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 2016, Volume 31

The beginning of a new year represents a lot to think about, a lot to arrange and many decisions to make for all the organizers of St. Pat's festivities. Lots of time and work is done behind all activities to make sure they will be unforgettable. The little leprechauns seem to play with the clock because March comes faster every year!

Saturday, February 20th
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).

Saturday, March 5th
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. For further information, please contact Elsie Kerr at 819-826-3284.

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 potato and corn chowder with bacon followed by the main course of corned beef (or chicken pot pie) with colcannon (potato and cabbage casserole), carrot and cabbage duo biscuits and rolls, coleslaw and a choice of desserts: Bread pudding with maple cream sauce or taffy apple cheesecake. Tickets are $22,00 per person and chicken must be ordered in advance; to reserve, contact Erika at 819-826-3322.

Saturday, March 12th
This year the St. Pat’s Banquet will take place at 6:30 PM at the Ste. Famille Centre, (155 Craig St. Richmond). Breaking news!  This year we have chosen a new caterer. Debbie St-Laurent from ''La Vieille Gare'' will be serving the meal with a delicious and fresh new menu buffet style. This year once more, DJ Emma will be there to please all requests, as well as a few dances preformed by our local Irish Dancers. A family fun evening is guaranteed for a great price, $25.00 per adult; for more information or tickets, please contact Erika (826-3322) or Julie (826-2535).
The Irish Concert that was scheduled for March 12th at the “Centre d’art de Richmond” was cancelled due to a booking conflict.

Sunday, March 13th
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 15th
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!

Thursday, March 17th
The Richmond Legion is having a Sing-along from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. This is a grand opportunity to sing your Irish favorite songs and enjoy your favorite refreshments!

Friday, March 18th
"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!

Sunday, March 20th
The Legion’s Pre-Parade Brunch will take place from 9:00 AM – 12:00. Great food and ambiance!

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.). You can pre-register for the parade at the Richmond Hardware or at the Grand Central Hotel.
WANTED The Richmond St. Patrick’s Society is looking for horsemen volunteers to carry people/organisations for our annual Parade. If you are interested and available or you know somebody, please fill the questionnaire at the end of the newsletter and send it to the same address as the membership or by email:

After the parade, there will be celebrations at the Legion and the Grand Central Hotel. For your enjoyment and dancing, there will be music and refreshments at both locations.

There will be Folk Dances after St. Pat's parade from 3:30 – 6:30 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. General admission: 15$, 13-17 yrs: 5$, 12 yrs & under: free, family rates for a family with 2 parents: 35$ with 1 parent: 20$. Affordably priced food will be available and kids are welcome. Animation and activities will be provided for them. Wear comfortable shoes and something green! For more information: 819-826-6707 or

Sunday, March 27th (Easter Sunday)
To complete our 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” for only $8,00 per adult and $4,00 per child. Volunteers will be needed to bake beans and help; please contact Erika (819-826-3322). Prizes and trophies for parade participation will be presented. Everyone is welcome to this final event of the month!

St. Pat’s 2015 Golf Tournament – June 7, 2015
The good Lord was shining down on us and gave us great golfing weather when 22 golfers got in the swing of things for a grand afternoon of golfing! We had golfers
from Danville, Richmond, Melbourne, Sherbrooke, Lennoxville, Rosemere, and our 2 talented imports from Waterville.  When we look at the names of the various winners maybe we should re-name this golf event, the Cindy Jones – Brian Mastine event! Brian’s team included the Waterville duo of Jim Meigs and Sharrell Matthews plus Joe Kelly.  They were the winners of the Lowest Team Score, and the new trophy for the fewest number of putts! Brian also won the trophies for the Men’s Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin!
The most honest team trophy went to Hugh Lancaster along with team members, son George, and the pride of Tingwick, Vinnie Morin!  Cindy Jones won the Ladies Longest Drive and the Best-Dressed Golfer! Special thanks to Grand Central, Richmond Hardware, and Domino’s Pizza and members for their donation of prizes that help make our tournament a success!  Since the weather cooperated for us, we should have the 2016 around the same time in June and look forward to having you join us.

It looks like the “travel bug” has attacked many members of the Society.
Last June, Amanda Boerson spent a month visiting family in Holland. She met several of her cousins and even learned a little Dutch.  There is a tri-lingual lady!

In January, Marg Lancaster spent 10 days visiting Barb and Joan Levitt in Tuscon, Arizona. Marg and Joan did much reminiscing. Barb was a wonderful tour guide and great margarita maker!

