Welcome To The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Club

The Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Committee was organized in the Irish Channel in 1947. The current president of the organization is Richard (Dick) Burke, Jr. (son and nephew of two of the organizers; Dick and Paul Burke).

Despite the years of decline and change in the “Channel,” the organization has survived and this year, plans to parade with the largest membership ever (fourteen hundred plus). The organization credits its survival to their deep, strong roots. While the top root is Irish Heritage, many of it’s members feel an even stronger bond, just being from or associated with, the Irish Channel.

Most people are aware of the pre-parade mass, followed by the parade up Magazine Street with hundreds of men in formal attire. This year the parade will be held on March 12, 2016, the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. In recent years, the organization’s activities have greatly expanded to include supporting such fund-raisers as Special Olympics.

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    County DublinCounty Dublin

    (Irish: Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath ) In Ireland is sometimes officially referred to as the Dublin Region and is in the province of Leinster. It is named after the city of Dublin, the regional capital and the capital city of Ireland. Though it is Ireland's third smallest county, Dublin is home to roughly a third of Ireland's population, with 1,187,176 residents. The county is made up of Dublin and the surrounding areas of the capital city, and borders Wicklow, Meath and Kildare Counties. County Dublin was one of the first parts of Ireland to be shired by King John of England following the Norman invasion of Ireland.

    The area around Dublin was settled by the early Celts in around 988, who inhabited an ancient crossing point of the River Liffey, giving rise to the Irish name for Dublin, Baile Atha Cliath, ‘town of the hurdle ford'. But it was the Vikings in the 9th Century who established Dublin as a major port city where the River Poddle met the Liffey creating a black pool, which in Irish translates to dubh linn. In the 9th century the Danes captured Dublin and had control until 1171 when they were expelled by King Henry II of England. By the 14th century the king of England controlled Dublin.

    When the English Civil Wars ended in 1649, Oliver Cromwell took over. Dublin experienced huge growth and development in the 17th century because many Protestant refugees from Europe came to Dublin. By the 17th century Dublin was the second greatest city, only behind London, and a period when great Georgian style building were constructed that still stand today.

    In 1800, the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland abolished the Irish Parliament. From this point on, the Irish worked to gain their independence from Great Britain, which they finally won in 1922. The Easter rising in 1916 and the War of Independence greatly helped Ireland win their freedom. One event remembered as a key moment in Irish history is the Easter rising in 1916.
    The Easter Rising (Irish: Éirí Amach na Cásca), also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, 1916. The Rising was mounted by Irish Republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in World War I. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798.
    Organized by seven members of the Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Rising began on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, and lasted for six days. Members of the Irish Volunteers — led by Patrick Pearse, joined by the smaller Irish Citizen Army of James Connelly, along with 200 members of Cumann na mBan -- an Irish Republican women's paramilitary organization, seized key locations in Dublin and proclaimed an Irish Republic. There were actions in other parts of Ireland: however, except for the attack on the Royal Irish Constabulary barracks at Ashbourne, County Meath, they were minor.

    With vastly superior numbers and artillery, the British army quickly suppressed the Rising, and Pearse agreed to an unconditional surrender on Saturday 29 April. Most of the leaders were executed following courts-martial, but the Rising succeeded in bringing physical force republicanism back to the forefront of Irish politics and support for republicanism continued to rise in Ireland in the context of the ongoing war in Europe and the Middle East and revolutions in other countries. In December 1918, republicans (by then represented by the Sinn Féin party) won 73 Irish seats out of 105 in the 1918 General Election to the British Parliament, on a policy of abstentionism and Irish independence. On 21 January 1919 they convened the First Dáil, the Irish Republic Parliament and declared the independence of the Irish Republic. This year will be the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Uprising.

    But Dublin needs no introduction. It is, after all, home to the "Black Stuff" (Guinness) and the Book of Kells, to the statue of Molly Malone whose bust beams out from a billion postcards. It is home to some of the island's finest Georgian architecture popular from 1720 to 1840 during the times when George I thru George IV of England were ruling. Dublin also boasts an outstanding zoo, the 11th-century Christ Church Cathedral, and a plethora of literary pubs befitting its status as one of just five Unesco Cities of Literature on the planet. You can raise a pint to literary figures like James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Jonathon Swift, Bram Stoker and Sam Beckett and entertainers such as Bono, Bob Geldof, Colin Farrell and Gabriel Byrne, or explore the life and works of poet WB Yeats at the National Library. You can even have a pint with a local for free. There’s much more to Dublin city than Trinity College and Temple Bar.

    Surnames common in Dublin include:

    Aungier, Barnwall, Begg, Bermingham, Bissett, Brien, Byrne, Cappoc, Casey, Connor, Donoghue, Doyle, Early, Farrell, Field, Fynes, Hall, Hand, Harford, Hatch, Kavanagh, Kelly, Kettle, Lowndes, Maypother, Murphy, Neill, Orange, Phelmer/Felmer, Savage, Seagrave, Sherwin, Talbot, Taylor, Toole