The San José – Dublin Sister City Program promotes “ civic, cultural, economic, educational, artistic and athletic ties between San Jose and Dublin as well as between Silicon Valley and Ireland.”
The San Jose Dublin Sister City Program supports San José's annual Irish Week celebration, Golf Tournament and the Spirit of Ireland Awards, the San José Dublin Sister City Pat McMahon Masters Level Exchange Scholarship Series, as well as a variety of Exchange Activities and ongoing Irish Community Events.
March 2014 Events!
This year the San Jose Dublin Sister City Program, Inc. has another very exciting calendar of activities to support our mission.
Our second scholarship recipient is Electronic Systems scholar Andrew Kiernan of Dublin, who arrived in late January and is already immersed at SJSU and Cypress Semiconductor.
You are cordially invited to participate in all of our public activities, which we will continue to present in NEW ways in order to achieve our three goals:
1) Continue our ongoing quarterly series of cultural and social activities;
2) Continue our year round fundraising campaign to exclusively support and grow the “first of its kind” Pat McMahon Masters Level Exchange Scholarship Series, and;
3) Showcase the Spirit of Ireland Award Program distinct from Irish Week.
Our San Jose Irish Week Celebration with the annual visit of the Lord Mayor and Dublin Delegation, takes place March 9-14.
On Saturday March 8th, at 7 PM, the Lord Mayor and Dublin Delegation will be welcomed to the City, and stay to cheer on our San Jose Sharks against the Montreal Canadiens at the SAP Arena. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com.
On Sunday March 9th, the Lord Mayor being a biking enthusiast, we begin Irish Week with a Community Bike Ride around San Jose.
On Tuesday, March 11th, we have Civic Welcome and City Hall Day. We begin with the traditional Flag Raising Ceremony at 11:00AM in City Hall Plaza, followed by the Official Welcome Luncheon in the adjacent City Hall Rotunda. Tickets: $45
Later that evening, we highlight our partnership in education around the Pat McMahon Masters Level Exchange Scholarship Series with a joint San Jose Dublin Sister City Program / SJSU Reception in honor of the Lord Mayor and the Dublin Delegation at the Martin Luther King Jr. / SJSU Library. Suggested Donation: $25
Ceili & Social with Black Brothers Band @ Trinity Cathedral
On Friday, March 14th, we will have our St. Patrick's Day Concert and Ceili Social at Trinity Cathedral in downtown San Jose at 7:30pm, when The Black Brothers Band returns to San Jose, generously hosted by Trinity Cathedral, 81 N. Second Street, San Jose, and co-produced with AmeriCeltic.net. Lead by Shay & Michael of Ireland's first family of song, the Black Family. Here is your opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in your hometown!
Spend an enchanted evening with the charismatic charmers from Dublin, Shay & Michael Black, the singing siblings from Ireland's foremost family of song, The Black Family, which also includes their sisters Mary & Frances & brother Martin. Hailed in the Irish Echo as 'one of the most impressive groups of Irish singers to be found anywhere; exquisite, exhilarating and nothing short of thrilling' raising sibling rivalry to revelry, The Blacks adroitly accompany their sheer joy of singing with banjo, cittern & guitar. The Black and Black Minstrel Show also features fiery fiddle virtuoso Bobbi Nikles, and accomplished keyboardist Eamonn Flynn. The concert includes Irish traditional ballads, Dublin street songs, music hall ditties, contemporary folk compositions, rollicking reels & joyful jigs, all interspersed with comic stories, jokes & humorous childhood anecdotes that invariably have audiences smiling broadly & joining in on the choruses.
For more on Trinity Cathedral, check the website at www.trinitysj.org or call at (408) 293-7953. This performance is made possible in part by the Harold R. Hayes fund and the proceeds benefit our Pat McMahon Scholarship Programs.