Société St-Patrick de Richmond / Richmond St.Patrick's Society

Culture Irlandaise / Irish Culture

Richmond, Québec

Défilé / Parade

Danceuses Irlandaises / Irish Dancers
Festivité en Mars

Paddy's Newsletter
Paddy’s Newsletter
Irish News and Events of Richmond, Qc. and area

February 2017, Volume 32

The St. Patrick’s Society, we would like to wish you a very lucky and wonderful time of year. Many activities have been planned and organized to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Richmond’s Irish traditions and heritage.

We would thank Joe Kelly for his time and dedication over the past years spent putting the newsletters together. Thank you for all that you have shared with us! We are fortunate that Jessica Holliday has agreed to get involved with the preparation and input of parts of the Newsletter. Know that she will do an excellent job. In our September 2008 issue, Jessica was the member that we highlighted. Here is part of that article. Jessica Holliday of Windsor has one of the most wonderful smiles; you would definitely have noticed her as one of our Irish Dancers. From her studies she received a Bachelor’s of Arts and a Bachelor of Education degree from Bishop’s. This is being put to good use as a teacher and head teacher at ADS.  She is also quite active in the community. She wants to help people around her as much as she can, and loves putting a smile on other people’s faces simply with her personality (and deep-smile) and by being herself.
Welcome aboard Jessica!

Saturday, March 4th
St Pat’s curling Bonspiel
The St. Patrick's annual curling bonspiel will be held at the Danville Curling Club. A total of 16 teams will be competing for the "gold" as well as the "closest to the button" and "best fall" trophies. It is guaranteed to be an entertaining event, as it has been in the past. For more information, don't be shy to contact Erika at 819-826-3322 (entries are limited).

Legion’s Green Sale
The Richmond Legion will have their famous annual Green Sale at their hall (235 College N.) Doors open at 1:30 PM and everyone is invited to a fun-filled afternoon. Admission at door and a light lunch will be served following sale. For further information, please contact Elsie Kerr at 819-826-3284.

Sunday, March 5th
RCHS Irish spoken-word competition
The Richmond County Historical Society is organizing an Irish Spoken-Word event from 1:00PM-3:00PM at the Manse, 1161 Rte 243, Melbourne Township to coincide with Richmond's local frenzy of Irish activities. The Irish Spoken-Word competition is meant to celebrate the extraordinary contribution that Ireland has made to western literature while promoting literacy and cultural awareness among local youth. Interested students are asked to recite a 3-5 minute piece of selected Irish literature (prose or verse) to perform as they desire in English or in French.  Guest speakers will entertain with selective readings of Great Irish authors and also serve as judges for the competition.  Cash prizes shall be awarded to the winners. Students are encouraged to sign up with the RCHS by calling at (819)826-1332 or by email to prior to February 28th.  A maximum of six candidates shall be selected for the March 5th event based on their references and choice of reading. A Used Book Sale will take place at this event.

Friday, March 10th
Folktales with Mike Burns
Come to a voyage into the Irish folklore with Mike Burns, master storyteller at 8:00PM, Centre d’Art of Richmond. One of the few who carries a repertoire of tales, more than one for each day of the year some say, passed on to him by his father & grandmother. A great opportunity to experience the power & enjoyment of folktales. Stories will be told in french. Tickets are $15,00 and $12,00 for St Pat’s members. For more information,, or
819 943-3540.The Centre D'Art are in partnership with the Restaurant La Desserte, is offering people with tickets a special menu with good prices.  Restaurant reservations are required. For more information, please visit the Centre D'Art website.

Saturday, March 11th
St Pat’s Corned Beef and Cabbage
The St. Pat's annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper will be held at 6:00 PM at the Hotel Grand Central. All are welcome to enjoy a traditional Irish meal prepared by local chefs, Bruce Banfill and Helen Johnston. Three services will be served: soup, main course of Corned Beef or chicken and dessert. Tickets are $22,00 per person and chicken must be ordered in advance; to reserve, contact Erika at 819-826-3322.

St Pat’s Banquet
This year the St. Pat’s Banquet is cancelled due to insufficient fund. We are hoping to bring it back next year.

Sunday, March 12th
St Pat’s Mass
Our St. Pat’s Mass will take place at Ste. Bibiane's Church at 9:30 AM. The choir will be singing our favourite Irish songs. Looking forward to seeing one and all!

