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Remembering the Fenians: Thomas Darragh & Robert Cranston, 10/28/17

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Please see below about an upcoming fundraiser this Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Galway Bay Pub in Pawtucket, R.I. They hope to raise enough to erect gravestones in Philadelphia for two Fenians, Thomnas Darragh and Robert Cranston who escaped from Fremantle Prison in Western Australia on the Catalpa, which is commemorated on the stone and plaque dedicated by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New Bedford. ...read more

NBWM Famine, Friends & Fenians

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Lectures on New Bedford's curious ties to Irish History. Famine, Friends & Fenians, a major exhibition on Ireland and New Bedford, opened in October to rave reviews and runs through Labor Day. Special thanks to the Carney Family Charitable Foundation and to Norm and Maryellen Sullivan Shachoy for leading the fundraising efforts. Major loans came from the Ryan Family, The Boston Marine Society, Egan Maritime Institute, Marion Antiques, The Charitable Irish Society, and Quinnipiac University. A traveling exhibit on whaling in Co. Mayo from the Irish National Park Service deepens our knowledge and understanding of early 20th century whaling. A comprehensive book is a fine companion piece to the exhibit and explores in more detail the curious links between the United States and Ireland. Thursdays: February 16 & 23, March 16, April 20 Lecture: 7 pm | Reception: 6 pm Museum Members: $10 | Non-members: $15 Series tickets Members $35 | Non-members $55 Single & series tickets call: 508-997-0046 Online: whalingmuseum.org To find out more please click here. ...read more

Richard Moore – Feb 2, 2016

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Richard Moore - Tuesday, February 2, 2016 New Bedford Whaling Museum Reception 6PM ~ Presentation 7PM FREE Admission Please click here for more information. ...read more

2016 Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament

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The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will be hosting their 12th annual Golf Tournament on Saturday June 11, 2016 at Allendale Country Club. All proceeds from this tournament are used to fund the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Scholarship Program. Annually, the organization distributes $20,000 in scholarships to area high school and college students. Tournament Info:
  • Price:
    • $135.00 pp (First come, first served) Includes…. Golf, Cart, Pre Golf BBQ, Gifts & Dinner
  • Day of Schedule:
    • 11:00am: FSOSP Scholarship Presentations (Golfers encouraged to attend!)
    • 11:30am: Pre Golf BBQ and Registration Opens
    • 1:00pm:  Tee Off (Scramble format)
  • Dinner Only:
    • $25 per person

Tee Sign Sponsor Form Registration Form ...read more

2014 Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament

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Registration Form 2014 We hope you consider joining us for the 2014 FSOSP Golf Tournament. We think we’ve made some additions to the tournament that will make the event better than ever. This year the tournament will be held at Allendale Country Club on Saturday June 14, 2014. (Rain date: July 19, 2014) The registration fee per player is $125. This year we are requiring preregistration for all golfers. Your registration fee includes the following: · Golf w/ Cart. (If the course is wet and we cannot take carts we will use the rain date. You WILL have use of a cart) · Pre Golf BBQ w/ refreshments · Gift (Golf Jacket w/ size of your choosing) · Raffles · Post Golf Clam Boil (BBQ available for those who do not eat clams) · Entry into Door Prize Lottery (Free foursome to Allendale CC) NOTE: Please Open the attached registration document and fill it out. You may return the Registration Form to any member of the Golf Committee. Alternatively you may mail it into the address noted on the form. Registration form is needed PRIOR to May 14, 2014. This is Required for 2014. Any information you need is likely included on this Registration Form. Tourney Date: June 14, 2014 Time: Registration from 11am to 1pm AND Golf at 1pm sharp Location: Allendale Country Club Questions?? Email us at: FSOSPGolf@gmail.com Thanks, FSOSP Golf Committee ...read more

Photos from 2012 St. Patrick’s Annual Dinner Celebration

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Enjoy some photos from our 2012 Annual Dinner - held on March 10th at White's of Westport. [iframe src="http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/misc?url=/_flash/gallery/gallery.html&Site=NB&Date=20120312&Category=MEDIA19&ArtNo=312009997&Ref=PH" width="100%" height="680"] ...read more

Mayor Mitchell and Friendly Sons of St. Patrick to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With a Flag Raising Ceremony

