Sunday, March 14, 2010

Seattle St. Patrick celebration Desmond Guinness and daughter Marina

A Seattle Irish Gala

For the past 3 years, my husband and I attend the Society of the Friends of St. Patrick. This was the 70th annual dinner. The historic event is one of the great Irish week celebrations in Seattle dating back to 1941.  This is a time to enjoy entertainment and camaraderie in a festive Irish meal. An auction takes place to benefit educational programs of the Archdioceses of Seattle and Seattle University. There are many who are storytelling and dancing long into the night. 

The superb dinner I chose was an organic salad with Murphy’s Raspberry dressing, shepherd McQuiad’s pie and McCarthy’s chocolate Guinness stout cake paired with Geno’s cherry kiss cocktail (bailey’s on ice). My auction paddle is a large white thick paper with a black number identifying me a bidder. I love to go to auctions-so fun.  Some of my store curios are from auctions.

I won the custom tuxedo bidding for my darling husband, Sean.  Oh much excitement. The auctioneer made me bid $50.00 more to win the tux. No hurt feelings, my husband was happy!

The double tree Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle Washington, in the historic northern lights dome room the guests sit at round tables with a brilliant crystal chandelier centered on the ceiling.  The architectural design of the ballroom is magnificent.

This year I spoke with honorees Mayor of Galway, US Senator Marie Cantwell, State Senator Paull Shin WA state, State Senator Ed Murray WA State, Brain Sullivan Snohomish County Councilman WA State, John Keane, Honorary Consul General of Ireland and Desmond Guinness and his daughter, Marina. 

Mayor Galway and Senator Marie Cantwell 

Mayor Galway, Sean O Sullivan (my husband)  and  US Senator Maria Cantwell

State Senator Paull Shin and Vicky

State Senator Murray on the left, ? middle person and  John Keane, Honorary Consul General of Ireland

      State Senator Paull Shin and Brain Sullivan Snohomish County Councilman WA State (My Husband's younger brother)

Guinness beer is my favorite beer. Wherever I travel in the USA to Hungary to Germany to China I drink Guinness beer.   Meeting members of the Guinness family members will be a cherished memorable evening.  

Marina is a lovely Lady 

Marina and Vicky

Marina eating

Marina wanted a cigarette, I replied I do not smoke.  She said the Americans do not smoke in the buildings, I said our law in Washington state is you have to smoke outside 25 feet away from the door. She thought the law was outrageous, especially when the Americans brought the cigarettes from Ireland.  She had a beautiful necklace of amber around her neck. She got the necklace in Lithuania. Lithuania is where her mother is from. She asked if I had been there, I said no. 

I found some facts about the family at

Desmond is the great, great, great, great grandson of Arthur Guinness.  Desmond is an Irish author on Georgian art and architecture and a conservationist. Desmond bough the leixlip castle in co kildare in 1958 and that same year with his first wife who was the former princess Marie Gabrielle founded the Irish Georgina Society to help to preserve Irish architecture of all periods.  He lives in the castle. He has published many publications: Georgian Dublin: Irish Houses and Castles; The White House: An Architectural History; and his latest Dublin-a Grand Tour.   Maria Cantwell won the auction for the White house book.  She was excited to win.

Desmond is a handsome fella, Marina the free spirit watched over him as he danced and had fun at the party.  Desmond and Marina have the most beautiful blue eyes. 

                                                               Desmond and Vicky

Marina and her Father Desmond Guinness 

                                                                       leixlip castle

This is a blog talking about former Princess Marie Gabrielle and the castle home.

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