The Emerald Association is primarily a social organization that promotes and supports Irish cultural events. Membership is open to all who share our interests and is not discriminatory on any basis. Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month, September through June
@ Reed Farm Clubhouse, Rt 22, Brewster. Doors open at 7:30pm and the meeting
starts promptly at 8pm.
Membership enrollment has been as high as 200 families over the past 25 years. The Emerald Association is responsible for endowing
six $600 college scholarships to high school seniors who are a child or grandchild of a current Emerald
and meet the requirements stated in the Scholarship Application. They also provide assistance to the local community through various means, entertaining at hospitals and nursing homes, in politics and serve(d) as school board members. John Mulvihill, the in-house Social Director, arranges for bus trips, cruises and flights to the "old country" for members, friends and the community at large. Many Emeralds are also members of the West-Put Gaels
and they are always looking for new gaelic football players. We have two bowling nights a year and
two dances; Christmas and St. Patrick's Day annual dances.
The Emerald Association continues to contribute and perpetuate Irish history and culture throughout the region. Their annual Feis is held the third Sunday of May and allows dancers and musicians to compete in beginner, novice, prizewinner and championship categories. The dancers are the future "Michael Flatleys" of the world and some have entertained in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.