Tuesday, March 14th
Green Bingo
The Green Bingo will take place at 2:00 PM at the CHSLD of Richmond (980 McGauran St.). For more information, please contact Charles Lachance at 819-542-2777, ext 55195. Be green and there!

Friday, March 17th
"Grand Central Gone Green”!
Come to the Grand Central to celebrate St. Patrick’s on Friday night. It promises to be a blast with excellent music, gifts and prizes, as well as Irish coffee and green beer!

Saturday, March 18th
Irish stew Supper
An Irish stew supper prepared by the Ladies Aux. will be held at the Richmond Legion. Tickets are on sale at the Legion bar (819-826-3444). Everybody welcome!

Irish Concert with: “Kitchen Party”
Everyone is invited to the “Centre d’art de Richmond” at 8:00PM to enjoy the music of “Kitchen Party”. Created in November 2004, Kitchen Party quickly gained a solid professional reputation due to toursof Scotland, Canada and the USA. Furthermore, the band has reached the mark of over 700 shows in 2013. Kitchen Party is an energy filled formation that will transform a regular night into a devilish party mixing Scottish, Irish and Canadian Celtic styles. Tickets are $28,00 and $25,00 for St Pat’s member. They may be reserved at 819-826-2488. The Centre D'Art are in partnership with the Restaurant La Desserte, is offering people with tickets a special menu with good prices.  Restaurant reservations are required. For more information, please visit the Centre D'Art website.

Sunday, March 19th
Legion’s Brunch
The Legion’s Pre-Parade Brunch will take place from 9:00 AM – 12:00. Great food and ambiance to be in shape for the parade!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 2:00 PM from 7th Ave. marching along the green-lined route. There will be bands, horsemen, floats, groups, and individuals making a fun-filled event.  All are welcome to be part of the parade and for information; contact Julie O' Donnell at 826-2535. You can also visit our website to get more information for the parade (route, directions, rules, etc.).  We ask participants to pre-register as much as possible to help lining-up the parade. You can pre-register for the parade at the Richmond Hardware (819)826-2535 or at the Grand Central Hotel (819)826-3322.

After the Parade celebrations
After the parade, there will be celebrations all around town. Among all these celebration there will be some music and dancing downstairs at the Legion and lot of fun and great ambiance at Grand Central Hotel.

Folk Dance
There will be irish&quebecois Folk Dances after St. Pat's parade from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at Saint-Famille Center (155 Craig, Richmond). Keep on partying after the parade with family and friends by joining in a few dances to the sound of folk music. You are welcome as soon as the parade ends. No experience is required as the dances are explained and called. Special St-Pat’s admission: 10$, 3-17 yrs: 5$, 2 yrs& under: free. Snacks will be available and kids are welcomed & animation and activities will be provided for them. Wear comfortable shoes and something green! For more information: 819-943-3540 or

Sunday, March 26th
St Pat’s Brunch
To complete the St. Patrick’s activities we have the traditional brunch from 9:00-12:00 at the Richmond Legion (235 College N.). Everyone is welcome to an exquisite breakfast prepared by our famous St. Pat's cooks. The menu includes ham, bacon, sausages, scrambled and fried eggs, homemade beans, pancakes and our specialty “Irish Toast” Pictures of the paradewill be given to participants. Everyone is welcome to this final event of the month!

The Richmond Irish Dancers are getting ready for the St. Pat’s celebrations. They will be dancing at the Wales Home on Saturday, March 12th and in the parade on March 19th. They will also be busy bagging groceries at Maxi from Thursday, March 16thto Saturday March, 18th. Come and support us with this fundraiser! They will also be having a bread fundraiser with Boulangerie Georges starting the end of February until the end of March. If you would like to purchase bread products, contact one of the dancers or Jessica at (819) 570-3034/ On Saturday, March 25th, we will be having an open house from 10:00AM-12:00 at the Richmond Legion. This is the perfect time to try Irish dancing! Lastly, they are holding their Spring Recital on Sunday, May 7that Richmond Regional High School at 2:00PM. Donations will be accepted at the door and there will be a bake sale during the intermission. We hope to see you all there!

Local Women in History
As in 2016, Richmond County Historical Society would like to feature local women in history in Richmond County and Vicinity.  We are seeking biographies of women who have made a difference in the community, women who have pioneered an idea or created a lasting memory in our lives.  They could have been midwives, homemakers, musicians, teachers, nurses, organizers of community events, etc.  Submissions could be made by an individual or a group. Please send your submissions by March 15th, 2017 to Grace Johnston at 237 Johnston Rd.Melbourne, QC. J0B 1X0 or

Grayson Jerome Smith, born June 11th 2016, proud parents Carly Morin and Stephen Smith, grandson of members Alan Morin and Fran Enright as well as great-grandson of lifetime members Dorothy and late Jerome Morin.

Dawson Lesley Frappier, proud parents Christina Lynch and Erik Frappier, and grandparentsPennie and Brian Lynch.

Liam Griffith proud parents Marie Pierre Bégin and Kyle Griffith and grandparents Charlotte and Peter Griffith.

Rylie Johnston, proud parents Josh Johnston and Kayla Comeau, and big sister Hayden.

The O’Donnell’s clan did take some expansion in 2016:
Clara Desprès, proud parents Kate O’Donnell and Stephane Desprès and grandparents Joy and Paul O’Donnell
Xavier Leclerc, proud parents Julie O’Donnell and Éric Leclerc.
Megan O’Donnell, proud parents Shanny Roy and Patrick O’Donnell

Christopher Keenan Adank and Min Seong Kim got married last summer in Richmond. They are living in South Korea, where both are teaching.

Over the past year, we have lost the following members: Marjorie Lancaster, Lewis Tuite, Joyce Keenan, Margaret Picken and Everett Taylor. Our condolences to the families.

Wolfe BBQ Fest
This year's Wolfe BBQ fest is on Father's Day weekend. All the programs and information are at This year there is a new kid's BBQ competition on Sunday with all registrations done on line. Like most events, volunteers play an important part towards the success of any project! Please contact Herman Herbers.

Festival des Traditions du Monde
The Festival des Traditions du Monde (Aug. 9th to Aug. 13th, 2017) will celebrate its 20th year!  20 years of delight, 16 restaurants, 5 scenes to immerge you in a cultural experience! The Irish pub will have the best program in 6 years and have a runkilt event on Saturday, August the 12thand a dégustation of whiskey.  Follow the news on the website

Grosse Ile trip
In collaboration with the Richmond County Historical Society, the Richmond St. Pat's Society will be organizing a trip to Grosse Ile in the Fall.  Watch for information and details in local press.

In April 2016, John Hill received the Life Long Membership medal from Richmond Legion Branch 15.

The winners of the St. Pat’s awards were Caleb Bouchard and David Colton Crack at the St. Francis graduation and Marissa Beattie from Windsor at the RRHS graduation.

Last fall Debbie Knowles was elected as the President of Richmond Canadian Legion Branch No. 15. Debbie has been a very active member of the branch, and in the community. Know that she will do excellent work. Congratulations Debbie!
Last fall, Marc Andre Martel was celebrated for 30 years as the Mayor of Town of Richmond. Our Irish dancers performed for him, as well as other groups. He has decided not to run in this November's elections. We wish him all the best in his endeavours.  Maybe as a future Director of St. Patrick's Society!

The Jean Dion/Gerard Martel Trophy, from Tournoi Mousquiri, was awarded to Patricia Fowler and Lisa Fowler for volunteer work.

The "Prix d'Excellence Rene Thibault” was given to Pat Henderson for her many years imvolement in numerous groups such as The Terry Fox (38 Years), Mousquiri Tournaments, Women's Institutes, Richmond Fair, St. Pat's Society, and others. Congratulations Pat, you are most-deserving!

At a gala event held in Toronto on November 1st, 2016, the Résidence Wales Home received a Bronze Award in the Quality and Project category from the Canada Awards for Excellence. On behalf of the Résidence Wales Home, Brendalee Piironen, Executive Director, proudly accepted the prestigious award. This award reflects the Résidence Wales Home’s 145 employees, over 200 volunteers, Board Members, and the Wales Home Foundation’s dedication and passion to ensure that The Wales Home remains a Home of choice for seniors.

With the ongoing collecting of cans and bottles, Joe Kelly continues to support various organizations such as the Camp d’Action Biblique, Terry Fox Foundation, the Wales Home Foundation, and presently The Townshippers’ Foundation. He is most appreciative and thankful for all the support he receives from folks in the Townships!

Jennifer Brown bought her first house. She and her family will be moving during March break.

