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Irish, Culture

The Irish have played a significant role in the development of Canada. Sir Guy Carleton (later Lord Dorchester), the first Governor-in-Chief of British North America, was an Irishman. Other distinguished Irish Canadians include Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Arthur Meighen and Lester Pearson.

The Irish contribution to Canadian culture includes Irish music, which is enjoyed from coast to coast. Dancing is also very popular and dancing schools exist in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Hinton. Many of the members of the various Irish dancing clubs that exist throughout Alberta go to Ireland each year at Easter to compete in the world championships.

The Irish in Alberta are most visible on Saint Patrick's Day, which is celebrated by both Irish and non-Irish Canadians alike. The Edmonton Irish community sponsors an annual parade and on that day Albertans are reminded of the Irish presence in the province that has added immeasurably to our rich cultural heritage. Don’t forget to wear something green on St. Patrick’s Day!

Irish Jig

Irish Jig