Patrons made new friends and kept old ones at the well-attended Christmas reception on December 3 in the Le Westin Hotel. The strength of the turnout endorses the choice to hold the reception in early December, rather than in the second week of December, as had been the ICCC tradition.

Talented violinist Kate Bevan-Baker (www.katebevanbaker.com) provided a memorable Irish-flavoured backdrop to the warm Christmas spirit in the Reporter Lounge. And, the combination of tasty hors d’oeuvres, attentive wait staff and open lounge design offered a mingle-friendly, elegant setting that was greatly appreciated by attendees.

Guests of honour Her Excellency, Mme Marie-Anne Coninsx, European Union Ambassador to Canada, Mr Patrick Holdich, British Consul-General Montréal and Dr. Michael Kenneally, Honorary Consulate of Ireland in Montreal were in attendance, adding to the prestige of the event.

Organisers Stephen Fogarty and Christine Clarke have once again raised the bar for this event, and never cease to impress though their flawless execution. A big thank you to Aer Rianta International, Enterprise Ireland, BGL Brokerage and Hurley’s Irish Pub for their sponsorship of the event, not forgetting the many donors of generous door prizes.

A very happy Christmas to you all!