Club News

Scholarship Applications

Sons of Erin Scholarship Applications for 2020 are now available on our website under "List of Forms". Changes have been made to the qualifications needed to apply for the scholarship. It is now open to students pursuing a 2 year or 4 year program as well as those attending technical training. All submissions must be made through the mail by March 17, 2020.  

Colleen Contest and Ball

Save the date!
The 39th Annual Colleen Contest and Ball will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Chez Josef in Agawam.  Tickets will be available at the club by the end of December.   The committee is now accepting program advertisements and sponsorships.  If you’d like to support our program please submit the appropriate form to the SOE Colleen Committee, which are both found on our website, sonsoferin.com under List of Forms.

Hall or Pavilion Rentals

To rent our facilities please contact our Bar Manager, Brian Colton, by phone at (413) 537-0490.

2019 Colleen and her Court

Our 2019 Colleen is Hannah Elizabeth Jury.  Hannah is 17 years old and a senior at Westfield High School, where she serves as Class President.  She is employed part time by American Eagle at the Holyoke Mall and Northside Creamery over the summer.

Hannah is a member of the Council on Peer Education, the Quiz Team, Cross Country Team, Spanish Club, Student Council and has been inducted into the National Honor Society.  In her free time, Hannah enjoys running, reading, photography and participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing and kayaking.  She also has an interest in history and politics.

Upon graduation, Hannah plans on attending a four year college in the New England area and majoring in environmental policy and Spanish or economics.  She hopes to later attend graduate or law school and would eventually like to settle in Boston or New York City.

Our 2019 Court:

Fionnuala Jane Matthews - Fionnuala is 17 years old and a senior at Westfield High School.  She is employed part time by Friendly’s Ice Cream.

Fionnuala is President of the Westfield High Debate Team, Varsity Field Hockey team, and plays the clarinet in the Westfield High Band.  During her junior year, she participated in the GAPP German American Partnership Program as a host and exchange student with another student in Germany.  She also writes for and participates in the One Act Plays.   Fionnuala enjoys baking, reading, embroidery, roller-blading and volunteering at her church.

Fionnuala plans on attending a four year college and majoring in Medieval Studies.  After earning her bachelor’s degree she plans on attending law school and becoming a Criminal Defense Attorney.

Maura Reilly Wurster

Maura is 17 years old and a junior at Southwick Tolland Regional High School.  She is employed part time by The Hash House in Southwick.

Maura has been inducted in to the National Honor Society.  She is captain of the Varsity Basketball team and a member of the varsity soccer team.  She also serves as a tutor at the Homework Help Club.  Maura spends her free time volunteering in the NICU at Baystate hospital.  She also enjoys sports, babysitting, snowmobiling and hiking. Maura also plays premier soccer in the winter and spring.

Maura plans on attending a four year college and pursuing a degree in the medical field.  She would like to one day work in a hospital, possibly in the pediatrics field.

Kaitlin Rose Sicard

Kaitlin is 17 years old and a senior at Westfield High School.  She is employed part time by Amelia Park Children’s Museum.

Kaitlin is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council Class Representative, and Secretary of the Future Business Leaders of America.  She serves as chairperson of the WHS Annual Pep Rally and is sports editor and business marketer/advertiser for the Yearbook.  She is also a member of the Westfield High Quiz team, field hockey team and a member of the Spanish Club.  Kaitlin enjoys playing volleyball and field hockey as well as makeup and fashion.  Kaitlin also interns for MA State Representative John Velis.

Kaitlin plans to attend a four year college in the New England area and major in Political Science or Business.  

Shaunessey Evelyn Lambert

Shaunessey is 17 years old and a senior at Westfield High School.  She is employed part time by Shortstop Bar and Grill.

Shaunessey plays tuba in the WHS Band, and is a member of the Cheerleading team and Drama club.  She serves as president of the Singer/Songwriter club and Historian of the Tri M (Modern Music Masters) Society. Shaunessey enjoys singing and music as well as theater, writing, knitting and dance and choreography.

Upon graduation, Shaunessey plans on enlisting in the National Guard while attending college to study Music Education and Psychology.  She would like to fulfill her enlistment working with soldiers who suffer from PTSD.  After her enlistment, Shaunessey would like to seek a position teaching music at a local high school and pursue her license for music therapy.  She hopes to work with special needs students and to help them learn in a more inclusive environment, while also sharing her extensive knowledge in music with the next generation of musicians.

 

The 2020 Billy Buzzee "St. Pat on the Back" Award

Congratulations to our Billy Buzzee St. Pat on the Back award winner Jim HoganJim has been a member of the Sons of Erin for over 30 years. He has been Chairman/Treasurer of the Scholarship Committee since 1992. He is a past Irishman of the Year (2008). He has volunteered at numerous fundraisers and activities including helping at many breakfasts, golf tournaments, concerts, picnics, etc.  Jim spent 44 years with the former A&P Super Food Mart with the last 22 years serving as Store Manager of the Connecticut Division of A&P Wine and Spirits SuperStore. He currently works for the Westfield Public Schools Maintenance Department. Jim is a lifelong Westfield resident and the proud father of daughter Christine.

