On Scene with Bill Wilson: Luck of the Irish


Supervisor Mark Farrell (left) watches Mayor Lee and Consul General Philip Grant raise the Irish flag at city Hall on March 7.

It is now official St. Patrick’s (Week) Day in San Francisco has now begun. On Friday March 7 the Irish flag was raised on the Mayor’s flag pole at City Hall. Assisting Mayor Lee was the Consul General of Ireland, Philip Grant, who will be participating in his first St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in San Francisco since his appointment last September.


Irish Piper’s Band provided the musical escort as the proceedings went from the Mayor’s office to the Mayor’s Balcony.

Supervisor Mark Farrell presided over the annual reception hosted by the Mayor for the Irish community which provided the opportunity to acknowledge leaders from the community and leaders from Ireland. It was an opportunity to highlight both past history and current history as Aer Lingus promoted their new non-stop service from SFO to Dublin.


(left to right) Diarmuid Philpot, President of the United Irish Societies, and Consul General of Ireland, Philip Grant receive Proclamations from Mayor Lee and Supervisor Farrell.

San Francisco’s 163rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday March 15 starting at Second and Market at 11:30am. The theme of this year’s parade is “A Tribute to Irish Workers of America.” The grand marshals for this year’s parade are Margaret and Dan McAuliffe were also acknowledged during the festivities at City Hall that included dancers from the Murphy Irish Dancers.


The Murphy Irish Dancers provide a genuine kick-off for Irish heritage week at City Hall on March 7.


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