Events

  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 6:00 PM
    • Grand Marshal Dinner 6 PM No Host Cocktails – 7 PM Dinner $80 per person United Irish Cultural Center – 2700 45th Avenue
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017 11:00 AM
    • Flag Raising Co-Hosted by the Honorable Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the United Irish Societies of San Francisco City Hall Rotunda
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017 10:00 AM
    • Honoring Commodore John Barry 10:00 AM | Veterans Retirement Home 4150 Clement Street at 42nd Avenue
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017
    • St. Patrick’s Day Mass Reception in Parish Hall St. Patrick’s Church, 756 Mission St. at 3rd Street 9am
    • St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival | 2nd and Market Streets to Civic Center 11:30 am
  • SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017
    • 45th Avenue Block Party
  • SUNDAY, ,MARCH 18, 2017 2:00 PM
    • St. Anne’s Little Sisters of the Poor 300 Lake Street at 3rd Avenue
  • SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017
    • Laguna Honda Hospital 10:00 AM Mass Laguna Honda Blvd. and Woodside Drive 2:00 PM Alma Via Retirement Home 1 Thomas More Way
  • SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2016 10:00 AM
    • FATHER PETER YORKE DAY
    • All Saints Mausoleum Holy Cross Cemetery, 1500 Mission Rd., Colma

      Join the United Irish Societies of San Francisco in honoring Father Peter Yorke at a mass at 10 am followed by a procession to his grave led by the Irish Pipers of San Francisco and the Pearse and Connolly Fife & Drum Band.

      Galway born Fr. Yorke moved to San Francisco as a young man where he pursued a multi-faceted career. Through his speeches and writings as editor of both the Monitor and the Leader newspapers, he championed the right of laborers to unionize and promoted the cause of Irish nationalism. He was commended by Pope Pius X for his contributions to education. A beloved pastor at both St. Anthony’s in Oakland and St. Peter’s in San Francisco, he provided shelter at St. Anthony’s for  elderly people displaced by the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

      The Irish Societies would like to thank Carpenters Local 22 San Francisco for their continued sponsorship of the annual event honoring this great labor leader. 

  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 
    • Robert Emmet Day

Robert Emmet Day Remembrance

“Let no man write my epitaph: for as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them. Let them and me repose in obscurity and peace, and my tomb remain uninscribed, until other times, and other men, can do justice to my character; when my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written. I have done.”     Excerpt from Robert Emmet’s Speech from the Dock

Each year the United Irish Societies of San Francisco (UIS) lays a wreath at the foot of Robert Emmet’s statue in Golden Gate Park commemorating his struggle for Irish independence and for the civil rights of disenfranchised Irish Catholics. The UIS remembers his heroism with Irish music, dance, and a recitation of his memorable Speech from Dock, which he delivered at his trial on the eve of his execution. The public is invited to attend this moving event.

One of four statues created by Jerome Connor in 1916, the figure of Robert Emmet stands outside the California Academy of Sciences building overlooking the Band Concourse in the Golden Gate Park. Donated to the Park by James D. Phelan, San Francisco mayor and son of Irish immigrants, the statue was unveiled by Eamon De Valera in July of 1919 while he was on a fundraising tour of the United States. Emmet served as an inspiration to the Irish republicans in the years leading up to 191