Paddy’s Newsletter
Paddy’s Newsletter
February 2014, Volume 31


Top of the morning to all! After this cold winter with lots of ice and snow, March is on its way to an eventful and warm St. Pat’s. Sláinte!


Sunday February 23rd

The St. Patrick's annual curling bonspiel will be held on Sunday, February. 23rd at the Danville Curling Club.  A total of eight 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 always been in the past. For more information, don't be shy to contact Erika at 819-826-3322 (entries are limited).

Saturday March 1st

The Legion Green Sale will be at the Richmond Legion at 1:30 PM. Everyone is invited to an afternoon of good times. For further information, please contact Elsie Kerr at 826-3284.

The St. Pat's annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper will be held on Saturday, March 1st 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 an entrée of leek and potato soup, followed by the main course of corned beef (or chicken) with colcannon (whipped potatoes with scallions), carrots, cabbage casserole, and soda bread, and dessert of Bailey’s bread pudding with maple cream or caramel apple cheesecake. Tickets are $18.00 per person, and specialty meals (chicken) must be ordered in advance; to reserve, contact Erika at 819-826-3322

Thursday March 6th

An Irish stew supper will be held at the Richmond Legion at 6:00 PM. The cost is $10.00 per person and includes stew, salad, rolls, dessert and coffee. Tickets are available at the Legion bar. Everybody welcome!

Saturday March 9th

The Banquet will take place at 6:30 PM at the Richmond Community Center, 820 Gouin St. (beside the arena). New this year, a DJ will be provided to please all requests, as well as a few dances preformed by our local Irish Dancers. A family fun evening guaranteed all for a great price, $22.00 for adults and 10.00 for youth (12 or younger); for more information or tickets please contact Julie (826-2535) or Erika (826-3322).

Sunday March 10th

Our St. Pat’s Mass will take place at Ste. Bibiane's Church at 9:30 AM. Sister McNeil’s choir will be singing Irish songs. All are welcome for this event.

Friday March 14th – Sunday March 16th

"Grand Central Gone Green"

Come on down to the Grand Central to celebrate St. Patrick’s all weekend long with local talent, Mike Patrick and his side kick, Kylie. Friday night, also known as our Prep Party, is guaranteed to be a blast with excellent music, sausages from a local business, Les gars de saucisse, as well as sour puss shooters and green beer.  Our Parade Party on Sunday, March 16th starts immediately after the parade and is known to be the best place in town to party like the Irish.  So mark that weekend (March 14, 15, and 16) in your agendas. Come meet old friends and make new ones, and who knows you might even end up on TV!

Saturday March 15th

Everyone is invited to the Centre d’art, 1010 Principale N., Richmond, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the music of “Irish Bastards. This energetic group will play Irish, bluegrass and Québécois traditional music. It an event to put in your agenda; you can’t miss it. Tickets cost 24$ or 19$ for St. Pat’s members a real deal. Your membership pays for itself with this activity.. Tickets may be reserved at 826-2488.

Sunday March 16th

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. Anyone wishing to be part of the parade will be welcome and should contact Julie O' Donnell at 826-2535. You can pre-register for the parade at Boutique en Fête, 102 Principale N. Richmond.

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

Irish & Québécois Traditional Music & Dance + Irish stew! After The Parade from 3:30PM to 7:00PM at the Sainte-Famille Centre (155 Craig St), Donald Dubuc will be calling dances in both English and French with excellent folk musicians. Wear comfortable shoes and put on some green! No experience is required to join in as the simple steps will be taught before each dance. Admission is $5.00, $3.00 for teens 13-17, and free for children 12 and under. You can also eat some delicious Irish stew made by Danièle Normandin from Les P'tits Oignons de Richmond at 8$ for a bowl of stew, bread and dessert. For more information:

Tuesday March 18th

The Green Bingo will take place at 2:30 PM at the CHSLD of Richmond (980 McGauran St.). Admission is free. For more information, please contact Charles Lachance at 819-542-2777, ext 55195.

Sunday March 23rd

To sum up our St. Patrick 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 St. Pat's members. 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!


2013 Golfing afternoon

On Sunday, September 15th, 27 golfers teed off for this year’s golf event, in honor of our dear and good friend, Mark O’Donnell. He must have arranged with the gods to have a gorgeous afternoon! Notably absent however, were Dave Savage and his trust-worthy side-kick “Captain Morgan”! This year’s winners: The Roger Rabbit Award for the Low Team Score went to Melanie Beaudet, Gracielle Cloutier and Jean Francois Millette. Melanie Beaudet also won the Ladies’ Longest Drive, while Jeff Chabot won the Men’s Longest Drive. The Jones’ family took home two awards: Bev, for the newly named Mark O’Donnell’s Best Dressed Trophy, while Cindy took the Closest to the Pin. There is always a Most Honest Team with the award going to the team of Herman Herbers, the new Mayor of Cleveland, George Boudreau, imported from Sherbrooke, and Joe Kelly, from downtown Rosemere. Ringers for sure! The afternoon was a great testimony to Mark and his huge contribution to the St. Pat’s Society.

