|The St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities was founded in 1985 through the vision of a few Irish dreamers, namely Jeffrey Charles Collins, Francis Joseph Coyle Jr., Jerald Matt McCabe, Thomas Joseph McGinn, Daniel Patrick Reardon and Dennis Michael Walsh, with a desire to preserve, express, and promote their Irish heritage.|
With their dream and the help of many others who subsequently joined the society, the St. Patrick Society has grown to be a prominent part of the community. It sponsors two major annual events: St. Patrick's Day celebrations, with the THE GRAND PARADE, the only interstate St. Patrick's Day parade in the USA, held in March, and QUAD CITIES IRISH FESTIVAL, the fund raiser for THE GRAND PARADE, held in September. These events are carefully planned by the society, bringing to the Quad City area entertainment that's outstanding and truly reflective of the Irish spirit.
The Society is a non-profit organization (501C3), and contributes to many charities, awards scholarships, and promotes various Irish cultural and musical events that occur throughout the year in the Quad City area. It is governed by a Board Of Directors. To find out more about the Society, read the XX Anniversary Issue of The Irish Spirit Newsletter.
The Quad Cities area includes the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa and Moline and Rock Island in Illinois plus several smaller communities. Visit the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau website.