Hi everyone

First, many thanks to Seamus Mc Daid for again assisting Failte 32 and the Irish community by offering a trial job placement to a young Irish lady who is now happily learning the ropes of the construction industry in NY. Each and every one of these job placements makes a huge difference in the lives of those who are trying to find their way in a new land. Support like this is invaluable!


Below are some recent communications we received from the Irish community at home and stateside:

Hi Failte 32,

My name is Daragh Slacke. I play music in a band called Whiskey You’re
The Divil. We’re based in Cavan, Ireland and we specialize in Irish
ballads and jigs and reels.  We have played all over the world, from
Europe to Australia, South America, Sub-Sahara Africa and beyond. This
year we are planning an excursion to New York for St Patrick’s Day
with the group (incl 1 Irish dancer). I am inquiring if you could help
us out in any way as regards gig bookings and contacts for our
expedition or even helping us promote our shows.

We’re currently in negotiation with Mr O’Lunney from O’Lunney’s Bar in
Times Square regarding some dates.  We would greatly appreciate if you
kept us in mind for any concerts or afternoon ‘ceillis’ you might be
planning for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Below is a short bio,
links to live performances and a link to our album on Sound Cloud.

The band will be in New York from 10th-20th of March and are working
on securing shows for these dates. Any help/advice you could provide
us on our trip would be greatly appreciated.

Yours Sincerely

‘Go raibh mile maith agat.’

Daragh Slacke


[email protected]

Whiskey You’re The Divil are a traditional Irish Balladeer group based
in Cavan, Ireland and we specialize in craic, jigs, reels and Irish
ballads.  We have played all over the world, from Europe to Australia,
South America, Sub-Sahara Africa and beyond. The band is a five piece
consiting of Aodhan McBrenn on guitar/vocals, Daragh Slacke on
Mandolin, Peter Sheridan on Guitar/Mandolin, Stevie O’Brien on Uileann
pipes and Alan D’Arcy on Bodhran/Cajon. The band will be travelling to
New York for St.Patricks Day 2013.

Song: Kitty lie over


Song: The holy ground


Album: Whiskey you’re the Divil




We are still receiving requests from residents out in the Rockaways for help with the rebuilding of their homes after hurricaneSandy. If any qualified trades people (carpenters, plumbers, painters, etc) are available to help for a day or two, please call us at914-237-5121 or e-mail me. A few days of your time would mean so much to these people after all they have had to endure over the past 3 months. Don’t forget next weekend is President’s Day Weekend so you will have an extra day available to lend a hand!


Attached is a picture that used to be somebody’s kitchen and is a typical example of what so many homes look like in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. Like so many others, the people who own this home and pay a mortgage on it, have not been able to live there since October. They have been forced to pay rent as well as their mortgage while their home is being rebuilt. The trouble is they have run out of money to complete the work needed to make their home livable once again, and are pleading for volunteer help.


Meanwhile we are funding on a number of projects out in the Rockaways and will update you in due course.




Órla Kelleher, Executive Director

Aisling Irish Community Center

990 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY 10704


914-237-5121 or 914-237-7121






Great news below from Miriam Nyhan, of New York University. The Fifth Province showcases the history of the County Societies in New York. The idea evolved from meetings between the former Consul General of Ireland in New York, Niall Burgess and the President’s of the Various County Societies in New York, represented by former President of the United Irish Counties Association of New York, Joe McManus. The Fifth Province is an exhibition by New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House & Archives of Irish America, created in partnership with the United Irish Counties Association of New York with funding from the Government of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme

Why not plan a visit to Ireland during this time and pay a visit to this historical exhibition, and avail of all the other wonderful events that will be taking place as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013 (www.thegatheringireland.com). Aer Lingus will be offering great deals on airfares during this time, and there’s no place as magical as Ireland particularly during the Summer, with its lush green pastures, friendly locals and timeless traditions. There are beaches in Ireland more beautiful than those you will see anywhere else in the world, for example the Silver Strand in Co.Mayo, called the Silver Strand because when you see it from afar, it sparkles like silver, and is so unspoiled because rarely does a soul step foot on it’s soft sand. Come see where the Quiet Man and The Field were made. Part of the movie Brave Heart was was filmed on location in Ireland. See some of the most breathtaking landscapes and views that look like they’re right out of The Hobbit. 

