Sudbury Irish Arts Association History

Irish Culture History in Canada

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Irish Arts Association Inc. (aka CCE SIAA) was formed on March 17, 1996. Although other forms of Irish culture and tradition were present in Sudbury, traditional music, singing, dancing, language and other Irish arts and traditions were not prevalent in the area. Six people with a passion for traditional music decided to tap into the support that Comhaltas could lend in developing these other aspects of Irish culture in our community.

Since 1996, over a 1,000 youth and adults have taken advantage of dance, music, singing and language classes. Their lives have been enriched with a deep sense of pride in their Irish culture and their own accomplishments. Classes and events are open to the public in a non-religious, non-political and non-racist structure. All that is needed is a person’s desire to participate and learn about the aspects of Ireland’s “Living Tradition” that they are interested in learning about.

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And it’s all about having fun as you learn. No degrees are issued, no tests are administered. A successful learning experience is evident by the smiles that light up participants’ faces.

We‘ve also been privileged in meeting some of Ireland’s most renowned Irish traditional musicians, singers and dancers. Some live in Canada, some in the US and some in Ireland. They’ve come to Sudbury and we’ve gone to see them in their cities. Each time we’ve encountered them, ideas are exchanged, music is shared, laughter is plentiful and the partings are bittersweet but full of hope in meeting again.

Our goal since inception has been to pass on Irish traditions. This continues to be striven for. We invite you to come join our activities, sing along with us, dance beside us, play a tune with us and if so inclined “bend the elbow a bit”.

We’ve also shared our talents and Irish culture at retirement homes, schools and cultural events in our city and other cities in North Eastern Ontario.


Tar Isteach sa Comhaltas! (literally - come in to Comhaltas)

Céad Mile Fáilte! (A 100,000 welcomes)


Awards

Bridgit Ripley receives Hall of Fame Award

Bridgit Ripley receives Hall of Fame Award

Comhaltas Canada East Music Hall of Fame Awards:

This award is given in recognition of of an individual's contribution to the promotion of Irish music and dance in their organization.

Patrick McGuire
Bridgit Ripley
Dr. Walter Kealy

 

Mná an Domhain (Women of Ireland). Awarded at North American Provincial Convention

This award is given in recognition of womens' contribution ‎to promoting Irish traditions in their organization.

Bridgit Ripley

CCE Fiúntais Teastas Seirbhíse (Merit of Service Certificate) - Awarded at Canadian Regional Annual General Membership Meeting.

This award is given in recognition for an individual's volunteer work in promoting Irish traditions in their organization

Eileen Kennedy
Ed McIllveen

CCE Fiúntais Teastas Seirbhíse (Merit of Service Certificate) - Awarded at North American Provincial Convention.

This award is given in recognition of an individual's volunteer work in promoting Irish traditions in their region.

‎Crystal McCollom
Bridgit Ripley
Patrick McGuire

Gradam bhunaitheoirí (Founders Award‎). Awarded at the North American Provincial Convention.

This award was presented in recognition of an individual's involvement in Irish music education within their organization.

Michelle Cusack