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New Bedford, Massachusetts - A delegation of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will join with Mayor Jon Mitchell and other elected officials for a flag raising ceremony at City Hall on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. The St. Patrick’s Day flag raising is in recognition of the many achievements, contributions, and successes of Irish Americans. The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick is a non-profit organization located in New Bedford, Massachusetts and is dedicated to increasing the awareness of the cultural achievements of the Irish. Each year, the fraternal association sponsors scholarships presented to deserving local high school students. The organization also contributes generously to various local and regional causes. In addition to the flag raising on Saturday, the Friendly Sons will conduct a special wreath laying ceremony at the Irish Monument (located at the intersection of East Rodney French Blvd. and Apponagansett Streets) at 12:00 noon. ...read more

Sunshine Committee brings good cheer!

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Paul Swain (Sunshine Committee Chairman) presenting Dick Stenson with a fruit basket. Dick is in recovery from a medical issue. Paul also delivered a fruit basket to the home of Bill O'Brien who is also recovering from an illness. Both are doing fine and recovering well! ...read more

7th Annual Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament

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When: Saturday June 18, 2011, 1:30pm Shotgun Where: Allendale Country Club Format: 4-Person Scramble Dinner: Dinner immediately following in Allendale’s Banquet Hall with Live Band Cost: $125.00/per person Includes: Golf, Cart, Range Balls, Gift & Barbeque Dinner Dinner Only: $20.00/per person To sign up, or for more information contact: Jim Morrison: (508) 995-1994 Sean Toomey: (508) 207-0439 Pat Taffe: (508) 361-2350 Please sign up and pay in full by: Monday June 13, 2011 ...read more

Irish celebration brings Derry mayor to New Bedford

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NEW BEDFORD — 03/12/2011 - St. Patrick's Day is approaching and members of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick have already begun to celebrate their heritage, bringing the mayor of Derry in Northern Ireland to New Bedford. Accompanied by the mayoress Rachael Parks, Colum Eastwood, 27, toured the city Friday with Friendly Sons president and Derry native Chris Donnelly. ...read more

Cork are All-Ireland Champions ~ Pints of Murphys will Flow in the Rebel Camp Tonight (2 Videos)

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Resurgent Cork won their first All-Ireland football title since 1990 with a one point comeback win over Down at an emotion-filled Croke Park. After so many setbacks, disappointments and false dawns, the Rebels finally got their hands on Sam (Sam Maguire Cup) once again, but they had to dig deep into their reserves of courage and self-belief to see off the Mourne men. ...read more

Legendary Radio Voice Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh to Retire After Cork v Down GAA game on Sunday (Sept. 19th)

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AFTER 62 seasons of powerful sporting commentaries full of legendary wit and intelligence, Micheal O Muircheartaigh has announced that this Sunday's All-Ireland Football Final will be his last. A national institution described as "one part commentator, two parts seanachai", whose voice is synonymous with the Irish summer, Micheal said: "There is only a while in everything" and that he wants to go while he still enjoys it. He will, however, continue to contribute to RTE Radio on a regular basis and will be in the commentary box for the international rules series with Australia in October. ...read more

Cork v Down in All-Ireland Football Final 2010 (Sunday 19th Sept. – 3:30pm Croke Park)

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The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship is the premier "knockout" competition in the game of Gaelic football played in Ireland. The series of games are organized by the Gaelic Athletic Association  and are played during the summer months with the All-Ireland Football Final being played on the third or fourth Sunday in September in Croke Park, Dublin. The prize for the winning team is the Sam Maguire Cup.  Every county in Ireland participates in the Championship (except Kilkenny) so the competition is much more open than the Hurling Championship. Kerry and Dublin are among the most successful football teams. Kerry defeated Cork in the 2009 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final. ...read more

Sons and Daughters of Irish Emigrants all Over the World Encouraged to Study in Ireland

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An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen TD, has launched a new education initiative supported by Enterprise Ireland to bring the sons and daughters of Irish emigrants all over the world to study in Ireland. The Ireland Homecoming Study Programme (IHSP) aims to encourage the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Irish nationals, and non-resident passport holders living outside the European Union, to return to Ireland for their higher education studies. According to the Emigrant Advice Network (EAN) there are over 3.1 million non-resident Irish passport holders.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is one of eight Institutes of Technology taking part in the pilot programme which aims to attract descendants of the Irish Diaspora to study in Ireland at significantly discounted rates. The other seven participating ITs are in Athlone, Blanchardstown, Carlow, Cork, Dundalk, Sligo, and Waterford.

