Greetings from the President
The County Roscommon Society of New York, Inc. brings together people with Roscommon heritage. The Society was organized July 16, 1931 and led by its first President Andrew Trimble. Today our organization is strong and active as we continue to promote and foster our Irish culture and traditions in the New York and surrounding areas. Our organization also provides our members with an opportunity to keep in touch with old friends as well as keeping current on events in County Roscommon.
Dear Members & Friends:
Thank you to the staff of Michael's Roscommon House, 531 Joralemon St, Belleville, NJ for hosting our February meeting.
We had a wonderful St. Patrick’s week celebration. The blustery wind that whipped our banner as it led the huge Roscommon contingent up Fifth Ave., could not deter the spirit or the enthusiasm of the marchers. Like the refurbished banner, there was a brightness and splendor in our foray, led by the Castlerea Brass and Reed band and followed by the Roscommon Solstice choir. The upcoming celebrations were heralded in. The Band played standards like The Connacht Ranger and the choir sang songs, including Ireland’s Call, which added to the excitement of Ireland’s rugby team winning the grand slam on the day. The cheers from the spectators were rapturous. Energized we continued the celebrations in Astoria, where John and Ann Kenny hosted all who arrived to dinner and entertainment in Sissy’s McGinty’s bar.
As testimony to the respect they garner among their peers, Dank Connor and Danny Burke saw over 250 people in attendance at the dinner dance on the Sunday following the parade. Presenting both with signed New York GAA jersey’s, was a fitting tribute to men who have been standards in the GAA community. The numerous accolades that were bestowed upon them, and the enthusiastic applause that greeted their introduction, led by the band, was well received by both. It was an honor to have representatives from Roscommon County Council present who joined us in the parade and at the dance. The solstice choir, in conclusion, treated us to a beautiful rendition of the song “Land of the O Connor”. It was very fitting as one of our honorees Dank Connor hails from Roscommon.
Sincere thanks to everybody that marched in the parade and attended the dance honoring Dank Connor and Danny Burke. To the people who transported the banners to the parade. To the men and women who carried our banner and flags in the parade. To the people who transported the banner home, stored it for the night and brought it to the dance the following day and set it up. To the people who helped with the journal and dance. The ladies that sold the raffle tickets. To the people that donated prizes for the raffles. To the people that helped with arrangements for the choir at the Irish American Center in Mineola and made tons of sandwiches and cakes. The people that attended the Mineola Parade and the Bayside parade, helped set up, take down and transport the banners – THANK YOU. All of you were tremendous. Without the team effort involved any of this wouldn’t have happened. There were some tense moments along the way, but there were more cheers than tears. The sense of humor cannot be beat, some of you should be on stage.
Next year will be our 90th Anniversary. One of the things we would like to do is create a history of the Society. Some of you will have fond memories of the early days. We would appreciate your writing as much as you can about your memories and involvement. You can hand write it if you wish and send to me. I’ll take it from there.
The above picture was provided courtesy of Msgr. Flanagan. It’s the presentation of the Roscommon Society of New York new banner in 1960. In the picture are: Jim Noone, President and Mrs. Noone, Bill Carlos, Pat Drury, Andrew Trimble and Mrs. Trimble, Collins Healy and Msgr. Kevin Flanagan. If you can identify anybody else please let me know.
Last call for membership. Dues can also be paid via Paypal by clicking here. Of course, you can pay by cash, check or money order. Please mail your membership payment to: William Montgomery, Roscommon Society, 16-49 212 Street, Bayside, NY 11360.
Please remember in your prayers the following who have passed away:
Bernard McGarry, son of past president, Eamon McGarry. William (Bill) Connors, son-in-law of our honoree Dank Connor and brother-in-law of our past president Kevin P. O’Connor. Beatrice Connolly, mother of Anne Kenny and mother-in-law of our Treasurer, John Kenny and Kathleen McDonnell, sister of past president Stephen Groarke.
Please also pray for the speedy recovery of Mary Scally-O’Brien our Corresponding Secretary who recently underwent heart surgery. Mary is doing well and no doubt she will be back with us soon.
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The following is a list of the Committee for 2018:
Chaplain Msgr. Kevin Flanagan
President Mary C. Montgomery
Vice President Bernie Sharkey
Treasurer John Kenny
Recording Secretary Geraldine O’Brien- Massey
Financial Secretary William F. Montgomery
Corresponding Secretary Mary Scally O’Brien
Sergeant-At-Arms Martin Dowd
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Sunday, April 29th, 2018
25-67 Steinway Street
Effective May, 2016, meetings will take place on the Third Sunday of each month, excluding July and August.
Where: Location to be determined.
Time: 2:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.
Welcome new members:
Michael Byrne, Noel G. Byrne, Michael Morris, Aiden Smyth, Ann Flynn, John Cox, and Patrick Garvey.