It was with great pleasure that I accepted the position of President of the St Patrick’s Society of Selangor at the annual general meeting in September. 2020 has been a strange year, to put it mildly, and I would like to extend a massive thanks to the hard work of the 2019-20 committee who first organised what would have been the best ball ever, made the courageous decision to cancel it the day before it should have taken place, and then spent the MCO period going through the hard task of dealing with the fall out and organising refunds. Thanks also to the Irish community and Friends of Ireland in KL who were incredibly supportive during that difficult time.
With case numbers rising, and with KL and Selangor once again back in a CMCO, it is extremely difficult to currently plan for future events. Assuming we emerge from the current restrictions as scheduled, we hope for a pub night on 14th November. More details to follow in due course. We also hope to be able to organise some Christmas events as we head into the festive season.
Looking further ahead, it is clear that we sadly won’t be able to host a ball of the usual scale in 2021 (though I sincerely hope that my successor won’t be having to write similar words this time next year). We do aim to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in some fashion though: watch this space.
Finally I would like to congratulate our golf team for their triumph in winning the 2020 inter-society golf tournament. We look forward to organising the event next year.