Over 50 Years Of Celebrating Wisconsin's Irish Life and Pride
In 1960, The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin started a revolution in the life of Irish Wisconsin. The organization started small, but eventually became the wellspring of Irish life and culture for much of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin. Where there was a void in the cultural side of life, soon the Shamrock Club would fill it with parades, Irish dancing, an Irish festival, scholarships, and so much more.
The Shamrock Club is the oldest and largest Irish American membership organization in the State of Wisconsin. In 2016, we celebrate our 56th anniversary. It was founded on March 17, 1960, in Milwaukee. Currently, there are chapters in Milwaukee, South Central, Dane County, New London, Fox Cities, and Lafayette County. Statewide chapters hold monthly meetings, organize St. Patrick's Day parades, change the city of New London to New Dublin for the week, raise the flag over the State Capitol, as well as other Irish related activities. All of our chapters are involved in fund-raising and have donated thousands of dollars to numerous causes in the past five decades.
Membership includes our monthly publication, the Emerald Reflections. .
The October 2016 issue of the Reflections is online. The last and the first days of the two
months of October and November collide to provide a thin veil between this world and the next. November 1st is Samhain, meaning in Irish, Summer's end. October 31st is celebrated as Halloween, or the eve of the Hallowed day of November 1, All-Saints Day.
It is getting darker sooner, causing shadows to cast malevolent figures along the landscape. The stories of dread came to life much more easily in this climate of darkness. There, creatures inhabited the dark spaces, such as the Sluagh, Carman, the Celtc witch, Caorthanach, the fire-spitter, and the Bean Nighe.
Are you safe? To find out more, read the lead article, A Reason to Stay Vigilant - It is Samhain.
November 3, 2016 General Meeting at the ICHC
Join the Shamrock Club for our November 3 meeting at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 22 and Wisconsin, at 6.30 pm.The meeting is free.
We will also have a Thanksgiving themed dinner;
Shamrock Club Honoree Dinner - October 23 - Come Out to Honor Them
We will hold our Honoree's Banquet on Sunday, October 23rd, at Meyer's Restaurant at 4260 S. 76th Street.
We will fete our Irishman of the Year, Denis Donohoe, Irish Rose, Peg Hamill, and Parade Marshal, Jacob Nowak.
Cocktails will be at noon. Dinner will be at 1 pm
There are three main dish choices: Broasted Chicken, Oven Baked Ham, and Beef Sirloin Tips with Egg Noodles.
The price is $22.00 per person. RSVP by October 19th, 2016 to Kim Nowak, firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-940-8654. Non reservation walk ins will be allowed at the discretion of the banquet
Please join us as we honor our very deserving 2016 Irish honorees.
More information can be found at 2016 Honoree Dinner.
Join us on Saturday, March 11, 2017 for our 51st Annual Parade.
The Shamrock Club 50th Annual Parade took place on March 12, 2016.
The Shamrock Club, and our partners, Westown, and Miller Brewing, thank you for joining us in what has become one of the largest St Patrick's Day Parades in North America. It seems we had record crowds for the afternoon.
To learn more, go to Milwaukee St. Patrick Parade.
Shamrock Club Color Guard, Pipes and Drums
The award winning SCCGPD is the honor, color guard and pipe band for the Shamrock Club. The unit has marched over the past decades in Dublin, Ireland, (for the city's Millenium Parade), New York City, San Antonio, Savannah, and New Orleans. Go to our page, The Shamrock Club Color Guard Pipes and Drums, and find out more details.
If you are in need of a piper for special occasions, such as funerals, weddings, or other events, please contact Malkin Wallace at 414-234-0653, or email her at Color Guard Booking and Info
How to Reach Us
Via U.S. mail: 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233.
Or you can contact us at info-at-shamrockclubwis.com
Come and join us. Celebrate Irish American Life.
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Meetings and Events
October 23 -- Shamrock Club Honoree Dinner; Meyer's Restaurant; noon
November 3 -- Shamrock Club monthly meeting; ICHC; 6.30 pm
November 18-20 --Shamrock Club at Holiday Folk Fair; State Fair Park
December 1 -- Shamrock Club Christmas party
Pipes and Drums
October 23 --Honoree Dinner; Meyer's Restaurant
November 3 -- General Meeting - ICHC; 6.30 pm
Shamrock Club Griffins Events
Sundays -- Hurling; Matches start at 9 am; Brown Deer Park May to August