St Pat’s Bowl-o-Thon

On Saturday, February 8th at the Quillorama in Richmond, the first 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. A total of $186.00 was raised. Paddy says, “Thank you to all”.


For those who don't know me, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Erika Lockwood and I am originally from Danville but have been living in Richmond for the past ten years. I am self-employed and run the local tavern in Richmond named Hotel Grand Central (locally known as Gunter's). Mark OD was a very close friend of mine and introduced me to the St. Patrick's Society about nine years ago. I have been a director for approximately five years and Vice President for the past three years. Mark was an excellent St. Patrick’s President and I hope to make him proud.  Our goal was to bring people together, no matter their roots, language or age. St. Patrick's Society is about letting loose, expressing yourself and having fun. It’s about meeting old friends and making new ones. Richmond is a close knit community which is why the St. Patrick’s Society has grown so much and has become the success it is today. I have been taught by the best, and I promise to continue to the traditions and activities in the past. Mark will be missed by many, especially me, but he continues to shine in all of our St. Patrick activities, as well as inspire us in the future. Cheers and happy St. Patrick’s month to all!


Mark John O’Donnell

1956 - 2013

Even though Mark left us after only 57 years, he has had a great effect on many of us. With his unique positive outlook on life, along with his great sense of humour, he had the ability to bring people together. His legacy has left its mark on us all! Mark was always a strong family man, very close to his parents, siblings, and children, Patrick, Julie and their partners. With his good friend Lyne, he was a very contented man. He was always very close to his friends, going back to his school days, and was affectionately known as “Rodge”. Almost everyone in town and the area knew Mark, and he knew them all as well. Passers-by to the store had regular greetings from him. The St. Pat’s Society was an important part of his life. He was President for several years and was the engine that helped make it one of the prominent groups of Richmond. Among his many pleasures was the planning and organizing the numerous trips to Grosse Isle. He thought nothing of taking a 1 day trip to Old Orchard Beach with family/friends! He immensely enjoyed having a “cold one” with friends at Gunter’s. His annual oyster evening was an enormous fun event! His interests and exploits are too numerous to mention here!!

He is and will be greatly missed by all. Mark, we thank you for knowing and having you as a big part of our lives. Our loss is Heavens' gain!


The Irish dancers are in great shape; they are ready to show off their talent during the month of March. They will be present at the Banquet, the Parade, and will do their annual performance at the Wales Home. With the newly made wood stage, practice with hard shoes is safer and easier on the legs. Thank you to all the parents (mostly fathers) who built it. Don’t forget to come to our annual Spring Show on May 4th at the Richmond Regional. Bring a friend and enjoy good Irish dancing. Thank you to Bridgette, Jessica, Isabelle and Kathleen who help Eileen teach the junior class. Also, thanks to Eileen for coming from Montreal every Saturday to teach Irish dancing.


Patrick O'Donnell and Shanny Roy are expecting their first child, a boy due on March 25th. If the birth occurs on the 17th, there certainly will be great celebrations in the O’Donnell households! Again in the O’Donnell’s clan, Erin Van Shaayk and Chris O’Donnell are expecting a brother or a sister for Gemma and Margot. Proud grandparents are Monique and Peter O’Donnell.


Julie O’Donnell and Éric Leclerc will tie the knot this late spring; should be a good party!


Janet Banfill – Harold Keough- Béatrice O’Donnell- Suzanne Ratté

Our deepest sympathy to the families


At the local schools 2013 awards, the St. Francis Elementary Top Achievement Award went to Anya Bussiere-Filion and Midge Cadeau. Matthew Morin took home the St. Pat’s Richmond Regional High School’s award to a graduating student who is furthering his education in the Province of Quebec. He is now studying Agriculture at John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue.

Everett Taylor, for his leadership and many years of volunteering, was presented with one of the Townshippers’ Association Outstanding Community awards!

Andrew Boerson was awarded the 2013 Young Townshippers Leader Award by Townshippers’ Association this past September. What a proud moment for his parents! Andrew graduated high school in June and is currently in the Centre 24-Juin Formation professionnelle in Sherbrooke. His family is delighted that he is trying new recipes at home!

The Résidence Wales Home is proud to announce that they were selected as the winners of the following four awards: The RQRA award for “RESIDENCE OF THE YEAR”! (100 clients and over) (November 2013). This prestigious award was presented at the annual RQRA (Regroupement Québécois des Résidences pour Aînés). The Gala was held on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 in Gatineau, Quebec. Honorable mention of the MSSS Prix d’Excellence award for “Initiative of safety and services category” (Guardian Angel Program - November 2013). This award was presented at the annual MSSS Prix d’Excellence on Friday, November 15th, 2013 in Quebec City. This national award was presented to the Wales Home by the Minister of Health, Dr. Réjean Hébert. Certificate of merit from the McKnight's Excellence in Technology Award in the category'' Transition'' – International competition (October 2013). This certificate was received in recognition of the “Security of care and services category” for the Wales Home’s Guardian Angel program.

