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St. Patrick's Luncheon in New York

St. Patrick's Day in New York is a special celebration. And, this year the Council held its annual St. Patrick's Luncheon on Friday, March 14 at our traditional Manhattan venue of The Metropolitan Club.

Council President Michael J. Gibbons welcomed the members and guests of the Council at a full luncheon gathering in New York.

The Guest of Honor at the luncheon was Mary Hanafin, Ireland's Minister for Social & Family Affairs who brought greetings from Ireland. The Minister spoke eloquently of the historic and deep links between America and Ireland.

The entertainment performance for the occasion featured the exceptional talents of Celtic Thunder, the all-male Irish entertainment group that has enjoyed such great success in America this year at concert venues throughout the country and on national PBS network television.

The audience at the event included this year's Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York, Tommy Smyth and this year's Rose of Tralee, the New York Rose, Lisa Murtagh.

The date for the 2009 St. Patrick's Luncheon in New York next year has been set by the Council for Monday, March 16, 2009.



The voice of soccer on ESPN, Tommy Smyth was this year’s Grand Marshal of the Parade. He attended the Council lunch with his wife Treasa (left)
and Council-member Barbara O’Neill was on hand to offer congratulations.
The voice of soccer on ESPN, Tommy Smyth was this year’s Grand Marshal of the Parade. He attended the Council lunch with his wife Treasa (left) and Council-member Barbara O’Neill was on hand to offer congratulations.
Council Director Tom Ryan (left) with Council members John Fitzsimons and Dr. John Lahey, President of Quinnipiac College.
Council Director Tom Ryan (left) with Council members John Fitzsimons and Dr. John Lahey, President of Quinnipiac College.


This year’s Rose of Tralee, New York Rose Lisa Murtagh, has been busy with engagements worldwide, including the Council’s Lunch where she was seen with Joe Byrne, Executive Vice President of Tourism Ireland in the U.S.
This year’s Rose of Tralee, New York Rose Lisa Murtagh, has been busy with engagements worldwide, including the Council’s Lunch where she was seen with Joe Byrne, Executive Vice President of Tourism Ireland in the U.S.
Concern Worldwide founder Fr. Aengus Finucane with colleague Siobhan Walsh and Ireland’s Ambassador Consul General in New York Niall
Burgess.
Concern Worldwide founder Fr. Aengus Finucane with colleague Siobhan Walsh and Ireland’s Ambassador Consul General in New York Niall Burgess.


Ireland’s Minister for Social & Family Affairs, Mary Hanafin, TD with Council President Mike Gibbons.
Ireland’s Minister for Social & Family Affairs, Mary Hanafin, TD with Council President Mike Gibbons.
Margaret Ritchie, MLA, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Social Development with long-time Council supporter Timmy Dooley, TD, who was elected last year as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (Member of Ireland’s Parliament) for Clare.
Margaret Ritchie, MLA, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Social Development with long-time Council supporter Timmy Dooley, TD, who was elected last year as a Fianna Fáil Teachta Dála (Member of Ireland’s Parliament) for Clare.


Council supporters all – Diarmuid Hogan, UCD Business School’s Tony Condon and Ireland’s best-known hotelier in America, John Fitzpatrick.
Council supporters all – Diarmuid Hogan, UCD Business School’s Tony Condon and Ireland’s best-known hotelier in America, John Fitzpatrick.
Council President-Elect Dennis Swanson gets his cookbook signed by the author, Rachel Allen.
Council President-Elect Dennis Swanson gets his cookbook signed by the author, Rachel Allen.


Tourism Ireland’s Joan Bolger and Ruth Moran with the Celtic Thunder ensemble.
Tourism Ireland’s Joan Bolger and Ruth Moran with the Celtic Thunder ensemble.


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