On Thursday, March 17th, 2022, with new COVID-19 variants still circulating and out of an abundance of caution and concern for others, the President and board members Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Providence 1901, once again gathered together OUTDOORS at the Irish Famine Memorial in Providence.
“Brother sons” Tom Sweeney, Ned McCrory, Mark McKenney, Jim Crowshaw, Tim Chapman, Peter Dorsey, as well as Current President Jim Cooney and other friends of the organization, marked the day with boisterous banter, loads of laughter, much malarkey and shards of shenanigans before President Cooney offered the traditional Friendly Sons St. Patrick’s day toast to: “The day we Celebrate” and to the President of the United States (and former organization annual dinner guest in 1986) Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Ice cold cans and cups of Guinness, Harp, Harpoon and various Irish craft beers once again bore witness to a stirring and emotional rejoining of high spirits live and in person as these fine and committed lads once again basked in the glowing green radiance of their colorful cultural heritage and joined together in “celebration of the day” after another challenging year. A large part of the group reconvened to raise our first indoor pint together in many a harvest @ local watering-hole and eatery, Circe, just a bit of a jig or a short saunter away. Here’s to our 122nd year and event in 2023…and to many, many more. Slainte’