Welcome to the Friends of St Patrick of Hawaii Website!

Celtic Days in Hawai‘i Ne are upon us!

The Society of the Friend's of St. Patrick invite you to kick off the season by inviting you to the premier Irish event of the season, The 63rd Annual Emerald Ball.   The event, to be held at the Japanese Cultural Center in Moiliili near the University of Hawaii, will kick off at 5:00 pm with a silent auction with entertainment, an Irish dinner and dance to follow.  Go to the events page or click here to get your tickets.  

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And be sure to come join with your friends and march in the 50th Annual Waikiki St. Patrick's Day Parade that will be held on Friday March 17.  The parade kicks off at noon so make plans to get there early.  Find more information on the events page.

We are fortunate here in Hawai‘i to have a number of Celtic organizations that share their convictions of friendship, culture and community and we 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 

 

Events

July 30

Sunday

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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David Reid left a comment for Eddie Schott
"A Eddie, Dia duit.     I just now realized that I never got your email address so you haven't gotten the notice about our changing the Irish Language workshop from Tuesdays to Mondays.      I am so sorry.  We were…"
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The Celtic Book Club at Celtic Room of O’Toole’s Irish Pub

July 30, 2017 from 4pm to 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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Shannon Brady is now a member of Friends of St. Patrick of Hawaii
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Eddie Schott is attending Kevin Kelly's event
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Gaelic Language at O'Toole's

June 27, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm
We have a group that gets together on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday's to learn basic conversational Irish. Any one with an interest in Gaeilge and is willing to contribute to the group should put this evening on their calendar.All levels are welcome.See More
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Eddie Schott might attend Kevin Kelly's event
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Gaelic Language at O'Toole's

June 13, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm
We have a group that gets together on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday's to learn basic conversational Irish. Any one with an interest in Gaeilge and is willing to contribute to the group should put this evening on their calendar.All levels are welcome.See More
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David Reid is attending Kevin Kelly's event
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Gaelic Language at O'Toole's

June 27, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm
We have a group that gets together on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday's to learn basic conversational Irish. Any one with an interest in Gaeilge and is willing to contribute to the group should put this evening on their calendar.All levels are welcome.See More
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Irish Dance & Music Sessions at Anna O'Brien's (upstairs)

June 27, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm
All Hawaii Irish Dance dancers, friends, family members, and newcomers are invited to our Irish dance and music sessions. Dancers: no specialized clothing or shoes are required, but please wear comfortable shoes that will stay on your feet as you dance (please no slippers, sandals, or high heels - they may become a tripping hazard for you). Please also note that the dance surface will be concrete. The level of instruction and calling depends on who shows up - dances may be taught if needed.…See More
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David Reid is attending Kevin Kelly's event
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Irish Dance & Music Sessions at Anna O'Brien's (upstairs)

June 20, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm
All Hawaii Irish Dance dancers, friends, family members, and newcomers are invited to our Irish dance and music sessions. Dancers: no specialized clothing or shoes are required, but please wear comfortable shoes that will stay on your feet as you dance (please no slippers, sandals, or high heels - they may become a tripping hazard for you). Please also note that the dance surface will be concrete. The level of instruction and calling depends on who shows up - dances may be taught if needed.…See More
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Irish Music Session at Anna O’Brien’s

June 18, 2017 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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David Reid is attending Kevin Kelly's event
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Gaelic Language at O'Toole's

June 13, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm
We have a group that gets together on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday's to learn basic conversational Irish. Any one with an interest in Gaeilge and is willing to contribute to the group should put this evening on their calendar.All levels are welcome.See More
Jun 9
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Hang Over Meeting at Celtic Room

June 10, 2017 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Put the hair of the dog behind you (and Finnegan's wake) and join your fellow Friends for the HangOver meeting where we do our best to put our library and office in order.  Its always interesting to find lost documents and history of our club's past in the files of the organization.See More
Jun 9
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Finnegan's Wake and Bloomsday Celebration at Meet at O'Toole's

June 9, 2017 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
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"Welcome to our club.   If you're available tomorrow afternoon, we hope you can join us for the Irish humour meeting in the Celtic Room of O'Toole's Irish Pub at 3:30"
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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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