Singing workshop


Kan være grafikk av trompet, harpe og tekst som sier '$ let's sing'

Let’s Sing workshop: This is a social event where you can learn some basic Irish language words and join the choir in learning a new Sean Nos song. You’ll have the opportunity to perform it at a concert with Aoife Ní Fhearraigh at Féile Oslo in August, if you’re interested!

Venue: Posten building, Biskop Gunnerus’ gate 14A. 3. Stage, Innovation Hub. 

Time & Date: 12:00 – 16:00, Saturday 13th April 2024.

Organised by: Mná Oslo Irish Choir

When you arrive: Sign in at Posten building reception & we will bring you up to the training area

12:00 – 13:00 Lunchtime – Sandwiches, scones, cake and drinks (water, saft, tea/coffe) will be provided. Bring your own lunch if you have any specialities. 🥪🍰🤗.

13:00 – 16:00 Room: Innovation Room

  • Learn a “cúpla focal” (a few words) of Irish language to help sing songs in Irish with Gearóid Mac Aodha. You might even earn a Cúpla Focal badge🎖️ – 50 min.
  • Learn a new Sean Nos song with Cecilie Stensrud as instructor & Brendan Monaghan as musical accomplement. We will all prepare & sing this song at a concert with Aoife Ní Fhearraigh in August ‘24 in Oslo on the first day of Féile Oslo.🤗

Guest male and female singers are very welcome to join Mná Oslo Irish Choir for this session 🎤🎶🤗 – 2 hours.

Tickets cost 250 kr. Accept this event invite – and PM Nollaig McBrien Johansen (95063315) or Annalisa Reuter if you have any questions.

PAYMENT: Please make payment (250kr) to Annalisa to secure your place by Tuesday 9th April ’24 – Vipps to 97764816💰

PS: It is not a requirement that you can speak any Irish but if you want to sing with us but it’s very helpful if you can sing in tune😊

Last Day for Booking


The 2nd of March is the last day you can book to secure your spot at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel Oslo Plaza!

In addition to great food, there’s the obligatory raffle, music from Muintir, dancing with Sound Irish Dance Factory, and new this year, the Arineánach singers: Frida and Serine, and last but not least, a drawing competition in honor of Christine Caplice Grinde. (more info on that to come)

Grand Marshalls


This year we are super lucky to have 2 Grand Marshalls 🙂

Brendan and Cecille

Brendan Monaghan is from Banbridge in Northern Ireland and has worked as a folk musician since the early 1990s. He is a multi-instrumentalist specialised in uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes) and whistles. He has toured extensively all over the world, notably with the famous show Celtic Thunder, and with musician and songwriter Phil Coulter. Since 2020, Brendan has established himself in Oslo, where he is currently performing and teaching Irish music. Cecilie Stensrud started out with modern Irish dance in 2008 and has since then developed her passion for Irish music and more traditional dance styles. She is currently the only one in Norway to teach Irish ‘sean-nós’ or ‘old-style’ dance, which she does at the dance school “Sound – Irish Dance Factory”. Cecilie also plays the fiddle and sings as well as conducting the Mná Irish Choir. Together, Brendan and Cecilie have founded Féile Oslo Summer School of Irish Music and Dance, as well as An Iorua – Irish Cultural Centre.

St Patricks Day Family Dinner 2022


Booking for this years St Patrick’s Day Family dinner is officially open. See details below. We request that you pre-book by Sunday, March 6th. Make sure to book early as places are limited.
All are welcome. You don’t need to be Irish to party like the Irish 🙂

Date: Saturday, 19th of March 2022.
Venue: Grand Hotel Oslo, Karl Johans gate, 31, 0159 Oslo.
Time: 1400 – 1700.
Food: Buffet.
Prices: Adults – NOK 345, Children – NOK 175 (under 12 years).

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when booking. Drinks can be purchased at the bar.

Important – We request that you pre-book by March 6th. Bookings after that date will not be accepted due to constrictions imposed by the proprietor of the venue.
To pre-book:
a) Please pay directly into account number 6012.06.32054 (Norwegian Irish Society). In the message field, please write your full name so that we can track the payment easily and give you a hearty welcome when you arrive at the event.
b) Also, please send an email to to confirm your payment and the names of those you have just paid for. We will need this on the day to ensure that admission runs smoothly. Also for statistical reasons, we ask you to tell us the nationalities of all the members of your party.
This event has been generously sponsored by the Emigrant Support Fund in association with the Embassy of Ireland.
This event is hosted by the Norwegian Irish Society, a not-for-profit organization. All payments made go directly towards covering costs for food, venue and entertainment on the day. Any inquiries to

After three long years we are looking forward to seeing you there.

