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The 2014-2015 President of the Friends of St. Patrick is Don Luby. A native of Seattle, Don graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor in Commercial Science. He worked with the Army Audit Agency in San Francisco and spent two years serving in Korea and Viet Nam. Altogether, his government career lasted 13 years and in 1978 he left the army and started working as a CPA. In 1996 with Pam Thomson he formed Luby & Thomson, PLLC, where he mostly practices in the Federal tax area, and also manages the firm. Don and his longtime companion, Chris, enjoy travel, reading, gardening, and cooking. In addition to the Friends of St. Patrick, Don is also active with Special Olympics Washington, the Knights of Columbus, and the Serra Club.

The Society of
The Friends of St. Patrick

75th Annual
St. Patrick's Day Banquet
Sunday, March 15 2015
The Annual Banquet of the Friends of St. Patrick in Seattle will be held
on Sunday evening, March 15, at
a location to be determined.
Happy Hour 5:00 pm, Dinner 6:30 pm.

Tickets for the Black-Tie (optional) dinner and dance are $100 per person ($110 per person after March 7) which includes parking.

  • 5:00 pm: Cocktails, Entertainment, Stepdancing
  • 6:30 pm: Bagpipes, Call to Dinner, Toasts
  • 7:00 pm: Live Charity Auction
  • 7:30 pm: Music and Dancing
    Performances
    Order tickets via telephone at 425-821-3044, via email @ Treasurer@fosp.org, or PURCHASE VIA CREDIT CARD:
    Purchase Tickets and Make Dinner Choice
    (For tables of Ten, email Menu Choices to Meal@fosp.org)

    IRISH COMMUNITY HAPPY HOUR
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Sunday, March 15
    Join the Friends of St. Patrick, Irish Network Seattle, The Seattle Gaels and The Irish Heritage Club for an Irish Community St. Patrick's Day Happy Hour from 5:00 pm to 7 pm Sunday, March 15. Tickets are $30 per person which includes free parking, two free drinks and hors d'oeuvres, Tara Academy Irish Stepdancers, Seattle Police Pipes & Drums, Irish music with the Owl 'n Thistle Band. Advance Reservations required - buy tickets here!

    To order tickets by mail, write:
    Friends of St Patrick
    11616 NE 134th St
    Kirkland, WA 98034
    Please make checks payable to "Friends of St Patrick".
    For more information, call 425-290-7839 or email Treasurer@fosp.org.

    Tickets include:

  • Free parking
  • Happy Hour from 5:00 pm
  • Two free drinks
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Performances by the
    - Seattle Police Pipes & Drums
    - Owl 'n Thistle Band
    - Tara Academy Irish Stepdancers
  • Dinner with
    - Your choice of Entrée
    - Salad
    - Wine with the meal
    - Side dishes
    - Fresh baked bread and butter
    - Dessert
    - Tea or coffee
  • After dinner dancing

    BANQUET ENTRÉES:
    1) Grain Mustard and Sugar Crusted Corned Beef, Braised Cabbage with Onion and Bacon, Whipped Russet Potatoes, Horseradish Jus
    2) Garlic Roasted Breast of Chicken with Sautéed, Roasted Butternut Squash and Root, Vegetables, Whipped Russet Potatoes, Red Wine Demi Glace
    3) Chef's Choice Vegetarian Entrée
    Salad, Wine with the meal, side dishes, Fresh Baked Bread and Butter, and dessert

    A short auction during the dinner will provide funding for several worthy educational causes.
    2010 Guest of Honor

    The Rt. Honorable Desmond Guinness, the great, great, great, great grandson of Arthur Guinness who founded Guinness Brewery in Dublin in 1769, and who served as Grand Marshal of Seattle's St. Patrick's Day Parade, was a Special Honored Guest at the Friends of St. Patrick Banquet on Saturday, March 13, 2010. Click the photo above for more information.
    See Photos from The 2009 Friends of St. Patrick Banquet held at the Washington Athletic Club, Seattle. Special Guest: Ireland's Attorney General Paul Gallagher

    Special Guest at the 2009 Banquet was Ireland's Attorney General, Paul Gallagher, shown above with US Congressman Jim McDermott. Attorney General Gallagher is the legal adviser to the Irish Government and the chief law officer of the Irish State. Click photo for more pictures.


