The Ireland Funds Canada hosted its 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Lunch. Over 1000 people joined to celebrate all things Irish while raising funds for deserving charities across Canada and throughout Ireland. Minister Simon Coveney joined to talk about the strength of the relationship between Ireland and Canada and the need to continue to increase trade between the two countries. In his newly appointed role as Ireland’s Ambassador to Canada, Jim Kelly attended the lunch and was overwhelmed by the support of the community in Toronto.
The event kicked-off with a pre-reception that included traditional music and Tullamore Dew cocktails.
Guests were treated to a gourmet three-course lunch and live entertainment by the Alan Doyle Band.
Huge note of thanks to the sponsors who made this event possible, Diageo, BMO Financial Group, Bridgehouse Asset Managers, Quinn Family of Pubs and Norton Rose Fulbright and to our lunch committee, Terry Dobbin, Joanne Kearney and John Speers.
The team of volunteers, led by board member Eithne Heffernan, conducted a successful raffle. The lucky winners enjoyed the prizes provided by Air Canada, Tourism Ireland, Royal Irish Tours and the Ritz Carlton.