The Amber Griffiths and Eamon Waters May, 2016 wedding in Ireland will have a big group of folks from the Richmond area including Nick Fonda, and Francine Beaubien, who will be providing music, Anne Griffith (sister), Erin Griffith and Mathew Toth (sister and brother-in-law), Kyle is unsure (depends on how things are going with the new baby), Fran and Alan Morin, Daniel and Shirley Enright, cousins from Antigonish, N.S., and of course, Charlotte and Peter Griffith.  There will be real Irish celebrations!

Since December until late March, Norma Murray, and André are enjoying the sun, beaches and food in Mexico. They send “Hola,” and Happy St. Pat’s Day to all!

Big changes have happened since the beginning of 2016 for the Irish dancers. Since the old Ecole Le Tremplin was unsafe to use, they needed to find a new place for practices. After lots of research and phone calls, a new practice place was found at the Richmond Legion. The girls were happy to have hot water from the taps and a clean bathroom. History was made by the Irish Dancers of Richmond, with the youngest dancer ever, 6 months old Emerson (Bridgette Dutka son's) participating in choreographies during practices! In March the Irish dancers will perform at the St. Pat’s Banquet, Wales Home, and will be present in the St. Pat’s Parade. Don't miss the Spring show on May 8th, 2:00PM at the Richmond Regional Auditorium: it will be a really big show with bake sale during the intermission. Come support the Richmond Irish Dancers as they need you!

Kathleen Lynch has another great-granddaughter, Olyvia Hope Comeau, born on Dec. 30. 2015; proud parents Amy Patrick and Shayne Comeau.

Kayla Comeau and Josh Johnston are expecting another wee one this summer.

Kate O’Donnell and Stéphane Desprès are expecting a girl in the beginning of March. Future grand-parents Paul and Joy O'Donnell are ecstatic.

Our Vice-President Julie O’Donnell and Éric Leclerc are expecting a boy in the beginning of April, right after all St Pat's festivities.

Marie-Pierre Bégin and Kyle Griffith will welcome a new baby boy at the end of February, a brother for Elizabeth. Charlotte and Peter Griffiths are proud grand-parents, while Winifred and Royce, the great grand-parents, couldn’t be prouder. Marie-Pierre’s family from Beauce is looking forward to the arrival.

Carly Morin and Stephen Smith are expecting in June; a first grandchild for Alan and Fran Morin.

Kristen Smith and Philip Porter are expecting a second child.

Amber Griffith and Eamonn Waters, now in Calgary, will be married on Friday, May 13, 2016
in Kingscourt, County Cavan, Ireland. Congratulations and best wishes for many years of happiness!

Our President Erika Lockwood and Steeve Moreau are getting married in August.

The Keenan family will be gathering in June to celebrate Agnes’ grandson Christopher’s wedding on the farm in Greenlay. They will be joined by Christopher’s bride’s family, who are from Korea, and his grandmother and his aunt, who are from Switzerland.

Kristen Smith and Philip Porter are getting married in September

Caroline Blanchard and Ryan Murphy are getting married in September too.

Philip and Colleen Boerson celebrated their 25th anniversary on May 19th with family and friends.  Amanda and Andrew put on fantastic celebrations for their parents!

A number of our members have or are recovering from various medical problems; Jerome Morin, Corey Morin; Jim Beattie; Megan McDevitt.
We wish them well.

David “Butch” Crack passed away in mid-June, 2015.
Lyla Beattie died in late January, 2016 at the Wales Home.
Betty Dickson passed away in October 2015
Condolences to the families and friends.

In the past, we have had one of our members featured in our Newsletter. In our Society, we are most fortunate to have 5 women who are all over 90 years old. This is quite an achievement, so we decided to feature these 5 wonderful ladies in this newsletter. It gives us great pleasure to introduce them to you.

Agnes Keenan, a long-time member of St. Patrick’s Society, celebrated a milestone birthday, turning 90 on January 14, and is still fun and fabulous!  Agnes was born at home on a farm on the Irish Road in West Shefford, now Bromont, the third daughter in a family of nine sons and three daughters. She attended the local country school, where many of her classmates were relatives. She completed high school at boarding schools in Sherbrooke and Quebec City, and then went to St. Joseph’s Hospital in New Brunswick to train to be a nurse.   She worked as a nurse for many years, including at the Sherbrooke Hospital and at St. Louis Hospital in Windsor. She loved her work and she hopes that her grandchildren will also love their work. She has served the community as a school commissioner and as a volunteer for many organizations.

Agnes and Dennis Keenan married in 1954 and were blessed with seven children, twenty grandchildren and three great grandchildren, many of whom were able to join her to celebrate her birthday in January.

Maureen Quinn (nee McCabe) is a remarkable ninety year old lady. Her Irish McCabe ancestors settled in Wheatlands (near Drummondville) in the 1830's. She has called Richmond home all of her life and has lived in her lovely Victorian-style home since 1958.  Maureen's Dad was a dentist in Richmond for many years.

