“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.”
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Foundation
The original purpose of the Foundation was to create a fund for a scholar-athlete to attend
Monmouth. Jim Dolan, the original driving force for the program, left the organization and
there was approx. $8,500 left in the treasury for the Irish Youth Fund, an organization that
had become the alternate beneficiary of the program. This was a student exchange
program for a few years, and it eventually evolved into our Grants program.
Brother Peter Mannion, former Principal of Christian Brothers Academy,
Board Member and Irishman of the Year, was the driving force for the scholarships
to be awarded each year.
With the advent of the ad journal, the number of grants increased. The FFSP annually
transferred funds to the Foundation which decided the total number of scholarships based
upon the money transferred.
Presently, the FSSP utilizes a scholarship committee to distribute the grant money.
A 501( c)(3) charitable foundation