Aside from our great tourist attractions, Ireland also has so many secrets to reveal off the beaten track, secrets that can only be revealed when you’re inhaling into your lungs the natural pure fresh Irish air that is said to give you everlasting life (don’t quote me on that! :D) . So why not broaden your horizons this year and explore Ireland’s mysteries, myths, legends…and leprechauns!



Hello friends,

I received word in recent days, finally, that The Fifth Province exhibit will open at the National Library in Dublin on 4 July 2013. I have to yet confirm the close date but it is probably safe to assume it will close around the end of August.
Today, I also got the good news that The Linen Hall, Belfast would like to host it for the summer of 2014.
Let the tour begin!
Thanks for your support.
Miriam (& Marion)

Miriam Nyhan Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Glucksman Ireland House
New York University
One Washington Mews
New York
NY 10003
Tel.: 212.998.3953
Email: [email protected]



Dear Friends
The Donegal Association of New York, is pleased to announce our  Annual Dinner Dance will be held on Friday, March 8th 2013, at Antun’s, located at 96-43 Springfield Boulevard, Queens Village, NY 11429. This year’s festive occasion will begin with a cocktail hour from 7pm to 8pm, followed by dinner and dancing from 8:00 pm to midnight to the music of Tommy Clyne & Rumor Has It. Tickets for the evening are $80.00 per person or a table of ten for $800.00.
We are pleased to announce that our “Donegal Person of The Year” will be John Keeney. John hails from Ardara, Donegal. He emigrated to America with his wife Kathleen in 1965. John has been a proud member of the Donegal Association since 1968.  He has also been a long time  supporter of the Donegal NY Football Club. We are honoring him tonight for his 35 years of faithful membership.
The Willie Joe Cunningham Award this year will be presented to Longford Native, Liz Kenny.  Liz emigrated to New York in 1987 and since then has been an actively involved in the Irish community. She is a member of the IBO (Irish Business Organization), past employee of the The New York Irish Center in Long Island City, and a volunteer in a multitude of projects and fundraiser’s, including her latest help with the victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways. Liz is very well known in the Irish and Irish American community and a very deserving recipient.
And lastly, the Annual Achievement Award nominee will be announced at the dance. It will be a very exciting surprise for the recipient.  Please join us as we honor all these outstanding individuals for their admirable accomplishments. They are all very gracious and deserving.
Please book your table as soon as possible, as they are assigned on a first come first served basis. Admission is paid by ticket only. There will be a very limited number of tickets available at the door. This will allow the committee to enjoy the evening as well. Please call (718) 326-1854  to reserve by February 10th.
In conjunction with this event, we will be producing a souvenir journal.  A journal contract is attached for your use and should be returned by Wednesday, February 20th, 2013. Do not be left out, put your name in the book!
We hope you will support us and help to make this special night a success by attending the dinner dance and/or advertising in our journal.
Katie Barrett
Dance Chairperson
(917) 915 6344
Save the date!

County Leitrim Society of New York

118th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance

Friday 8 March 2013



96-43 Springfield Boulevard

Queens Village, New York 11429


Deluxe cocktail hour 8:00pm

Dinner and Dancing 9:00pm to 1:00am


Guest of Honor

Mr. Noel Kilkenny

Consul General of Ireland in New York


Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Donal O’Connell

Native of Kescarrigan, County Leitrim



New York Showband


Tickets $85.00


Tony Gormley, President

Helen Lavin, Dance Chairperson



Bernadette Dunleavy

238 Blackford Avenue

Yonkers, New York 10704

(914) 803-0255

Sharon Brady (914) 963-8729


Souvenir Journal

Pat Murray (718) 729-6234

Mike Dillon (845) 735-6927


Full details attached. Journal contract deadline February 22nd.

Save the date!

