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.