Donegal Association of NY




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Meetings - Second Friday of Every Month @ 8 pm
(Except June, July, & August

New York Irish Center

10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101


The Donegal Association’s 121st annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance was held on Sunday, March 5th, 2017, at Antun’s in Queens Village.  We were excited to honor two exceptional Donegal businessmen: Joseph Donagher, our 2017 Donegal Man of the Year and Keelan McLaughlin, the 2017 recipient of the Willie Joe Cunningham Memorial Award... MORE

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(That’s The Story)

A monthly column by:

John Doherty

From the President’s Desk

May, 2017

A Chairde,

I don’t have much news this month as things have quietened down and we can all look forward to a nice long summer with plenty of sunshine, beach days, barbecues, vacations and on and on it goes!!! 

Instead of the table quiz we were planning, we’ve decided to do something different and have a “Night at the Races” as a fundraiser in October – something new and exciting for us!!  We will have more details closer to the time.

You can still register for the Pieta House Darkness into Light 5K walk/run which takes place at dawn this Saturday May 6th in Gaelic Park, Bronx and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens at

The following book, written by Brid Ward was launched in Inver Co. Donegal last month:

“ Voices from South-West Donegal is a collection of over one hundred letters and stories that teem with the lives of Irish men, women and children: in 1918 one writer expresses her sorrow at the death of her brother on the Front Line and her personal experience of the influenza epidemic that claimed millions of lives; another contributor writes of the heyday of the Drumbeg Hotel, which boasted politicians, entertainers and, it is rumored, royalty among its guests.

The memories of people from Killybegs, Bruckless, Dunkineely, Inver, Frosses, Mountcharles and Donegal Town provide a treasured insight into lives past and present. ‘The Diaspora’ for example opens a window to the world of those who left Ireland and those who stayed behind. A diverse selection of letters reminds us of the joys and trials of growing up. ‘The Santa Letters’ and ‘The School Letters’ tell of the children’s hopes and dreams. Other little treasures are compiled in the ‘Miscellany’ section and throughout the book there is a selection of photographs to peruse.”  Books can be purchased directly from the author by contacting or you can pick up a copy in the local bookstores if you visit Donegal!!

Our last meeting of the season takes place on Friday, May 12th at the NY Irish Center at 8pm in Long Island City.  I hope to see you all there!!

I want to wish all the moms a Happy Mother’s Day on the 14th and all the dads a Happy Father’s Day in June.  Enjoy the summer and be safe!!

Till next time….


Evelyn McBride,



(April, 2017)

Visits Since February 12, 2017

“May your home be too small to hold all your friends”

                                                                                              -Old Irish Toast

“Is ait an mac an saol.”

( Iss     att     on    moc      an      sayol.)

“Life is strange.”

                      - Old Irish-Gaelic saying

Donegal Firefighters

Donegal Firefighters presented us with a Spinning Wheel at Pier A on Sunday March 10th. The Spinning Wheels are created by Johnny Shiels and are available here: