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The Sydney St. Patrick’s Day Organisation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in The Gaelic Club, Surrey Hills on Tuesday 18th July 2017. There was over 40 people in attendance and all proposed motions were accepted by the outgoing committee. In his address, President Robert Kineavy spoke about the valuable lessons learnt in 2017 but his focus was on highlighting the milestones that were achieved along the way including the many successful fundraising events, the infinite support received from the community and the increased profile of St. Patrick’s Day in Sydney, despite the disappointment of the event not going ahead this year.


The 2017 committee stood down to rapturous applause and elections got underway for the incoming committee. Robert Kineavy was unopposed in retaining the President’s position and Pam O’Mahoney joined him as the newly elected Vice President. Joining the duo and leading up respective areas is Noreen Breen (Treasurer), Caroline Quinn (Secretary), Karen Murphy (Events), Eimear O’Farrell (Fundraising), Leanne Higgins (Marketing), Robert Brouder (Logistics), Cathy Brazil (HR) and Tina King-Garde (Admin).


As Mr. Kineavy welcomed his new team, he spoke also about the importance of sustainability and succession planning in his upcoming term; both important for ensuring continuity of the Sydney St. Patrick’s Day Organisation. The strategy for this year will see the teams focus on increased community engagement, continued fundraising opportunities and a 2018 event that will put Sydney back on the map as one of the best places in the world to celebrate and honour our Irish heritage.


One of the many highlights from the night was the unrelenting support from the Irish community. To see so many familiar faces returning this year was uplifting, equally exciting was the many new faces; their dedication, determination and enthusiasm will be the backbone of something amazing.


Preparation for the Christmas Ball 2017 has commenced and details will be made public in the coming weeks.  If you’re planning a Christmas Party, need to catch-up with friends and family or just looking for an excuse to unwind, this is a prominent event on the Irish calendar and one not to be missed.


Robert Kineavy can be contacted on

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