Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in NYC!



We will paint the town green with our Irish friends this Thursday (17th March) for Saint Patrick’s Day. Discover ways to celebrate in New York, including the annual parade, a “Spirit of the Irish” ghost tour at Merchant’s House Museum and more!


Saint Patrick’s Day Parades:

The largest of its kind in the world, the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC is legendary, with over 150,000 marchers. The first New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was held on March 17, 1762. This year’s parade starts at 11am at 44th Street and marches north up Fifth Avenue finishing at 79th Street around 5pm .

For Brooklyners, there is a parade on Sunday 20th March at 1pm in Prospect Park to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn.




Ghost Tour:

‘Manhattan’s most haunted house’ (The New York Times) is hosting “Spirit of the Irish” candlelit ghost tours on Friday March 18th at 6:30pm and 7:00pm.

Merchant’s House Museum invites you to venture into the shadows of history to see the house where eight family members died and hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them.


Grab a Guinness:

GuinessThere are almost 2,000 Irish pubs and bars in Manhattan, so start early if you want to try them all! Check out Best Guinness NYC for tips on where to find the perfect pint. If you’re passing through Greenwich Village you’ll get a warm welcome at St. George’s Society’s favorite, Mr. Dennehy’s.




Rooftop Cocktails:esb_spd1_1

If Guinness isn’t your thing, why not enjoy a cocktail overlooking the Empire State Building which will be lit orange, white and green in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. We recommend 230 Fifth and Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room. Order a Jameson Irish Whiskey and enjoy the view!




Although widely known as the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick was actually born in Roman Britain around AD 387. He worked as a Catholic missionary across Ireland for over 60 years and is said to have converted more than 135,000 people, built over 300 churches and consecrated 350 bishops before his death on March 17th in AD 461 and *fun fact* he is also the patron saint of Nigeria and engineers.

Saint Patrick has also made other notable contributions to Irish culture. Legend has it that it was Saint Patrick who first used the Irish clover to symbolize the holy trinity. His life is honored each year during Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17th.

March 2016 Membership Perks

This month’s perks include 30% savings on all full priced purchases at Brooks Brothers (both online and in retail stores) on 10 March as well as 20% discount on all tickets for London Irish vs. Saracens at Red Bull Arena on 12 March.

To request discount codes or for more information about how to redeem any of the offers below, please email GEORGE@stgeorgessociety.org

NEW perk added!

Date: Year-round member perk
Venue: Barleycorn, 23 Park Place, NY
Website: http://barleycornnyc.com/
Special Offer: Enjoy a complimentary mug of beer or house glass of wine with any entree at Lunch/Brunch time


30% off all full priced purchases at Brooks BrothersLOGO

Save 30% at Brooks Brothers’ first Corporate Shopping Event of 2016 on Thursday 10th March. This is a ONE DAY EVENT and valid on all full priced merchandise online and in retail stores only. Don’t forget that as a member of St. George’s Society you receive a 15% discount from the original retail and everyday value price on all merchandise all year-round.

Date: 10 March 2016
Website: http://membership.brooksbrothers.com/
Special Offer: 30% off all full priced purchases at Brooks Brothers (both online and in retail stores) on 10 March plus 15% off the original retail and everyday value price on all merchandise all year-round.

20% discount on all tickets to London Irish vs. Saracens at Red Bull Arena!

As rugby continues to soar as one of the world’s fastest growing sports, London Irish USA invite you to join them for the first time the London Irish and defending champion Saracens face off in the United Sates. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and catch this historic match at Red Bull Arena on 12 March at 3PM.

Date: 12 March 2016
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Website: http://www.londonirishusa.com/
Special Offer: 20% discount on all tickets with code: 20STGEORGES

Discounted tickets to The Royal Oak Foundation’s lecture “The Heart of England”: History and Design of The British Pub

Art historian Ian Cox will discuss this fascinating history of pubs in Britain and explain their important role in the 19th to early 20th century. He will illustrate their changing architectural and interior style and show how new technologies and the burgeoning social and economic changes during the Victorian era led to the popularity of such lively establishments.

