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 2015, Volume 30

It’s that time of year when Richmond St. Pat’s festivities are getting into place, and it’s time to renew your St. Pat's membership! Put on your green hat, smile, and sing along. Plenty of fun time is guaranteed!

St Pat’s celebrations
Thursday March 5th
An Irish stew supper will be held at the Richmond Legion at 6:00PM. Tickets are $10.00 and include stew, salad, rolls, dessert, and coffee. Tickets are on sale at the Legion bar (819-826-3444). Everybody welcome!

Saturday March 7th
The Richmond Legion is pleased to have their famous annual Green Sale at their hall on College St. Door opens at 1:30 PM. Everyone is invited to a fun-filled afternoon. For further information, please contact Elsie Kerr at 819-826-3284.

This year the St. Pat’s Banquet will start off our month of March. It will take place at 6:30 PM at the Richmond Community Center, 820 Gouin St. (beside the arena). This year once more, a DJ will be provided to please all requests, as well as a few dances preformed by our local Irish Dancers. NEW this year! We are having a “Bring your own wine and beer”. Water bottles and soft drinks will be available. A family fun evening is guaranteed for a great price, $22.00 for adults and 10.00 for youth (12 or younger); for more information or tickets, please contact Erika (826-3322) or Julie (826-2535).

Saturday March 14th
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. The menu includes a soup followed by the main course of corned beef (or chicken) with whipped potatoes, carrots, cabbage casserole, and soda bread, and a choice of desserts. Tickets are $20.00 per person and specialty meals (chicken) must be ordered in advance; to reserve, contact Erika at 819-826-3322.

After a great meal, everyone is invited to the “Centre d’art de Richmond” at 8 PM to enjoy the music of “Irish Bastards” who by popular request are returning for a second year. If you missed them last year, this is your chance to enjoy this energetic group who play Irish bluegrass and “Québécois” traditional music. Tickets are 25.00$ each and when you show your membership card you get a 10% discount on your ticket. They may be reserved at 819-826-2488. It is an event to put in your agenda.

Sunday March 15th
Our St. Pat’s Mass will take place at Ste. Bibiane's Church at 9:30 AM. Sister McNeil’s choir will be singing all our favorite Irish songs. Looking forward to seeing one and all!

Tuesday March 17th
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 20th
"Grand Central Gone Green"
Come on down to the Grand Central to celebrate St. Patrick’s on Friday night, also known as our Prep Party, is guaranteed to be a blast with excellent music, gifts and prizes, as well as Irish coffee and green beer. Our Parade Party on Sunday, March 22nd starts immediately after the parade and is known to be the best place in town to party like the Irish. Come meet old friends and make new ones, and who knows you might even end up on TV!
Sunday March 22nd
The Legion’s Parade Brunch will take place from 9:00 AM – 12:00.

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 day.  All are welcome to be part of the parade and for information you can contact Julie O' Donnell at 826-2535. You can also visit our website www.richmondstpats,org to get more information for the parade (route, how to get to it, rules and much more). You can pre-register for the parade at Boutique en Fête, 102 Principale N. Richmond (819-826-6060).

After the parade, there will be celebrations at the Legion and the Grand Central Hotel.

There will be Folk Dances after St. Pat's parade from 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Saint-Famille Center (155 Craig, Richmond). Keep on partying after the parade with family and friends by joining in on 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. General admission: 10$, 13-17 yrs: 5$, 12 yrs & under: free, family rates for a family with 2 parents: 25$ with 1 parent: 15$. Kids are welcome; animation and activities will be provided for them. For more information: 819-826-6707 or  Wear comfortable shoes and something green!

Sunday March 29th

To complete our St. Patrick’s activities we have the traditional brunch on Sunday, March 23rd 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' all for only $7.00 per adult and $3.50 per child. Volunteers will be needed to bake beans; if interested, please contact Erika (819-826-3322). Prizes and trophies for parade participation will be presented. All are welcome!

