Montreal Pilot, 19 March 1853, page 2

The festival of St Patrick was celebrated on Thursday last with more than ordinary splendour.  The two societies, the St Patrick’s, and the Young Men’s St Patrick’s Association, turned out in full force, and in procession, like “an army with banners” marched through the principal streets of the city, to and from the church.  At different places along the line of route, banners and emblems were exhibited; and the different sister societies of the city paid due honour to the tutelary saint of the day, by displaying their flags at their respective stations.  As St Patrick’s Church a Pontifical High Mass was celebrated, and an appropriate discourse delivered by the Rev Mr Connolly.

Each of the two Irish societies concluded the festivities of the day with a dinner, to which numerous invitations were extended.  We had the honor of being invited to both, but not possessing the faculty of ubiquity, could only accept the one first kindly offered, that of the Young Men’s St Patrick’s Association.

The dinner of the older society- the St Patrick’s—took place at the St Lawrence Hall: between fifty and sixty gentlemen we understand assembled.  The chair was very ably filled by the President of the Society, Thos Ryan, Esquire.  He was supported to the right and left by the Presidents of the St George, St Andrew, St Jean Baptiste, and the German Societies, Messrs Dyde, Rose, Beaudry, and Meyers.

The following is a list of the toasts; we need hardly say they were cordially received.  They were introduced by appropriate remarks, and some of them eloquently responded to by gentlemen present as guests:

By the President

The day and all who honor it

The Queen

Pius IX, the Catholic Hierarchy, and Clergy of Ireland and Canada

The Governor General

By the first Vice President

Ireland, the land of our birth, and Irishmen all the world over

By the second Vice President

Canada, the land of our adoption

By the President

The sister societies

Our brethren of the Young Men’s St Patrick’s Association

By Mr Larkin

Our guests

By Dr Howard

The memory of Daniel O’Connell and the departed Poets, statesmen and heroes of Ireland

By Mr Mollon

Wm Dargan and the Irish Exhibition of 1853

By the President

Success to the Railroads of Canada

By the first Vice President

The Rev Mr Connolly, Chaplain of the society

By Mr. Clarke

Countess of Elgin and the Ladies of Canada

At the Young Men’s St Patrick’s Association a company of upwards of sixty assembled at Mr. O’Meara’s, Place d’Armes.  The room was appropriately decorated with the insignia of the Society.  At the head, immediately behind the chairman, was displayed the new and gorgeous banner, with the Irish harp most beautifully embroidered in gold, on a rich ground of dark green velvet.  The chair was most excellently filled by the worthy President, Mr Cogan, who, in the course of the evening, coupled the introduction of the several toasts with appropriate and eloquent remarks.  The chairman was supported on the right by Mr Bristow of the Pilot, and Mr Clark of the True Witness, and on the left by Mr Wilson of the Herald and Mr P Brennan.  The following is a list of the toasts, with the names of the gentlemen who responded:–

The day and all who honor it

Pope Pius IX- Mr Clark

The Queen and royal family

The Governor General

The mayor and corporation

Ireland, the land of our birth- Mr Doherty

The Prosperity of Canada- Mr Bristow

Our Brethre of the St Patrick’s Society

Erin and her Exiles- Mr EP Redmond

The President of the United States- Mr Doherty

The sister societies- Mr Bellage and Mr J Campbell

The memory of Daniel O’Connell

The memory of Thomas Davin

The preacher of the day

The press-  Mr Wilson and Mr Bristow

The countess of Elgin and ladies of Canada- Mr Murphy

Some of the speeches were very eloquent, and the whole were characterised by good feeling.  One feature it is particularly gratifying to notice; the mutual feeling of kindness evinced between the – we will not say—rival societies.  Each duly dispatched to the other a deputation to intimate the toast which has been drunk to its honor.  The whole evening passed off very agreeably, giving satisfaction alike to the members of the societies and to their guests.

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