Aloha Fund established to assist families

of Irish students killed in Berkeley tragedy

 

A fund has been established in Hawaii to assist the families of six Irish students who died after a fourth-floor balcony collapsed at an apartment building in Berkeley, California.  All of the students were in America for the summer on J1 educational visas.

The Berkeley J1 Student Tragedy Aloha Fund is administered by The Society of The Friends of St. Patrick Hawaii, an organization formed in Hawaii in 1955 to provide assistance to Irish immigrants, native Irish and those of Irish descent. 

“This is a tragedy that touches us all,” said Noel Trainor, honorary Irish counsel to Hawaii. “The funds we raise will assist the immediate needs of the students and their families, who must now cope with the loss of their children in a place far from home.”

            The Society of the Friends of Saint Patrick chairman Bill Comerford said “In a week full of tragedies and sad headlines we Irish of Hawaii, are particularly sympathetic to these families facing such sad losses so far from home.  We wish to aid those who face this tragic circumstance and ask those of like feelings to join us by extending a hand of aloha.”

“We ask that you keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers,” Trainor said.  Contributions to the fund may be made in three ways:

  • Visit any branch of American Savings Bank and deposit a check made payable to the Friends of Saint Patrick with a memo line Berkeley J1 Aloha Fund to Account # 81028 32968
  • Mail a check to The Friends of St. Patrick, PO Box 2178, Honolulu, HI, 96805.  The check should be made out to The Friends of St. Patrick and should include Berkeley J1 Aloha Fund in the memo line. 
  • Contributions may also be made online by visiting www.gofundme.com/J1tragedyfund. ;

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Welcome to the Friends of St Patrick of Hawaii Website!

There's so much happening in our Celtic Community that we're now focusing on getting the word out to the Friend's of St. Patrick members so that they can enjoy the friendship and camaraderie of all of our local organizations including:

  • Society of the Friends of St. Patrick of Hawai'i 
  • Saint Andrew Society of Hawai'i 
  • Caledonian Society
  • Celtic Pipes & Drums of Hawai'i 
  • Scottish American Military Society Post 808
  • Hawai'i Scottish Association
  • Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
  • Hawai'i Irish Dance 

Thanks to the leaders and members of these organizations for coming together to support each other and further Celtic culture in Hawai'i. Click on the links below for the latest Celtic Calendar and Irish Music Calendar and make plans to come to an event this month.

Finally, if you're not a member, just click on the 'Sign Up' link to the right and you can join online! We'll be looking forward to seeing you soon.

Sláinte,

Your Board of Directors

Download the Irish Music Calendar

See the Consolidated Celtic Calendar

Below is the latest calendar for the Friend's of St. Patrick

Events

October 16

Friday

October 17

Saturday

October 21

Wednesday

March 5

Saturday

Irish generosity over the years

This year, the annual World Giving Index ranked Ireland as the most generous country in Europe, based on data gathered from the Gallup World Poll about respondents' charitable activities.

A rich legacy of Irish giving exists on both sides of the Atlantic. Consider Philadelphia's Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a society dedicated to providing education and charity for more than 240 years.

"The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick is one of the most dynamic and vibrant charitable and education-oriented forces in the Philadelphia Irish community," asserts Thomas Lyons 2d, the group's historian.

Founded in 1771 to provide relief for Irish immigrants, the Friendly Sons included many Revolutionary notables: Thomas Fitzsimons, Robert Morris, and Commodore John Barry, "father of the American navy." George Washington was made an honorary member in 1782. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin attended some of the group's early meetings.

As Irish immigration to America swelled in the 1840s due to the Great Hunger, the charitable work of the Friendly Sons grew accordingly. Benevolent efforts soon expanded beyond the Irish community - victims of the Johnstown flood and San Francisco earthquake, veterans of the Spanish-American War, and the Russian Jewish Relief Fund all received assistance.

After the 1922 establishment of the Irish Free State, the Friendly Sons donated $5,000 to alleviate the suffering of those affected by hostilities.

As conditions in Ireland improved and immigration abated, the focus of the group shifted to promoting closer ties between America and Ireland. The installation of the Barry statue outside Independence Hall and the Fitzsimons monument in Logan Square evidenced this new direction and showed the contribution of the Irish to American society. Since World War II, the Friendly Sons have also provided scholarships for Irish graduate students to study in America.

The Friendly Sons is the second-oldest continuously meeting Irish organization in the United States, and currently has more than 1,200 members.


Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20141207_Irish_generosity_over_the_years.html#SLGs0JtHBH4Fs3ML.99

Sponsors & Friends

 

Join Fiona Ritchie on Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. for The Thistle & Shamrock on Hawaii Public Radio.  Hear wild fiddle music and singing in the language of the Gael. 

 
 
 

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CEILI and SET DANCING class at Anna O'Briens

September 1, 2015 from 5pm to 6:45pm
This class will teach the social dances of Ireland. Ceili and set dances are fun to do and easy to learn. There is minimal footwork required, and you can learn and perform dances from your very first lesson. Fun for all ages and dance levels.This class will be held on the first Tuesday of every month.What to bring: Clothes: Please wear comfortable, non-restricting workout clothing. There is no required uniform for class, but you should be able to move and sweat.Shoes: New students should wear…See More
Aug 16
Damian Vacin posted a blog post

Gaelic Sports

Is anyone who is a part of this group interested in playing hurling of gaelic football? If so please respond to this post.Thanks,Damian VacinSee More
Aug 16
Damian Vacin is now a member of Friends of St. Patrick of Hawaii
Aug 16
Karen Goodwin is now a member of Friends of St. Patrick of Hawaii
Aug 11
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Hawaii Irish Dance ceili & dinner event at Anna O'Brien's pub

July 26, 2015 from 3pm to 8pm
HAWAII IRISH DANCE CEILI & DINNER07/26/20153:00-8:00pmAnna O'Brien's Pub2440 S. Beretania St.Come join us for fun dancing, great music, and tasty food at the third Hawaii Irish Dance Ceili and Dinner event!Dancing: Ceili dances are lively group dances that draw on the folk traditions of Ireland. Some dances have roots in other countries, such as England, Scotland, or France. Many of the dances performed at ceilis have been passed down for hundreds of years, while others are more recent.At…See More
Jul 18
David Reid is attending Kevin Kelly's event

Scholarship Awardee Pizza Party at Celtic Room-Behind O'Toole's

July 18, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm
Come to the monthly membership meeting early and meet the newest recipients of our Friends of Saint Patrick Annual Scholarship program before they head off to College.See More
Jul 17
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Beltaine at Anna O'Brien's

July 9, 2015 at 8pm to July 10, 2015 at 10am
Friends of St Patrick fundraiser!Beltaine is the Northwest's premier Celtic Fusion band that features hammered dulcimer, guitar, accordion, marimbula, flute, bass, and drums.  Depending on the venue and the show, we range from a duo to a quintet offering a unique blend of Scottish, Irish, and original music with diverse musical influences.  $9 Advance, $12 at the doorThis is a smoke-free showChildren under 18 admitted free with an…See More
Jul 9
David Reid left a comment for Elizabeth Kann
""Fáilte", welcome to the Friends of St Patrick.   I hope you can join us for some of our events this month.  We've a fairly diverse assortment from which to choose . "
Jul 2
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Kevin Kelly updated an event
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CEILI and SET DANCING class at Anna O'Briens

July 7, 2015 from 5pm to 6:45pm
This class will teach the social dances of Ireland. Ceili and set dances are fun to do and easy to learn. There is minimal footwork required, and you can learn and perform dances from your very first lesson. Fun for all ages and dance levels.This class will be held on the first Tuesday of every month.What to bring: Clothes: Please wear comfortable, non-restricting workout clothing. There is no required uniform for class, but you should be able to move and sweat.Shoes: New students should wear…See More
Jul 2
Kevin Kelly posted events
Jun 16
Kevin Kelly updated an event

Scholarship Awardee Pizza Party at Celtic Room-Behind O'Toole's

July 18, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm
Come to the monthly membership meeting early and meet the newest recipients of our Friends of Saint Patrick Annual Scholarship program before they head off to College.See More
Jun 16
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Finnegan's Wake at Meet at O'Toole's

June 12, 2015 from 4:30pm to 9pm
Join us for a pub crawl through downtown Honolulu in honor of James Joyce's literary figure.  We'll leave from O'Toole's at 4:30 pm and head to Murphy's, Ferguson's, JJ Dolan's and back to O'Toole's.Intended plan4:30-5:30pm                          O'Toole's5:30 6:15pm                          Murphy’s6:25-7:15pm                          Ferguson’s7:30-8:15                               JJ Dolan’s8:15 Back to                          O'Toole’s This is very approximate.Our intent is to spend…See More
Jun 11
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First Annual Celtic Hawaii Fourth of July Picnic at Bellows Pavilion A (big one by beach parking lot)

July 4, 2015 from 12pm to 6pm
Co-sponsored by The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii, The Friends of St. Patrick, & The Caledonian Society of Hawaii.- RSVP:  Nancy Smiley at SASHawaii@icloud.com or (808) 371-0819 (call/text)-- Non-Military (without Military/DoD Identification Card):  For those age 16 & older, we must have your RSVP, NO LATER THAN JUNE 25th. Please include NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, CONTACT PHONE NUMBER, and EMAIL ADDRESS of all attendees. We need this information so…See More
Jun 10
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Beltaine at Locations and ticket info coming soon.

