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21/03/2017 - Donegal well represented at St Patrick’s Day parade in New York

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Chief Executive Seamus Neely, Cathaoirleach Cllr Terence Slowey, Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Barry O' Neill and with Lt. John Mc Candless 28 Infantry Battalion Army Reserve and Council employee at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York

 

Representing Donegal County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey, Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr. Barry O’Neill and Chief Executive Seamus Neely attended the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York with the Donegal Association.

 

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Pictured at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York are lead parade members of the Donegal Association who led a large delegation in the parade including Evelyn McBride (President), Rosina Gallagher, Sean McGovern, Joe Donagher, Keelan McLaughlin and Lawerence McGrath

 

The Donegal Association led a large Donegal delegation in the one of the largest St. Patrick;s Day parades in the world and among those representing Donegal was Miklas Rory Farkas who is a direct descendant of Rory O'Donnell who in 1607 along with Ulster Chieftain Hugh O'Neill led the Flight of the Earls. Miklas O'Donnell’s ancestors finally settled in Hungary with his parents moving to New York in 1956.  Miklas took part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York along with the Donegal Association. 

 

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Miklas Rory Farkas direct descendant of Rory O'Donnell taking part in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York 

 

The Donegal delegation also had the honour of meeting Kay Hathaway mother of well known Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway.  Kay Hathaway has strong Donegal connections. 

 

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The Hathaway connection - Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey & Neil Crossan from Letterkenny with Kay Hathaway (mother of actress Anne Hathaway) and Seamus Neely pictured following the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York

 

While in New York the delegation also attended the launch of the 40th anniversary of the Mary from Dungloe Festival.  

 

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Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey and Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr. Barry O'Neill with members of the Donegal Association of New York at the launch of the 40th anniversary of the Mary from Dungloe Festival

 

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey paid tribute to the Donegal Association in New York for their dedication in keeping the huge Donegal community in New York together and being always there to help and support the Donegal and Irish community in New York when required. Cllr. Slowey added that the support from the Donegal Association in New York for the Mary from Dungloe Festival was invaluable and much appreciated by the people of Dungloe. 

 

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Pictured at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York is Donegal Association New York Person of the Year, Joe Donagher with Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr. Barry O’Neill

 

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Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey making a presentation to Tracy McNulty, originally from Stranorlar, for her continued dedication and service to the Donegal Association in New York at a special event hosted by the Donegal Association in New York to mark this year’s St. Patricks Day celebrations.

 

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Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr. Barry O'Neill making presentation to brothers Sean and Michael McGovern originally from Ballyshannon in recognition of their long standing commitment to the Donegal Association in New York

 

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Minister Joe McHugh and Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Sweeney with Katie Barrett originally from Gweedore and chairperson of the 32 County Committee, following the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York. 

 

 

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