Welcome to the Friends of St Patrick of Hawaii Website!
The holidays are in full swing with lots of merrymaking opportunities for the Friends of St Patrick. The annual Christmas party as Ferguson's was a tremendous success. Members of the FOSP and the Saint Andrew Society of Hawai'i joined together for an evening of drink, food and fun and in the process collected more than a sleigh full of toys for the kids at Kapiolani Women's and Children's Hospital. Thanks to everyone who came for your generosity.
You can also see the list of 2015 FOSP events below this message. Its not too early to mark your calendar for the Emerald Ball, St. Patrick's Day parade or anything Society gathering in between. Note that you can buy tickets to many of our events, including the Emerald Ball, online here on our website.
Also new is a link to the Consolidated Celtic Calendar. Click on the link below this message and you see a list of all of the Celtic events in Hawaii sponsored by the following organizations:
Thanks to the leaders and members of these organizations for coming together to support each other and further Celtic culture in Hawai'i.
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.
Your Board of Directors
Join the Friends of St. Patrick for their biggest event of the year. There will be plenty of entertainment hosted by Master of Ceremony James McCarthy. Come early and have cocktails at the full no-…
Organized by Bill Comerford | Type: fundraiser2 Comments 1 Like
Join the Friends in the best St Patrick's Day parade in the Pacific. It steps off from Ft. DeRussey at noon and proceeds down Kalakaua Ave. to Kapiolani Park. For more information or to have your gr…
Organized by Nelson Lampert | Type: parade1 Comment 2 Likes
What, a Scottish golf tournament with players in kilts in Hawaii??? Yes, the Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii and the Friends of Saint Patrick are holding their annual Blue Shamrock Kilted Golf Class…0 Comments 1 Like
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.