July 11, 2015 at 9pm to July 12, 2015 at 12am
They're coming to Hawaii!!  3 Shows!Beltaine is the Northwest's premier Celtic Fusion band that features hammered dulcimer, guitar, accordion, marimbula, flute, bass, and drums.  Depending on the venue and the show, we range from a duo to a quintet offering a unique blend of Scottish, Irish, and original music with diverse musical influences.  We hope you enjoy our music!  See More
Jun 10
Kevin Kelly updated an event
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Beltaine at Locations and ticket info coming soon.

July 10, 2015 at 9pm to July 11, 2015 at 12am
They're coming to Hawaii!!  3 Shows!Beltaine is the Northwest's premier Celtic Fusion band that features hammered dulcimer, guitar, accordion, marimbula, flute, bass, and drums.  Depending on the venue and the show, we range from a duo to a quintet offering a unique blend of Scottish, Irish, and original music with diverse musical influences.  We hope you enjoy our music!  See More
Jun 10
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Celtic Book Club at Celtic Room-Behind O'Toole's

June 28, 2015 from 4pm to 6pm
Read a Celtic travel theme book and share it with others.See More
Jun 8
Elizabeth Kann is now a member of Friends of St. Patrick of Hawaii
Jun 6
Kevin Kelly posted an event

Scholarship Awardee Pizza Party at Celtic Room-Behind O'Toole's

July 18, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm
Come to the monthly membership meeting early and meet the newest recipients of our Friends of Saint Patrick Annual Scholarship program before they head off to College.See More
Jun 4
Kevin Kelly updated an event
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Membership Meeting-Irish History at Celtic Room-Behind O'Toole's

May 16, 2015 from 3:30pm to 5pm
On Sunday we play the Wild Shamrocks for the honor of owning the Golden Pratie (Potato) and as such it is appropriate to keep our membership meeting in theme with the Potato as our subject and address the Friends on a History of the Potato Famine in IrelandBill Comerford presents how it came about and how it affected Ireland's population.Bring Potato themed dishes for the usual feed for everyone!See More
May 12

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Gaelic Sports

Posted by Damian Vacin on August 16, 2015 at 5:18am 0 Comments

Is anyone who is a part of this group interested in playing hurling of gaelic football? If so please respond to this post.

Thanks,

Damian Vacin

Words to Recruiting Song

Posted by Rosanne T. Donohoe on February 12, 2012 at 2:08pm 0 Comments

SOCIETY OF THE FRIENDS OF ST. PATRICK

RECRUITING SONG

 

If you’re Irish come into the parlor

There’s a welcome there for you,

 

And if your name is Timothy or Pat,

So long as you come from Ireland

There’s a welcome on the mat.

If you come from the Mountains of Mourne

Or Killarney’s Lakes so blue,

We’ll sing you a song

We’ll make a fuss

Whoever you are, you’re one of us,

If you’re Irish,…

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The Celtic Keiki are looking forward to the Emerald Ball - Join Us!

Posted by The Celtic Keiki on February 6, 2012 at 1:19pm 0 Comments

The Emerald Ball is one of the very best parties hosted by The Friends of St. Patrick.  The Ball is a night filled with kilts, kegs, corned beef, cabbage, Irish Music, Dance, Song and Whiskey!  Come to visit with old friends and make some new ones!

New Board Members

Posted by Kevin Kelly on December 11, 2011 at 7:10pm 0 Comments

The following  have stepped up to the plate and offered their services and at our last Board of Directors meeting these gentlemen were added as Directors, Matt McConnell, Chuck Wall, and Clark Ratliffe, we also named Joshua Beal as an alternate director.

Library

Posted by Kevin Kelly on December 11, 2011 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Ian Wilson has donated a large number of books many of which are unique and difficult to find.  They are in the E & J Lounge offices above at 10 Marin Lane.  These books will be reference only and may be viewed or used by appointment. Please Contact Bill Comerford to use them.

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