    Ireland's Attorney General Paul Gallagher, US Senator Maria Cantwell, State Senator Ed Murray, at the 2009 Friends of St. Patrick Banquet. Click photo for more pictures.

    2009 Banquet Entertainment:

    Entertainment will include stepdancers from the
    Baile Glas Irish Dancers and music and singing by The Muses.
    To see more photos or to listen to a sample of The Muses' music,
    click on the photos above. For more information,
    go to www.baileglas.org or www.themusesmusic.com.
    2008 Special Honored Guest:

    His Excellency John Bruton,
    European Union Ambassador to the United States,
    and former Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister).
    Click here for more information.

    Also in attendance as honored guests in 2008 were Seattle Archbishop Alexander Brunett, Irish Government Minister John McGuinness, T.D., and Irish Consul General Una Fannon.


    Photos from the 2006 Banquet:

    At the 2006 Banquet, St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal
    and travel guru Rick Steves (left), with Fr. John Madigan (center) and
    Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Joe Tyson.



    At the 2006 Banquet, US Senator Maria Cantwell with
    Seattle Archbishop Alexander Brunett.



    From left, Acting Irish Consul General Úna Fannon, Irish
    Government Cabinet Minister Noel Dempsey, T.D.
    and Friends of St. Patrick Officer John Keane,
    converse with US Senator Maria Cantwell.

    For more pictures from last year's Banquet, go to
    2006 BANQUET PHOTOS.




    For pictures from the 2004 Banquet, go to
    2004 BANQUET PHOTOS



    Friends of St. Patrick History

    Originally named The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Society was founded in Philadelphia on March 17, 1771. At its first meeting were George Washington's Irish-born aide-de-camp General Stephen Moylan, along with John Dickenson and Robert Morris who signed the US Declaration of Independence. George Washington himself later became an Honorary Member.
    The Friendly Sons started in Seattle in 1941 and was a male only organization until 1989 when it welcomed women and changed its name to The Society of the Friends of St. Patrick. The change came under pressure from Seattle Archbishop
    Thomas Murphy who kidded that otherwise he would start supporting the Angry Daughters of St. Brigid! Carol Costello in 1999 was the first female President of the Seattle organization.



    DOUBLE CLICK PICTURE TO ENLARGE
    Picture from 1978 Sunset magazine, taken at Seattle's 1977 Parade. Three Dailey boys are carrying the banner, sons of Jim and Mary Colette Dailey. Behind them and to the right are Bruce Cosacchi's daughters: L-R Maureen,  Sheila and Laura. Bruce is on the extreme right. Diane Hackett is in the center, back, wearing a bandana. 

    Following are some pictures from previous banquets. The names and years are listed where they've been identified. 

    DOUBLE CLICK ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE

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    7. 8. 9.

    1. 1948 BANQUET, Crowd picture
    2. 1963 BANQUET, Archbishop Connolly, Pat Barry, Bob McGrath, 
    Seattle City Councilman Wing Luke
    3. 1964 BANQUET, Don Sullivan, Jim Murphy, Bill Lukoskie, Bob Murphy
    4. 1963 BANQUET, Bob McGrath, Mike McCay, Councilman Wing Luke
    5. 1962 BANQUET, Jim Dore at piano, brother Fred at left, 
    and cousin John Dore on right
    6. 1966 BANQUET, Ben Maslan, John Miller, James McAteer (President)
    7. 1964 BANQUET, Bill Lukoskie, unknown, Jim Murphy, ? Powers, 
    Gene Cheevers, Judge John Wilson, Bob Murphy, Don Sullivan
    8. 1965 BANQUET, Friends President Thomas Geraghty on left, 
    Seattle Mayor Dorm Braman on right.
    9. 1965 BANQUET, Tom McMurray, Thomas Geraghty, 
    Society President Jim McAteer on pipes, 
    with the Blanchet HS Gaelic Pipe Band.


    1955 - Then Senator John F. Kennedy regretfully declines an invitation
    to speak at the 1956 Friendly Sons Banquet


    1960 - Mike McKay, Charles P Moriarty, Fred Dore, President


    1965 - Irish Consul General Charles V Whelan was the principal speaker


    1965 - The Seattle P-I mistakenly identified him as "British Consul General" 

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