I was honoured to accept the position of President for the coming year at our AGM held at the end of October, a little more belated than usual, to allow it to be held as a live event. It was wonderful to see Healy Macs full of members again. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Matthew Hendrick, our outgoing President, who sailed us through uncertain waters last year.
Shortly after arriving in Malaysia in 2010, I became a member of the St Patrick’s Society, and have served on the committee since 2018. I held my first post of office last year as Vice-President before my recent ascent to President. For me, the society, as well as Orang Eire, have been integral to my time here in Malaysia and bestowed on me countless friends and more than a few emotional memories.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the society successfully held several events over the past year and, more importantly, made donations to many worthy charities in the Klang Valley such as Kiwanis to name but one. This is something we really hope to build upon the coming year.
There is a palpable sense of hope among the committee that we are slowly getting back to a sense of normality. With interstate travel, and soon hopefully international travel, as well as continual relaxation of SOPs, we look forward to being able to return to many of our regular seasonal events, especially a renewed celebration of St Patrick’s Day in March next year! What form exactly that will take is still being determined but watch this space…
Until then, we are delighted to be able to hold a number of smaller events such as the Ladies Christmas Lunch on 3rd December, the Children’s Christmas Party on 11th December and our annual Christmas gathering in Heally Macs Publika on 10th December. If you are interested in attending any of this events please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I thoroughly look forward to the year ahead and hope to build on our continued relationship with the Ambassador, Hilary Reilly, and all at the Irish embassy here in KL, as well as with Orang Eire, our sponsors, and all of the members of the society.
President of the St Patrick’s Society of Selangor