I am delighted to be writing this, my first message as President of the St. Patrick’s Society of Selangor. I would like to thank outgoing President, Martha Tee, for an outstanding year as President. She led by example and put in an enormous amount of hard work behind the scenes as well as being a figurehead of the Society in public. Thank you Martha.
As with all expatriate groups, we have to say farewell to some committee members and the following friends had to depart the committee: Niall, Wathiq , Natasha, Niamh as well as past President Catherine. We wish them all the best and hope they will be able to rejoin again.
We were delighted to welcome new committee members on board and already they are showing their mettle by taking on organising events etc. Welcome to Michelle, Louise, Mathew, Theresa and Breda.
Since September, it’s been quite busy. The Great British Ball took place at the end of October and once again the Shangri La Hotel played host. It was my pleasure to represent St. Pat’s at this lovely event and Fiona (Vice President) and I had a lovely time.
We were delighted to receive an invite to the Gala Dinner for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall hosted by the British High Commission. The Majestic was the venue for this occasion and they put on an excellent show, assisted by the wonderful British produce such as cheeses, wines, gin and oysters that were available for the guests. All 14 Malaysian Royal couples were in attendance.
The 12th of November was when the annual Remembrance service was held. This was a moving occasion as it pays tribute to all who fought in military service, including the many Irish who fought in the British army during the 2 World Wars. I was honoured to lay a wreath at Tugu Negara along with the many other groups and countries who were represented there.
The St. Patrick’s Society of Selangor hosted their Angel’s Coffee morning last Thursday at the residence of the Irish Ambassador to Malaysia, Mr. Eamon Hickey. It was beautifully hosted by the Deputy Head of Mission, Catherine Aylward and was well attended. A big thank you to the Embassy and to the organisers, Anita and Sarah. Also, thank you to the wonderful Alice Smith choir who entertained us with Christmas carols under the stewardship of Ben and Dean from the Music Department. This was the start of the build up to our Christmas celebrations which will continue with our Ladies’ lunch on December 8th, the children’s Christmas party on the morning of December 9th followed by the adults Hooley on the same evening. They promise to be occasions full of fun and we hope to see you all there.
Is mise le meas,