Simply as we state, the Past Starts Now!!!  An historical event happened!

An evening to celebrate the opening of the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day weekend was an historic event in many ways!!!!  Our Bray Irish sister city friends were welcomed with a lovely get together put on by the amazing Hudson family.  On Friday night the gala expanded our Irish roots with the attendance of our friends from the Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco, Consul General Micheal Smith, and special guest  Senator Jerry Buttimer.T.D. Cathaoirleach  – (chairperson) (pronounced – Cah-HIR_loch) of the Irish Upper House, or Seanad Éireann.

Dignitaries – Bray and County of Wicklow, Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco and Cathaoirleach* (chairperson) Jerry Buttimer.T.D., Dublin Council and Eugene Finnegan of Finnegan Bray Buses

Congressman Eric Swalwell and former Mayor Tim Sbranti manned the bar to pour delicious INC 82 beer. The room was a buzz all night with the fellowship of all including dancing!

The Dublin City Council lead the festivities with our guests of honor and all were part of the presentations. Mayor Melissa Hernandez mentioned this was the first time we had the head of Ireland in our town and we look forward to more partnerships with Dublin, CA, Bray and Ireland in the future to come!

Our sponsors for the evening included our City of Dublin, Platinum  – All Natural Stone and Supervisor David Haubert, Gold -Claudia McCormick, AVI Industries, Stanford Heathcare, Trumark and APAPA (Family Foundation). Rounding out our is our silver sponsors Del Valle and Garre’ Vineyards, INC 82, Johnnies Donuts, Mimi’s Chocolates, and Wente Vineyards.

Roger Lee, President of Dublin Historical Society, welcomed and outlined the planned 2024 activities Dublin Historical Society:

  • Time Capsule Program – 1st at Emerald HS then to other schools within Dublin
  • Establish Local History Research Room for preserving and promoting the rich history of Dublin and its surrounding areas.
    • To offer for use local histories, documents, hard-to-find historical newspapers, photographs, and artifacts related to Dublin’s history.
    • To provide a dedicated space for researchers, students, families, and community members to study local history.
    • To promote community engagement through educational programs and activities.
    • To collect stories, information, and items of current interest to form the basis for the future histories of our community.
  • Historical Trails Tour – Posted signed as a self-guided, narrated tour of historical features in Dublin using a QR Code.

Planning is already underway for next year’s event which is certain to be a sell-out!!!

2024 Shamrock Gala Sponsors

TITLE SPONSOR – City of Dublin

City of Dublin logo


Gold  and Silver Sponsors



Table at the event
Photo booth Kevin and guests
Elizabeth, Jerry and Kim
L-R, Ms. Chalas, Michell Lee, Lt Col Marisol Chalas, Miss Alameda County 2024 Delaney O’Connell, and Congressman Eric Swalwell celebrate the opening.


Thank you to our Sponsors!

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