Paddy’s Newsletter

February 2018, Vol. 33


Rain or shine, snow or ice, it’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! This year something different and exciting will be going on. Check out the St. Pat’s Celebration section for March 10th. And off we go with another fun-filled month of March!


Saturday, March 3rd

Legion’s Green Sale

The Richmond Legion will have their famous annual Green Sale at the hall (235 College N.) on Saturday March 3rd. 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 the sale. For further information, please contact the branch at (819) 826-3444.

St. Pat’s Corned Beef and Cabbage

Have you ever been to the St. Pat’s Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper? This annual traditional Irish meal will be held on Saturday March 3rd at 6:00 PM at the Hotel Grand Central. Helen Begin from Traiteur Helen’s Catering will serve a three course meal which consists of cream of potato and bacon soup, coleslaw and homemade rolls, corned beef or chicken pie, mashed potatoes, cabbage and carrots, and a choice of two desserts with an Irish twist. Tickets are $24.00 per person and chicken pie must be ordered in advance. To reserve, contact Erika at (819) 826-3322. Reservations must be made before March 1st.

Saturday, March 10th

Medieval Evening and Celebration of the Irish

Hear ye! Hear ye! You are all invited by Richmond St. Patrick’s Society to a Medieval Evening for the Celebration of the Irish on Saturday, March 10th starting at 6:30 PM, at the Richmond Legion Hall (235 College N.) Good food, medieval themed decor, and good company will be provided during this evening. As part of the entertainment during the evening, the Richmond County Historical Society will host its annual Irish Spoken Word Event. School age youth will be performing a 2-4 minute song or recitation celebrating Irish culture in any of its forms. A four course medieval meal will be served and will include: hearty beef soup, cheeses, chicken, pork, sausages, quail, duck, and pancakes, doughnuts and homemade pudding as dessert. To make our evening more authentic and to have a chance to win 2 pairs of ticket to the “Irish” concert at the Centre d’Art, come dressed in medieval attire (not mandatory). Tickets are $30.00 per adult, $15.00 per children, and $240.00 for a table of eight. Act quickly as tickets are limited and can be purchased or reserved at Richmond Hardware (819) 826-2535 or at Grand Central Hotel (819) 826-3322. Reservations must be made before March 7th.

Calum Graham Show

This year St. Pat’s members can enjoy not one but two shows at the “Centre d’art de Richmond”. The first one will take place on March 10th starting at 8:00 PM
Everyone is invited to enjoy the music of a young Canadian guitarist Calum Graham, known in Alberta and across Canada for his guitar work and musicianship. Tickets are $24.00 and $21.00 for St. Pat’s members. For more information or reservations contact 819-826-2488 or

Sunday, March 11th

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 13th

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 16th

"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 17th

Irish Concert with “La Grand-Messe”

Everyone is invited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the “Centre d’art de Richmond” at 8:00 PM to enjoy the music of “La Grande-Messe. They will put on a festive and energetic show. Being the cover band of “Les Cowboys Fringants”, they will also perform some Irish songs. Tickets are $25.00 and $22.00 for St. Pat’s member. They may be reserved at 819-826-2488. For more information, please visit the Centre d'art website.

Sunday, March 18th

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. Pat’s Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 2:00 PM from 7thAve. with bagpipe music 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.).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 these celebrations there will be music and dancing at the Legion with Sam Morrissey and the group “Memories” and lots of fun and great ambiance at Grand Central Hotel, Amigo Pub, and Justin Time.

Folk Dance

There will be Irish and 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. and under: free. Snacks will be available and kids are welcome; 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 parade will be given to participants. Everyone is welcome to this final event of the month!


Richmond County Historical Society is hosting its annual Irish Spoken Word Event during the St-Pat’s medieval evening. All school age youth may participate by performing a 2-4 minute song or recitation celebrating Irish culture in any of its forms. Participants are required to sign up by email or Facebook by March 1st. Prizes will be awarded and participants enter as guests for the banquet. The Medieval Evening and Celebration of the Irish will be on Saturday, March 10th at Richmond Legion, 235 College N., Richmond.


Agnes Keenan's fourth great-grandchild, Patrick Leo Trepanier, was born in September. His great-uncle, Patrick Keenan, celebrates the big 50 this summer.
Alanna Keenan and Howard Gossack are planning to retire soon and are looking forward to having more time to be outdoors, being able to garden, bike, ski, snowshoe and play hockey during daylight hours, although Howard may want to return to work if dance lessons appear on the agenda!
Mathew Gossack-Keenan and Kira Gossack- Keenan met their cousin Leigh Lindhe, who is working in Stockholm, in Morocco in February, hoping to enjoy time in the sunshine. They were grateful they had hats and mitts as they huddled together trying to keep warm when temperatures dropped well below normal.
Jacob Morin and Rosemarie Allen welcomed Elliot Morin to the world on February 2nd, 2018. Proud grandparents are Judy Nelson and Michael Morin, great-grandmother Dorothy Morin. Jacob and Rosemarie will also be married August 18th, 2018 at their farm in St-Felix de Kingsey
Carly Morin and Stephen Smith along with big brother Grayson are excited about the arrival of a little brother due March 5th, 2018. Proud grandparents are Alan Morin and Fran Enright, great-grandparents are Dorothy Morin and George Enright. With all the excitement in the Morin family this year, we know Grandpa Jerome is looking down proudly. April 2018 marks 2 years since his passing.


