THE FRIENDLY SONS OF SAINT PATRICK OF THE JERSEY SHORE are a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of the cultural achievements of the Irish.

This spirited group comes together to promote its’ Irish heritage on the Jersey Shore through social events and charitable endeavors since 1973.

2nd Annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Set for October 17th at Dublin House!

Celebrate the 2019 March Black Tie Dinner Honorees:
Irishmen of the Year:  Jimmy, Bobby and Mike Byrne
Commodore Barry Recipient: Jason Martin

The Dublin House

30 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ

October 17, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 PM

3 Hour Open Bar • Heavy Appetizers

Irish Music – Bantry Boys

Proceeds support The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore Foundation

Donation:   $75.00 per person

Sponsorships Available:


Pot of Gold Sponsor: $500 (includes 4 paid tickets)

Emerald Sponsor: $250 (includes 2 paid tickets)

If you cannot attend and would like to make a donation please let us know. Thank you in advance.

Tickets can be purchased at our website:www.friendlysonsofstpatrick-jerseyshore.com

 

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Jersey Shore
45th Annual Men’s Black Tie Dinner on Friday, March 9, 2018

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore will honor United Way President and CEO Timothy Hearne, Jr. as its’ Irishman of the Year and Irish Echo Editor Ray O’Hanlon as the Order of St. Brendan honoree at their 2018 St. Patrick’s Dinner.

The 45th Annual St. Patrick’s Black Tie Dinner will be held on Friday evening, March 9, 2018, at Doolan’s Shore Club, Route 71, Spring Lake Heights, at 6:30 PM. The popular black tie event celebrating St. Patrick’s Day promises to attract another sellout crowd, with proceeds from the dinner benefiting educational grants for deserving college bound high school seniors of Irish heritage and other charitable endeavors.

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Board of Trustees selected Timothy C. Hearne, Jr., the President and CEO of United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC) as the 2018 Irishman of the Year.  Tim is the grandson of three Irish Immigrants who came to America in the 1800’s. During his time at United Way, Tim successfully transitioned the UWMOC to a community impact model and was very active in the rebuilding of Monmouth County after Superstorm Sandy, raising close to $7 million for the United Way Rebuild NJ program and the Monmouth County Long Term recovery Group. Under Tim’s leadership, the United Way organizations in Monmouth and Ocean County merged and announced a $1 million challenge grant, the largest gift to a United Way in the state.

 

The Board of Trustees also conferred the 2018 Order of St. Brendan Award to Ray O’Hanlon. The Order of St. Brendan honors native born sons of Ireland who have added to the luster of their Irish heritage here in the United States. Born in Dublin, Ray is a graduate of University College Dublin. He worked with the Irish Press newspaper group before moving to the United States in 1987. O’Hanlon joined the Irish Echo in 1988 and began his career with the paper by expanding its coverage of Irish-American life and activities beyond the New York area.

O’Hanlon’s particular beat has long been the immigration issue and his 1998 book, “The New Irish Americans,” is considered a definitive account of the battle for immigration reform waged by the Irish Immigration Reform Movement and other Irish-American organizations in the late 1980s and early ’90s. “The New Irish Americans” was the recipient of a Washington Irving Book Award. Ray’s personal success and outstanding efforts represents a true Irish immigrant success story.  He also served as a commentator on the PBS broadcast “Out of Ireland” television series.

For more information about the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore and our March Dinner visit our web site at www.friendlysonsofstpatrick-jerseyshore.com

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore 29th Annual Communion Breakfast

Friendly Sons, their families and friends are invited to attend our 29th Annual Communion Breakfast. Members are encouraged to attend with their wives and children to participate in the preserving of our Irish heritage. This year, our guest speaker will be Father Bill Dowd, the Chaplain for the New York Giants. Father Bill is looking forward to sharing some of his stories about his work with the Giants.

The cost for the event, including a buffet breakfast is $24 per adult including gratuity and $10 for children 16 and under.

Mass will be celebrated by Father Bill beginning at 10:00 am.

Tickets may be ordered on our website or by downloading and mailing the registration form. For further information call Brother Frank Byrne, Committee Chairman at 732-522-1540 or Susan Lavin our executive secretary at 732-223-3424.

The Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade March on Sunday, March 4, 2018 

Mark your calendars! This coming March 4, 2018 men and women of the Jersey Shore will join together to march up Main Street in honor of Saint Patrick. The parade is intended to be a showcase for Irish Heritage. Entertained by marchers, bands, and a lot of fire engines, crowds line the streets for the parade.

The FSSP of the Jersey Shore will be participating in the parade on Sunday, March 4, 2018.  ALL members, children and grandchildren were encouraged to participate.   Our organization, family and guests are invited to gather for breakfast foods and refreshments for both adults and children, before the parade at # 1 Firehouse located on Fifth Avenue between Warren and Passaic Avenues in Spring Lake.

        From there, we will be bussed to our designated position in the parade. Once again this year, we will be led by the CBA Pipe and Drum Corps. Following the parade our marchers will be bussed back to the Fire House where festivities will continue with dinner and refreshments (including adult beverages) being served. Adults are asked to make a $15 donation.

This is a special annual event for our organization and it is important that our membership shows its strong commitment to  celebrating St. Patrick and our religious values.

 

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Jersey Shore Foundation St. Patrick’s in September
Honor Lt. Michael Clancy at The Dublin House

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore Foundation, known for their annual March Dinner, got an early start on the St. Patrick’s celebration. On Wednesday September 20, 2017 we held a first of its kind celebration at The Dublin House in Red Bank that is half way to St. Patrick’s Day. The “St. Patrick’s in September” networking event included a 3 hour open bar, food, Irish music and good cheer. Proceeds from the event will support  2017 Commodore Barry Honoree, Lieutenant Michael Clancy of the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office.

 

Last March Lieutenant Clancy received the 2017 Commodore Barry Award which is given “For Valor in the Irish tradition in the defense of the United States of America.” Clancy is a longtime public servant on the Jersey Shore, following a path that began as a Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights dispatcher, Ocean Township patrolman and detective, to his current role as a detective in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, responsible for all criminal investigations undertaken by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Bureau. 

Clancy recently learned he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or as it is commonly known Lou Gehrig’s disease. His Clancy’s Crew charity has subsequently undertaken fundraising efforts to raise money for ALS research with a mission to raise awareness about this terrible disease and to help all those that need additional support.

Bro. Peter Mannion Grants Program Awards 26 Shore Standout Students

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore are proud to announce the awarding of $26,000 in grants to 26 college bound students during an awards dinner honoring their achievement.  The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore chose from 214 applicants of Irish descent from 37 High Schools in Monmouth and Ocean County. The Grants are made possible by the fundraising efforts of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick-Jersey Shore Annual Black Tie Dinner and Program Journal, an annual Golf Outing at Manasquan River Country Club in August and other endeavors.

“The Brother Peter Mannion Friendly Sons of the Jersey Shore Foundation Grants-in-Aid,” honor the late Brother Peter Mannion, the man who was the guiding light behind awarding of over $576,000 in aid to local area high school graduates of Irish heritage. The students were selected by the organization’s Grant Committee according to Chairman Michael Dunphy. ”We reviewed some incredibly talented and well-rounded applicants. Our committee members reviewed every application and had to make some difficult decisions to select this year’s grant winners.  We have a wonderful group of high school students in our local communities.

Eighteen local high schools produced winners included Brick Township, Christian Brothers Academy, Central Regional, Donovan Catholic, Manasquan, MAST, Matawan Regional, Middletown South, Neptune,  New Egypt, Point Pleasant Beach, Point Pleasant Borough, Red Bank Catholic, Shore Regional, St. Rose, Toms River East, Toms River North and Toms River South.

FSSP President Joseph Maher noted, “We’re pleased the good work we do with our Annual Dinner and other events could raise monies to allow us to award 26 grants to some talented and deserving students as they head off to college.”

Students, their parents, FSSP President Joseph Maher and members of the Board of Directors of the Friendly Sons participated in the Annual Awards Ceremony at Doolan’s Shore Club Restaurant.

2018 Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Golf Classic Tees Off August 6th

Mark your calendars! The Annual Friendly Sons Golf Classic is set for Manasquan River Golf Club on August 6, 2018  for the 11th consecutive year.  Please join us for an annual event sure to sell out. A spectacular golf setting, great food, awards and a raffle for an Ireland Golf Trip highlight the day. Sponsorships are available and help contribute to our annual Grants Program for college bound high school seniors.