After graduating from the convent, she worked for a time in Montreal and then at the local Bank of Montreal. Her late husband, Reynold Quinn, with his brother Barney (Clarence) ran an electrical supply store on Main St. and apparently sold the first TV in town. Maureen ran the TV cable business for a few years after her husband’s death and also worked in the offices of the Brown Shoe Company and was the Green House Secretary at RRHS for 12 years.

Maureen raised a beautiful family and is the proud and much loved Mother of Cathi, Mike, Mary Pat and Dennis and adored mother-in-law to Joe-Anne, George, June and Pat. She is the grandmother of seven and "Nannie the Great" to two great-grand kids! Maureen is an avid reader, sports fan, news junkie and baker of delicious goodies.  She is kind, thoughtful, funny and generous. She will say that her faith, family, friends and community have given her a good life.

One of the several venerable parishioners who regularly attend mass at St. Bibiane is Alice Beaubien (née MacLeod).  Born in Dunvegan, Cape Breton, Alice graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia before training as a social worker, a profession she practiced for two years.  Alice moved to Richmond in 1948 when she married Jacques Beaubien and together they raised eleven children.  Generous, welcoming and cheerful, she has always been the heartbeat of her home. A dynamic woman with a strong social conscience and deeply held convictions, Alice found time for activities such as gardening, the Catholic Women’s League and the Thomas More Institute.  In 1984, her children grown and on their own, Alice turned her attention to the community and was instrumental in the founding of the Richmond Volunteer Bureau and of the local Meals on Wheels program, an organization with which she remained involved for  the better part of two decades before passing on the torch to others.  Well read, Alice has kept up on current events and still enjoys cooking, books and crossword puzzles.

The Dutch community in and around Richmond is still as vibrant as ever, even though the original immigrants are getting older. In the past year, two of them surpassed the 90 year mark. Mrs. Anna Goorts is well known in the area as the mother of Peter, Henri and Johanne. Annie Herbers is another lady who is equally well known as the mother of Herman, Johnnie and Gary. She moved recently to the Wales Home for a well-deserved retirement. Marie and Gilbert Verhoef who are both quite a bit past 90 and who despite reduced mobility participate in many of the activities organized by the Home.  Friends meet with Anna and Annie regularly to reminisce and to keep abreast of the changes in the younger generations.

The Richmond Library at 820 Gouin St. (near the Arena) invites everyone to drop in to see the selection of 15 000 books. Open on Wed., Thurs., and Fri. from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Thurs. and Fri. from 2:00 - 4:00 PM and Sat. from 9:30 -11:30 AM., the library has books for all tastes.  Resident’s memberships for Richmond, Cleveland, and now the Township of Melbourne, are only $15 per family or $8 for adults and $5 for children. With 26% of the books in English, you will even find some Irish authors and books about Ireland!

Andrew Boersen graduated from his culinary course last June, but has decided to change his vision. He is currently attending McDonald College in Montreal taking The Farm Management and Technology course. He is planning on doing his summer stage in Holland at the Boersen family farm now operated by Philip's cousin. By the end of the summer he should be speaking more Dutch then his father. His business card will read: Andrew, the Farming Chef at your service!

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.

The St. Patrick’s Award given at St. Francis went to Elliot Langeveld and Emily Evans for Top Achievement. 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 Chelsea Morin, who is attending Champlain College, and plans on pursuing the Social Studies

Some of our members have been actively supporting various projects. Corey Morin and his Domino’s crew, with head office, regularly support many local groups. Pat Henderson and her crew raised over $13,000 for Terry Fox Cancer Research. Then our “can and bottle man”, Joe Kelly, supported various foundations, a summer camp and Terry Fox Foundation! He would love to be at the Griffith wedding in Ireland to collect all the empties!

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 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 Richmond County Historical Society, Papeterie 2000 or Richmond Hardware (819-826-2535) in Richmond.

Amanda Boerson purchased her first home in May and is enjoying living in Sherbrooke. Philip is putting his handyman talents to good use!

The Wales Home is grateful 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. It is a “community-based” residence with 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.  

The Richmond 4-H Club has been square dancing at the Wales Home for their annual Christmas get-together. The square dancers are preparing for competitions in Montreal in February and Ormstown in April. The club has introduced an archery project with new leader Brent Paterson.

The cooking project members, lead by Tammi McGee, will be putting on their third Appreciation Supper in March. A dance will follow with music by Slightly Haggard, Saturday March 26th at 9 PM. The dance is open to the public and tickets will be on sale at the door. Everyone is welcome.  Ryley Keenan and Noah Enright will be travelling to Truro, NS in March. Their science fair project "Drink Till You Rot" won them a spot at the 4-H National Science Fair Competition.  Richmond will send 2 teams into the MacDonald judging competition in January.

