St Patrick’s Society, Hong Kong.
A year in the life
Join us as we review the many fab events organised by the tireless, hardworking, voluntary committee over the last 12 months:
After the heady highlights of the Ball in 2015 the St Patrick’s Society members gathered in good order the next day to proudly march in the inaugural Hong Kong St Patrick’s Day Parade along the waterfront in Central.
Through April and May, the Society proudly supported the appearance of Sol Art Gallery from Dublin at the Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair and Celtic Connections’ stirring recital of the Journey, in honour of the St Columbans’ 1400th anniversary. As the Summer came on hot and humid, members gathered in Rula Bula in early June for a social Summer drinks evening to renew old acquaintances and meet new ones at the Society Summer drinks evening.
After a short hiatus over the Summer, St Pats joined in a heartfelt thank you and farewell to Delaneys of Wan Chai in early August, as the doors were closed after over 20 memorable years serving the Irish community and the Hong Kong populace at large. Then to the Society AGM at the end of September, as Noel Smyth handed over the baton and chain of office to our new President Lynne Mulholland. Barely did she have time to breathe before we once again hosted the the Irish Cup feature race at Happy Valley on October 2nd. Members and friends dined and supported enthusiastically from the very well appointed double corporate box complete with a live band and Guinness on tap, of course.
In early November the Society represented the Irish community in Hong Kong by laying a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday. The ageless St Columbans celebrated Mass 1,400 years later in HK, with the support of the Society on November 10th. The younger members of the Society were catered for at the Christmas Kids Party with the arrival of Santa Claus and his ever faithful rein-dog, Scooby Doo, to present the kids with Christmas gifts as well as play games and were entertained by the manic magician. The tradition of Nollaig na mBan, or Women’s Little Christmas, was celebrated in fine style by a gathering of Society ladies on January 6th, followed closely on January 9th by a family walk and picnic around Lugard Road on the Peak. Barry’s tea was supped and children frolicked happily on the Peak.
Then to the other main event, The annual pub quiz in support of Echoes of Erin’s annual trip to the World Irish Dancing Championships. Held in El Charo Mexican restaurant in Cyberport, the quiz had a distinctly Mexican theme, the highlight being Round eight: the tasting and naming of 20 ingredients from El Charo’s famed chilli dish. Thank you to all who supported with prizes and attendance, and especially the quiz masters Gareth and Fergal, who again set a stern but fun eclectic range of questions.
St Pat’s was ambushed by the other HK societies, notably the St Andrews and St George waiting in the long grass of Hong Kong Football Club and had to relinquish the title of Inter Society Football champions of Hong Kong. A great day of sport was had, with the addition of a kids game this year, where the St Pat’s nippers took home the silver in fine style. Congratulations to the winners, the St George Society, and thank you to the St Andrews Society for organising and hosting. To keep the sporting theme going, a selection of Hong Kong’s finest (and worst) golfers attended and played at the annual Dan Manning Trophy held in early March. Thank you to all who supported.