Welcome to the Friends of St Patrick of Hawaii Website!

Celtic Days in Hawaii have come and gone and we want to thank all of you and the leaders and members of these organizations for coming together to support each other and further Celtic culture in Hawai'i. 

  • Society of the Friends of St. Patrick of Hawai'i 
  • Saint Andrew Society of Hawai'i (SASH)
  • 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 

The Society of the Friends of St. Patrick of Hawai‘i have invited chapters from across the country to the 8th National Summit of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.  We are honored to host this event from October 13-16, 2016 where individual chapters convene to share successes and best practices and discuss issues within our organizations.  At every Summit the collegiality between chapters deepens as new friends and memories are made.

This year’s Summit has been a year in the making with a full schedule of tours, internationally renowned Irish musicians, and a pub crawl through old Honolulu’s Irish haunts.  We’ve left plenty of time to get sand between your toes on beautiful Waikiki Beach and have a hospitality room where all of the Summit participants can enjoy a cold beverage and the camaraderie of fellow Friends.  Check out the links below to learn more and make your plans now to be partof the Summit in October.

Also remember that April 30 is the deadline for submitting scholarship applications.  If any of your deserving young scholars are trying to figure out how to pay for college, have them check out the Scholarship link above.

And finally, just because Celtic days are over be sure to check out our Events page and join your fellow Friends at one of our gatherings.

Events

October 13

Thursday

October 17

Monday

October 30

Sunday

January 16

Monday

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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Guinness Toast & Joke Contest at O'Toole's

December 19, 2016 from 7:30pm to 9pm
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December 19, 2016 from 7:30pm to 9pm
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Friends of Saint Patrick Chrismas Party at Ferguson's

December 11, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm
Come spread some holiday cheer at Ferguson's  for our annual pot luck Christmas party.  This year we'll be ringing in the holidays with our good friends from the Saint Andrew Society.  Always a good time.Be sure to bring a wrapped present for the kids at Kapiolani Women's and Children's Hospital (label them as girl or boy).See More
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November 21, 2016 from 7:30pm to 9pm
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The Celtic Book Club at Celtic Room of O’Toole’s Irish Pub

October 30, 2016 at 4pm to November 27, 2016 at 6pm
The Celtic Book Club meet the last Sunday of the month inside the Celtic Room at O'Toole's Irish Pub, Honolulu. Check back for details of today's discussion.This is a free event open to all.  Show up if you're interested--no RSVP necessary. See More
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National Meeting of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick - Hosted by The Friends of St. Patrick of Hawaii at Alana Doubletree Hotel

October 13, 2016 to October 16, 2016
From the north to south and east to west, our Irish brethren will be descending on Honolulu for the 2016 National Meeting of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.  Make plans to attend all of the events planned around this prestigious event including a welcome reception, music night, pub crawl, and Sunday breakfast and mass.We'll have a hospitality suite at out host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alana.  The Alana is conveniently located on Ala Moana Blvd just makai of…See More
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Irish Language at O'Toole's

September 27, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm
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The Celtic Book Club at Celtic Room of O’Toole’s Irish Pub

September 25, 2016 from 4pm to 6pm
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Irish Music Session at Anna O’Brien’s

September 18, 2016 from 5pm to 8pm
Musicians of any level and on any instrument you can transport to the event site are welcome, although the tunes will be played at a dance tempo.  Play as much or as little as you like.Musicians will gather on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.See More
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Guinness Toast & Joke Contest at O'Toole's

September 17, 2016 from 7:30pm to 9pm
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Irish Language at O'Toole's

September 13, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm
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Gaelic Sports

Posted by Damian Vacin on August 16, 2015 at 5:18am 1 Comment

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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