San Antonio Spotlight: The Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas

When March rolls around, everyone in SATX prepares for the annual St. Patrick’s Day River Parade + the dyeing of the River Walk. While this grand festival is a weekend to celebrate Irish culture, did you know that you can learn + support it year-round?

The Harp & Shamrock Society of Texas is a local organization keeping Irish history + culture alive in South Texas. Here’s what you need to know about them + how you can support its mission at two upcoming events.

🍀Fun facts

  • The Harp & Shamrock Society was formed at St. Mary’s University in October 1966 when two professors and a graduate student decided to meet + inaugurate an organization that would honor the Irish heritage.
  • The first laying of the wreath ceremony took place in 1967 along with Irish tunes played by the Central Catholic High School Band.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in March 1968 with 250 marchers walking about four blocks to the Alamo.
  • The Harp & Shamrock Society celebrated 50 years as an organization in 2016.
  • Read about the history of the 260-year-old wood statue of St. Patrick that was gifted to the society years ago + where it is now.
  • Bonus: check out this list of local Irish businesses + organizations around town.

🍀Upcoming events

If you’re interested in joining the society and learning + experiencing the Irish traditions, visit its website for information on how to become a member. Currently the organization will begin to host events to raise money for its scholarship fund.

Here are two upcoming events you can attend:

Halfway Hooley | Sat., Sept. 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Beethoven Halle, 422 Pereida St. | Free | Celebrate and raise money for its scholarship fund — the event will feature live music and Irish food + beer.

Shamrock Scrabble | Fri., Sept. 23 | 12 p.m. | Silverhorn Golf Club, 1100 W. Bitters Rd. | $120 | Compete in a golf tournament where proceeds directly benefit Harp & Shamrock Society and its scholarship program.

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