Irish Bulletin

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area

John F. Kennedy Legacy Award Celebration

Posted on | April 29, 2012 | No Comments

The Irish American Democratic Club will proudly present the 2012 John F. Kennedy Legacy Award to:

Diarmuid Philpott – President, United Irish Societies

No host cocktail reception – Hors d’oeuvres – Entertainment

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 – Time: 7:00 PM

Location: United Irish Cultural Center – Tickets: $30

Please mail check to: Irish American Democratic Club, 785 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

For more information contact Jerry Casey 415 318-6767 or Azalia Merrill 415 309-8708

Irish American Democratic Club: President John O’Riordan –

Benefit House Concert with Mick Moloney & Athena Tergis

Posted on | February 24, 2012 | No Comments

Saturday, March 3rd

To support the 9th Annual Crossroads Irish-American Festival and the Irish Oral History Archive

You are cordially invited to an unforgettable night of Irish musical performance featuring vintage wines, fine food and breathtaking views of San Francisco – all to benefit the Crossroads Irish-American Festival and the Irish Oral & Video History Archive of the San Francisco Bay Area. Crossroads is honored to host a rare house concert featuring the internationally renowned musician and historian, Mick Moloney, and celebrated fiddler, Athena Tergis.

Please support the Crossroads Irish American Festival by purchasing tickets to this premiere opening night of the 9th Annual Crossroads Irish-American Festival at the highest contribution level you can afford – Sponsors, $250; Patrons, $100; or Friends, $50. Invite a friend and be part of this memorable gathering at a beautiful private home in the St. Francis Woods neighborhood of San Francisco. In addition to featuring two of the most talented Irish musicians in Irish America, our evening’s host will graciously serve some of the finest California wines from his own wine cellar.

The proceeds from this special night of music will directly support the ongoing work of the Crossroads Irish-American Festival and the Crossroads Irish Oral & Video History Archive of the SF Bay Area.

Wine & hors d’oeuvres, 6:30 p.m.
Concert, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Home of Nancy Quinn & Tom Driscoll in San Francisco.
Tix: $250, $100, and $50 / click here to buy tickets now!

Space is limited.

The 2012 Shamrock Ball

Posted on | January 18, 2012 | No Comments

Citizenship Seminar

Posted on | January 13, 2012 | No Comments

Tuesday, January 17 at 7.00pm at IIPC

Do you need help to fill out your Citizenship application?
Would you like to have your application reviewed before you submit it?
Do you need help with your (I-90) Green Card Renewal online?

Jim Byrne and his staff will walk you through the citizenship application form, answer your questions and review your application for submission and/or they will help you to complete your online Green Card renewal application.

For eligibility info and the checklist of items to bring to the workshop, please call Natasha at 415.752.6006 or email:

Take the stress out of applying for US Citizenship or renewing your Green Card!

Irish Language Classes

Posted on | January 10, 2012 | No Comments

Irish Language Classes on Saturday, January 14th at 10.30 am at the Irish Cultural Center. If you are interested in joining the class for this 8  week session, please register as soon as possible.  Pre-registration and payment in advance is required to attend these classes.  Please make check out to CCE.

Visit the website at:

Quaker Relief in Ireland during the Great Hunger

Posted on | January 9, 2012 | 1 Comment

What: Ancient Irish Mysteries Study Group

When: Saturday, January 14, 2:00 – 4:00

Where: United Irish Cultural Center (UICC) Board Room, 45th Ave and Sloat Blvd, San Francisco

Speaker: Fran McDermott on Quaker Relief in Ireland during the Great Hunger

Standard First Aid and Adult, Infant & Child CPR

Posted on | January 6, 2012 | No Comments

For your first New Year’s resolution, why not get certified in First Aid and CPR, or renew your existing certification?!

Register now for our Standard First Aid and Adult, Infant & Child CPR Class on Saturday, January 21, 2012. This is an excellent course for all members of our community and including nannies, new parents, sports coaches, or anyone who is involved with children. It is also suitable for construction workers and meets OSHA guidelines for First Aid and Cardiovascular Care.

The course will be facilitated by the American Heart Association. Participants will receive certificates for Standard First Aid (valid for three years) and Infant & Child CPR (valid for one year). Please register with Natasha at 415.752.6006 or email   The cost is $80 per person – advance payment required!

The course inucludes:

  • Adult, Infant and Child CPR; rescue
    breathing; and choking rescue.
  • Learn how to treat cuts, bruises, bone
    and muscle injuries, shock, bleeding and other first aid emergencies.
  • This course is designed to meet OSHA
    guidelines for the workplace.


San Francisco Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Posted on | January 3, 2012 | No Comments

The 161st Annual San Francisco St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will be held on March 17th,2012

Those we lost in 2011

Posted on | December 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

The following list are those Bay Area Residents from Ireland and of Irish descent that have passed this year.  If there is someone that needs to be included, please leave a comment.  We ask for your thoughts and prayers for all those that have departed.


Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland

Anne Marie (Conroy) Barbero, San Francisco Native, Nov 1

BREAKING NEWS: Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform

Posted on | December 14, 2011 | 1 Comment







Hello all,

Having seen very little action on the immigration reform front in the last 12 months, despite much lobbying by ILIR on the Hill, fate has snuck up on us with the opportunity for the passage of meaningful reform for the Irish.

On November 29, 2012, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3012 by a vote of 389-15. The bipartisan bill would eliminate country-based caps on the number of employment visas issued annually and boost similar limits for immigrants sponsored by a spouse or relative in the United States. It would NOT increase the total annual admission numbers and would NOT do anything for the Irish.

The effect of the bill would be to increase the number of green cards issued in the next several years to natives of India, China, Mexico and the Philippines, while decreasing those received by natives of other countries, including Ireland.

H.R. 3012 was on it’s way to the Senate but ILIR was far from happy with the lack of any provision for Irish immigrants in the proposal and lobbied hard for changes.  The fruits of this lobbying resulted in Senator Schumer again coming through for the Irish and at a meeting with Irish American leaders on Friday last, announcing the introduction of a new companion bill in the Senate which WILL include the Irish E3 proposal.

The Irish E3 proposal, supported by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Irish government would allow for a permanent future flow of long-term temporary residents who will remain eligible for green cards under existing categories. It may also provide relief through temporary work visa categories that will allow some of the undocumented Irish to qualify through waivers.

There is still much work to be done and we are again asking for your help to bring about the passage of this Bill.

You will see below a list of key Republican Senators who need to hear from us.  We urge you take a moment and make a call and ask them to support the Irish E3 visa.

Here is the list of Republican Senators,

Massachusetts: Senator Scott Brown – (202) 224-4543

Pennsylvania: Senator Pat Toomey – (202) 224-4254

Illinois: Senator Mark Kirk – (202) 224-2854

New Hampshire: Senator Kelly Ayotte – (202) 224-3324

Florida: Senator Marco Rubio – (202) 224-3041

South Carolina: Senator Lindsey Graham – (202) 224-5972

Iowa: Senator Chuck Grassley – (202) 224-3744

Arizona: Senator John McCain – (202) 224-2235

Texas: Senator John Cornyn  202-224-2934

Let them hear from Irish America!  Again, please join us.

Bart Murphy


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