Chronology

On St. Patrick’s Night, March 17, 1901, the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick was formed in the Newman Hotel, with

1901

Dr. John A. O’Keefe, President; Thomas F. Cooney, Toastmaster.

1902

Dr. John A. O’Keefe, President; Thomas F. Cooney, Toastmaster; The Wellington.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Luke Kavanaugh, Esq.; “The United States,” Hon. Charles E. Gorman; “Our Martyrs,” Peter C. Cannon; “Poetry and Songs of Ireland,” Dr. Bernard T. McDermott; “The Press,” James P. McNeillis.

1903

Thomas F. Cooney, Esq., President; Hon. Charles E. Gorman, Toastmaster; The Wellington.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Thomas H. Dowd; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. L.F.C. Garvin; “The United States,” Hon. Charles S. Hamlin; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Augustus S. Miller.

1904

C. Woodbury Gorman, President; Thomas F. Cooney, Toastmaster; The Wellington.

“The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. L.F.C. Garvin; “The Day We Celebrate,” Judge Frank E. Fitzsimmons.

1905

John Dillon, President; C. Woodbury Gorman, Toastmaster; The Trocadero.

“The Roman Catholic Church,” Very Rev. Thomas W. Doran; “The State of Rhode Island,” Lt. Gov. Frank H. Jackson; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. James M. Sullivan; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Augustus S. Miller; “Education,” Superintendent Small.

1906

Peter C. Cannon, President; Hon John J. Fitzgerald, Toastmaster; The Wellington.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Austin C. Dowling; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. George H. Utter; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Matthew Cummings; “Irishmen in the Revolutionary War,” Joseph O’Connell, Esq.

1907

Dennis D. Donovan, President; Thomas F. Donahue, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. James H. Higgins; “The Day We Celebrate,” Joseph J. Murphy, Esq.; “The United States—Our People as Citizens,” Rev. J. S. McCoy; “The City of Providence,” Mayor P. J. McCarthy; “Our Sister State,” Judge John G. Fahey.

1908

Dennis D. Donovan, President; James T. Egan, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The Influence of the Catholic Church Upon the Life and History of Our Country,” Rev. Peter E. Blessing; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Michael F. Correy; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. James H. Higgins; “Prosperity of Ireland,” Rev. J.V. Murphy, Mayo, Ireland; “The Boys of Wexford,” Mayor P. J. McCarthy.

1909

Dr. Edward F. Carroll, President; Judge Frank E. Fitzsimmons, Toastmaster; Churchill House.

“The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. Aram J. Pothier; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. James A. Gallivan; “The Roman Catholic Church,” Rev. Michael J. McCabe; “The Irish in America,” Congressman George F. O’Shaunessey; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Henry A. Fletcher.

1910

Thomas F. Donahue, President; Hon. John J. Fitzgerald, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Peter Hanley; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov.  Aram J. Pothier; “The Irish in America,” Mayor John F. Fitzgerald; “Our Adopted Country,” Judge John M. Wall.

1911

John E. Hurley, President; Hon. George F. O’Shaunessey, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The Catholic Church,” Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas F. Doran; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. Aram J. Pothier; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Henry A. Fletcher; “The United States,” Lt. Gov. Zenas W. Bliss; “The Day We Celebrate,” William A. Murphy, Esq.; “The Irish in America,” William Gibbs McAdoo.

1912

Joseph H. Gainer, President; William G. Troy, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The Church,” Rev. John F. Murray; “The Irish in the United States,” Congressman Thomas Upton Sisson; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. Aram J. Pothier; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. William S. McNary; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Henry A. Fletcher; “The Religion and Patriotism of the Irish Race,” Judge Michael J. Murray.

1913

Matthew J. Cummings, President; Hon. T. A. Carroll, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The Catholic Church,” Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas F. Doran; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. Aram J. Pothier; “The Irish in the United States,” Hon. Claude G. Bowers; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Joseph H. Gainer.

1914

William G. Troy, President; Albert B. West, Toastmaster; The Eloise.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Joseph F. Murray; “The State,” Lt. Gov. Roswell B. Burchard; “The United States,” Congressman Simeon Fess; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John F. Cowan; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Joseph H. Gainer; “Impressions of Ireland,” Hon. Poultney Bigelow.