Over the past year, we have lost the following members:
Anna (Verbeek) Goorts, Arthur Kelly, Bill Fraser, Carol (Ewing) Driver, Jean (Mastine) Keough, Sandra Brown, Wilfred Lancaster, Winnifred (Gee) Griffith
Condolences go out to the families.


The winners of the St. Pat’s awards at St. Francis Elementary School were Lucretia Coddington and Skyler Boerson, while Ashley St. Cyr, at the Richmond Regional was awarded the St. Pat’s Scholarship. Congratulations!
The Irish Dancing classes are not continuing. Many thanks to Eileen Moran for her twenty years of dedicated teaching in Richmond.
Last fall Charles Mallette was elected President of the Richmond Canadian Legion, Branch No. 15. Last November, he was re-elected as a councillor for the Town of Richmond. Congratulations, Charlie!
The Town of Richmond has a new Mayor, Bertrand Menard. Congratulations Bertrand! Bertrand Menard is replacing Marc Andre Martel who served as Mayor for 30 years. Best wishes for the future, Marc Andre!
In recognition of their many years of involvement, Bob Dalton and Michelle Nadeau are this year’s Co-Presidents of Honour for the 2018 Mousquiri Tournament. Well-deserved!
The Jean Dion/Gerard Martel Trophy from Tournoi Mousquiri was awarded to the brothers, Alain, Marc and Serge Nault for their years of involvement in the tournament.
The "Prix d 'Excellence René Thibault” was awarded to Suzanne Nault for her many years of involvement with numerous organizations and activities. Congratulations, Suzanne!


Helen (Jones) Begin’s new business is doing extremely well “Traiteur Helen’s Catering”. Besides catering for events, she prepares weekly orders that can be picked up at her house. She will be preparing the meals for our Corned Beef on March 3rd and our Medieval Irish Evening on March 10th. Wow, what menus! Best Wishes for much success!
Joe Kelly, who has been raising funds from the collection of returnable cans and bottles, should reach the $100,000.00 figure later this year! We know you all will continue to support him to attain to that lofty figure!
Our old friend, Rosaire, is enoying his residence at Kathleen Lynch’s home. He particularly enjoys Kathleen’s grand-children fussing over him! He never got this much affection in his previous homes! Rosaire is now a proud-grand-father with 3 new baby tad-poles at Gord Alexander’s home!
In conjunction with the Richmond County Historical Society, the Richmond St. Pat's Society had a superb trip to Grosse Ile in the Fall.
The Wales Home prepares to celebrate one hundred years of care and is undertaking a significant transformation for the next century. Recognized by the Government of Quebec as the oldest seniors’ residence of the province, the Wales Home has just completed a major expansion including, among others, a therapeutic pool and a state of the art therapy department. To meet the demands of the aging English speaking community, the Wales Home is now undergoing a major expansion of its long-term care unit (CHSLD) by adding 20,000 square feet to the existing building, which will double the size of the Norton Wing. Although the CHSLD Wales remains a private facility, the government funding it receives allows the CHSLD Wales to offer innovative quality care for English speaking dependent seniors requiring long-term care, at public sector rates set by the RAMQ. The Wales Home is a private not-for-profit organization founded in 1921 that provides continuum of care for up to 200 seniors who range from being completely independent to those requiring long-term care.
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. 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. They are supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communications and Town of Richmond. The students learn from dedicated and professional teachers. For more information please call the Centre or visit


-How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.
-England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
-I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
-They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a typo.
-I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
-Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
-I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.
-I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.
-I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
-Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?
-When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
-I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.
-I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
-Don't worry about old age; it grows on you and it doesn't last.

Executive of the St. Patrick’s Society of Richmond & Vicinity

President: Erika Lockwood
Vice - President and Treasurer: Julie O’Donnell
Secretary: Nancy Davey
Directors: Jennifer Brown, Shannon Keenan, Patricia Keenan, Kathleen Lynch, Beverly Taber Smith, Paul O’Donnell, John Sharman, Arthur St. Hilaire, John St. Hilaire, Joe Kelly
The St. Patrick’s Society of Richmond & Vicinity has a long history in the community. In fact, in 2017, it was 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. For years the Society organized events including a parade, brunch, Irish dancing lessons, curling bonspiel, golf tournament, corn-beef supper, newsletter, and awards.
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. 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. Memberships can be obtained from the directors. Hope to see you at Richmond’s Irish Festival!


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