SADOE Mourns The Loss Of Two Of Its Founders
Dennis Healy, Jr., 1941-2019
It is with great sadness that I report the death of one of our organization’s founders, Dennis “Dinny” Healy, Jr., who passed away last week, while on holiday in the Canary Islands.
Healy was a native of Butte, Montana and moved with his family to Reno in 1948, where he grew up and eventually had legal career. In 1969, he and his father, Dennis, Sr. formed the Sons of Erin (later reincorporating into the Sons & Daughters of Erin) along with some of Reno’s prominent Irish politicians, lawyers and businessmen of that era.
After Healy retired from a career with the state’s Gaming Control Board, he and his wife, Scotty, eventually moved to Courtmacsherry, County Cork Ireland. One of his legacies is ensuring that SADOE continue the annual tradition of spreading shamrocks at the grave of Irish-American aviator William Blanchfield, a native of Courtmacsherry around St. Patrick’s Day.
SADOE extends its condolences to his widow Scottie, his sister Michele and brothers, Mike, Con and Chris along with the rest of the Healy Family.
We will pass on any information on any memorial service once it is announced by the family.
Charles Springer, 1928-2019
Another one of SADOE’s founders was the Honorable Charles Edward Springer, former Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice and Nevada Attorney General, who passed away on Feb. 19, just a day short of his 91st
A native Nevadan, Springer was born in Reno and was partially raised by his grandparents. His grandfather, William Aloysius Kelly, was the bailiff of the Washoe County Court House and often Springer would visit the courthouse with his grandfather, perhaps influencing him in later years to become a lawyer.
He attended Reno schools and a Catholic Seminary in Mountain View, California. He later returned and graduated from Reno High School. He Ssrved in U.S. Army during World War II as a paratrooper in the Occupation Forces of Japan. After the war, he attended and graduated from the University of Nevada, where he met his wife, Jacqueline. The couple married on St. Patrick’s Day of 1951.
After graduation, the couple moved to Washington D.C. where Charles attended and graduated from Georgetown University Law School. The two both held jobs on Capital Hill. He later received degrees from the University of Virginia and Oriel College at Oxford, England while serving as a Nevada Supreme Court Justice.
Upon his graduation from Georgetown, he returned to Nevada and in this order: joined the firm of Drendel and Dixon; became Federal Judge Roger D. Foley’s only law clerk; and formed a law firm called Springer, McKissick, and Hug with two of his best friends since youth. Howard McKissick later became a Nevada State Legislator and was Speaker of the Assembly. Procter Hug, Jr. later became Chief Judge of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Together they developed and taught “The Nevada Bar Review Course.”
After a distinguished service in the Nevada Democratic Party, he became legal adviser to Nevada Gov. Grant Sawyer, who appointed him the state’s Attorney General in 1962.
In 1980, he was elected to the Nevada Supreme Court, where he served for 18 years also serving as its Chief Justice.
He is survived by Jacquie, his loving wife of 68 years, his daughter Kelli, several nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Charles was a true gentleman, scholar who devoted his legal career to righting wrongs and to the preventing the mistreatment of others.
A Mass is scheduled for Saturday, March 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows (Charles’ childhood parish), 1125 Lander St, Reno, with a Celebration of Life to follow.
Last Call On St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Reservations
Reservations are due TODAY AT NOON for the 50th annual Sons & Daughters of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Show will be held this Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Circus Circus Hotel Casino.
Please contact me BEFORE NOON TODAY to pay for your reservations by phone by calling 775-378-0931. Online reservations also end at noon today.
Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children. An additional processing fee will be charged per ticket on all credit card transactions.
Entertainment will include Blarney Man Keith Shannon, the Kennelly Irish Dancers, the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band and the Sierra Silverstrings. The evening will also feature a raffle and a whiskey tasting.
Here is an online booking link
if you wish to stay at the hotel. You can also call directly to their Reservation Department at 1-800-648-5010 and refer to group code SDE2019.
We will be selling these limited edition 50th Anniversary SADOE Pint Glasses for $5 each at our dinner!
Blanchfield Memorial Ceremony To Be Held This Sunday
We invite you to join the the Sons and Daughters of Erin place a sprig shamrocks sent from Ireland on the grave of William Blanchfield at noon, this Sunday (March 10) at the Veterans section of Mountain View Cemetery, off Stoker Avenue in west Reno (just past the roundabout near the cemetery office. We are once again expecting to have several descendants of William Blanchfield. Also, we will be honored to have Bagpiper Sean Cummings performing for us at the ceremony.
The RGJ did a story
on our annual ceremony a few years ago honoring the Irish aviator and explains the history of this tradition.
Get Ready To Paint The Streets Green!
Join the Sons & Daughters in their annual tradition of Painting the Streets Green in Virginia City on Wednesday, March 13. We will meet at the Red Dog Saloon, located at 76 N C street at 6 p.m. for dinner and then start painting at around 7 p.m. You are encouraged to wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting paint on. This event is free, family friendly and fun for children.
The has been an annual tradition for nearly four decades now and is done just prior to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade the following Saturday in Virginia City.