1915

Thomas P. Haven, President; Patrick P. Curran, Esq., Toastmaster; Elks Auditorium.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Edward F. O’Donnell; “The State of Rhode Island,” Gov. R. Livingston Beekman; “The Day We Celebrate,” Supt. Hugh J. Malloy; “The Irish Contribution to American Freedom,” John G. Coyle, M.D., J.D. Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre; “The City of Providence,” Mayor Joseph H. Gainer.

1916

Joseph J. Cunningham, President; William G. Troy, Esq., Toastmaster; Elks Auditorium.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Thomas A.K. Reilly. O.P.; “The United States,” Senator J. Hamilton Lewis; “The Day We Celebrate,” Congressman Patrick B. Norton.

1917

Edward J. McCaffrey, President; Thomas F. Cooney Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Charles L. Cunningham; “The United States,” Congressman Joseph Walsh; “The Day We Celebrate,” U.S. Treasurer, John Burke.

1918

John C. Mahoney, President; William S. Flynn, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Michael J. Earls, S.J.; “The United States,” Congressman Warren Gard; “The Naval Welfare of Our Country,” Congressman Lemuel P. Padgett.

1919

Dr. Joseph M. Bennett, President; Dr. John Donley, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Jeremiah F. O’Meara; “The Day We Celebrate,” Judge Luke D. Stapleton; “The United States,” Senator Augustus O. Stanley; “The Case of Ireland,” John A. Hennessey, Esq.

1920

M. Davitt Carroll, President; Hon. George F. O’Shaunessey, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Bishop William A. Hickey; “The Day We Celebrate,” Robert S. Butler, Esq.; “The United States,” Congressman Carlos Bee.

1921

Dr. William C. McLaughlin, President; Albert B. West, Esq., Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John F. Murray; “The Day We Celebrate,” Dr. Albert W. Allen; “The Day of Irish Freedom,” Judge Daniel H. Prior; “The United States,” Senator Thaddeus H. Caraway.

1922

James J. McGovern, President; Col. Patrick H. Quinn, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Michael F. O’Brien; “The Influence of St. Patrick,” John H. O’Brien, Esq.; “The United States,” Senator Thaddeus H. Caraway.

1923

Patrick F. Mahoney, President; Hon. James H. Higgins, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. William D. Noon, O.P., S.T.M.; “The Day We Celebrate and the Land We Live In,” Judge Thomas H. Dowd; “The Case of Ireland,” John H. Hennessey, Esq.

1924

Dr. John E. Donley, President; John P. Beagan, Esq., Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. Msgr. John P.S. Chadwick; “The Day We Celebrate,” Judge Cornelius F. Collins; “The United States,” Congressman Henry T. Rainey.

1925

Col. Patrick H. Quinn, President; J.E. Sheridan, Esq., Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John F. Reardon; “The Day We Celebrate,” Congressman John J. O’Connor; “The United States,” Congressman T. Webber Wilson.

1926

Hon G. F. O’Shaunessey, President; Hon. Mortimer A. Sullivan, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. James R. Bartley; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Michael F. Kennedy; “The United States,” Hon. Fitz G. Lanham.

1927

Patrick J. Clarke, President; M. Davitt Carroll, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Peter J. Malone; “The Day We Celebrate,” Major Eugene F. Kinkead; “The United States,” Dr. James Shera Montgomery, Chaplain, U.S. Senate.

1928

Joseph P. Canning, President; Hon. Joseph H. Gainer, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Bernard A. McLaughlin, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Lindsay Crawford; “The United States,” Hon. George H. Coombs, Jr.

1929

John T. Ward, M.D., President; Hon. William S. Flynn, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. William R. Houghton; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Joseph F. O’Connell; “The United States,” Hon. James T. Begg.

1930

J. Edward Sheridan, President; Hon. Robert E. Quinn, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Daniel M. Galliher, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Joseph A. Conry; “The United States,” Senator Henry F. Ashurst.

