“There are no strangers here; only friends who haven’t yet met.” WB Yeats
Welcome to the St. Patrick’s Society of Singapore website.
For the past 91 years the Society has been the nexus of the Irish community in Singapore, and we are very proud of our longevity and heritage in Singapore. It all started on a rainy afternoon on 12 January 1925 at the Victoria Memorial Hall, when a group of Irish expatriates decided to establish a non-sectarian and non-political association for Irishmen in Singapore. The first AGM followed on 23 November 1925. In 1942 the Society suspended its activities due to WW2, and reconvened in January 1949 at a meeting held in Raffles Hotel. At this time, the Society decided to allocate all subscription fees accumulated during the intervening seven years to charitable purposes. With the exception of the name, we have encountered many changes over the last 91 years including the membership opening up to women and a change to the fees which in 1915 were set at $2 and $5.
The Society is run by a dedicated committee of 11 ladies and we are delighted to continue the St. Patrick’s Society into its 91st year. A true members’ society, we organise regular events throughout the year, such as coffee mornings, evening drinks’ nights, Christmas parties, table quizzes and, of course, our main event: the Society Ball around 17 March each year. Our events are organised with all of our members in mind from those newly arrived in Singapore, seasoned ex-pats and young families. We always look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at our events.
We work with many other groups of course, and our Society has an exceptional reputation for reaching out its supportive hands to those in need – including to many important charities locally and across South East Asia – with initiatives and contributions that reflect the spirit of caring and compassion that are signatures of the Irish people everywhere.
We hope that our Society offers something for all ages and interests and we extend a warm welcome to anyone with an Irish heritage, or simply a love of, or interest in, Ireland. To join the Society, or just to learn more, feel free to contact us via the ‘email’ button in the contact section.
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