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2007 St. Patrick's Luncheon in New York

It is anchored in our Council calendar just like St. Patrick's Day on March 17 is a durable and immutable part of the Irish-American tradition in New York City each year.

The Council's annual St. Patrick's Week luncheon was hosted in New York City the day before the big day - on Friday, March 16. Council President Michael J. Gibbons welcomed the members and guests of the Council at a sold-out luncheon meeting at the Metropolitan Club in New York. We will not mention the snowstorm.

The Guest of Honor at the luncheon was Mary Coughlan, Ireland's Minister for Agriculture & Food who addressed the gathering and presented greetings from Ireland. The Minister described in brief detail current developments in Ireland's food industry and encouraged the development of ever-closer business links between America and Ireland.

A special presentation on behalf of the Council was made to Ambassador Consul General Tim O'Connor who was making his last appearance in his official role representing the Irish Government at a Council event in the United States. Ambassador O'Connor was appointed Secretary General of the Department of the President of Ireland in Dublin and took up his new position the following week.

The entertainment performance for the occasion featured excerpts from The Pirate Queen, a new Irish entertainment extravaganza that had just opened on Broadway.

The date for next year's St. Patrick's Luncheon in New York has been set by the Council for Friday, March 14, 2008.

2007 St Patrick's New York Luncheon
Ambassador Ray Flynn, the former Mayor of Boston was the Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, with Nora O’Donnell of NBC Television and Joe Byrne, Executive Vice President of Tourism Ireland.
2007 St Patrick's New York Luncheon
Ireland’s Minister for Agirculture & Food, Mary Coughlan, TD with Council President Mike Gibbons and Cynthia Gibbons.

2007 St Patrick's New York Luncheon
Council supporters all - Paddy McCarthy, Desmond Lyons, Gerry McKiernan and Tom Duffy.
2007 St Patrick's New York Luncheon
AnneMarie Moriarty with screen idol Gabriel Byrne and Council Treasurer Kieran Claffey from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

2007 St Patrick's New York Luncheon
Renowned international virtuoso pianist Dr. John O’Conor of the Royal Irish Academy of Music with J. Walter Corcoran and Council-member Joe Corcoran (no relation) of Merrill Lynch.
2007 St Patrick's New York Luncheon
Lucy and Joe Lopez with Sheila Colbert and Bill Colbert of Tommy Moloney’s Meats which was a sponsor of the lunch.

2007 St Patrick's New York Luncheon
Council Director Tom Ryan with Ambassador Consul General Tim O’Connor, Ita O’Sullivan and Tom Slattery.
2007 St Patrick's New York Luncheon
Tom Goodwin joined ESPN’s soccer announcer Tommy Smyth and his wife Treasa.

2007 St Patrick's New York Luncheon
Minister Mary Coughlan seated with Council Vice President John Nallen of News Corporation.

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