Planning for the 2020 Sydney St Patrick’s Day celebrations will begin in earnest this month when the new organising commitee is elected.
The annual general meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 18 at the Gaelic Club at which the current committee will stand down and new office bearers will be voted in.
Incumbent president Karen Murphy will again put herself forward to lead the organising committee.
“Yes I will be putting my hand up again for president,” Ms Murphy told the Irish Echo.
Moving the community celebration to The Rocks area had been a great succcess, Ms Murphy said, and it was important to continue working with all stakeholders to make it even better.
“The Rocks is the ideal location for the Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade celebration,” she said.
“This year we elevated the profile of the event through different stakeholders in the Irish community along with Property NSW and Tourism Ireland. This will continue for 2020.”
Fundraising, she said, would be a key focus if she is re-elected
“We want to create a first-class event for the Irish community marking our nation’s heritage and culture.”
This year’s celebration attracted thousands of revellers to The Rocks but relentless rain during the day forced the early closure of the community concert at Dawes Point Park.
Ms Murphy said that the full impact of the early closure will be revealed at the AGM.
“We had a reserve fund for a rainy day but our performance this year was a little affected by the weather.”
Both she and the treasurer would report to the AGM, she said, but fundraising would remain a key priority.
“Fundraising is always needed as with any community group relying on the big hearts of volunteers,” she said.
“The committee will continue to organise regular fundraising events throughout the year, the highlight being our annual Christmas Ball which will be held late November or early December.
“The Mercantile Hotel is also organising a raffle whereby a $2,000 flight voucher is up for grabs with 100 tickets being sold for $50 each.”
Ms Murphy says if she is re-elected, she will also continue to devote her energy to “the parade, children and family culture activities, citizenship ceremony, great live music and possible international acts.”