The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick is a non profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of the cultural achievements of the Irish.
“The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore” grew out of a conversation between Jerry Burke and Ed Moran on the 1973 N.J. Chamber of Commerce “train-ride to Washington”.
Inspired by the success of the Friendly Sons in Essex County, they wondered if the Hudson County transplants to the shore area might not support a group of their own. After two preliminary meetings to explore interest in the idea, a key meeting was called in the fall of 1973 at The Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank. With attendance by Jack Kraft, Jim Desmond, Joe McMahon, Denis McCarthy, Pete Morley, Burke and Moran, the decision was made to have a dinner in March 1974. With the addition of James F. Feeney, the group became incorporated “to provide social and recreational opportunities for its members”. The first annual dinner was held at the Sea Girt Inn honoring Judge M. Raymond McGowan as “Irishman of the Year”.
Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore Donate $15,000 to St. Rose Schools
On Friday, December 21, 2012 the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore presented our donation from our Hurricane Sandy fundraiser to St. Rose in Belmar. Thanks to everyone who participated in our event. Your generosity made this possible.
Belmar St. Patrick's Parade Plans Announced
The Board of Trustees confirmed that the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will participate in the annual Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade to be held on Sunday, March 3, 2013. The Belmar Parade is the largest family event sponsored by the Friendly Sons. In 2012, over 125 Friendly Sons, wives, children and grandchildren marched in the Belmar Parade. In 2013, we expect to eclipse this mark with many new family and friends!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The day will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Spring Lake Fire House located at 1007 Fifth Avenue, Spring Lake, New Jersey (plenty of parking). Upon arrival, join us for breakfast, bagels, donuts and coffee and of course, our traditional Bloody Mary’s to warm up for the parade; (beer, wine and assorted mixed brinks and soft drinks are also provided). At about 12:30 p.m. we will board a luxury coach provided by Allaire Limousine for our short trip to the parade starting point.
As a great Irish Organization we will march in the parade escorted by the Monmouth County Pipe Band along the crowded streets of Belmar. At the conclusion of the parade, we will be met by our motor coach and transported back to the fire house for an afternoon of great fun.
The afternoon will feature a full buffet lunch/dinner provided for all guests, open bar with beer, wine and assorted mixed drinks, soda, juice and water. We will be joined by members of the Monmouth County Pipe Band for a rousing rendition of traditional Irish rebel songs. Music, fun, family and fellowship will be the order of the day. Complete the afternoon with an Irish coffee and cake. Mark your calendar and plan on attending.
The cost for the roundtrip bus transportation and the lunch/dinner buffet is $15.00 per adult. Children 18 and under are free.
Rain or Shine, Hot or Cold, WE MARCH. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AS THIS IS A MUST EVENT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
February 10, 2013
Annual Communion Breakfast
DOOLAN'S SHORE CLUB, SPRING LAKE
10 a.m. Mass followed by breakfast.
Our speaker will be Dr. Matt Patterson, Forensic Dentist for the Duffy's Cut Project.
Cost is $24.00 per adult and $10.00 for children under 16.
March 8, 2013
Fortieth Annual Dinner
DOOLAN'S SHORE CLUB, SPRING LAKE
Honoring Irishman of the Year Tom Weatherall, Order of St. Brendan Eugene Devlin, and Commodore John Barry Award recipient Lt. General John F. Mulholland, Jr.
Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 pm, Dinner and Open Bar 7:30 pm