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



(That’s The Story)

A monthly column by:

John Doherty

From the President’s Desk

December, 2017

A Chairde,

The Christmas season is upon us yet again and the New Year is just around the corner.  One of my New Year’s resolutions will be to try to get this letter out on time each month – I’m telling myself “good luck with that one”!

Our annual dinner dance will take place in Antun’s, Queens Village on Sunday March 4th, 2018. I’m happy to announce our Donegal Person of the Year is Gweedore native Katie Barrett, President of the United Irish Counties and Past President of the Donegal Association.  The Willie Joe Cunningham Award recipient is Gerry McGwyne, a native of Co Sligo, proprietor of O’Flanagans Bar and Restaurant and other establishments and a good friend to the Donegal Association!!  More information to follow.

The United Irish Counties’ 114th Annual Dinner Dance will be held on Friday, January 26th, at Antun's, beginning with a deluxe cocktail hour at 7:30pm followed by dinner and dancing to the music of the Rumor Has It from 8:30pm to 12:30am.  Gael of the Year is Mr. Sean Downes, Esq., a native of Bayside, Queens.  Founder of a firm concentrating in personal injury law, Sean also offers counsel on Irish and Irish American affairs, and has helped numerous Irish with immigration issues and U.S. citizenship.  The recipient of this year’s Rose Cosgrove Distinguished Service Award is Mr. Joseph

“Joe” McManus, a delegate from the County Leitrim Society of New York.  A native of Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim, Joe is a past president of the Leitrim Society and the UICANY.  

We will have a visitor from Co Tyrone, Brendan Foley, at next week’s meeting.  He will be bringing some samples of his work, maps and calendars featuring Donegal, the Wild Atlantic Way and other parts of Ireland. Stop by to say hello to Brendan and check out his work.

A big shout out to Anthony McGrath, Fordham Prep senior, who started an emergency blanket drive for the homeless in New York City and partnered with Aisling Irish Community Center’s Homeless Feeding Program.  The response to his appeal has been overwhelming with over 3,000 Mylar Space Thermal Blankets donated so far.  Anthony is the son of Laurence McGrath, President of the NY GAA. What an inspiring young man!

Something for your Santa list – a new book on West Donegal in the aftermath of the Famine by Brendan MacSuibhne, “The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland”.  You can check it out on Google Books

Our condolences to Nora Devaney whose brother-in-law Patrick Flynn passed away last week.  Also please keep the parents of Noel Moloney (past Donegal Association Honoree) in your prayers, they are both very ill.

Our next meeting will be on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the New York Irish Center (10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101) at 8pm sharp.  Don’t forget to check our website and Facebook for news and updates.

Nollaig Shona daoibh go leir.


Evelyn McBride,


Meán Fómhair, 2017

September, 2017

Visits Since February 12, 2017

“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
May good luck pursue you each morning and night”

Old Irish Toast

“Filleann an feall ar an bhfeallaire”.

(Fill-en      an     fyal    er   on   vee-yowl-er-eh)

“The bad deed returns on the bad-deed doer”

                  - 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: