Reps. Crowley and Boyle Meet with Sober St. Patrick’s Day Founder

February 12, 2015
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)  – Today, Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, and Brendan Boyle (D-PA) met with the founder of Sober St. Patrick’s Day, William Reilly. Since 2012, Sober St. Patrick’s Day has worked to create events across the United States where participants can join in celebrating the history, culture and festivities of St. Patrick’s Day in an alcohol-free environment. 

“St. Patrick’s Day is a chance for everyone to feel a little bit Irish, and events like Sober St. Patrick’s Day help ensure that remains possible,” said Rep. Crowley. “William Reilly and the team behind Sober St. Patrick’s Day are working hard to ensure that those who want to join in the festivities in an alcohol-free environment have the possibility to do so. I thank him for what was a very interesting and productive discussion.”

"The Irish cultural heritage is very rich, from literature to music to dance,” said Rep. Boyle. “This is a chance to celebrate and enjoy these aspects of our heritage." 

Sober St. Patrick’s Day events are held annually in New York City; Richmond, Va., Cleveland, Ohio, and Casper, Wyo., and the organization has plans to expand to Philadelphia this year. The effort is also gaining momentum globally. In 2013, Sober St. Patrick’s Day expanded to the North of Ireland where a free concert for 5,000 people immediately follows the annual Belfast City St. Patrick’s Day parade.