1931

Maj. Peter Leo Cannon, President; Dr. Edward F. Carroll, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Russell J. McVinney; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Augustine Lonergan; “The United States,” Senator A. Ousley Stanley.

1932

Dr. Frank P. Duffy, President; Hon. Ambrose Kennedy, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John F. Reardon; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Thomas A. Mullen; “The United States,” Senator Thomas P. Gore.

1933

Charles A. Maguire, President; Hon. William S. Flynn, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Daniel O’Connell; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. E. Mark Sullivan; “The United States,” Senator Alben W. Barkley.

1934

James E. Smith, President; Judge Jeremiah E. O’Connell, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Francis J. Deery; “The Day We Celebrate,” Mayor Joseph Leo Hurley; “The United States,” Comptroller, U.S. Currency, Hon. J. F. T. O’Connor.

1935

Dr. Edward A. McLaughlin, President; Hon. John P. Hartigan, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Cornelius B. Collins, L. L. D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Eugene A. Colligan; “The United States,” Hon. Francis T. Maloney.

1936

Thomas H. Driscoll, President; Dr. John E. Donley, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Gerald F. Dillon; “The Day We Celebrate,” Michael F. Walsh, Esq.; “The United States,” Hon. Harry Shippe Truman.

1937

Hon. J. Howard McGrath, President; Edward F. McElroy, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John Jordan Dillon, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Arthur O’Leary, Esq.; “The United States,” Hon. Joseph C. O’Mahoney.

1938

Dr. Joseph C. O’Connell, President; Hon. Jeremiah E. O’Connell, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Francis P. Keough, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Congressman Donald L. O’Toole; “The United States,” Hon. Edmund W. Flynn, Chief Justice of Supreme Court.

1939

John J. Dolan, President; Charles A. Maguire, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Jeremiah T. Fitzgerald, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Paul A. Dever; “The United States,” Hon. James A. Farley.

1940

Albert H. Daly, President; William E. McCabe, Toastmaster; Providence-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Cornelius J. Holland; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. James M. Curley; “The United States,” Hon. Carl A. Hatch.

1941

Hon. William S. Flynn, President; Hon. Francis B. Condon, Toastmaster; Hotel Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Charles C. Curran; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Matthew J. Troy; “The United States,” Hon. Paul V. McNutt.

1942

Hon. James H. Kiernan, President; Hon. Patrick P. Curran, Toastmaster; Hotel Biltmore.

“Greetings,” Gov. J. Howard McGrath; “The Catholic Church,” Rev. John J. Shields; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Matthew J. McGuire; “The United States,” Hon. Theodore Francis Greene.

1943

Thomas A. Kennelly, President; Judge John P. Cooney, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Russell J. McVinney; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Edmund A. Sullivan; “The United States,” Hon. George E. Outland.

1944

Dr. Joseph C. Johnston, President; Hon. J. Howard McGrath, Toastmaster; Narragansett Hotel.

“The Church,” Col. William D. Cleary; “The Day We Celebrate,” Capt. Edward A. Hayes, U.S.N.; “The United States,” Hon. Tom Clark, Assistant U.S. Attorney General.

1945

John B. Dunn, President; Hon. Dennis J. Roberts, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Thomas V. Cassidy, Ed.L; “The Day We Celebrate,” Matthew J. Troy, Esq.; “The United States,” Hon. Brian McMahon.

1946

Hon. John P. Hartigan, President; Hon. Jeremiah E. O’Connell, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Capt. Lawrence E. Deery; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Gael Sullivan; “The United States,” Hon. W. Stuart Symington.

1947

Hon. Dennis J. Roberts, President; David R. McGovern, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John J. Tully; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Thomas J. Dodd; “The United States,” Hon. Glen H. Taylor.

1948

Martin J. Flaherty, President; Hon. John P. Hartigan, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. J. Clement Slattery; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John J. Barry; “The United States,” Hon. Warren G. Magnuson.

1949

Dr. Edward F. Burke, President; Hon. Patrick P. Curran, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Dennis J. Roberts; “The United States,” Hon. John O. Pastore.

1950

Francis J. McCabe, President; Hon. Dennis J. Roberts, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. Robert J. Slavin, O.P., S.T., Lr., Ph.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John J. McCormack; “The United States,” Hon. Alben W. Barkley.

