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,
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.
Cocktails, Entertainment, Stepdancing
Bagpipes, Call to Dinner, Toasts
Live Charity Auction
Music and Dancing
Order tickets via telephone
at 425-821-3044, via email @
Treasurer@fosp.org, or PURCHASE VIA CREDIT CARD:
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
Happy Hour from 5:00 pm
Two free drinks
Performances by the
- Seattle Police Pipes & Drums
- Owl 'n Thistle Band
- Tara Academy Irish Stepdancers
- Your choice of Entrée
- Wine with the meal
- Side dishes
- Fresh baked bread and butter
- Tea or coffee
After dinner dancing
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.
Photos from The 2009 Friends of St. Patrick Banquet
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:
include stepdancers from the
Baile Glas Irish Dancers and music and singing by
To see more photos or to listen to a sample of The
click on the photos above. For more information,
go to www.baileglas.org
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,
and Friends of St. Patrick Officer John Keane,
converse with US Senator Maria Cantwell.
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
Washington's Irish-born aide-de-camp General Stephen
along with John Dickenson and Robert Morris who
signed the US
Declaration of Independence. George Washington himself later
Honorary Member. The Friendly Sons started in Seattle
and was a male only organization until 1989 when
women and changed its name to The Society of the
Friends of St.
Patrick. The change came under pressure from Seattle
Thomas Murphy who kidded that otherwise he would
supporting the Angry Daughters of St. Brigid! Carol
1999 was the first female President of the Seattle
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
thecenter, back, wearing a bandana.
Following are some pictures from previous banquets. The
names and years are listed where they've been identified.
CLICK ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE
1948 BANQUET, Crowd picture
2. 1963 BANQUET, Archbishop Connolly, Pat Barry, Bob
Seattle City Councilman Wing Luke
3. 1964 BANQUET, Don Sullivan, Jim Murphy, Bill Lukoskie,
4. 1963 BANQUET, Bob McGrath, Mike McCay, Councilman
5. 1962 BANQUET, Jim Dore at piano, brother Fred at
and cousin John Dore on right
6. 1966 BANQUET, Ben Maslan, John Miller, James McAteer
7. 1964 BANQUET, Bill Lukoskie, unknown, Jim Murphy,
Gene Cheevers, Judge John Wilson, Bob Murphy, Don
8. 1965 BANQUET, Friends President Thomas Geraghty
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
to speak at the 1956 Friendly Sons Banquet
1960 - Mike McKay, Charles P Moriarty, Fred Dore,
1965 - Irish Consul General Charles V Whelan was the
1965 - The Seattle P-I mistakenly identified him as
"British Consul General"