2020 Parade Marshal

Congratulations to the 2020 Parade Marshal Packie Smith!  Packie was raised in the west of Ireland on a farm in County Leitrim. Sports played a big part in his life growing up and a trip with his local Gaelic Football club lead him to New York in 1985. Shortly thereafter, through work he settled in Westfield, MA where he now owns and operates his own roofing business, Lifetime Tilers, Inc.  He and his wife Sheila, who hails from County Longford, have five kids –    Sinead, Aisling, Padraig, Deirdre, and Seamus - all of whom attended St. Mary’s schools in Westfield. Packie returns to his homeland often and remains a longtime supporter of his native Drumreilly Gaelic Football Club.  He is also recognized for his effort to promote the sport for kids here in Western Mass through coaching and sponsorship of the Wolf Tones Gaelic Football Club.
 
You might find Packie enjoying a good Pint of Guinness with friends at the Sons of Erin where he has been a member since 1986.
 
 

2020 Thomas M. Kane Irishman of the Year

Congratulations to Mark Hanrahan on being named the 2020 Irishman of the Year.  Mark has been a member of the Sons of Erin for 28 years, a member of the Float committee for 26 years, Chair for the last five.

Originally from Suffield, Mark has been a resident of Westfield for 35 years. Raised three children here, students of St. Mary’s Elementary and Westfield High School. Married to the wonderful Patricia O’Neil.  Grandfather to 4 wonder children all residents of California, Mark and Tricia travel quit a bit.  He's been retired for over 3 years from the logistics industry.
 A graduate of Assumption College, where he escaped from with a degree in Foreign Affairs/Economics.  Mark's interests are varied, coaching in several youth sports when the children were young, volunteering for several social and civic organizations in Westfield over the years I now confine my activities to the pursuit of good scotch and fine draft beer and a few other things.
 
Mark is a former Westfield Parade Marshal and two time Westfield Democrat of the year.
2020 Dorothy B. Griffin Irishwoman of the Year

Congratulations to Beth Burns on being named the 2020 Dorothy B. Griffin Irishwoman of the Year.

Beth (Warner) Burns has been a member of the Sons of Erin Women’s Auxiliary for over 25 years, having previously served as Vice President and now President of the Auxiliary which numbers over 200 members strong.  She is also a member of the Sons of Erin Colleen Committee who, through various fundraising activities, finances and orchestrates the annual Westfield Colleen Contest.  She is a regular volunteer at other club functions, including the annual Irish Fest, Mother’s Day Breakfast, and can be found selling corned beef sandwiches at the club on St. Patrick’s Day.  Beth is the Human Resources Coordinator at Westfield Gas and Electric and resides in Westfield with her husband Jim, daughter Carrie, son Jeremy and his wife Cara.  She is also the very proud grandmother of Jake and Levi Burns.  

Newsletter / Newsblast

The Club's conversion to an email format for our newsletter is ongoing. This conversion is a substantial savings to the Club in postage, printing and labor, as well as being an eco-friendly alternative.  If you have not already done so, please send your email address to soewestfield@gmail.com to receive your newsletter online.  If you have no access to a computer, you may send your mailing address to Sons of Erin Newsletter, P.O. Box 1136, Westfield, MA 01086, Attn: Karen Casey, to receive a hard copy of the newsletter.  Let's Go Green!!!

2020 Club Officers

Congratulations to the 2020 Club Officers

President - Jim Laverty

Vice President - Peter Miller

Treasurer - Bridget Barber

Sgt. at Arms - Kevin Fitzgerald

Recording Secretary - Megan Sweet

Membership Secretary - Dennis Moran

Board of Directors

Mike Conroy

Dermot Hurley

 Bill Wallace

Steve Griffin

Steve Witkus

Mike McMahon

 

Quote of the Month

 Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.'

- Alfred Lord Tennyson

General Membership Meetings

The Club's General Membership meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month at 12:00 noon.  Meetings are usually suspended for the summer months of June, July and August. 

Commemorative Bricks

The Building Committee is selling Commemorative Bricks that will be used to pave a "Memorial Walkway" leading to the 911 Memorial at the Club.  These bricks can be inscribed in the memory of a departed family member, loved one, or with your own name.  The Walkway enhances the beauty of the 911 Memorial dedicated in the memory of Daniel Trant, Tara Creamer and Brian Murphy.  Cost is $50.00 per brick.  Forms are located at the Club.

Commemorative Veteran's Coins

The Club has created a Commemorative Veteran Coin to be issued to the Club's Irish-American Veterans.  You are also eligible to receive one on behalf of a deceased family member that was a veteran.  The coins can be personalized with an engraving at your own expense.  Please contact Dermot Hurley to receive your coin.

Club Dues

General Membership - $50.00, Seniors Over 62 - $25.00.   Women's Aux - $35.00, Seniors Over 55 - $17.50.  There is a $10.00 late fee for payment after February 1st.  An initial one-time fee of $100.00 for new general members will be assessed.  This fee is waived for new members between the ages of 21-35.