St. Pat’s 2014 Golf Tournament – Sept, 14, 2014
The cold weather did not deter 16 hardy golfers from enjoying their golfing afternoon.
There were players from Danville, Richmond, Melbourne, Sherbrooke, Lennoxville, Rosemere, and 2 talented players imported from Waterville, who were on the team with the lowest score! One team had 3 generation of players.  The winning team with the lowest score had to be determined by a flip of the coin as Hugh Lancaster and Joe Kelly’s teams were tied. The luck of the Irish was with Joe’s team, comprised of Brian Mastine and the Waterville imports, Sheryl Matthews and Jim Meigs. The most honest team trophy went to David Wilson team’s consisting of his Dad, Glen, his son, Nicholas, and Rheal Price, who also won the Best dressed Golfer trophy. Lorraine Guay won the Ladies Longest drive and Hughie Lancaster, the Men’s Longest Drive!  No one won Closest to the Pin trophy! Special thanks to Grand Central, Richmond Hardware, and Domino’s Pizza, for their donation of prizes that help make our tournament a success!  Consideration is being given to have next year’s event earlier when the weather is more favourable.

St Pat’s Bowl-o-Thon
On Saturday, February 7th at the Quillorama in Richmond, the second edition of St. Pat’s Bowl-o-ton was organized to raise money for the St.  Pat’s parade. A fun afternoon it was! Thanks to Chantal Gauvin from Boutique en fête who made this event possible. Paddy says, “Thank you to all”.

After months of practice, here we go again at the St. Pat’s Banquet, Wales Home, St. Pat’s Parade, and later this spring, the Feis in Montreal (Irish dancing competition). We will complete another year after many hours of practice for our Spring Show which will take place in the beginning of May at Richmond Regional High School auditorium. Don’t miss it; it will be a really big show!

“Festival des traditions du monde of Sherbrooke”
Have you ever been in a real Irish Pub?  If not, you can have the chance to go in an amazing one at the “Festival des traditions du monde” in Sherbrooke on August 12th to August 16th. It has been the 5th year that the organisers open their own Irish Pub for the event. Irish music, Irish songs, Irish dancing, Irish beer and Irish traditions can be found there like a real Irish pub in Ireland. This year on August 11th, the theme for the gastronomical supper is Ireland. You will have the chance to have a taste of the finest cuisine of the Emerald Isle. Music from “The American Rogue” will make you dance for the rest of the night.  Information about the festival can be found at

Last March, Shanny Roy and Patrick O’Donnell (son of late Mark O’Donnell) welcomed Jeremy to the O’Donnell household. As Jeremy is such a pleasure and joy, they are having a sister for him this May!

Finley Teaghan Kelly-Moore, daughter of Danielle Kelly and Robbie Moore, and granddaughter to Joe Kelly, made her appearance early Monday morning, February 9th 2015.
Hayden Mary Johnston was born on December 28th, 2014 to Joshua Johnston and Kayla Comeau.  Grandparents are Ken and Lynda Comeau, and Jim and Grace Johnston. Great grandparents are Margaret Coote (late Galen) and Kathleen Lynch (late Danny).

Agnes Keenan will celebrate the arrival of her second and third great-grandchild this year. Kathleen and Gerry will be grandparents twice this year. Their daughter Katrina will be a mother for the first time, and for their son, Daniel, this will be his second child.  This will help ensure the continued growth of the Keenan family and the St. Pat’s Society!

Best wishes for good health to the babies and parents!

Carly Morin and Stephen Smith will be wed on August 1st this year. The wedding will take place along the river on Carly’s grand-father, George Enright’s farm. Later the reception will be at Alan and Fran’s home. The Morins and Smiths always enjoy a good party!

Sarah Jones will be marrying Brian Smith in October. The wedding will take place in Ulverton; this should be a grand party with the Jones and Smiths!

Amber Griffith and Eamonn Waters, now of Calgary, have planned to marry on Friday, May 13th 2016 in Kingscourt, Ireland.  A reception will follow at Cabra Castle!  A true Irish style wedding; could be like a party from the medieval times!

Congratulations to all and best wishes for many years of happiness!


Last July 1st, Art and Germaine Kelly of Alma, Qc. celebrated their 50th with family.

On December 30th, Alan Morin and Fran Enright celebrated their 25th anniversary.

Hugh and Jeanine Lancaster celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in early July. A celebration with many family and friends took place at the Richmond Legion.

Congratulations for the many years together!