Date: 30 March 2016
Venue: General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen, 20 W 44th Street
Website: https://www.royal-oak.org/lectures/event_detail.php?eid=55407
Special Offer: $10 off standard ticket price.

15% off all flower gifts with Bloom & Wild

Be sure to remember UK Mother’s Day on 6 March! Take advantage of our year-round member perk with Bloom & Wild, the UK’s first nationwide through-the-letterbox flower service and receive 15% off all flower gifts sent in the UK.

Dates: Year-round member perk
Website: https://www.bloomandwild.com/
Special Offer: 15% off all flower gifts for friends and family back in the UK.

Win Tea for Two at Tea & Sympathy!
Don’t forget to spread the word about St. George’s Society for a chance to win a great prize! Introduce a new member before the end of March and be entered into a draw to win Tea for Two at Tea & Sympathy. Increase your chances of winning with each new introduction!

To view a full list of the year-round member perks click here 

To become a member of St. George’s Society click here


Farewell Becca!

Becca greeting one of our beneficiaries at our annual Beneficiary Tea Party

We were sad to bid farewell to our Mountbatten intern Becca Anstey this month. Becca is well-known to many of our members and event attendees and was the first point of contact for the Society’s beneficiaries when they call the office to speak to our social workers.

Amy Gorman, Eloise Pollard and Becca Anstey at the Mountbatten Fundraising Team’s pub quiz

Becca came to New York in March 2015 as part of the Mountbatten internship program. The Mountbatten Institute offers live, work and study programs in New York and London for foreign nationals. The 12 month programs include full-time work experience and part-time academic study. During her time at St. George’s Society, Becca has become a valuable member of the team, contributing to all areas of the charity’s operation, including events, membership and managing our social media. Becca was also responsible for chairing a committee of fellow Mountbatten interns who organized fundraising activities to raise money for St. George’s Society. The committee hosted a quiz in Hoboken in December that raised over $500 and this month will be selling Krispy Kreme donuts to fellow interns and local offices to raise further funds. For more information or to place your order click here.

One of the winning teams at the pub quiz!


Becca’s replacement, Rachael Jones, will be joining us from Manchester, UK on 10 March. Rachael has most recently been working as a freelance consultant for Manchester City Council within their Youth Strategy team and was involved with designing and consulting on a new membership model for Manchester Youth Council to encourage more young people across the city to become members and have access to training, events and campaign resources. We look forward to welcoming Rachael to the team!

Member Spotlight – Jennie McCahey

Jennie McCahey

Program Director, The Royal Oak Foundation

Individual Member

Joined: 2011

Born: Winnetka, Illinois

Lives: 20% of the time East Village—the rest of the time in various airports and on planes!

What brought you to New York?

I came to NYC to attend the Master’s Degree Program in Decorative Art History and Design at Parsons School of Design and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Who wouldn’t like going behind the ropes in great NYC museum period rooms and turning over furniture and handling the objects with curators? (a lot of secret drawers in the Met’s French furniture) I stayed to work at a shelter magazine and then worked at a museum. Now I am at The Royal Oak Foundation and with my team invite British authors or historians to speak about the National Trust of England, Wales, and N. Ireland and their new scholarship/books about English country houses, art and architecture, and history. I am lucky that St. George’s Society likes to co-sponsor some of our fun lectures…it’s a chance to bring even more Anglophiles together!

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?

Obviously the social aspect; the staff at St. George’s and GEORGE plan really fun events for their members which I often sadly miss since I travel a great deal. Beyond the programs, I truly admire that St. George’s works diligently to help people in need in the NY area that may not have access to aid, or more importantly, caring people who will look out for them and follow up. From helping with utility bills or groceries, to climbing 10 stories to visit elderly trapped during hurricane Sandy, the social workers are amazing and kudos to the organization for helping people for over 246 years! I also was impressed by the Lehman College scholarship students I met at The English Ball—losing access to education because of funding is a hurdle no student should face.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?

In the summertime, the Conservatory Garden in Central Park or on a walking tour to hidden parts of NYC. In the winter, any place with a roaring fire.

What is your favorite British thing to do in NYC?

Early English breakfast at Tea and Sympathy when I am jetlagged.