County Cork B .P. & P. Association of NY

      129th St. Patrick’s Banquet

       Saturday 2 March 2013



96-43 Springfield Boulevard

Queens Village, New York 11429


Cocktail hour 7:00pm

Dinner and Dancing 8:00pm to 12:00am


Cork Man of the Year

Timothy Hegarty


Cork Woman of the Year

Deirdre O’Hea


“Frank Carvill Distinguished Service Award” Recipient

David Cahill



New York Showband


Tickets $85.00


Denis McCarthy


(917) 309-7409


Dan McCarthy

Dance Chairperson

(516) 398-6207




Mary Hurley

(917) 886-4196

[email protected]


Helen Peare

(732) 259-6123

[email protected]


Mary Waters

(718) 899-6776


Souvenir Journal

 Timothy Murphy

64-56 60th Avenue

Maspeth, NY 11378

(718) -578-8761


Gary Power

230 East 88th Street – Apt 14D

New York, N.Y. 10128



e-Mail: corkjournal@optonline.net




Full details attached.


Dear Friend

As you all know, The Mayo Society of New York will pay tribute to two outstanding Mayo people at our society’s 134th Annual St. Patrick’s Ball on March 09, 2013. Annette Doyle will be honored as Mayo Woman of the Year and George Gibbons. as Mayo Man of the Year. This event will take place at Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd, Queens Village, NY. Cocktails are at 7.00pm followed by dinner and dancing at 8.00pm. Tommy Flynn and the New York Showband will provide the music for this evening’s celebrations.


Annette Doyle hails from the picturesque village of Faulmore, near Blacksod, Co. Mayo, Ireland’s most westerly location. A summer vacation to NY in 1988 introduced Annette to“the city that never sleeps” and as a consequence neither did she for a few years. In those early years she worked as a waitress at The Old Stand and The Kinsale Tavern, moved to Springfield, Massachusetts in 1990, and was encouraged to return to college. She earned her B.A. degree in Sociology and Psychology at Queens College, CUNY and is graduating with her Masters in Education next semester. Annette met her husband John in 1994, was married in 1998 and is blessed with three boys. She now runs JMR Distributors, a beverage distribution company, with her husband John. Annette gives generously of her time as a volunteer with Learning Leaders, a nonprofit organization that recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers who provide one-on-one and small group instructional support to students in New York City public schools. She is an active member of the Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football and Hurling Club and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, participating in activities to serve and honor our veterans.

George Gibbons, native to quaint Mayo village of Cong, renowned for fishing, its connections to the Guinness family, Ashford Castle, and the “The Quiet Man”. In his early 20’s, George took his first holiday to America and it was love at first sight.  He worked various jobs but found his real passion for bartending, which allowed him to interact with people on a more social level. George’s claim to fame is “Big George of “The Poitin Still” from1970-1990. George’s innate passion lies in his love of Irish Country music, connecting with those at home through his loyalty to his local Mayo station of Mid-West Radio. He’s a fan favorite as he steps up to the microphone with his Western charm and Irish tunes. In the early 1970’s, George met the love of his life, Mary Boyle from Monaghan. They were married in 1973 and blessed with six children. In the late 1990’s, George and Mary obtained jobs at Fashion Industries High School, where George still currently works as The Attendance Coordinator. George’s infectious smile and his carefree attitude will always greet you whether in the family bar “Gibbon’s Home”, community event or a trip to Ireland .

Tickets are $85 per person or a table of ten for $850. For reservations, please contact Rita Lydon Lenz, 516-221-4834 and Mary Coyne, 917-282-5538. A journal agreement is enclosed for your kind consideration. The deadline for journal ads is Monday, February 25, 2013. For additional information, please contact Journal Co-Chairs: Mary Lydon at 718-728-7924 or Terry Reilly at 669-2906. Email address: [email protected]