Halloween/ Oíche Shamhna


A chairde,

whether you are Irish, Norwegians or have any class of a grá at all for Ireland or the Irish, NIS would like to wish you all a Happy Halloween / Oíche Shamhna faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.

As you know NIS aims to promote Irish culture and therefore we make an effort to celebrate the Celtic festival of Samhain/Halloween …… opposed to the American festival of annoying over-exaggeration….although we must admit  a pumpkin beats a turnip every time (but besides that what have the Americans ever done for us!). We usually organize an event for children to provide an opportunity for them to experience Halloween as it is usually celebrated in Ireland. This year of course we have had to cancel our plans for our yearly party due to COVID, although our committee had made the plans just in case. We would like to thank our Halloween Committee (who usually contribute their time and energy and their wonderful cakes) for their efforts….I would name individuals but would then inevitably get a well -deserved mail in CAPITAL letters telling me I had forgotten someone.

But just because NIS is not arranging anything doesn’t mean you cant, but of course you need to do so safely in your own home. Our children deserve the same opportunity we had of getting a belt in the face from a swinging apple or the anxious knowledge of possibly losing a tooth to the equivalent of a thrupenny bit in the breac, or experiencing a sleepless night having heard a story to frighten the bejasus out of anyone.  So get the costumes out and your strings for the apples or the basins of water ….and of course the sweets which they would usually collect under threat from the neighbours (I seem to remember we had to perform something to be given anything…..ah yes things were so much better during the war).

Feel free to send us some photos etc of your events and we may put up some on our page…….however, make a conscious decision before posting photos of your kids (unless they are unrecognizable…. which actually is part of the point of Halloween). You might even ask their consent just like we did of our own parents……yeah right (Ireland is apparently one of the few places where two positives make a negative). Or simply send us something that might amuse the rest of us…..even if it involves making an eejit of yourself (ref enclosed photo……for your information the photo was sent from the home for the banjaxed and bewildered and is unrelated to Halloween but reflects the effect of sitting indoors staring at a computer screen for the last seven months. Some sleeveen will undoubtedly say I have never looked better).

Our other main event in the course of our year is of course in connection with St Patrick’s Day. As you know we had to cancel our events in March this year at the very last minute due to the closedown in Norway, and I would like to thank our St Patrick’s Day Committee for all the hard work that went into that and acknowledge their disappointment of not being able to put those plans into action. We continue to plan for 2021 however we are aware that March 2021 will likely be too early to hold such events in person even if we are optimistic about availability of a COVID vaccine which looks likely to be approved before the end of this year. Again we would hope that we all can find alternative safe ways to celebrate our national day.

These are difficult times for our community, for all our friends and for Norway in general, and of course also for Ireland. For some it involves having to work from home (or live at the office as I call it) which some think is great and others struggle with, for others it has meant being furloughed (now there is a word we have become familiar with during COVID) and for others again it has meant losing their jobs or their business, or perhaps it has meant that finding a job or starting a job, or a course of study has not been what it “should” be, or we cannot meet our friends or socialize as we would like, and some have also actually been infected by COVID. So, it affects us all but of course it affects some much worse than others. What we all share is the fact we have families in Ireland and travel there has been much more difficult these last months. We have missed birthdays and weddings, and we have also missed illnesses and unfortunately funerals of our loved ones. We have discovered Skype/Teams/Zoom as a way to maintain contact which is at any rate better than nothing. I suspect we will all be queueing up for airline tickets towards the end of next year and will look forward to spending to support the Irish economy as well as seeing family.

Some of us have it worse than others and so I would encourage us all to look out for our friends and our neighbours and especially for those we might think are struggling with the situation, and I would also encourage those who may need support to contact us or others within our community…if only for a chat. I would also like to commend the work being done by our embassy here who will try to support where they can. At least, in all this situation, we know we are extremely lucky to be here in Norway, in comparison to other places in Europe, in the UK, or indeed in a locked-down Ireland.

We can try to “look on the bright side of life”. We can for example take heart that there are still some positives coming from Ireland…..not least our sportsmen and sportswomen who we know will give it a good lash in the rugby and soccer etc. There is even something to be had from the GAA now that Dublin decided to retire Dermot Connolly to give some of the rest a chance……. (I understand that QAnon believe that the corona pandemic is a conspiracy to prevent Dublin winning 6 in a row………sounds plausible to me). Or we can be inspired by other sports activity which we may have noted from Normal People.

