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Tour de France – Team Sky’s Chris Froome, who was hotly tipped to collect his 4th title, won the 2017 Tour de France by finishing safely in the peloton at the end of Stage 21 along the Champs-Élysées.

British Open Golf – Jordan Spieth won The Open at Royal Birkdale by three shots after an enthralling battle with Matt Kuchar. Spieth blew a three-shot overnight lead by the turn and trailed Kuchar after dropping a shot on the 13th. But he wrestled back the lead with a run of birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie to finish on 12 under and win his third major giving those who picked him 5 points.

Women’s Rugby World Cup – New Zealand were crowned Women’s Rugby World Cup champions, beating defending champions England 41-32 in Belfast’s Kingspan Stadium after a breathless game that will go down as a classic final. England lead 17-10 at half time but a dominant second half performance by the rugby superpowers saw NZ take the title for the 5th time.

All-Ireland Hurling Final – Galway ended their All-Ireland Hurling famine with victory over Waterford in Croke Park on a score line of 0-26 to 2-17. Player of The Year nominee Joe Canning, and soon to be Vancouver visitor, played a huge part in lifting the Liam McCarthy Cup for the first time since 1988 contributing 9 points in an outstanding performance from the Tribesmen. For those who had faith in Galway you were rewarded with 5 points.

All-Ireland Camogie Final – Cork reserved their best performance of the past 12 months to record an extraordinary victory over champions Kilkenny and move past Dublin on the roll of honour with 27 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championships. It was a nail biting affair ending Cork 0-10 Kilkenny 0-09. Super sub Julia White, only on the pitch a matter of minutes, shot the winner with the clock reading 66 minutes and 16 seconds.

All-Ireland Men’s Football Final – Dublin footballers took a giant step towards sporting immortality by winning their third All-Ireland title in a row and their fourth in five seasons with a 1-17 to 1-16 victory over their old foes Mayo. Croke Park was bathed in blue as Stephen Cluxton ascended the steps of the Hogan Stand to become the first captain in the 133 year history of the GAA to accept the Sam Maguire Cup four times. A pointed free from Dean Rock in the seventh minute of injury time proved the winner after Cillian O’Connors free rebounded off the post moments earlier.

All-Ireland Ladies Football Final – In a repeat of the men’s football final the week before we had Dublin facing off against Mayo in the ladies final. After three final losses in a row, Dublin get to taste success with a late flurry of goals inflating the scoreboard. It was a comprehensive victory in the end but it was nip and tuck for the opening 60 minutes before the old adage of ‘goals win games’ came true. The Dubs were 2nd favs all year to clinch this title and earned you 4 points.

AFL Grand Final – Richmond ended a 37-year wait with an AFL grand final win over Adelaide last week on a score line of 16.12 (108) to 8.12 (60) at the MCG. It was a close, physical game for the opening half but in the 3rd and 4th quarters the Tigers really pulled away to win comfortably. This was the 5th consecutive grand final win by a Melbourne based club and earned those who picked ‘other’ 8 points.

Next up is the Baseball World Series which commences this week and runs until at least October 28th. The regular season is over and the 10 playoff teams have been decided with the Indians and Dodgers looking the strongest going into a busy month of baseball.

We have 5 events left in the ISSC 2017 Know Your Sport fundraiser with MLB, Melbourne Cup, F1, CFL and MLS seasons all coming to a close in the next 2 months. We have a huge number of participants in with a great chance of making the top 5 and taking a prize. We also have at least 25 people fighting to avoid the wooden spoon and relegation from next year’s event!!!

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Thank you to our ISSC Race Sponsors

We had a great night last Saturday at our annual North American Championship Fundraiser. Many people helped make the night a success by giving your time, selling horses & attending.

Special thanks to our race sponsors for their support:
Dr. Des Dwyer –
Pristine Labour Inc
DAN-EX Contracting Ltd. –
IRL Construction Ltd
Tallis & Company Ltd. –
Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug
Moose’s Down Under
Skyline Scaffolding –
Donnellans Irish Pub


ISSC Annual Race Night – August 19th

ISSC are hosting their annual race night in order to support the teams heading down to San Francisco for the North American Games.

It will be held in the Croatian Culture Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver) on Saturday, August 19th at 8pm.

Bring along friends. All are welcome to come along and enjoy the night!

Here is the link to the Facebook event:

Please get in touch with the ISSC at if you are interested in sponsoring a race and/or a horse.


