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 September 2016 issue of the Reflections is online. On 1 July, 1916, the Battle of the Somme started in France. It was fought between the Germans and the French and their British allies.
More than ten percent of Ireland's 5 million population were in British uniform during World War One. Of those, 50,000 died, and 5,000 died in this battle. The Ulster 36 formed in 1914, and on the first day of fighting, in spite of being the only successful British unit in capturing or holding land, still incurred 500 deaths in the unit.
This was one of the bravest units in WWI. To find out more, read the lead article, The Ulster 36 and the Battle of the Somme.
October 6, 2016 General Meeting at Lakefront Brewery
Join the Shamrock Club for our October 6 meeting at Lakefront Brewery, 1760 N Commerce, at 6.30 pm.
We will also have a tour of the Lakefront Brewery. There will be a $7 charge for the tour.
Members of the Shamrock Club Griffins Hurling Team will be joining us.
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 6 -- Shamrock Club monthly meeting; Lakefront Brewery; 6.30 pm
November 3 -- Shamrock Club monthly meeting; ICHC; 6.30 pm
Pipes and Drums
October 6 -- General Meeting - Lakefront Brewery
November 3 -- General Meeting - ICHC; 6.30 pm
Shamrock Club Griffins Events
Sundays -- Hurling; Matches start at 9 am; Brown Deer Park
July 24 - Shamrock Club vs Ale House; 12.30 pm
July 31 - Shamrock Club vs Irish Pub; 12.30 pm
August 7 - Playoff matches 10 am