Past Presidents

Over the years the Presidents, of varying origins, careers and beliefs, have been elected because they share a common unifying desire to celebrate all that is Ireland, its unique culture, traditions and history, in the honour and the name of St Patrick. The President is elected annually at the Society’s AGM by the outgoing committee. In the Society’s history, only Mr P Hamilton has served more than one year, due to the Second World War; Whilst Graeme Martin and Noel Smyth are the only Presidents to have been reelected for a second term.

The Society’s first President was Sir Joseph Kemp. He was born in Dublin in 1874, and educated at Dublin High School, before later studying law at Cape University, South Africa and London University. He moved to Hong Kong in 1898 to serve as a cadet in the Colonial Office. In 1915, he was appointed the Attorney General of Hong Kong, before later being appointed as the Chief Justice of Hong Kong in 1930.

On his retirement as Chief Justice, Kemp was elected the first President of the Society in 1934. His election was the beginning of a rich history of the Society. Following him, just as Kemp, each of the Presidents have gone on to both contribute immensely to Hong Kong and preserve and celebrate Ireland’s culture and traditions overseas, through their involvement and leadership of the St Patrick’s Society of Hong Kong. 

Timeline

2017
January 1

MR FERGAL POWER

2016
May 18

MS LYNNE MULHOLLAND UL

2015
January 1

Mr Noel Smyth

2014
January 1

Ms. Kayte Candy

2013
January 1

Comdt. Graeme Martin

2012
January 1

Comdt. Graeme Martin

2011
January 1

Mr. Ian Lawlor

2010
January 1

Ms. Orla Gilroy

2009
January 1

Mr Damian McManamon

2008
January 1

Ms Dorraine Dempsey

2007
January 1

Mr Noel Smyth

2006
January 1

Mrs Orla Thomas

2005
January 1

Mr Ian Carroll

2004
January 1

Ms Anne Noonan

2003
January 1

Mr Ronan Delaney

2002
January 1

Mr. Tom Mulvey J.P.

2001
January 1

Mr. Darach Haughey

2000
January 1

Mr. Harry O’Neill

1999
January 1

Mrs. Thérèse Beresford

1998
January 1

Mr. Ian Candy

1997
January 1

Ms. Fiona Loughrey

1996
January 1

Mr. Dan Manning

1995
January 1

Ms. Molly Donoghue

1994
January 1

Mr. Robert Farrell

1993
January 1

Mr. G. McEnery

1992
January 1

Mr. P. McMahon

1991
January 1

Mr. P. Hurley

1990
January 1

Mr. A. Mackay

1989
January 1

Mr. J. N. McCaffrey

1988
January 1

Mrs. E. Shannon

1987
January 1

Mr. J. R. P. Breen

1986
January 1

Mr. D. Agnew

1985
January 1

Mrs. B. McKenzie

January 1

Prof. E. O’F. Walsh

1984
January 1

Mr. B. Griffin

1983
January 1

Mr. G. Fields

1982
January 1

Mr. H. Williams

1981
January 1

Mr. McDermott

1980
January 1

Mr. B. Keown

1979
January 1

Mr. T. Frawley

1978
January 1

Mr. T. A. Fitzpatrick

1977
January 1

Mrs. B. M. M. Murray

January 1

Mr. B. T. Flanagan

1976
January 1

Mr. J. P. MacMahon., C.P.M.

1975
January 1

Mr. S. G. Elliott

1974
January 1

Mr. L. Power, Q.P.M.

1973
January 1

Prof. Sean Raferty

1972
January 1

Mr. K. B. O’Sullivan

1971
January 1

Mr. B. F. Slevin, Q.P.M., J.P.

1970
January 1

Mr. T. B. P. O’Connell

1969
January 1

Mr. G. I. McCabe

1968
January 1

Mr. D. R. Bland

1967
January 1

Hon. C.E.M. Terry, O.B.E., O.ST.J., J.P.

1966
January 1

Mr. J. A. O’Hanrahan

1964
January 1

Mr. Justice B. Jennings

1963
January 1

Mr. J. F. Lindsay

1962
January 1

Professor Sean Mackey, O.B.E.

1961
January 1

Sir Michael Hogan, Kt., C.M.G.

1960
January 1

Mr. J. A. Fox

1959
January 1

Dr. A. W. Dawson-Grove, M.B.E.

1958
January 1

Professor B. Harrison

1956
January 1

Hon. H. D. M. Barton, M.B.E.

1955
January 1

Miss Elma Kelly

1954
January 1

Dr. J. H. McElney

1953
January 1

Mr. F. Shanks, O.B.E.

1952
January 1

Mr. E. R. Farrell

1951
January 1

Sir John Griffin, Q. C.

1950
January 1

Mr. F. G. Maunder

1949
January 1

Hon. D. J. S. Crozier, C.M.G.

1948
January 1

Mr. W. La B. Sparrow

1947
January 1

Dr. The Hon. P. J. Fehily, O.B.E.

1942
January 1

Mr. P. J. A. Hamilton

1941
January 1

Hon. C. E. M. Terry, O.B.E.

1940
January 1

Mr. J. C. M. Grenham, M.B.E.

1939
January 1

Mr. C. G. Perdue

1938
January 1

Dr. G. W. Pope

1937
January 1

Sir Ernest Williams

1936
January 1

Mr. F. P. R. James

1935
January 1

Mr. B. H. C. Hallowes

1934
January 1

Dr. W. B. A. Moore, O.B.E.

1933
January 1

Prof. F. A. Redmond

1932
January 1

Col. C. D. Myles, O.B.E.

1931
May 18

Sir Joseph Kemp, C.B.E.

1931
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