Elvis is coming to Richmond.  Our Legion has the Arena for this year's after July 1st parade event and an Elvis show will entertain. The show will be free - usually costs minimum of $20/ticket, but this is a gift to everyone coming to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada.

NEW BUSINESSES - Best wishes and much success!
“LaFriperie Walk In” has recently opened up for business with a good selection of clothing for the whole family at reasonable prices!
Fromagerie le Campagnard. Opening soon! Great place for cheese-lovers, and meals!
Fresh! Local! Delicious! Join in on the local food movement. Le Paysan Gourmand is a small family farm in Saint-Felix-de-Kingsey that is growing and selling weekly baskets of fresh vegetables as well as farm raised beef and pork all raised with environmentally friendly and eco-responsible principals. To learn more call Jacob Morin 819-470-8844 or Rose Allen 819-470-8051 or visit 

The Wales Home sends a warm welcome to those interested in perhaps participating in Wales Home activities (dances, musical activities – perhaps even helping out somehow). Please contact Carol Ann at any time.  They are also in need of volunteer drivers for resident’s medical appointments.  The Wales Home is an important part of our community and it is important for all to know that you are always welcome here.  Those interested can consult the Activity Calendar via internet at

The Centre d'Art of Richmond has been producing shows and entertaining people for over 35 years and are proud to support the cultural development of our region. For a small town like Richmond, we are fortunate to have such a first class centre that provides excellent programs. We feel that it really deserves our support so it can carry on these excellent cultural experiences. The music school has also been part of its heritage for many years, inspiring children and adults to learn music. They are  supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communications. The students learn from dedicated and professional teachers. For more information please call the centre.

Kingsbury Pond Hockey
The Driver family had their Pond Hockey in Kingsbury on Saturday, Feb. 18th for the 5th year. Les Gars de Saucisse and Bull’s Head were on site with their products. All funds raised will be donated to a local charity.

St. Pat’s Golf Tournament – August 2016
The good Lord was shining down on us and gave us great golfing weather when 24 golfers got in the swing of things for a grand afternoon of golfing! Our participants came from Danville, Richmond, Melbourne, Sherbrooke, Lennoxville, Rosemere, and our 2 talented imports from Waterville. We had the Wilson group, (David, his dad Glen and son Nicholas, and Real Price, team anchor) taking top honors, and the Roger Rabbit Trophy, which is displayed in Nicholas' room! The Most Honest Trophy went to first timers, the Norris crew, Perry with his son Isaac, and Bob Cormier! Next year they have the Roger Rabbit Trophy in their sights! For the winners of longest drives, Cindy Jones, once again took the honors for the Ladies (this is getting to be a habit). Considering calling this the Cindy Jones Ladies Longest Drive Trophy!  George Lancaster, with his booming drivers narrowly beat out Brian Mastine for the Men's Longest Drive trophy.The Closest to the Pin award went to Jim Meigs. Hugh Lancaster's outfit won him the Best Dressed Trophy award! Special thanks to Grand Central, Richmond Hardware, Domino’s Pizza, Richmond's Canadian Legion and Bev Jones for their donation of prizes. Needless to say that without our supportive golfers, our event would not be successful. Many thanks to all! As mentioned at the 19thhole, Hugh Lancaster and I have been organizing and running our Golf Tournament for a number of years. We wish to pass the reins onto younger golfers. We would love to join all at the end of the day, talking about our golfing experiences that day like fisherman bragging about the size of the fish that got away, and having a brew or two!! Looking forward to hearing from you.

Grace and Jim Johnston, again were vacationing in Florida; a sunny break from the hustle and bustle of their farming and other activities.

Dave and Glenna Savage are away for a few weeks seeing the world.

Norma Morin and daughters took a 2 week cruise. Then Colleen and Philip will be joining Gerry and Mona McGee at their Florida retreat.

Mexico is still a popular spot to vacation: the O’Donnell’s got a taste of margaritas! Practice for after the Parade?

Then there is Norma Murray who is really getting loads of sun from November to spring time.  She has odd moments of missing the snow!

Corey and Mary Morin are visiting Mary’s family and the countryside in the Philippines. This is Corey’s first visit, and Mary’s first in years. See that Corey is enjoying Mary’s family and friends immensely. He has not had a pizza in weeks! Maybe scouting for franchise locations!  They’ll be home at the end of February with many souvenirs, fond memories and photos.