1951

William E. McCabe, President; Daniel H. Morrissey, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Joseph F. McCabe; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John J. Hearne; “The United States,” Hon. J. Howard McGrath.

1952

John H. Gorman, President; Dr. Edward A. McLaughlin, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Raymond J. Crawford; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Dennis J. Roberts; “The United States,” Hon. Michael J. Mansfield.

1953

Henry J. McLaughlin, President; James F. McCarthy, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John P. McGuire; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. J. Howard McGrath; “The United States,” Hon. Maurice J. Tobin.

1954

Hon. John P. Cooney, Jr., President; Leo M. Cooney, Esq., Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Joseph T. Gallagher; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John E. Fogarty; “The United States,” Hon. James M. Mead.

1955

Edward M. McEntee, President; Hon. Dennis J. Roberts, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Padraic Colum; “The United States,” Hon. Patrick V. McNamara.

1956

Dr. Francis M. Hackett, President; Edmund A. Quinn, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

Invocation: Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney,

D. D.; “The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. James L. Connolly, D.D; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John E. Mullen; “The United States,” Hon. John F. X. McGohey.

1957

Thomas J. Meehan, President; Dr. James F. Colgan, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. William A. Donaghy, S. J.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Richard Reid; “The United States,” Maj. Gen. Edward J. O’Neill, U.S.A.

1958

Dr. Fred J. Donovan, President; Hon. John E. Fogarty, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. Charles H. McKenna, O.P., B. Litt. (Oxon), Ph. D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Mark A. McCloskey; “The United States,” Hon. Robert E. Quinn.

1959

Charles F. Reynolds, Sr., President; Hon. Dennis J. Roberts, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John E. Fenton; “The United States,” Hon. John F. Kennedy.

1960

Nelson G. Burke, President; Hon. John P. Hartigan, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Paul L. Hagarty, O.S.B.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Edward B. Hanify; “The United States,” Hon. A. S. Mike Monroney.

1961

Francis V. Corrigan, President; Hon. Thomas F. Kelleher, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Thomas F. Maloney, D. D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” William Arthur Reilly; “The United States,” Hon. Claiborne Pell.

1962

Albert H. Daly Jr., President; Hon. Walter H. Reynolds, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John McColl, S. J.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Alphonsus J. Donahue; “The United States,” Hon. Joseph P. McMurray.

1963

Thomas A. Sullivan, President; James F. McCarthy, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. Kenneth C. Sullivan, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Edward V. Healey, Jr.; “The United States,” Gen. Alfred M. Gruenther.

1964

Thomas F. McLaughlin, President; Hon. Robert E. Quinn, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John J. McLaughlin, S. J.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Thomas J. Meehan Sr.; “The United States,” Hon. Edmund S. Muskie.

1965

Matthew E. Ward, President; Hon. Justin P. McCarthy, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rt.  Rev. Msgr. Arthur A. Sullivan; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Peter J. Cloherty; “The United States,” Hon. Hugh L. Carey.

1966

John P. Kelaghan, President; Austin P. Daley, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. William P. Haas, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Rev. Bernard R. Boylan, S.J.; “The United States,” Capt. Walter A. McGuiness, U.S.N.

1967

John J. Driscoll, President; Hon. Samuel H. Ramsay, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Bishop Thomas J. Wade, S.M.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Brendan Malin; “The United States,” Rear Adm. John M. Alford, U.S.N.

1968

Peter F. Harrington, M.D., President; Hon. Edward V. Healey, Jr., Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Joseph L. Lennon, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. H. Benedict Ripkee; “The United States,” Dr. Edward D. Re.

1969

Timothy J. McCarthy, President; Hon. Edward M. McEntee, Toastmaster; Sheraton-Biltmore.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Russell J. McVinney, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. George H. Hearn; “The United States,” Hon. Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr.

1970

John F. Brown, President; Hon. Francis B. Brown, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rt.  Rev. Msgr. Daniel P. Reilly; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. William V. Cadigan; “The United States,” Capt. Charles C. Heid.

