TICKET No 404:

Sunday March 16, 2013. 


Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade & Family Day
is proudly supported by the Irish Government


Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade & Family Day egm

A Sydney St Patrick’s Day Organisation’s (SSPDO) EGM has been called for Thursday November 6 at 6.30pm in the Gaelic Club on Devonshire St, Surry Hills.

To date, three people have shown interest in the vice-president and treasurer positions. We will take a vote for these positions on November 6. We also need a secretary, which is an elected position, plus more people to come onboard as general committee members to help out with fundraising, raffles, trivia nights, etc.

I’d ask as many people as possible to come along to the meeting and put their hands up to help. These roles are vital for the proper functioning of our organisation. The positions might seem onerous, but will only take a couple of hours a week out of your schedule, so please come along and help the community out.

St Pat's Parade is charity partner on Irish Fight Night

The Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade & Family Day has been named as one of the charity partners for the next Battle of the Irish Fight Night at Fox Studios on Saturday November 15. There are three professional title bouts featuring Irish boxers Jake Hanney, TJ Doherty and Gearoid Clancy. There will also be eight amateur bouts featuring fighters from GAA clubs. Tickets for the night can be bought at They cost $85 and doors open at 5pm. Please get along as the proceeds from the raffle on the night go to the St Patrick’s Day Parade.


NSW GAA Championship gate tops $5500!

We are happy to announce that the takings from the gate at the NSW GAA day on August 24 was $5502.05. Everybody involved had a great day, and the Parade & Family Day were the beneficiaries of some much need cash from the NSW GAA. We'll be at Monarch Fields selling tickets to our fundraising raffle (see details below) on September 7 and we urge everyone that can to get out to Ingeburn to watch some great sport.


Fundraising Raffle in conjunction with NSW GAA

We are happy to announce the winners of our fundraising raffle.

1st Prize: One night’s accommodation and a meal for two at Gerry’s @ The Commercial Hotel in historic Millthorpe, NSW, was won by Barry Nally, ticket 763.

2nd Prize: Meal for two at Mulligan's Irish Restaurant, Darlington, NSW. Prize also includes Irish Coffees, Wine & Psychic Reading was won by Laura Middleton, ticket 150.

3rd Prize: $100 Taste Ireland Hamper was won by Elaine McCabe, ticket 662.

4th Prize: $100 Beauty Voucher for Ocean Blue Beauty & Skincare Clinic, Maroubra, NSW, was won by Niamh Greene, ticket 572.

5th Prize: One-year subscription to the Irish Echo newspaper was won by Danielle Convery, ticket 222.

 6th Prize: A selection of Irish books was won by Emmet Quigley, ticket 476.


NSW GAA donates its Championship gate!

We are delighted to announce that the NSW GAA Committee and all of the GAA Delegates have voted unanimously to donate the entire gate takings at Monarch Fields on August 24. 

We are in the middle of the Championship season, so to make the most of this very generous offer, I urge everyone to make their way to Monarch Fields, Ingleburn, on Sunday, August 24, from 9am, to watch some fantastic Gaelic games and to help give  the Parade a dig out. Admission $10. Donations always welcome.

 The NSW GAA has been a huge supporter of the Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade & Family Day over the years and has yet again shown its commitment to the St Patrick’s Day Parade & Family Day.

You can find Monarch Fields here:,150.882305,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xf017d68f9f10000


An evening with Dr Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland

Dr Mary McAleese has announced the fundraising drive for the Chair in Modern Irish Studies at the University of New South Wales in 1998. This Black Tie dinner is particularly resonant as proceeds from this event will support the continuation of this Chair and the important work it does in education and research on Ireland and the Irish in Australia. It promises to be a great night and Chairman John O’Neill AO and the Board of the Australian Ireland Fund are expecting a big turnout, so get in fast.


Black Tie Dinner

September 9, 2014

Venue: The Star, Sydney

Time: 7pm

Cost: Per Table of 10: $3,000 (Cost of Entry $1,500 Donation $1,500)

Individual Tickets: $300 (Cost of Entry $150, Donation $150)

Trivia Night

A St Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Trivia Night will take place at the Gaelic Club, Devonshire Street, Surry Hills on Thursday July 24 at 7pm.