Last year, as the luck of the Irish would have it, the weather was spectacular, as it has been each year we’ve held this event at MRGC.  The Robert White designed course lived up to its reputation of lightning fast greens, challenging, pristine conditions and a highly desirable venue.

It is a great opportunity to enjoy the company of your family, friends, business colleagues and customers. Sponsorship opportunities are available!  For more information you can also call 732-223-3424.

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Jersey Shore
44th Annual Men’s Black Tie Dinner A Success

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — The 44th Annual Men’s Black Tie Dinner of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore held Friday evening, March 10, at Doolan’s Shore Club set a record for attendance with close to 400 attendees.

The popular black tie event celebrating St. Patrick’s Day attracted another sellout crowd, with proceeds from the dinner benefiting educational grants for deserving college bound high school seniors of Irish heritage and other charitable endeavors, including Clancy’s Crew.

Following a two hour cocktail hour, an opening prayer by Fr. Gary Koch and the traditional national anthems of both Ireland and the United States the program hit its stride. The highlight of the dinner was again the presentation of the Irishman of the Year Award to Brother Frank Byrne, the President of the Christian Brothers Academy. This year the Bagpipers band from the Cristian Brothers Academy surprised Brother Frank with a special performance that brought the crowd to its feet.

The 2017 Order of St. Brendan Award honoree, Michael O’Maille, then provided a humorous history lesson that proves the Irish really discovered America long before Columbus stumbled upon the new world.

Lieutenant Clancy received the Commodore Barry Award which is given “For Valor in the Irish tradition in the defense of the United States of America.” Clancy is a longtime public servant on the Jersey Shore, who currently is a detective in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, responsible for all criminal investigations undertaken by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Bureau.  His message to the crowd as well as the comments of all the honorees received several standing ovations.

Comedian Chris Monty for the second year in a row had the attendees rolling in the aisles with his special brand of humor that brought the night to happy close before midnight.

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore has awarded over $500,000 in grants to deserving Shore area high school seniors of Irish descent as a result of events like the annual dinner.

Brother Frank Byrne selected 2017 Irishman of the Year and
Michael O’Maille as the 2017 Order of St. Brendan Award honoree 

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Trustees selected Brother Frank Byrne, the President of the Christian Brothers Academy, as 2017 Irishman of the Year in recognition of his professional success and personal commitment to his Irish heritage. Brother Frank is the epitome of a local boy who has made good by staying true to his Irish heritage and to his Catholic faith. After his graduation from the University of Notre Dame, he joined the Christian Brothers order and he has served as President of the Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft since 2008.

The Board of Trustees also voted to confer the 2017 Order of  St. Brendan Award to Michael O’Maille.
The Order of St. Brendan honors those native born sons of 
Ireland who have added to the luster of their
Irish heritage here in the United States. Michael was born in Connemara, came to America in 1961, married in 1963 and is the father of three children. O’Maille is a well-known lecturer on Irish and Celtic history and culture to students of all ages. Michael’s personal success and outstanding efforts represents a true Irish immigrant success story.

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Lt. Michael Clancy Awarded Commodore Barry Award 

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Lieutenant Michael Clancy was honored as this year’s Commodore John Barry Award.
Lieutenant Clancy was honored with the Commodore Barry Award which is given “For Valor in the Irish tradition in the defense of the United States of America.” Clancy is a longtime public servant on the Jersey Shore, following a path that began as a Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights dispatcher, Ocean Township patrolman and detective, to his current role as a detective in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, responsible for all criminal investigations undertaken by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Bureau.

Clancy recently learned he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or as it is commonly known Lou Gehrig’s disease. His Clancy’s Crew charity has subsequently undertaken fundraising efforts to raise money for ALS research with a mission to raise awareness about this terrible disease and to help all those that need additional support.The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore Black Tie Dinner proceeds will benefit its’ Brother Mannion Grants Program and other charities including Clancy’s Crew and its’ efforts to fight ALS.

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore have awarded over $500,000 in grants to deserving Shore area high school seniors of Irish descent.

 Charitable Endeavors

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore continues to respond to the needs of its community and its membership.

Whether financially supporting worthwhile organizations that request aid or providing physical assistance to charitable groups who need it, the Charity Committee is dedicated to providing  support to individuals and organizations in need.

 

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