Montreal Gazette, 18 March 1859, page 2
St Patrick’s Day—Our fellow citizens of Irish origin, who yesterday assembled to honor the feast of their Patron Saint, had surely no complaints to make of the weather—a bright sun and a balmy west wind favored their national day, and drew on numbers to see the gallant display made by the Sons of Old Erin. Early yesterday morning the various national and religious societies assembled in front of the new St Patrick’s Hall in McGill Street, and, headed by the Prince’s Band, and Nos 4 and 5 Rifle Companies, proceeded through several of the thoroughfares to St Patrick’s Church, where an eloquent sermon was preached by Father Dowd. After Divine service, the procession reformed, and then made a detour through Griffintown, McGill Street, to St Patrick’s Hall, where speeches were delivered by the Mayor and B Devlin, Esq, after which the assembly dispersed, the militia companies proceeding to the armoury and there breaking up. In the evening, the St Patrick’s Society, and the Irish National and Literary Society held their annual dinners, which were very well attended.