The IHSP will offer tuition costs to qualifying students of up to 40 percent less than the standard rate for non-EU students. The fee for the 2010/2011 intake will be €5,950. The programme aims to attract over 500 students over the next three years contributing an estimated €10 million to the Irish economy.

Students from overseas will be able to undertake undergraduate degree courses or shorter study courses. All degrees and qualifications in Ireland are globally recognised and fully transferable. Students will emerge with the professional skills needed to embark on a productive career path.

The programme will let the Irish Diaspora’s descendents study in the European Union and take advantage of Ireland’s excellent third level education reputation while tapping into their Irish heritage.

Programme creator and co-ordinator, Brían McNamara of Waterford IT (WIT) said: “The ‘Global Irish’ can now obtain very affordable qualifications in Ireland through the IHSP. As a nation, we have long recognised the important role that the Irish Diaspora or Global Irish play in promoting Irish culture and trade. This initiative will offer a practical benefit to the off-spring of Irish people abroad by allowing their children obtain an exceptional Irish education at highly competitive rates.”

Marion Coy, President of GMIT, said: “This programme is particularly appropriate to GMIT as the history of emigration from the West of Ireland means that we have strong links to the US.”

Information on and applications for participation in the IHSP from the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Irish nationals can be accessed at www.irelandhsp.com ...read more

High praise in China for Derry’s Bogside Artists

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Derry's Bogside Artists have just returned from Shenzhen in China where they painted a special mural for the Dafen Museum. Artists from all over the world were invited to Shenzhen to painting murals on the walls of the museum situated in Dafen Village, a place given over entirely to the art of painting and the only place of its kind in the world. Representing Ireland at the event, the Bogside Artists created a mural depicting the transition of old China to a new modern China. The piece won the praise of organizers, fellow artists and public alike and the trio have already been invited to return to Shenzhen in the future. ...read more

Friendly Son of Saint Patrick Returns

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The Derry-born president of the Irish-American organization The Friendly Sons of St Patrick returned to the city this week to meet the Mayor of Derry, Colum Eastwood. Chris Donnelly was born and raised in Lisfannon Park in the Bogside and moved to the United States more than 20 years ago. Before moving to America, Mr Donnelly owned the Derby Bar on Great James' Street. He is now a teacher in New Bedford, near Boston, where he lives. Mr Donnelly is a regular visitor to Derry with the Friendly Sons of St Patrick and attempts to promote stronger links between here and his adoptive city. ...read more

Wreath Laying Cermony in Honor of Captain George Anthony

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The wreath laying at the grave of  Captain George S. Anthony took place on Saturday May 22nd at the Rural Cemetery on Dartmouth Street New Bedford. Members and other invited guests and visiting dignitaries gathered at 8:45am. ...read more

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Scholarship Committee awarded $14,000 to 12 outstanding students from Greater New Bedford on June 19, 2010

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The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Scholarship Committee awarded $14,000 to 12 outstanding students from Greater New Bedford on June 19, 2010. The awards were made at the club’s Annual Golf Tournament held at Allendale Country Club. The scholarships, open to students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, are awarded on the basis of financial need and scholastic standing, with the first named awarded on academic merit by competitive essay. Funding for the scholarships is derived solely from the Friendly Sons two major fund raising events; the New Bedford Half Marathon each March and the Annual Golf Tournament in June.

This year’s scholarship recipients are:
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2010 New Bedford Half Marathon & Restaurant Run Huge Success!

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Getting ready for the Restaurant Run. In two years the Restaurant Run on Half Marathon day has become an institution. What was an innovative idea last year was taken for granted by runners and spectators this year. Last year it was innovative. This year it was expected and nearly perfect. ...read more

Ireland’s Minister of State, Pat Carey speaks at Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Annual Dinner Dance

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I am delighted to have this opportunity to pay my first visit to New Bedford and I want to thank the President of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, Chris Donnelly, and the officers of the Society for inviting me to join you this evening on the occasion of your Annual Dinner Dance. I would also like to acknowledge the other honoured guests here this evening including the Mayor of New Bedford, Scott Lang, and I would like to congratulate the honorees who are to be recognised here tonight. ...read more