Hockey Day on the Kingsbury pond took place on Saturday, February 13th 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 started at 10 AM with hot chocolate available.  What A truly Canadian and Township event!

A couple of Sundays ago there was much excitement at Allan and Fran’s farm, as the SQ on  ski-doos were making a lot of noise while chasing a moose, which later wandered back into the bushes!  Wonder if this is the same one that was spotted around town? A case for Sherlock Holmes!

Wolfe BBQ Fest
The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is pleased to bring back the second edition of the Wolfe BBQ Fest. The event will be held on the week-end of the 10-11-12 of June. The theme is based on Louisiana-style cooking, bourbon and blues music. The program is not yet completed, but you can be sure that the week-end will be highly entertaining with live music from start to finish, culinary workshops, inflatable games, food stands, beer stands and so on. We hope to have a great turn out.

“Festival des traditions du monde in 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 10th to August 14th. It has been the 6th year that the organisers open their own Irish Pub. Irish music, Irish songs, Irish dancing, Irish beer and Irish traditions can be found there like a real Irish pub in Ireland. This year Friday and Saturday August 12th and 13th there will be a fish and chip tasting, Saturday August 13th whisky tasting and on Sunday August 14th an Irish breakfast.  Information about the festival can be found at

The Society has acquired the Manse of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at 1161 Rte. 243 in Melbourne to keep the archives of the Society together with the exhibits of historical artifacts. Our Archivist continues to receive requests for information from across the world. Significant renovations and repairs have to be done on the Manse and will have a beneficial effect on RCHS and the communities it serves. The museum/archives will become a centre for such activities as concerts, storytelling, teas, meetings, artist’s exhibits, etc. The Archives have been moved to the new location and it is expected that the artifacts will be relocated in the spring.

This year the theme will be “Women in History, Local Women of Note in Richmond County and Vicinity in Years Gone By”. The idea is to highlight women who have made a difference in our community and in the lives of our local population, and women who have impacted individuals or who have pioneered an idea or created a lasting memory in our lives. If you know of anyone who fits this description, please send a photo along with a short story to, 237 Johnston Rd. Melbourne, QC. J0B 1X0 by March 15, 2016.
2016 - Calendar of Events: Thursday, March 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Wales Home living room, the DVD produced by RCHS, Scots Heritage in Richmond County and Vicinity will be shown.  All are welcome.-Sunday, May 23, 12 noon.  Pancake Brunch, Annual General Meeting and Plant Sale. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall. $8 adults and $4 children under 10. Guest Speaker: The Hon. Karine Vallieres, MNA for Richmond. Launch of the 2016 theme, Women in History.  Local Women of Note in By-gone Years in Richmond County and Vicinity

Sunday, June 19, 1:00 – 4:00.  Strawberry Ice Cream Social at the Market Space near the Melbourne Municipality Town Hall. -Sunday, July 10, 2:00 - 4:00.  English Tea at the Manse, 1161 Route 243, Upper Melbourne.-Sunday, August 20, 2:00 – 4:00. Lawn Party at the Manse, 1161, Route 243, Upper Melbourne.-Sunday, October 23. Harvest Luncheon, 12 noon. Le Temps des Cerises, Danville, QC., Guest speaker t.b.a. -Saturday-Sunday, in November. Artisan Show in Richmond Date and time t.b.a.

We have been preparing, compiling information, and sending out our Paddy’s Newsletter since the late 90's. I think that it is time to pass on my part of the Newsletter to others of the society. We know that this passing of the torch will have a different look and content. This could also be a group project. Anyone interested, would you kindly contact 819-826-3929, or e-mail

At the Irish wedding reception the D.J. yelled..."Would all married men please stand next to the one person who has made your life worth living." The bartender was almost crushed to death!

Paddy calls Easy Jet to book a flight. The operator asks, "How many people are flying with you?" Paddy replies "How do I know! It's your plane!"

It’s OK to pretend to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.  We pretend to be good at Christmas, don’t we?

I actually saw a leprechaun one night.  After enough beer, you see all kinds of stuff!
After much arguing, Mike said to Kevin: “If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong!

At a recent Director’s meeting of the Richmond St. Pat’s Society, it was decided that it is absolutely essential to have more Irish families involved in this organization which is almost 140 years old. Many of us, both French and English, have Irish roots. As we have lost many older members of our Society over the years due to the circle of life, 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 St. Pat’s Society 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?  Would a meeting time be better on another day such as Sunday (late morning or afternoon)?
Please return your answers to Julie O’Donnell at or 819-826-2535.

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 Joe Kelly, at 819-826-3929, or e-mail

The Richmond St. Patrick’s Society is looking for horsemen volunteers to carry people/ organisations for our annual Parade.

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