Kind Regards


Upcoming Events February-March-April 2013
Here are just some of the fun events where you will find Niall O’Leary and dancers from the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance in the coming months!
If you have any other ideas for a performance or know anywhere else looking for an Irish dance performance, please let us know and please introduce us!
1. Thursday February 7: 10.30pm-1am
Irish Culture Night with Niall O’Leary and Fiddler / Accordionist Tom Dunne
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar 519 2nd Avenue & 29th St. Manhattan
2. Thursday February 14: 10.30pm-1am
Irish Culture Night with Niall O’Leary and Fiddler / Singer Liz Hanley
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar 519 2nd Avenue & 29th St. Manhattan
3. Thursday February 21: 10.30pm-1am
Irish Culture Night with Niall O’Leary and Fiddler / Keyboardist Niall Mulligan
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar 519 2nd Avenue & 29th St. Manhattan
4. Wednesday February 27: 7.30pm-11pm
‘Hop Year Irish Evening’
An informal Evening of Irish Music and Dance with lots of HOPPING!
Live Music by Niall O’Leary, master percussionist / singer Brian Fleming and guests
P.D. O’Hurley’s, 250 West 72nd Street, Between Broadway and West End Ave., Manhattan
5. Thursday February 28: 10.30pm-1am
Irish Culture Night with Niall O’Leary and master percussionist / singer Brian Fleming!
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar 519 2nd Avenue & 29th St. Manhattan
6. Saturday March 2: 11pm-2am
Percussive Jam Night with Niall O’Leary, master percussionist / singer from Ireland  Brian Flemingand guests!
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar 519 2nd Avenue & 29th St. Manhattan
7. Thursday March 7: 10.30pm-1am
Irish Culture Night with Niall O’Leary and guests
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar 519 2nd Avenue & 29th St. Manhattan
8. Thursday March 14: 10.30pm-1am
Irish Culture Night 
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar 519 2nd Avenue & 29th St. Manhattan
9. Saturday March 16: 12noon-4pm
The 252nd New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 5th Ave., Manhattan
Look out for our dancers in the Parade, right behind the Irish Business Organization www.ibo-ny.com
10. Saturday March 16: 4.30pm-6pm
Sober St. Patrick’s Day: A celebration for all ages with no alcohol present!
Regis High School, 60 East 85th Street (between Park and Madison), Manhattan
11. Saturday March 16: 8pm-10.30pm
Celtic Applachia Concert at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway  New York, NY 10025 (at 95th Street) Manhattan
featuring dancing by Niall O’Leary and Parker Hall

An all-star cast led by Mick Moloney. celebrating Celtic culture, with special guests from Britanny.

www.irishartscenter.org for tickets and details

12. Sunday March 17: 8.15am-9.45am
Irish Dance Performance at the New York City Half Marathon
West side of West Side Highway @ 42nd Street, Manhattan

We will create a constant high energy atmosphere as the runners are coming through the location! Live Music!

13. Thursday March 21: 10.30pm-1am
Irish Culture Night with Niall O’Leary and Guests!
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar 519 2nd Avenue & 29th St. Manhattan
14. Sunday March 24: 3pm-4.30pm
Irish Dance Concert featuring ‘The Waves of Ballybunion’: The Dance Drama for the World Irish Dancing Championships 2013 by the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance
*Only New York City Performance*
also featuring performances by Niall O’Leary and dancers from the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance
Theatre 80, 80 St. Mark’s Place between 1st and 2nd Aves., Manhattan

Cover: $10: seating limited: please confirm your attendance by replying to this email, including no. of tickets

Doors Open 2.30pm

Performance time: 3pm-4.15pm

Event Over: 4.30pm

15. Wednesday March 27: 7.30pm-11pm
‘Irish Music & Dance Evening: Post-Paddy’s-Day-Party’
An informal Evening of Irish Music and Dance with Niall O’Leary and guests
P.D. O’Hurley’s, 250 West 72nd Street, Between Broadway and West End Ave., Manhattan
16. Thursday March 28: 10.30pm-1am
Irish Culture Night with Niall O’Leary and guests
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar 519 2nd Avenue & 29th St. Manhattan
17. Friday March 29: 8pm-11pm
World Irish Dance Championships Dance Drama
Hynes Convention Center Boston MA
18. Thursday April 4: 10.30pm-1am
Irish Culture Night with Niall O’Leary and guests
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar 519 2nd Avenue & 29th St. Manhattan
19. Thursday April 11: 10.30pm-1am
Irish Culture Night with Niall O’Leary and guests
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar 519 2nd Avenue & 29th St. Manhattan
20. Saturday April 13: 8.30am-11am
Concern Spring Run
Central Park at 102nd Street, Manhattan
This is NOT a dance performance, it’s a charity Run / Walk!
The Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance is entering a team!