Join Us In The Virginia City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Sons & Daughters of Erin will march in the Annual Virginia City Parade. We will assemble at 11:30 at the Fourth Ward School and begin marching at noon. We will march north down C. St. to the Public Safety Building.
After the parade, come watch our friends in Ciana who will perform at the Ponderosa Saloon. This event coincides with the Mountain Oyster Fry. Staging info will be announced March 14 on this Facebook Page.
Please Note: Next Week, we will publish our Annual “Where’s The Craic?” listing of St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. In the mean time, here is a summary of upcoming Irish related events in March:
Sign Up For Reno Brew Bike on St. Patrick’s Day
Some of us SADOE members are going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day peddling around Downtown Reno on the Reno Brew Bike
The Reno Brew Bike is a 15 seat peddled powered bike that can be rented by individuals or groups. We are in the process of signing up people and the cost is $23 per person for a
The plan is to meet at the start location Lead Dog Brewing, 415 E Fourth St., at 2 p.m., Sunday March 17 and visit bars downtown that support our club arriving before 5 p.m. at Ceol Irish Pub.
We have created a Facebook Page to sign up or you may call at 775-378-0931. We will also have a sign up sheet at our dinner. We must sign up by March 11.
Sierra Silverstrings Play Their Annual Senior Home Tour
One of the annual traditions that our friends in the kid’s fiddle band, the Sierra Silverstrings, engage in is to play multiple senior home facilities over St. Patrick’s Day. We think its wonderful that these kids always remember to spread Irish cheer to the elderly in our community as unfortunately many are not always are visited by their families often and are sometimes forgotten. The following is a schedule of their senior home stops:
Friday, March 15
- 1:15 p.m. Summit Estates, 222 E Patriot Blvd, Reno
- 3:00 p.m. Brookdale Vista, 2000 E Prater Way, Sparks
Saturday, March 16
- 4:00 p.m. Skypeaks 1520 Sky Valley Dr, Reno
Sunday, March 17
- 10:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. The Lodge Assisted Living 2200 E Long St, Carson City
- 2:30 p.m. Promenade on the River, 525 Court St, Reno
6 Nations Rugby Update
The 6 Nations Rugby Tournament resumes this weekend Ireland currently is in third place behind England in second and Wales who is undefeated.
Saturday, March 9
- Scotland vs. Wales (9:30am PST)
- England vs. Italy (1:00pm PST)
Sunday, March 10
- Ireland vs. France (12:30pm PST)
All of the matches are aired locally on tape delay*
on NBC Sports Network (DirecTV Channel 220. Charter Spectrum Channel 31). For full schedule and match results, visit the 6 Nations Rugby Page
Note: Oski’s Pub & Grill in Sparks will air the matches during their normal business hours.
Crunch Time: To Brexit, Or Not To Brexit?
With less than one month to go before the planned scheduled departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union on March 29, British Prime Minister Teresa May will bring to the house next Tuesday a vote on a Brexit deal as fellow government ministers are attempting to renegotiate with EU officials modifying the Irish Border Backstop.
According to the BBC
, If MPs reject the withdrawal agreement for a second time, they will have the opportunity to vote on whether to go ahead in just over three weeks’ time without any kind of negotiated deal.
The BBC article presented the following flow chart of potential outcomes following next Tuesday’s vote in the House of Commons:
In related news, both Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly voted on the same motion yesterday calling for the planned exit date of March 29 to be put off. There is growing support for another Brexit referendum, which British Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn announced last week his party supports. However, May has consistently rebuffed those suggestions, stating that the first referendum favoring the UK to leave the EU was a mandate set forth by the British people.
Check Out The Following Upcoming Events and Special Promotions From Local Irish Bars Who Support SADOE Below:
Irish Sessiuns in Reno Every Tuesday at Ceol
Traditional Irish Music Sessiuns from 7 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday at Ceol, 538 S. Virginia St., Reno.
Wednesday Night Showcase At Ceol
Ceol is opening its stage to amateur and professional musicians who wish to perform their original material or cover songs in front of other musicians and the public on Wednesdays. Sign-ups from 6 p.m. Performances from 7-10 p.m.
Live Music This Weekend at Ceol
Keith Shannon plays this Friday, March 8 at Ceol Irish Pub is located at 538 S. Virginia St., Reno.
Oski’s To Air 6 Nations Rugby Matches
Oski’s Pub & Grille is open Mon-Wed at 3 p.m. and Thurs-Sun at 11:30am. They will air any 6 Nations Rugby Matches taped delay on NBCSN during business hours. They are offering breakfast till 2 p.m. on the weekend and are the local headquarters for Premiere League Soccer games Oski’s is located at 840 Victorian Ave. in Victorian Square, Sparks.
Ryan’s Is SADOE’s General Meeting Spot
Ryans is were SADOE holds its General Meetings and offers breakfast from 9am-noon on Saturdays and Sundays. They are located at 924 S. Wells Ave.
Paddy & Irene’s Offers Whiskey Tasting Wednesday
Paddy & Irene’s Pub invites patrons to sample different whiskeys every Wednesday evening, located at 906 Victorian Ave. in Victorian Square in Sparks.