The United Irish Societies has its beginnings in 1928, organizing its first parade in March 1929. The first executive chosen for the organization was John I. McCaffrey, President, who was choir director and organist at Griffintown’s St. Ann’s Church. His Vice President was Herbert Potter, Secretary of the St. Patrick’s Society. The responsibility for Publicity was given to John Loye, an Irish historian, who also assumed responsibility for the design and lineup of the parade’s content. William Hickey, member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, was the organization’s Secretary. Patrick Quinn was the organization’s Treasurer.
During dinner, guests were entertained by the Marie-Claude Rousseau School of Irish Dance as well as by Lisa Forget and Terry Clahane. When dinner concluded, the dance floor opened up to the many guests to celebrate and dance, and dance they did!
Event chairperson Millie Griffin-Gagnon and her team are to be congratulated for the attention to detail they placed into the organization of this celebration.
Time will tell if this celebration was a dress rehearsal for the upcoming 200th anniversary of the Saint Patrick’s Parade in Montreal in 2023.