Debbie Knowles has a couple of trips in the works. For her birthday in March, Debbie with her sister and friends are looking forward to putting their feet in the warm Cuban sands. In early April, Debbie is going on the Richmond Regional School trip with 23 students, plus teachers and chaperons, who will be taking in the Vimy Ridge 100 Year Celebrations. Certain this Canadian historical experience will remain with everyone for many years!

Mary Kelly Brown of New York, who is using loads of travel miles visiting family and friends in South Africa, Victoria, Lac St. Jean, Brockville, Montreal, Germany, is also taking in the Vimy Ridge celebrations! Mary will be putting out a pamphlet “122 Ways to Overcome Jet Lag”!

Alanna Keenan will be travelling to Melbourne, Australia in April to present a talk on the development of Regional Trauma Networks in Eastern Ontario. Her daughter Kira, has been awarded a travel bursary to explore the relationship between disability and art in India, Vietnam and Cambodia and will begin her travels in May. Her younger son Ryan has completed the last semester of his Bachelor's in Economics at the University of Sydney in Australia and will hopefully be home for St. Pat's activities!

HeinzeAdank along with Patricia Keenan, Alexander and Alexandra will be travelling to Switzerland to meet up with their son, Christopher and his new bride, Min Seong.

Information taken from an article by Chelsea Stuart

St. Patrick’s Color was Blue, Not Green
Green beads, green beer, green eggs and ham; St. Patrick’s day celebrations are iconically green, a weird happenstance, given that St. Patrick’s color was most definitely blue. Historians point to ancient Irish flags and uniforms belonging to knights in the order of St. Patrick to prove that the saint was fond of the hue. That part of history was brushed over thanks in part to the 1798 Irish Rebellion which chose the clover as the reigning symbol of Irish independence. People ran with it from there, wearing green, incorporating it in new uniform designs and effectively laying Irish claim to the color.

The Holiday Hasn't Always Been this Fun (Read: Boozy)
A religious holiday celebrated in a rather religious country, it should be pretty obvious that original festivities weren't as hedonistic as they've now come to be. Until the 18th century, St. Patrick's day was observed only in Ireland, and by Roman Catholics. March 17 being the day of the apostle's death, Irish Catholics celebrated with quiet prayer and church services, and since it fell during Lent, it was a dry holiday. But as good Irish boy and U2 frontman Bono says, "The whole thing about Lent - as any Irishman will tell you - is that it stops on St Patrick's Day." Seems the country (and whole world) really took that to heart.

We Actually Have Lower East Side Immigrants to thank For Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage is an Irish staple...right? Ehhh, kind of, but not really. While popular today, the precursor to corned beef and cabbage was actually ham and cabbage (beef being hard to come by in Ireland). Irish immigrants on NYC's Lower East Side had a hard time finding ham, so they adapted the dish, substituting it with corned beef, a cheaper alternative in the States, and an idea borrowed from their Jewish neighbors.

To all who contributed to the newsletter with articles, translations, typing and editing, and mailing, Paddy says, “Thank you”!  Comments, articles, and information are always welcome. Contact Julie at 826-2535 or e-mail or Jessica Holliday, at 819-570-3034, or email

The St. Patrick’s Society of Richmond & Vicinity has a long history in the community.  In fact, in 2017, it will be 140 years celebrating Irish/Canadian culture and heritage for those of Irish ancestry, and all citizens in the communities of Richmond and surrounding areas.  The Celtic Cross in Remembrance Park signifies the importance of the Irish organization.  The organization of the annual events including a parade, brunch, Irish dancing lessons, curling bonspiel, golf tournament, corn-beef supper, newsletter, and awards is extensive. It is essential to have more Irish families involved in the St. Patrick’s Society of Richmond & Vicinity. Many of us, both French and English, have Irish roots. As we have lost many older members of our Society over the years, we need the younger generation to step forward and carry on what their ancestors started, and parents kept going.  If you would you like to see the organization continue, could you as a descendent of an Irish family, or anyone with ideas, help make this happen?  Would you be able to do any of the following: become a member if not already, become a director and attend executive meetings about 3 times yearly, and/or be called upon for special events or activities?  Please contact Julie O’Donnell at or 819-826-2535. Times are changing and with that, increased expenses for the March activities. Since the money from sales of memberships is less than the expenses, it has become necessary to increase the membership fee which has stayed the same for many years.  Memberships can be obtained from the directors. Hope to see you at Richmond’s Irish Festival!

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