This time we have Chelsea Morin as our featured St. Pat’s member. Chelsea is very active with her family, school activities, 4-H, etc.  Chelsea, the youngest daughter of Alan Morin and Mary-Frances Enright, lives with her 3 sisters, and a brother on the family farm in Melbourne. This spring, Chelsea will be graduating from Richmond Regional High School with English, history and drama being her favourite subjects.  She has had a very active agenda at school. This spring will be the 4th year acting in the school play. She is on the Student council, and on the Grad, Prom, and Year-book committees. She is a member of the senior girls’ basketball team, and enjoys playing rugby, her favourite sport. The 4-H Club is a big part of Chelsea’s life and has been a member since she was 6 years old. Last October, Chelsea was elected President of the club. She is member of their very active senior Square Dance group that she enjoys immensely! She has shown several of her animals at various fairs.  Singing is another big part of Chelsea’s life. She continues to take singing lessons, and regularly participates in various school, Centre d’art, and church events. In the fall, Chelsea will be taking Social Science at John Abbott College. She is keeping her options open for her future career. Being in CEGEP will be a huge change for Chelsea, but the beginning of new stages in her life. She also appears to have a travel bug, with many countries in Europe on the horizon!  Chelsea has been selected as the Queen of this year’s St. Pat’s Parade.
Chelsea, we wish you the very best in all your endeavours, and know that you will do very well!

The Wales Home is most pleased to have so many dedicated and involved community members volunteer. Perhaps you have a hidden talent of some kind and would like to volunteer or visit residents at the Home.  We are a “community-based” residence and very much appreciate the interaction and involvement of the community as a whole. Should this be the case, please contact Carol Ann McElrea at or call (819) 826-3266 ext. 244.  

Last May, Corey Morin and his partners opened their second Domino's Pizza in Sherbrooke. They were also very happy to welcome their new partner Dwayne Eisner to the Domino's family.

Hockey Day on the Kingsbury pond will take place on Saturday, February 21st with hockey played on 3 ice surfaces!  The organizers, Paul Driver and his family, are pleased to see more players and fans taking in this event each year. The activities start at 10 AM with hot chocolate available. A truly Canadian and Township event!

The Richmond 4-H club will host the Provincial rally at the Richmond Fair grounds July 16-19.  Ten lucky Richmond 4-H members will travel to Saskatchewan this summer on exchange, thanks to Exchanges Canada. The 4H club members are very active with their square dancing. They performed at the Wales Home at Christmas. Later this year, they will attend the 4-H Square Dance competitions in Montreal on March 22nd and in Ormstown in April. The 4-H is having a fundraiser dance on Saturday, March 28 with music by Slightly Haggard.  Everyone is welcome and your support is appreciated.

And a star is born! Well not exactly, but in the Town of Richmond, Leah Driver, a local aspiring singer recently performed with her cousin Tate at Hotel Grand Central. Leah Driver and her cousin later headed to Maine to perform and finally rounded off their "international concert tour" at the Lion in Lennoxville.  What fun to be young, adventurous and talented! 

Our good buddy and mascot, Rosaire, who was on a sabbatical, has re-surfaced and taken up residence with Patrick’s O’Donnell’s family. Jeremy is ecstatic!

Gemma O’Donnell (nee Dubois), wife of late Michael O’Donnell. She was an active member for many years. She loved to play Irish songs on the piano for her family and friends in the month of March.

Frederick Smith, husband of Bernice McAdams, related to the Keenan family and a member for many years.

Daniel Mailhot, past owner of Boucherie DM from St. Felix, caterer for many years for the St. Pat’s Banquet.

Our condolences to all the families.

It looks like the “travel bug” has attacked many members of the Society.

In February, Patricia Keenan and Heinz Adank will travel to South Korea to see their son Christopher, who has been teaching there.

In April, Ireland will be visited by Kathleen, Gerry, and Devon Keenan (with the Euro Club from RRHS).

Grace and Jim Johnston, along with Barbara and Butch Crack spent quality time in Florida. Imagine lots of golfing for them all!

Mona and Gerry McGee with Colleen and Philip Boersen are also in Florida to escape the cold and enjoying a Caribbean cruise while there.

This cold winter has gotten to Bev Taber Smith and Joe Kelly so they are going to Cuba later in February. Lots of sun, sea and rum!

Andrew Boersen who was awarded the 2013 Young Townships Leader Award by Townshippers’ Association, has completed his cooking course at Centre Formation Professionelle 24 Juin, and now has a cooking job at Le Dauphin in Drummondville. Tammi McGee was a great mentor and help for Andrew!

Dustin Jones’ daughter, Emilie is teaching on a one year contract in South Korea.