ISSC – Overseas Club of the Year 2017

As part of the Irish New School, Club & Volunteer Awards for 2017 in conjunction with the Ulster Council and O’ Neills Sportswear we are delighted to announce that we have been named the Overseas Club of the Year for 2017. As you all know our club is growing from strength to strength each year, this is great recognition for all the work that has gone into the club since our inception in 1974. Thank you to the Irish News, Ulster Council & O’ Neills for this award. We look forward to designing our new set of jerseys to be received as part of this award.

Donnellan’s Irish Pub – 2017 Sponsors

We are delighted to announce that Donnellan’s Irish Pub Vancouver is our new sponsor for 2017. We would like to thank all at Donnellan’s Irish Pub for coming on board as our sponsor & we look forward to a great year ahead both on & off the GAA fields.

Details of the 2017 Launch Night at Donnellan’s will be forthcoming!

In the meantime, please check them out online:


***Ladies Football 2017***

Hi Everyone,
As we all know the GAA season will be officially kicking-off with the Spring League next week. In the meantime, we are looking to gauge if any of you have any interest in helping out with the Ladies Football team in any way this coming year? Whether that means devoting your time to a few training sessions throughout the summer (even if that’s just to pick-up some cones, help put up nets etc.) or being a key part of our coaching/managerial team for the whole year; we would love to hear from you. Our projected numbers this year are through the roof so we’d love all hands on deck!
Please contact Mandy Doohan or Maria Eviston at to further discuss your interest and begin planning the year ahead.
Thanks a mill,
The Ladies Football Team

ISSC Know Your Sport Fundraiser 2017

1. You don’t need to have much knowledge of sport to enter!
2. In many respects, it’s multiple choice.
3. Google is your friend and it can help guide your answer.
4. Fill out the attached sheet ISSC Sports Master – 2017 and return to us before the entry date.
5. Pay your money, either by interac to the email on the sheet or pay through your friend who informed you of the competition.
 Deadline is March 31st 2017

ISSC Vancouver on Novus TV

Check out the ISSC Vancouver segment on Novus TV.

Novus TV is a community TV channel based in Vancouver, produced by LNG produtions Inc. Thanks to Niamh and all the team at LNG Productions for the great coverage.


North American Championships – Seattle

The North American Championships takes place in Seattle on Labour Day weekend, 2nd to 4th September 2016.

Vancouver will be sending 8 teams in total to these championships this year.   It promises to be a great tournament with hopes of lots of silverware returning to Vancouver.

Check out for more details about the tournament, locations, tickets, etc.

Early bird weekend passes are available until August 22nd at a price of $40 US, which will include a bus pass to and from the hotel.
Regular price tickets are $50 US.
Buy your tickets at

All Vancouver teams will be based in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue. There will be regular shuttle buses to and from the pitches.



Vancouver Summer Championship

The Vancouver Championship will run through the Summer months again in 2015 with more game weeks.  The format will be each team will play each other twice.  The top two teams will progress to the Senior Final with the bottom two sides competing for the plate.  Players must be members to participate, the easiest option is


Week 1 – June 4 2015 – Brockton Oval @ 7pm

Vancouver Leinster/Ulster def. Vancouver Cougars

Vancouver Connacht/Munster def. Fraser Valley Gaels

Week 2 – June 11 2015 – Brockton Oval @ 7pm

Vancouver Connacht/Munster def. Vancouver Cougars

Vancouver Leinster/Ulster def. Fraser Valley Gaels

Week 3 – June 18 2015 – Brockton Oval @ 7pm

Vancouver Leinster/Ulster w/o Vancouver Connacht/Munster

Vancouver Cougars def Fraser Valley Gaels

Week 4 – June 25 2015 – Brockton Oval @ 7pm

Fraser Valley Gaels tied Vancouver Cougars

Vancouver Connacht/Munster tied Vancouver Leinster/Ulster

Week 5 – July 7 2015 – Capilano Rugby Club @ 7pm

Vancouver Connacht/Munster def Vancouver Cougars

Vancouver Leinster/Ulster def Fraser Valley Gaels

Week 6 – July 14 2015 – Capilano Rugby Club@ 7pm

Vancouver Connacht/Munster tied Fraser Valley Gaels

Vancouver Leinster/Ulster tied Vancouver Cougars


Finals – August 11th 2015 – Capilano Rugby Club at 7pm


Vancouver Cougars v Fraser Valley Gaels


Vancouver Leinster/Ulster v Vancouver Connacht/Munster


Vancouver Leinster/Ulster 4-2-0

Vancouver Connacht/Munster 3-2-1

Vancouver Cougars 2-2-2

Fraser Valley Gaels 0-2-4

Best of luck to all teams.

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