Please Join Us
this coming Monday
Memorial Day, May 25
at 10:30 am at the Seattle area's only Irish Pioneer Cemetery,
just off I-5 at Orillia Rd & S 204th St, Kent
Headstone inscriptions at St. Patrick Cemetery  
Click images to see a copy of a file at the Seattle Public Library, a nine page tombstone inscription list entitled: "St. Patricks Cemetery, O'Brien, Wash. (near Kent)." Copied October 2, 1960.

It seems likely that some of the graves at St. Patrick Cemetery hold the remains of  US Civil War veterans and of Irish Famine Immigrants , since  burials at St. Patrick  Cemetery began only 15 years after the US Civil War and less than 30 years after the Great Irish Famine. While Memorial Day is primarily a day to remember those who died in service to our nation, it is also a day to remember and honor all who have died.
Memorial Day Mass
Please join us to remember
this Memorial Day, Monday, May 25,
10:30 am,  at St. Patrick Cemetery in Kent

Fr. John Madigan will celebrate Mass, a Bagpiper will play Amazing Grace, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will serve as an Honor Guard, the National Anthem will be played, colors will be presented by an Honor Guard from the USS Nimitz, a wreath will be placed on the grave of WW-1 veterans Richard & Barbara O'Connell, and the day's ceremonies will conclude with the playing of Taps.

Note that the Mass and other ceremonies are held outdoors, and it's suggested you bring a lawn chair!

St. Patrick Cemetery is located on Orillia Rd S at S 204th St in Kent , just east of Sea-Tac Airport (take Exit # 152 off I-5, head 1 mile east). It is located in an area once called O'Brien that was settled in 1868 by brothers Morgan and Terrence O'Brien, natives of Co. Tipperary, for whom the area was named.

Headstone - O'Connells
The small 4? acre cemetery was founded in 1880 by Richard O'Connell from Co. Limerick who is pictured at left in 1909 with his family. He set aside a small plot on his farm to be a cemetery for the Irish families in the area and many of the original Irish-born O'Brien pioneers were later buried there. The first burials at St. Patrick were in December 1880, those of Morgan O'Brien from Tipperary and his wife Catherine, a native of Co. Clare.


St. Patrick Cemetery, Kent

On file at the Seattle Public Library is a nine page tombstone inscription list from 1960 entitled: "St. Patricks Cemetery, O'Brien, Wash. (near Kent)." A copy of that listing of Tombstone Inscriptions can now be viewed online. Look for inscriptions that list birthplaces as 'Donnegaal', 'Claire', 'Corrick' and 'Tippari'.

A statue of St. Patrick has recently been erected at St. Patrick Cemetery, thanks to donations from members of the Seattle area's Irish community, from the Knights of Columbus and others. The 6-foot tall granite statue sits on a 2? foot base and a formal unveiling ceremony will be held later this year. Monday's Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated beside the statue.
The inscription on the new St. Patrick statue