Kira, Alanna Keenan’s daughter, who is studying medicine at McMaster University, will be in Austria to do 3 weeks of clinical training this spring.

Eliza-Jane Morin, in her CEGEP program, is doing an eight week stage in Peru at the Tombopato Research Centre, which is located in a most remote centre in the Amazon. This will complete her three years of study at Vanier College in Wildlife and Environmental studies. There was a picture of her on Face-book cutting her way through the jungle!  Those trees did not have a chance! All in all this is a great experience, one that Eliza will never forget!

Kelsey Keenan, Shannon daughter, is pursuing her studies in Urban Planning at Concordia and will be spending 5 months (leaving in Feb.) in Brazil  and studying at a University in Rio.

Best wishes to all with their studies!

At the local schools’ 2014 awards, the St. Francis Elementary Top Achievement Award went to Rachel Lussier and Abigail Bolduc-Tremblay. The St. Pat’s Richmond Regional High School’s award to a graduating student furthering his/her education in the Province of Quebec, went to Matthew Dubois.  Matthew Dubois is presently taking a machinist course at the Lennoxville Vocational School in Lennoxville.

Last spring, Hugh Lancaster deservedly received the Lieutenant Governor’s medal of Quebec for volunteering he has done in the area. He has been and still is very active with numerous organizations.

Brendalee Piironen, Executive Director of the Wales Home, received an award and was honoured at the 10th annual “soirée Aequitas” sponsored by les P.É.P.I.N.E.S. on December 4th, 2014.  Les P.É.P.I.N.E.S. was founded in 1992 with the mission of integrating more women to be involved in the decisions made within their community in the Estrie Region. The organization is involved in an array of activities such as consultation and representation of women’s interests on the regional scene, information and training for women, as well as awareness and promotion of equality and equity. 

Each year the ETSB recognizes teaching excellence within its' Board and this year one of the teachers recognized was Lois Miller of St. Francis Elementary.  The Gala evening was held in Magog in January.

Some of our members have been actively supporting various projects. Pat Henderson, and her “elves’ raised over $13,000 for Terry Fox Cancer Research. Corey Morin and his Domino’s crew, with head office, regularly support many local groups. Then our “can and bottle man”, Joe Kelly, supported various foundations, a summer camp and Terry Fox!
Dustin Jones continues to do very well in the horse racing business. He won the Horse Racing Breeder of the year for Ontario award, and is nominated for horsemanship of the year in Ontario.
Congratulations to all for their achievements and awards!

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled, “Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden” and thus, the word GOLF entered into the English language.

Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven = $16,400

111,111,111 x   111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321

Q. What do bullet-proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?
A. All were invented by women.


In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency, notify..."  Gord wrote, "A doctor."!  

After much arguing, Mike said to Kevin: “If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong!”

Walking around a card table could change a player’s luck, if the walking was conducted in a sunrise direction, provided the sun was shining on the opponent’s hand!

A crooked pin in a lapel was lucky.

Dreams were treated with a certain amount of awe among Irish country people. Dreams involving horses were lucky, while dreams about priests or a wedding were unlucky!
To dream of being kissed by a woman meant deceit, but if the dreamer saw a hearse drawn by plumed horses, it might foretell a wedding for him!

Irish Settlement and National Identity in the Lower St. Francis Valley by Peter Southam is still available to anyone who has not yet received this local history book.  The book describes two hundred years of Irish presence in the Lower St-Francis Valley, the section of Quebec’s Eastern Townships that surrounds the town of Richmond.  Much of the source of information for the book was provided by local families. Books are available at Townshippers’ Association (819-566-5717) and Black Cat Books in Lennoxville, and Papeterie 2000 or Richmond Hardware (819-826-2535) in Richmond.

To all who contributed to the newsletter, with articles, translations, envelopes, typing and editing, Paddy says thank you!  Comments, articles, and information are always welcome. Contact Julie at 826-2535 or e-mail or Joe Kelly, at 819-826-3929, or e-mail

Consider the cost of our $5 single and $10 family memberships: this has to be the best deal in town! These prices have not been raised in many years. Your membership fee is the fund-raiser that St. Pat's has which supports activities, such as the Parade and academic awards to St. Francis and the Richmond Regional School. As a member, you belong to a group rich in tradition, and can participate in and support many local St. Patrick's functions. To join or renew, please mail the membership form, or see one of our directors. We thank you for your continued support.

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