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.
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.
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…0 Comments 0 Likes
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…0 Comments 0 Likes
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.
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.