1971

Thomas L. Walsh, President; Hon. Alexander R. Walsh, Toastmaster; Holiday Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Joseph T. Gallagher; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Thomas B. Dowd.

1972

John F. Ward, President; Hon. Joseph A.

Doorley, Jr., Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Dennis J. Roberts.

1973

Paul F. Daly, President; W. Norbet Daly, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“A Toast to the Catholic Church and the Day We Celebrate,” Rev. James J. Haddad; “The United States,” Gen. Leonard F. Chapman, U.S.M.C. (Ret.).

1974

Walter A. Dunn, President; Hon. J. Joseph Garrahy, Toastmaster; Colonial Hilton Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The United States,” Hon. Henry M. Jackson.

1975

Timothy J. Harrington, Jr., President; John S. Meehan, Toastmaster; Colonial Hilton Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The United States,” Hon. Thomas J. McIntyre.

1976

Thomas C. Haxton, Jr., President; Hon. J. Joseph Garrahy, Toastmaster; Cranston Hilton Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Kenneth P. (Ken) O’Donnell.

1977

John G. Coffey, President; Hon. Philip W. Noel, Toastmaster; Cranston Hilton Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. J. Joseph Garrahy.

1978

Donald C. Daly, President; Hon. Edward V. Healey, Jr., Toastmaster; Cranston Hilton Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Edward P. Manning; “The United States,” Hon. Peter V. Domenici.

1979

Robert C. McHenry, President; Hon. Edward P. Gallogly, Toastmaster; Biltmore Plaza Hotel.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. John F. Farley; “The Day We Celebrate,” Austin P. Kane; “The United States,” Prof. Lyman B. Kirkpatrick, Jr.

1980

Francis B. Brown, President; Hon. Joseph W. Walsh, Toastmaster; Cranston Hilton Inn.

“The Catholic Church,” Very Rev. Thomas R. Peterson, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. John J. Moran; “The United States,” Hon. Francis J. Boyle.

1982

Robert E. Sweeney, President; Hon. Russell J. Boyle, Toastmaster; Biltmore Plaza.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Joseph L. Lennon, O.P.; “The Day We Celebrate,” Ron Myers; “The United States,” Brig. Gen. John Whelan Kiely.

1983

Hon. John J. Cappelli, President; Harry McKenna, Toastmaster; Biltmore Plaza.

“The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Kenneth A. Angell, D.D.; “The Day We Celebrate,” David F. Powers; “The United States,” Maj. Gen. Leonard F. Holland.

1984

Hon. John M. Skeffington, Jr., President; Hon. Joseph A. Keough, Toastmaster; Biltmore Plaza.

“The Catholic Church,” Rev. Paul Van K. Thompson; “The United States,” Hon. Donald F. Shea.

1985

William S. Kelley, Jr., President; Hon. Dennis M. Lynch, Toastmaster; Biltmore Plaza.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Matthew J. Smith.

1986

Matthew J. McHenry, President; Paul T. Hicks, Toastmaster; Biltmore Plaza.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Rev. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, O.P.; “The United States,” Hon. Joseph R. Biden, Jr.; “Man of the Year,” Hon. Edward V. Healey, Jr.

1987

Paul J. Fox, Jr., President; Hon. Francis X. Flaherty, Toastmaster; Omni Biltmore.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. James E. O’Neill; “Man of the Year,” Hon. Raymond T. Garvey; “Distinguished Service Award,” Rev. Howard C. Olsen.

1988

Thomas F. Brady, President; William H. Kelley, Toastmaster; Omni Biltmore.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Prof. Robert L. Deasy; “Man of the Year,” Matthew J. Smith; “Distinguished Service Award,” Hon. Thomas F. Fay.

1989

William F. Brennan, DMD, President; Joseph J. McGair, Esq., Toastmaster; Omni Biltmore.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Councillor Fintan Coogan; “The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, D.D.; “The United States,” Hon. Patrick J. Kennedy; “Man of the Year,” Cameron P. Quinn, Esq.; “Distinguished Service Award,” Maxwell Mays.

1990

Jeremiah H. Cannon, President; William H. Kelley, Toastmaster; Omni Biltmore.

