President’s chat – The ball


It was with great pleasure that I accepted the position of President of the St Patrick’s Society of Selangor at the annual AGM in September. The Irish community and the Friends of Ireland (of which there are many) are known throughout the world for their friendly, fun and welcoming personalities and nowhere is this more true than in Kuala Lumpur.

With strong community links through the local GAA club (Orang Eire), the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia (ICCM) and the Irish Embassy under the direction of Her Excellency Hilary Reilly the newly appointed Ambassador of Ireland to Malaysia, the Irish community are well represented here in KL. This month Orang Eire hosted the Asian Gaelic Games, where the club welcomed hundreds of gael’s from all over Asia to play Gaelic football, hurling and camogie. For once the Malaysia weather held out and a great weekend was had by all! As an Irish woman who has lived overseas for many years, I was extremely humbled and proud to be able to play in the tournament and even come away with some silverware! A huge congratulations to all involved from Orang Eire.

The busy Christmas season is now upon us and the St. Patrick’s Society of Selangor look forward to sharing this with you, be it at the Children’s party at Jumpstreet (7th Dec), the Ladies Lunch at Tatto (13th Dec) or with drinks and a mince pie at our Christmas Hooley in Healy Mac’s Publika (14th Dec), which we will host with our friends from ICCM.

While you all recover from your Christmas celebrations, the committee will be gearing up for the BIG event. We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Ball will be held on March 14th at the Shangri-La Hotel. Once again, we welcome back the amazing ‘Newfoundland’ who had us still dancing to the wee small hours last year. Members Ball Tickets sale morning will be on Jan 18th this year and will be held at Healy Mac’s, Bangsar. Do make sure you have paid your membership by the end of December to get your tickets or risk missing out on the ‘best ball ever!’.

To all our members I wish you and your families a safe and happy Christmas. We hope to see you all soon.

Nollaig shona duit uile

Louise King 

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