Board of Directors

Irish Club Hamilton Committee 2014

Irish Club Hamilton Committee 2014

Pauline Venema

Club President

Born in Dublin in 1963 I immigrated to Canada in 1984 as a nanny and shortly thereafter joined the Irish Canadian Club. Being a stranger in a new country I was welcomed warmly into the Irish Canadian community. I have been a member of the executive since 1994 holding the positions of Building Chair, Inside Entertainment and Outside Entertainment. I have 2 daughters and currently run a home daycare and am proud to share my Irish heritage with my children and the kids in the daycare. I look forward to the challenges of being President of the Irish Canadian Club and welcome all members to come out and support your Club.

You can reach me at

      Jack Murphy


      I was born in Canada but my father’s family was from Antrim County this was my way of learning about my Irish Heritage.
      My wife was born in Salt hill, Galway and came to Canada in 1970 where we meet and married in 1974, we then became involved with the club over the years at Christmas and St Patrick’s Day events. .
      During my 39 years with TD Bank and raising three children it was difficult to become as involved with the club as much as I would have liked to.
      Retiring seven years ago has afforded me this opportunity and I joined the Board 5 years ago as treasurer. It is a fulfilling and rewarding way of the serving the club.
      Enjoy the many events and people associated with the club. We can all enjoy the various activities that take place here over the year.

      You can reach Jack at

        Michael Quigley


        I have been a member of the club since 1982, and have been a member of the Board since 1986 – as Publicity Director, President and Vice President. As a historian by trade, I have written and lectured extensively on the history of the Club and the wider Irish community in Hamilton and Canada.
        I am proud to have arranged funding from the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Programme for the chair lift for our seniors and for renovations and expansion of our library and audio-visual system.
        I have also written and produced our Bloomsday celebrations of James Joyce for several years, and 2013’s centenary commemoration of the 1913 Dublin Lockout.

        You can reach Michael at

          Eileen McNab


          I was born in Canada and raised in Belfast. I have been a member of the ICC since 1978 and has held various positions on the executive, including President. I enjoy participating and help organizing various activities in the Club and have always felt that being an active participant and committed to the Irish Canadian Club will help it grow strong and continue into the future. I am particularly encouraged to see the active participation of our 2nd Generation members, on the executive and in our social activities.

          You can reach Eileen at

            John Martin


            I was born in Co. Galway and immigrated to Canada in 1972 becoming a member of the Irish Canadian Club shortly after. Over the years I have held various positions on the executive committee, currently I am a Trustee. The club has been a great meeting place with an enjoyable social atmosphere. New members are always welcome, hope to see you there.

            You can reach John at

              Vivien Synnott


              This is my second term as membership chair, which I am enjoying meeting the Irish Canadian Club community. I have been a member of the Irish Club since 1971, never previous holding a seat on the committee, but working with Jim for the 25 years he ran the ICC golf tournament.
              I am a born Canadian, from Sarnia, Ontario married to Jim Synnott from Wicklow Ireland. Over the years, have been fortunate to form many longtime friendships within the Irish community, and would love to see the next generation be able to experience this as well. There are so many opportunities available to young people but the Irish Canadian Club has been and should continue to be a fabulous meeting place to celebrate your Irish Canadian heritage in years to come. Become a member and enjoy it.

              If you have a question about membership in the Irish Club of Hamilton, you can reach Vivien at

                John O’Gorman

                Past President

                I’m John O’Gorman, although I initially joined the Irish Club in 1964, I did not become a fully active member till 1986, as my first passion was rugby with the Hamilton Hornets (since 1961). I have been on the Irish Club executive every year since 1993.  My photo is at Aviva Rugby stadium in Dublin.

                You can reach John at


                  RIta Hardenbrook


                  My name is Rita Hardenbrook. My mum, Rita (Mairead) McEnaney, hails from Balbriggan and my dad, Joe McEnaney, from both Bundoran and Monaghan Town. I have served on the executive a few years now as Recording Secretary and currently Social Secretary. So please forward any happy or sad news going on in club members lives so we can pass it along to the membership!

                  You can reach Rita at

                    Melissa Kelly


                    I joined the Irish Canadian Club committee for the first time this year. My father, Eugene Kelly, was born in Dublin and has also served as a member of the Irish Canadian Club committee in the past. I have very fond memories of Irish Canadian Club Family Picnics, Christmas Parties and many other Club events and I am looking forward to giving back to the club and serving as the publicity executive.

                    If you have anything that you would like to add to the Irish Canadian Club’s newsletter you can email Melissa at

                      Kathy McNab


                      Hi, my name is Kathy McNab. I have been a member of the club for approximately 5 years. I have been on the executive board for the past 2 years and currently hold the secretary position. My parents have been members of the club since moving to Hamilton in 1978 and the club event were a large part of my childhood. Christmas parties and summer picnics were always my favourites! I am excited to be further involved in the club again and am excited for the future of the club.

                      You can reach Kathy at

                        Jennie O’Gorman


                        I’m Jennie O’Gorman. I have held a seat on the executive committee for 11 years; previous positions included: Publicity, Entertainment and Social Convenor. Currently I am Head Trustee.
                        I love travelling, most of my destinations have been Ireland, England and Scotland. I have lived and worked in Ireland and obtained my European Passport. As a first generation Canadian and a second generation of being an Irish Club member I am excited to see my daughter, Jolene, enjoying the benefits of the club at the Christmas parties, family picnics and sometimes on ladies snooker nights!!

                        You can reach Jennie at

                          Gary Gouldsborough


                          Although I am new to the executive I have been a member of the Irish Canadian Club since 2006 and have enjoyed attending the many events and social interaction the Irish Canadian Club offers its members. My full time employment in real estate and property management keeps me busy but I still enjoy coming to the club and giving time back to the club and its members. Thank you for your support I look forward to seeing you down at the Irish Canadian Club.

                          You can reach Gary at

                            Mike Frearson


                            Hi members my name is Mike Frearson and I am this year’s entertainment executive. I have been a member of the Irish Canadian Club executive for the past three years. After holding the publicity position during those years, I am now excited to have moved into the entertainment position.

                            For those of you who don’t know me, I am Joan Frearson’s(Kelly) eldest son. I was re-introduced to the Irish Club through my Aunt, Ann Kelly, who was the membership executive at the time (nice work Ann ☺ ) and have also recently joined the Celtic Club through my Uncle, Eugene Kelly. My Parents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins have been club members over the years and I fondly remember the days of my youth attending Irish Club Christmas parties and picnics. My wife Toni and I are now looking forward to enjoying these events with our son Ryan.

                            If you have any suggestions for entertainment at the club, please feel free to email me at :