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The La Salle Club's Irish History
Since its founding, Sacramento has benefited from the sons and daughters of Ireland. Over a century ago, the mighty Southern Pacific Railroad employed thousands of Irish emigrants looking for a better life in a new land. Within a generation, the Irish had climbed to the heights of power, occupying the most powerful positions in Sacramento from the Mayor’s office to the Chief of Police. Many of them attended Christian Brothers High School and felt the mystic bonds to Ireland symbolized by the word “Gaels” stitched across their athletic jerseys.
Mindful of the Irish presence in the Christian Brothers community, the La Salle Club initiated a series of Irish-themed events to benefit the school’s vaunted athletic program. These events were not just fund raisers, they were cultural offerings of a shared Irish heritage that so many in the La Salle Club took pride in.
The first event took place on St. Patrick’s Day at Christian Brothers High School in 1950. Billed as a "Corned Beef Feed”, the party wanted to do more than just raise a few bucks as well as a few glasses. The organizers booked popular Irish tenor George Monroe and 20 young Irish step dancers to entertain. At the time, the "Corned Beef Feed" was the largest, most popular, and culturally significant St. Patrick's Day event in Sacramento.
The La Salle Club is excited to revive this great tradition on, Saturday. March 11th.
St. Patrick's Day in Sacramento Gallery