“The Day We Celebrate,” John C. Quinn; “The Catholic Church,” Most Rev. Daniel P. Reilly; “The United States,” Charles J. O’Leary; “Special Recognition Award,” Hon. Dennis J. Roberts; “Man of the Year,” Hon. Francis B. Brown; “Distinguished Service Award,” Charles B. Healey (Posthumously).

1991

James T. Crowshaw, President; Hon. Francis X. Flaherty, Toastmaster; Inn at the Crossings.

“The United States,” Hon. Jack Reed; “Man of the Year,” Joseph E. Conneally; “Distinguished Service Award,” William H. Kelley.

1992

Timothy J. Chapman, Esq., President; Paul J. Fox, Jr., Toastmaster; Roger Williams Park Casino.

“Man of the Year,” Thomas F. Brady; “Distinguished Service Award,” Hon. Joseph F. Rogers, Jr.; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Katherine Hartley.

1993

Thomas O. Sweeney, President; Thomas P. Hogan, Toastmaster; Roger Williams Park Casino.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Paul S. Kelley; “Man of the Year,” Hon. John J. Cappelli; “Distinguished Service Award,” Peter McGinn; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Heidi Ann Sweeney.

1994

John F. Quinlan, President; Francis X. Flaherty, Toastmaster; Roger Williams Park Casino.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Kingsley Aikins; “Man of the Year,” Jeremiah H. Cannon; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Kevin C. Duggan.

1995

Christopher S. Hurd, President; Hon. Paul S. Kelly, Toastmaster; Westin Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Ken Coleman; “Man of the Year,” John Hazen White, Sr.; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Michael Lawrence.

1996

John F. Fox, President; Stephen McDonald, Toastmaster; Westin Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” John F. Fox, President; “The Catholic Church,” Most Reverend Bishop Robert E. Mulvee; “Distinguished Service Award,” Dr. William F. Brennan; “Man of the Year,” Francis H. Curren; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Brian Muldoon.

1997

Peter L. Cannon II, President; John V. Atanasoff III, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” John E. Ryan, Esq.; “The Catholic Church,” Most Reverend Bishop Robert E. Mulvee; “Man of the Year,” Lt. John McKenna, PFD.; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Julianne Hartley.

1998

James M. Sloan IV, President; James S. Bennett, Toastmaster; Westin Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Jonathan J. Houston; “The Catholic Church,” Reverend Gerald E. Beirne; “Man of the Year,” Gerald B. Sullivan, Esq.; “Distinguished Service Award,” Christopher S. Hurd.; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Maryellen Kelley.

1999

Peter C. Dorsey, Jr., President; Casino at Roger Williams Park.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Hon. Mayor John O’Leary; “Man of the Year,” Hon. John O’Leary.; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Mona Wierzbicki.

2000

James J. Cooney, Jr., President; Francis X. Flaherty, Toastmaster; Westin Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” “Man of the Year,” Hon. Patrick J. Kennedy; “The Catholic Church”, Rev. Bernard A. Healey; “The United States”, Hon. James R. Langevin; “Distinguished Service Award”, Hon. John J. Capelli.; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Kathryn Agnella Trites.

2001

Herbie I. Holland, President; Tom Morin, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Herbie I. Holland; “Man of the Year,” Edward Liston, President Emeritus Community College of Rhode Island; “Distinguished Service Award,” Gene K. Burns, Ph.D.; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Kevin and Paul Neubauer.

2002

Matthew M. Clarkin, Jr., President; Charlie Hall, Toastmaster; Biltmore Hotel.

“The Day We Celebrate,” Rev. Raymond P. Luft; “Man of the Year,” Colonel Richard T. Sullivan, Providence Police Department; “Man of the Year,” Chief James Rattigan, Providence Fire Department; “Distinguished Service Award,” John Partington, Providence Public Safety Commissioner; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Sopheavy Kau and Sadie Mills

2003

Ned McCrory, President; Biltmore Hotel; “Man of the Year”, Terrence P. Donnelly, Assistant United States Attorney; “Distinguished Service Awards”, Michael J. McGovern, Special Olympics; Margaret E. Curran, United States Attorney; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Emily Smith.

