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                                  Cead Mile Failte!


    Welcome to the on-line home of the Durham Irish Association of Canada, based out of Durham Region, Ontario. All the information you need to know will be noted in detail in this area. Be sure to check back frequently for updates and new information. Our association is non-profit, non-sectarian and non-political and is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Irish culture and heritage.Our association is social in nature and our activities include getting together on the third Sunday of each month at an Irish pub. Currently, we meet at the Irish Times Pub in Pickering. Here, we talk, listen to Irish music and perhaps get up for a song ourselves. We also take group trips several times a year to the Toronto Irish Players Theatre for Irish plays, plan trips to wineries, host dances and Christmas parties, offer Gaelic lessons and direct members to Irish Dance studios in the region, participate in Toronto's St. Patrick's Day Parade, among other activities.

    If you would like to get a membership, or if you would just like to speak with someone about the Association, please contact our president, Marian Sheridan at mariansheridan@rogers.com.

    Memebership is open to those of Irish descent or to anyone who has an interest in Irish culture and heritage.

    DIA Committee 2017-2018:
    President:                        Marian Sheridan 
    Vice-President:                Tony O'Mara
    Recording Secretary:       Geraldine Bentham
    Treasurer:                       Kevin Kelly
    Membership Officer:        Dolores Masci
    Social officer:                  Cathy Smithwick
    Member -at Large            Mary Duffy
    Webmaster                     Jonathan O'Mara

     

     

     

     

     

     

    10 th Anniversary

    History

    The Durham Irish Association was established in 2003 by a group of concerned people of Irish descent interested in preserving and celebrating Irish culture and heritage in the Durham Region of Ontario.

    The Irish community has very strong roots in the Durham Region. Indeed, Irish people were some of the very first settlers in the area and have made many contributions to the area’s history.

    The DIA is concerned that, with the recent decline in emigration from Ireland to Canada, Irish traditions and culture are in danger of becoming a thing of the past.

    As a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian association the DIA is totally inclusive and strives to bring together people from all corners of Ireland, and others of similar views to preserve the strong Irish traditions of song, story, music dance and sport.

     

     

    The Irish have had, and continue to have, a profound influence on Canada.

    The following statistics are from the 2006 Census of Canada.

     

     

    Canadians of Irish descent by province and territory
    Province/Territory Irish Canadian
    population
    Percentage of Population
    Newfoundland and Labrador 107,390 21.5%
    Prince Edward Island 39,170 29.2%
    Nova Scotia 195,365 21.6%
    New Brunswick 150,705 21.0%
    Quebec 406,085 5.5%
    Ontario 1,988,940 16.5%
    Manitoba 151,915 13.4%
    Saskatchewan 145,480 15.3%
    Alberta 539,160 16.6%
    British Columbia 618,120 15.2%
    Yukon 5,735 19.0%
    Northwest Territories 4,860 11.8%
    Nunavut 1,220 4.2%
    Canada 4,354,155 13.9%

     

     

                                                                                                 

     

     

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