The Gold honour in the not-for-profit category of the Gala Reconnaissance competition (February 2013). The 2013 Gala Reconnaissance Estrie recognizes excellence in businesses in the greater Estrie region. The red carpet ceremony was attended by over 800 citizens including Quebec athletes trained for the Canada Games.

Tammi McGee (Mona and Gerry’s daughter) has always had the passion to become a chef. After studying at various Institutes and receiving a number of certificates, she has worked at many high level hotels, and presently as Station Chef Saucier at the House of Commons for Parliament Hill Productions. Last year Tammi applied to be a contestant on a new cooking TV show entitled "Chopped Canada". After numerous interviews, she was chosen to be part of the first season of this show. She will be cooking against three other chefs in the segment which will air on Thursday, March 13, 2014 on the Food Network’s ” Chopped Canada”.

This past summer, the Richmond 4-H group gathered more awards. Maria Keenan won the 4-H’s National Volunteer Leader of the Year award. Then there were Emma Redburn and Emily Enright, along with Kianna Keenan, who took home the provincial and national Farm Credit Canada’s award “Shout for Ag” video competition!

Some of our members have been actively supporting various projects. Pat Henderson and her “elves” raised over $13 000 for Terry Fox Cancer Research. Then, Corey Morin and his Domino’s crew and head office raised $15 200 for the Lac Megantic disaster, plus $ 21 000 for the relief efforts in the Philippines! Also, our “ can and bottle man”, Joe Kelly with community help, supported the Townshippers’ Foundation, Camp D’Action Biblique and Lac Megantic disaster, Terry Fox Foundation and the Wales Home.

Congratulations to all for their achievements and awards.


The Annual Variety Show Café will take place on Friday, February 28th, at 7:30 at the Richmond United Church. This is to raise money to help send children to summer camp in June. The event welcomes many talents from the area to entertain and delight, while the audience has the chance to munch on some delicious home-made desserts. The show starts at 7:30 and the cost is $8.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. For more information: Facebook, Richmond Melbourne Church or call 826-3342. 

The Wales Home is pleased to have so many dedicated and involved community members as volunteers. Perhaps you have a hidden talent of some kind or would like to explore volunteer opportunities? Should this be the case, you may contact, Carol Ann McElrea at or call (819)826-3266 ext. 244.

Jacob Morin, a global agricultural traveller, recently spent 2 months in New Zealand studying wine-making, agriculture, gardening, etc. The gardening aspect seems to appeal to him and he can also recommend superior wines for your next gathering!

Some good news from Calgary! Eamonn Waters, partner of Amber Griffith, from County Cavan, Ireland, received his permanent residency on Feb. 2nd. So not only did they celebrate the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl, but also this news as well. Welcome to Canada, Eamonn!

There is something most fascinating about the Richmond Irish Dancers. It is amazing that the senior dancers come every Saturday for the dance lessons, plus they help Eileen Moran with instructing the younger dancers. Great dedication!

Since the local old-timer’s hockey season started, the Sunday’s collection at Ste. Bibiane’s has fallen off. After much investigation, this ties-in to Dave Savage no longer passing the collection plate, since donning the goalie pads! Dave, the church also needs you badly!

Marjorie Lancaster is the new president of the Richmond Canadian Legion Branch 15. Know that Marj will do a great job.


Kathleen says to Gord, "Christmas is on a Friday this year".
Gord replies,”Let's hope it's not the 13th!"

Mickey's in the bathroom and Pat shouts to him. "Did you find the shampoo?"
Mickey says, "Yes but it's for dry hair and I've just wet mine.”

Reilly is walking through a graveyard when he comes across a headstone with the inscription "Here lies a politician and an honest man."
'Faith now,' exclaims Reilly, 'I wonder how they got the two of them in one grave”.


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 Loretta at 819-826-2658 in Richmond.


«Irish Settlement and National Identity in the Lower St Francis Valley» écrit par Peter Southam est toujours disponible. Il est le cadeau parfait à offrir à ses proches ou encore à des amis irlandais. Le livre est disponible via le site internet de la Société, , à Townshippers’ Association au 819-566-5717, à la Librairie Black Cat Books à Lennoxville et à la Papeterie 2000 à Richmond. Pour ceux qui désirent recevoir le livre par la poste, veuillez s’il-vous-plait envoyer un chèque de 40$ (25$ le livre et 15$ pour les frais de livraisons et de manutention) à l’ordre de la Société St-Patrick de Richmond à l’adresse suivante: Société St Patrick de Richmond 220 Principale N Richmond, Qc J0B 2H0.

2014 Executive:

President: Erika Lockwood, 1st Vice President: Julie O’Donnell , 2nd Vice President: Robert Dalton, Treasurer: Julie O’Donnell, Recording Secretary: Loretta Irwin, Directors: Joe Kelly, Norma Morin, Paul O’Donnell, Jerome Morin, Dorothy Morin, Corey Morin, Beverly Taber Smith, Gordon Irwin, Loretta Irwin, Raymond Lancaster, Kathleen Lynch, John Sharman.


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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