish soda bread

Appetizer: Potato leek soup with smoked bacon

Main course: Guinness braised short rib, served with Irish champ, parsnip puree and roasted Brussels sprouts

Dessert: Bonoffee

Look forward to seeing you on March 17!


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Irish Ambassador Visits Halifax

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225th Anniversary Events

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Visiting Committee

The Executive of the Charitable Irish Society wishes to extend an invitation to all members who might be interested in serving on the Sick and Visiting Committee.Continue Reading

Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s University acknowledges that in its early years, it was the strong support that it received from the Irish Community, and the Charitable Irish Society, that helped foster its early growth and development.Continue Reading


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