Cavan P & B Association of New York, Inc. Founded 1848

 Address: The New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101

Website: Facebook: Cavan P & B Association of New York, Inc. Twitter: @CavanNYC



Cavan P & B Association of New York, Inc. Founded 1848

Address: The New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101

Website: Facebook: Cavan P & B Association of New York, Inc. Twitter: @CavanNYC


Newsletter, April, 2016


Dia agus Cáisc shona deireanach  daoibh baill go léir!

(Hello and Belated Happy Easter to all our members!),

If you would like to contribute an article ……, to the May 2016 newsletter, please contact Kieran de Lacy via mobile, 917-751-2919, or email,, on or before May 6th, to ensure that it will be included.

Our next meeting …… will take place on Friday, April 8th, 7:30 pm, at The New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101. We hope that you, and anyone who might be interested in becoming a member, will be able to attend and participate.

At our March meeting …… we were delighted to add a new member to the Association and that was Mr. Peter Christopher Tully, known as Chris to us, and who recently got married to Mairead Tully – our sources indicate that they have the cure of the whooping cough, due to having the same surname.  We welcome Chris, who is council President for the borough of Bergenfield, and hope that he can join us for some of our events throughout the year.

 A reminder for the dues ……, which for 2016 is $25 per member and we always try to collect before April.  You can send your checks, payable to the Cavan P & B Association of NY, Inc., to Mr. L. Brendan Smith, 57-44 63rd St., Maspeth, NY 11378.  Thank you in advance because your dues are a key source of income for us!

Upcoming events include …… the 2016 Picnic, which was discussed at our March meeting. Enquiries were made for availability of Sunnyside Gardens Park, 48-21 39th Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104 in early June, and currently June 5th and 19th are available, but selection and confirmation has yet to be complete.  If you have any ideas on how to make it a fun and exciting day, please let us know …… the Catskills weekend break at The Shamrock House in July, with more information to follow. This event is organized by Vice-President John McGurrin, and as we have mentioned before, this is a weekend away from all the craziness of city life and a chance to slow back down.

What a week of entertainment, …… we had around St. Patrick’s day! For those of us who attended any of the three shows that the Cavan Rugby Club Male Choir put on, the common consensus was that they were fantastic, and as with any good show they went too fast! We were honored that they marched with us in our St. Patrick’s day parade, where they sang on the way up 5th Ave., plus at our party afterwards – we look forward to seeing them in NY again and hope they enjoyed themselves as much as we enjoyed listening to them. We carried that famous banner up 5th Ave. and we were not only blessed with the weather, but with the company of Paul Brady, the world champion handballer, Paddy Smith, Cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council, and Tommy Ryan, Chief Executive, Cavan County Council and his wife Ann. Unfortunately our President, Liam Moffatt was unable to march and also missed our Dinner Dance due to stomach sickness, but he was able to make the post-parade party – we are glad to say that Liam is feeling better since that.  Jimmy McGirr and Dr. James Lynch did a great job again by organizing and managing our presentation – thank you to all those who helped out in various capacities …… Once we got to the end of the parade, we marched on to the Unitarian Church of All Souls on Lexington, where our host, Mario, and his team gave us a great welcome. The venue was as good as Pat Coyle had claimed it to be, and we enjoyed a selection of food cooked by Elaine O’Shea and served out by Bernie and Ann.  As mentioned before, the Cavan Choir sang a few songs for us and the President presented Paul Brady with a sash with “Paul Brady 5 Time World Champion” wrote on it. Apart from that, there were two lads playing music on a laptop, namely Jimmy McGirr and Kieran de Lacy, who were asked to leave the premises – say nothing till you hear more! Thanks to everyone who came and we hope that you enjoyed yourself and we are booked for the Church next year, please God …… Along came Saturday night and we were all ready for our Dinner Dance in Riccardos. The first thing to say here is that this dance was an absolute credit to those few who were involved with organizing it and it is amazing what those few can do when they are the right few! We had our two couples who were been honored, Tommy and Bridget Maguire, and John and Mary O’Brien, looking like a million dollars and cheered on by family and friends. They were both presented with gifts to mark the occasion and Tommy spoke to show his appreciation. Frank Keegan and his band provided the music on the night and we even had some of the Cavan Choir sing a song or two. We had a great pamphlet and a lot of the credit for that has to go to our P.R.O., Veronica Cassidy-Barry. As part of the 1916 commemorations, the Irish Proclamation was read out. After some good food and chat, the night ended and we can say that it was one to remember, especially for those being honored. We have a lot of photos to share so they will be going onto our website, facebook and twitter pages soon!

As everyone is probably aware …… the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising (Éirí Amach na Cásca) is been commemorated this year, with the major events occurring on Sun., April 24th, the date when the rising took place.  One of those events that we were informed about is a memorial mass to be held at 2pm on April 24th at St.Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield.  At 4pm, a 100th Anniversary Easter Rising Committee will unveil a 1916 Easter Rising Monument in a ceremony taking place at the Gaelic American Club, with guest speaker and historian, Martin Galvin. Reception immediately following the unveiling at the GAC. Entertainment and light fare will be available at the GAC.

We may have a new Polo ground …… based on what we heard from Connie O’Reilly at our March meeting. Connie spoke to us about a project that is in the works to build a Cavan Center of Excellence, on one of four sites that has yet to be selected in the County. One of it’s intended purposes is to make it more convenient for our footballers, as they are currently sometimes using facilities outside the County. Connie provided drawings and documentation on the proposed project and a suggested name is “The Polo Grounds”, and he is going to be looking for our support with fundraising, similar to the support we offered during the trip by the footballers last year to NY, which he again thanked everyone for.  More details to follow as we get them.

We mentioned sharing our photos of the recent events …… ,which reminds us of a fact that our P.R.O., Veronica, observed after she posted a photo of Paul Brady on our Facebook page – 6000 people went to the page to check it out! So, that not only shows you the interest people have in Paul Brady, but that they chose to visit our page.  Thank you Veronica for all the effort you put in to keep our Facebook, Twitter and website, up to date.

Sin a bhfuil a chairde, agus go dti ár chéad nuachlitir eile, Slán agus Beannacht libh go léir!

(That’s all friends, and until our next newsletter, Goodbye and God Bless you all!)


Mr. Liam Moffatt


Mary Haran/ Kieran de Lacy Rec/Corr Secretary