2004

Mark P. McKenney, President; The Federal Reserve; Man of the Year, Francis X. Flaherty, Justice, Rhode Island Supreme Court; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Michael O’Brien.

2005

James R. Simmons, President; The Federal Reserve; “Man of the Year” Michael E. McMahon, Executive Director Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Marina Rose Byrne-Folan and Shannon E. Coughlin.

2006

Brian Sennett, President; The Federal Reserve; “Man of the Year” Brendan P. Doherty, Major, Rhode Island State Police, Ret.; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Joseph Ryan Degnan III.

2007

Kevin Flood, President; The Federal Reserve; “Man of the Year” Honorable John F. Reed; “Distinguished Service Award” Jeremiah H. Cannon; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Shannon Oliver-O’Neil.

2008

Dr. Paul J. McKenney, President; Patrick’s Pier One; “Man of the Year” Dr. Donald D. Deignan,Ph.D; “Distinguished Service Award” James T Crowshaw; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Christine Redihan.

2009

Ned Cummiskey, President; Patrick’s Pier One; “Person of the Year”, Sr. Mary Reilly, RSM; “Community Service Award”, Commander Paul Kennedy, Deputy Chief, Providence Police Department; “Distinguished Service Award”, Tom Sweeney and Ned McCrory.; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Lauren Malloy.

2010

Ned Cummiskey, President, Patrick’s Pier One.

“Person of the Year,” The Honorable William J. Murphy, Past Speaker of the RI House, Thomas F. Cooney, “Distinguished Service Award,” James. Cooney, Jr.; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Nick Fleming; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Nick Fleming.

2011

Ned Cummiskey, President, Waterman Grill

Thomas F. Cooney, “Distinguished Services Award,” Timothy Chapman; Dr. John A. O’Keefe, “Man of the Year Award, ” Edward J. Cooney; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Tania Lobo; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Tania Lobo.

2012

Peter Cannon II, President, Waterman Grill

Dr. John A. O’Keefe, “Person of the Year Award”, Peter F. Kilmartin; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Julia C. Roderick

2013

Dan McKenney, President, Hotel Providence, Aspire

Thomas F. Cooney, “Distinguished Service Award, ” Peter Dorsey; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Alexandria De Le Zerda

2014

Dan McKenney, President, Hotel Providence, Aspire (noon -4PM).

Thomas F. Cooney, “Distinguished Service Award, ” Mark P. McKenney; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner(s), Ben Smith, Amelia O’Rourke

2015

James J. Cooney, Jr., President, Hotel Providence, Aspire.

Toast to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama. “Person of the Year,” Presented Posthumously to Sister Ann Keefe, SSJ; Thomas F. Cooney “Distinguished Service Award,” Peter Cannon II. Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Olivia Winters.

2016

(First year switching from full dinner to more informal cocktail party format) James J. Cooney, Jr., President, Hotel Providence, Aspire.

Toast to the Office of the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama. Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Ariel Tavares.

2017

James J. Cooney, Jr. President, Hotel Providence, Rosmarin

Toast to the Office of the President of the United States; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Patricia Diggins

2018

James J. Cooney, Jr. President, Hotel Providence, Backstage Bar and Grill 

Toast to the Office of the President of the United States; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Sophie Cameau-Vi

2019

James J. Cooney, Jr. President, Hotel Biltmore/McCormick & Schmick’s

Toast to the Office of the President of the United States (1-4 PM); Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Marie Barry.

2020

(Covid-19 Pandemic as of March 13th 2020). James J. Cooney, Jr. President, Irish Famine Memorial

119 year old tradition was daringly and clandestinely kept alive by board members Mark McKenney and Peter Dorsey.  Toast to the office of the President of the United States, Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Kasandra Kue-Rojas 

2021

Covid-19 Pandemic year 2). James J. Cooney, Jr. President, Irish Famine Memorial

A toast to the President of the United State, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. A toast to Jerry Cannon and all of our Brother Friendly Sons who are no longer “among the quick”, and to our “brother sons” both standing here with us and unable to be present today; Robert E. Sweeney Scholarship Winner, Nora Claire Reall.