To register as a runner or walker or to donate, cut and paste this link:


Click on ‘Register’, click ‘join a team’ and scroll down to ‘Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance’ and you’re up and running! Or click on or ‘Donate’, type in Niall O’Leary

21. Sunday May 5: 1pm-8pm
New York City Irish Dance Festival, presented by the Irish Arts Center
Pier I at West 70th Street, Manhattan
Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance perform at 1pm-1.15pm
Niall O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe perform around 5pm
You will get a separate email about this event in April!
Hope to see you soon!
Niall O’Leary Irish Dance
Niall O’Leary Architecture
212 726 1602
917 696-9665 cell
(Please note: [email protected] is no longer in use)


Origin Theatre Company
Artistic Director George C. Heslin
Donate Now
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Board of Directors

Enrico Ciotti, Cassie S Farrelly (Chair), Tina Santi Flaherty, Brendan Gilmartin, Janice Gormley, George C Heslin, Kate Kennon,  Gregory Moore, Sean Noonan, Aisling Reidy and Antonia Reilly

Advisory Board

Eva Brune, Robert Dunn, Sharon Fogarty,Sheenagh Gillen,John Lyons, Colette Morris and Aisling Ryan

George C Heslin
Artistic Director
Origin Theatre Company



Please see an important message from Dr. Christine O’Leary (niece to the late Sr. Michele) concerning Hemochromatosis.


Please forward as you see fit.





James J. Lamb

Honorary Consul of Ireland



Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh


Suite 1207 Investment Building

239 Fourth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222




United Way Campaign of Southwestern Pennsylvania: 4534

Combined Federal Campaign: 12438
Local Federal Campaign: 9016







From: Christine O’Leary [mailto:Christine.O’Leary@jefferson.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2013 4:37 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Attention: Jim Lamb


Dear Jim,


I am Michele O’Leary’s niece, Christine. I hope this e-mail finds you well.


I want to pass along some information to you and the Ireland Institute.


Last year I began volunteering with the Iron Disorders Institute (http://www.irondisorders.org/) to raise awareness about hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis is genetic, highly prevalent in the Irish, and it was the cause of my dad’s premature death; it has even been linked to liver cancer, but I am not certain if it was the cause with Sr. Michele.


Attached is a pamphlet (plus standard handout) I created and distributed at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Pittsburgh last year.  I want to be sure the Ireland Institute has it as well.  I am not asking you to distribute it, I am asking that you be sure to be screened annually for hemochromatosis and pass the word along (should you decide to pass the pamphlet along to someone…all the better).  Screening for hemochromatosis does not require genetic testing, it simply requires certain iron levels be checked (it is painless, trust me!)


Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


I hope all is well in Pittsburgh and I hope to see you at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade again this year.


God bless,




Christine M. O’Leary, Pharm.D., BCPS

Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmacy Practice

Jefferson School of Pharmacy

Thomas Jefferson University

901 Walnut St., Suite 901, Room 937

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-503-3101

Fax: 215-503-9052




A poem from my 15 year old niece on her recent visit to the USA. This will be her first ‘published’ work…

                        Florida                            6th Feb 2013

I’m so amazed by sights I’ve never seen before

The blazing, hot, molten sun heating me to the core

The smell of sun cream and the salty tropic sea

I’m so happy to be here, I’m happy as could be


A county full of theme parks with shops and sights abound

An infamous orange on a number plate is on every car around

Sun tanned skin and tattoos on every local’s arm

I admit the shabby, stucco houses even hold a sunny charm


Feeling kind of woozy after so many bumpy rides

I would swear I was having a meltdown within my insides

I really don’t want to leave since it’s always summer here

And I know that once I’m back in Ireland there’ll be rainy skies that’ll make tear


© Dorothy Landers




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Kind regards

Failte 32 Committee

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