NIS will continue to look at ways of contributing to putting a smile on our members’ faces and we will continue posting things on this site for our edification and amusement. We will likely try to organize some form of on-line event in the near future so watch this space. Finally let me share something that made me smile (pre the decline reflected in my photo)… was how the Irish differ in creativity when it comes to the English language compared to the English……… in describing the phenomenon of people who don’t follow current health guidelines the English came up with the expression  “covidiocy”… fair enough but not really up there with Wilde, Shaw or Heaney.…the equivalent Irish expression I heard recently was ….gobshitery…..(sounds a little Roddy Doyle….but very encompassing).

So Northmen, Southmen, Eastmen, Westmen..and women…or however you identify

Go mbuailimid le chéile aris, go dté sibh slán / stay safe

Conn President NIS

Happy St Patrick’s Day


Happy St. Patrick’s Day / Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit to all Irish, half-Irish, quarter-Irish, wish-they-were Irish in Norway. As we say, everyone can be Irish today, all you need is to wear something green and a smile (wearing only a smile in public however is probably illegal).

In these times it is a challenge to focus on anything other than negative things, but today let us all try to do something to remind ourselves of our being Irish and put a smile on our own and others’ faces…….

Some suggestions:

  • Wear something green – underwear only, is acceptable but a little weird
  • If you sing a song….sing an Irish song. There is a suggestion that people go to their doors or their windows or gardens at 4 pm today and belt out Ireland’s Call or Óró, sé do bheatha bhaile. Here is a refresher:


  • Have some green food……although retrieving that bread from the organic recycling bag may be taking that a bit far. You can at least say to your kids that eating greens today is a national requirement. Or make colcannon or that traditional Irish dish of guacamole.

  • Fly the flag. You all know how proud Norway is of their flag……so why not fly ours, on your balcony, on your garage. Or fly whatever you intended to wave at the parade….your county colours, your green scarf.
  • Have your own parade at home : let the Irish music blare , line up the kids, convince your spouse it is necessary, and then just go for it. It helps if you have been active in the child creation business in the first place!! As the Norwegians say , you can only have as much fun as you create yourself!
  • Have a drink! OK not at 3 pm but at an appropriate time. God knows we all need one…..and you probably wont be driving to work or to kids activities anyway……and shure its only once a year.

It doesn’t have to be green and you can have it in or with your coffee. Raise your glass to your country and to the health of your family, your friends and your neighbors.

  • Post your pictures on our FB site and on your own social media sites to show us all that there is plenty of life and joy on this day
  • Stay safe and follow the health authorities’ advice

Thanks to all our sponsors and supporters, our pipers, dancers, dogs and all who usually contribute to our events (and anyone else I might have missed).

A special thought and thanks to all our volunteers in the Norwegian Irish Society who have worked hard to organise SPD events in Norway this year only to see them cancelled. Know that your contribution of time and talent is very much appreciated ….we will come back stronger in the future.

Beir beannacht



Conn Fagan

President Norwegian Irish Society

Norwegian Irish Society Kids’ Halloween Party 2019


The Norwegian Irish Society is organising the annual Kids’ Halloween Party!

Date: Sunday, 27 October 2019

Time: 14:00-16:00
Venue: Ullern Menighetshus, Holgerslystveien 22, 0280 Oslo
Admission: 60 kr per person (adults and children). Payment in advance by Vipps.

As always it would be great if each family could bring along a cake. There will be a prize for the spookiest one!

Please RSVP to by 18 October providing the following information:

Family name:

Number of children:

Number of adults:

Bringing cake: (Yes or No)

The programme will be distributed to those who register closer to the date. Needless to say, we will have plenty of games with prizes, music and dancing, and a goody bag for each child. We hope that you all dress up and join us for some ghastly fun!

Grand Marshal 2023

picture credit: Derek Foott

We are very honored to have David Toms as our Grand Marshal at this years St Patrick’s Day parade. David is originally from Waterford, Ireland but has lived in Norway since 2016. Since moving to Norway he has been an active member of the Irish community both personally and in his professional role as Community Support Officer at the Embassy. He is an acclaimed writer, having written several books of poetry including 2019’s Northly and most recently his memoir of life with a congenital heart defect Pacemaker which the Irish Times described as an “important book”. He lives in Dokka with his wife Miriam and their dog Madra.