The Irish Sporting and Social Club was formed in 1974 with the aim of bringing the local Irish community together socially and to promote the games of Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie. Today, the GAA club is a blend of Irish immigrants, second generation Irish descendants, Canadians and other nationalities. The club runs a number of successful teams including the Vancouver Harps and Vancouver Celts Men’s and Ladies Gaelic Football Teams and the JP Ryan’s Hurling and Camogie teams. The ISSC continues to promote and support Irish cultural and sporting events in Greater Vancouver, and are always welcoming new members. In 2014 the ISSC celebrated its 40th anniversary and plans were set for continued growth in the future. To find out more about the ISSC Club Development please click here: ISSC Club Development Plan (Nov2014)
At the beginning of 2011, it was decided to re-name the team from the Harps to the Joseph P Ryans (Vancouver), in the memory of Joseph Ryan, a founding member of the GAA who later emigrated to Canada and who is buried in Cranbrook, British Columbia. In 2011, as playing numbers swelled and the overall level of hurling grew in Vancouver it was decided that the team would make the big leap to Senior hurling at the 2011 NACB Championships, this time held in San Francisco.
Founded in 2014 Fraser Valley Gaels are a Vancouver based GAA club. The club is comprised of men's and women's Gaelic football team. Fraser Valley Gaels are more than a football club. It is at the heart of the Irish and International community in Vancouver. We have as many events off the pitch as we have on, and we encourage members to become part of our growing family and community.
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