Tickets cost $10 per person (max table of 6). All money collected on the night will go towards paying off our $85,000 debt from the 2014 parade, so please spread the word and get everyone along on the night.


SOS update

Hi all,

I'd also like to send out a big thank you to all of those who have already donated. Go raibh maith agat go léir. You guys are the best! Thanks to you we've collected $2200 so far. That's a great start, but there's more to do and I urge you to get others involved. We are also in the process of building a "donor wall" on our website, which will feature the names of people who have given the parade a dig out.

Don't forget to spread the word: if every Irish person in Sydney/NSW donated $5 to the parade, we could get rid of the debt quick smart.

Donations can be made directly into the St Pat's account:

Bank: National Australia Bank

Name: Sydney St Patrick’s Day Org Inc

BSB: 082001

Account: 854834295

It would also be great if donors could put their names in the reference line so we can thank them.


Or through Paypal on our website

Five Bucks to save St Pat's Parade!

Hi all,
A big shout out to Eileen Donaghey from Mulligan's Irish Restaurant ( for a great idea to help out the St Pat's Parade. We are $85,000 in debt because the thunderstorm on the day wiped out 75% of our revenue. We couldn't invoke our insurance because of the storm's timing, so all our fixed costs putting on the day still need to be paid.

The committee would love if Eileen's Five Bucks for the Parade campaign ( would take off, and urge everyone to "share" this link with their friends and family, and donate at least $5 to help save the St Patrick's Day Parade.

Donations can be made directly into the St Pat's account:
Bank: National Australia Bank
Name: Sydney St Patrick’s Day Org Inc
BSB: 082001
Account: 85483 4295
It would also be great if donors could put their names in the reference line so we can thank them.

Or through Paypal on our website
Thanks again everyone for your kind thoughts and words and once we have this debt paid off, we'll make sure 2015's parade will be the best yet!

Mise le meas,
John Roper




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Get ready for Sydney St Patrick's Day
Parade & Family Day on March 16

Here are some handy maps of the Parade route and layout of the Family Day at Hyde Park. Remember, there is pre-parde entertainment outside Sydney town Hall from around 10.15am. The Parade kicks off at 12pm until 1pm and makes its way to Hyde Park, where the Family Day event goes from 1pm until 6.30pm. There will be plenty of food and lots of music and live entertainment. Plus there is a Family area full of rides, children's entertainment, fairy floss, petting zoo, and much, much more.



Gaelic Club's Boogie Wonderland!

The LET'S GO RETRO fundraiser for the Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place this Saturday, February 15, from 8pm. Come along and enjoy the memories and great hits of the 1980s. It will be a great fun night! Only $10 on the door. Happy Hour 8pm-9pm, with $4 vodka and house wine. All welcome. Visit The Gaelic Club's Facebook page ( to join the event. All proceeds on the night goes to the Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade.

Don't miss a trick at this fundraising card game

At this time of year, does your mind start to wander and recall the good times of playing games of 25 in a cosy pub with a pint of black in your hand? Well, you’re in luck. A 25 card game will be held at Lidcombe Bowling Club, 3 James Street, Lidcombe, on Saturday February 8.

Registration kicks off at 7.30 for an 8pm start.

All proceeds will be donated to the Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade & Family Day and Fr Chris O’Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.

For more details, phone Seamus Gill on 0419 292 582.

The 2014 Paddy Factor (formerly known as Gaels Got Talent)

Have you got what it takes to win the 2014 Paddy Factor talent competition?

For the fourth year running the Sydney St Patrick’s Day Organisation is rolling out its Paddy’s Got Talent competition, the winners of which will perform on the main stage of the Sydney St Patrick’s Day Family Day event on March 16 to an audience of up to 20,000 people.

The Paddy Factor competition is targeted at non-professional artists. There are two categories – Individual and Group. The competition is open to non-professional acts and is a wonderful opportunity for emerging talent to expand their experience with the potential opportunity of playing on the Main Stage at fourth largest St Patrick’s Day celebration in the world.

There will be two auditions in February. This year we will be holding Paddy Factor auditions on Saturday February 1 at the Cock N Bull, Bondi Junction, from 7pm, with the second audition TBC. From these two heats we will select who the top acts are that will go through the Final, which will be held on Saturday March 1 at the Penrith Gaels Club, Penrith.

Competition entry is free and entries close a week before each heat. All events are community and fundraising events with lots of entertainment. Donations are greatly welcomed.

For more information about the Paddy Factor competition, join the Sydney St Patrick’s Day Festival Facebook page or contact Linda Lodge by phone on 0451 186 788 or by emailing



Go raibh míle maith agat!!

Thank you for supporting our aim to make Sydney's St Patrick's Day 2014 bigger and better.

We have many fundraising events taking place over the next few months leading up to the Parade and Family Day on March 16.

Upcoming Events …

Green Jam Harbour Cruise - February 21, 2014

Thanks to our friends Green Jam, (some of you may know them as that awesome band who have us partying in the Hero of Waterloo hotel in The Rocks on Sunday nights) we are hosting a harbour cruise on the February 21, 2014.

Tickets are $50, which includes finger food, live entertainment and complimentary drink on arrival. Boarding commences at 7pm at Pyrmont Bay Wharf (behind the Australian Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour) and with stunning views and great entertainment, it is sure to be a great night.

Bachelor of the Year - February 22, 2014

Our annual landmark event, which sells out every year. Join some of Sydney's hottest bachelors at one the city’s most spectacular venues – the Kirribilli Club, which overlooks stunning Sydney Harbour. Call 0414 647 909 or visit to book your tickets now!

Paddy’s Got Talent - March 16, 2014

Do you have what it takes to rock the stage at Hyde Park in front of 20,000 people on St Patrick’s Day in Sydney? Auditions kick off in January (final dates and venues to be confirmed) with the Grand Final taking place on March 1. The two categories are “Group” and “Individual”, and we are looking for all non-professional acts to participate with the chance of taking to the big stage on March 16.

What would you like to see at the SPD parade & Family Day 2014?

Your suggestions and ideas are always appreciated so check us out on Facbook or Twitter and drop us a line!

Check us out on Social Media!

At Sydney St Patrick’s Day Festival on Facebook

and @SydneyStPatsDay on Twitter

November's Trivia Night

The next St Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Trivia Night will take place at the Gaelic Club, Devonshire Street, Surry Hills on Thursday November 21 at 7pm.

Tickets cost $10 per person (max table of 6). To register a team, click on “St Patrick's Day Fundraiser – Trivia Night” on our Facebook page, “Sydney St Patrick’s Day Festival”, or rock up to the door on the night. We had a great turnout for our last trivia night, so let's get out there give it a good shake again!

Send us your county association details for the parade

We want put the contact details of the 32 county associations here in NSW on our website,, so that everyone knows who to ring or email prior to the parade next year. We want to make sure every county is represented, so could the relevant people please email their contact details to Cheers!

St Patrick's Day Fundraiser Trivia Night

The new committee’s first St Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Trivia Night will take place at the Gaelic Club, Devonshire Street, Surry Hills on Thursday October 17 at 7pm.

Tickets cost $10 per person (max table of 6). You can register your team online at and click on “Trivia Night”, on Facebook at “Friends Of St Patrick – Australia”, or rock up to the door on the night.


Notification Of New Committee

The Sydney St Patrick’s Day Org. Inc. EGM was held at 2pm on Sunday September 8, 2013 at The Gaelic Club, Level 1, 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills, NSW .

The 2012/13 Committee stepped down from their positions




Catherine Crosse

Vice President

Kevin Duffy


William Otto


The 2014 Committee were elected as follows:



Email Address

Contact No.


John Roper

0414 647 909

Vice President

Peter Boylan

0420 315 563


Aisling O’Sullivan

0467 286 985


Bernie Rochford

0467 091 784



St. Patricks Day Organisation Inc 2013 EGM will be held on Sunday 8th September, 2013....

Sydney St Patrick’s Day Organisation Inc EGM: 

2.00pm Sunday 8th September 2013

The Gaelic Club,

Level 1, 64 Devonshire St,

Surry Hills, NSW

  • Nominations are being sought for the 2013/14 Committee
  • Positions available are President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary
  • Community members are invited to attend and volunteer for one of the four (4) elected positions on the committee and/or to volunteer to help organise and manage one of the elements of the 2014 St Patrick's Day Parade and Family Day.
  • For further information contact Catherine Crosse 0414 570 025 or email




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  • Prize – 2 return flights to Ireland