Saturday, April 11, 2015

Irish Person of the Year 2015 Award

The Irish Ambassador, Dr. Ray Bassett, presenting Kevin with the Irish Person of the Year 2015 award, on behalf of the Irish Society of the National Capital Region, Ottawa, at the Ambassador's residence.

The Award

The Irish Ambassador, Dr. Ray Bassett and Kevin Dooley

Friday, April 3, 2015

Irish workers of Rideau Canal Recognized

Article from the Ottawa community News covering the event, April 2nd Issue 2015
Written by John Curry
(click on picture to enlarge)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Irish music keeps coffee shop hopping

Photo from Mar 13 session at Gaia Java

Article from the Ottawa community News covering the event, March 19th Issue 2015
Written by John Curry
(click on picture to enlarge)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Friday March 13th: Celebrate St Paddy's Day with the Dooley Family

 Friday March 13th: Celebrate St Paddy's Day with the Dooley Family at Gaia Java

OK, so we are a few days early, but it will get you in the mood for  St Patrick's day! Kevin is a great supporter of Gaelic music around Ottawa (indeed he was scheduled to perform for us last fall when he had to go back to Ireland on an urgent family matter, and we had a Ceilidh instead!) and you will often see him in Gaia Java on a Friday.  He plays whistle, flute, sings and tells fascinating stories, and is joined by his daughter Deirdre who plans bodhran, djembe and lap snare, together with other percussion resources (floor tiles, bald heads etc). Kevin is the one with the beard! His wife Onagh makes sure he gets there and sends the emails!

He tells me that they will be performing a special concert of tunes, songs and stories, in English and in Gaelic (subtitled in French of course), however we won't be serving green milk I am sorry to say. Generally our policy is to avoid selling anything green other than peppers and spinach (and the odd $20 bill, but they are not organic).

So come along wearing something emerald-coloured and prepared for an evening exploring your latent Irish roots - and having a good laugh!

See more details at where you can also review the listing of upcoming music night performers over the next month or so - ranging from University students to seasoned professionals who are willing to come and share their talents with you.
2015 continues to feature a stellar line-up of Ottawa musicians - check out the website for advance notice, and mark up your agendas. The March coasters are now printed (if you are interested in the printing process, see Barry Gray's photos at: )  and we are now planning April and May events.
Big thanks to all those who come up and tell me how much you enjoy the music evenings, and also thanks to you for supporting the musicians with those little contributions that do add up and are very much appreciated by the performers!  As you know we don't charge for entry on our music nights, but we hope you will buy a couple of drinks and snacks, and also throw something in the musician's jar. Most of all, we hope you enjoy the evening.
And a super big thanks to all the people who voted for us in the Kanata People's Choice Business Awards.

WE WON GOULBOURN SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AGAIN! You are amazing - thank you for your support and encouragement several years in a row - it means a lot to our enthusiasm!

info :

1300 Stittsville Main St.
Stittsville, ON  K2S 1C3
Phone: 613-836-5469

All the best,
Gaia Java Coffee Company Ltd.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Ron Corbett recalls some of 2013's Ottawa heroes

By ,Ottawa Sun

First posted: | Updated:

Kevin Dooley from the Canal Workers Commutative Group, poses with a new plaque beside the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, On. Thursday, June 20, 2013. The new plaque represents the contributions of the construction workers whose work on the Rideau Canal carried this monumental feat through to completion. Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency
As the year draws to a close, I want to give a last shout out to some unsung heroes in our city.
These people had my favourite stories of 2013. An unofficial, Life in the City, top-three list.

Kevin Dooley -- The retired marine engineer thought it was a no-brainer when in 2008 he asked the federal government to erect an historical plaque in honour of the workers who built the Rideau Canal.

Nearly a thousand workers died while building the canal and Dooley thought it was time they were recognized. Who could oppose such long overdue honour?

Turned out the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada could. This crown agency -- which oversees federal plaques and designations -- turned Dooley down not once, but twice, saying both times the workers were of "no historical importance." Dooley was offended and fought a public campaign to overturn the decisions. He was aided by many Irish groups across Canada, who felt slighted because the vast majority of labourers who died were from Ireland.

The HSMBC started ducking and weaving but even the historian it hired ended up siding with Dooley's take on history. And so, after fielding hundreds of complaints from people across Canada who told the HSMBC it was acting like a conclave of Patrician nabobs, it reversed its decision.

On June 20, a beautiful, early summer day in Ottawa, Kevin Dooley was in attendance to see an historical plaque to the canal workers unveiled at the Ottawa Locks.
Turns out you CAN fight bureaucratic stupidity.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Review of Kevin Dooley's novel

The Angira Legacy and The Catalyst

388 pages, $22.95

Kevin Dooley: The Angira Legacy And The Catalyst
A novel that's dangerous to start because its hard to put down.

By Carl Dow

Editor and Publisher

True North Perspective/True North Humanist Perspective

As editor, I receive many books for review. Because of time and energy constraints, I reluctantly ask others to review them; reluctantly, because I’d selfishly prefer to read and review them myself.

Thursday, August 29, 2013




A Message from the Ambassador presented to
the Canal Worker’s Commemorative Group

I extend my best wishes to all those who join in celebrating the
designation of the Rideau Canal Workers. The Rideau Canal is
a monumental achievement realised by the workers, largely
Irish immigrants, who persisted in the face of unimaginable
conditions in order to ensure the completion of this
commanding historical landmark.

As a National Historic and Unesco World Heritage Site, the
canal has played a significant role in Canadian history and will
continue to be a focal point for the community, a draw for
international visitors interested in its story, and particularly in
the winter, for those seeking an authentic cultural experience.
The inclusion of the workers in the existing Rideau Canal
National Historic Site of Canada designation, announced by the
Honourable Peter Kent, Canada‘s Environment Minister and
Minister responsible for Parks Canada on November 2nd,
2012, is a testament to the work of the Canal Workers'
Commemorative Group and a fitting tribute to the legacy of the
workers, many of whom gave up their lives.
This year represents the Centenary of the "Lock-Out" in Dublin
in 1913. My own grandfather was among those who were
locked out. The designation of the canal workers is also a
reminder of the sacrifices that have been made to establish
decent working conditions for workers. It is with great pleasure
that I extend my best wishes to those celebrating and to all
those who have helped to bring about this significant


On June 21, Minister of Environment and Parks Canada, Peter Kent, unveiled a plaque
honouring the National Historical Significance of the Rideau Canal Workers (1826-1832). For
more details by Kevin Dooley of the CWCG please see the following link:

Through the auspices of the Ottawa and District Labour Council, the Rideau Canal Celtic Cross Committee erected a Celtic Cross Memorial by the canal in Ottawa in 2004