2002-01-19 / Columnists

Meet The Irish

By Harry McGuirk

Friends we will remember Michael (Mickey) Carton – Mickey, the Showman and musician – who would hire ten bands around New York City and book out every hall for the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Mickey  was a military policeman in World War II. He had the stuff to create stars for Irish musical stages.

Christine Kennedy had been ill for a long time must have had a million friends. Harry McGuirk and the McGuirks attended the same parish as Christine. Remarkable, for they gave all the funds for charity including for the Children of Ireland with a Festival for this Jesuit Order for Stricken Children of Ireland. After two events in Rockaway, Father Peter McVerry became famous in Ireland and is constantly consulted by courts and police in issues of desolate children in Irish situations. He also became famous in his time for saving children.

The state Hibernians and all 21 Rockaway members as well as all the people thank our beloved Margie (Margaret). A kindly lady who served the church through her life married with the Pope's blessing. Married in the old St. James Church. Daniel O'Connell laid the founding stone (the famous Irish hero, the great liberator).

The great staff organized the wedding to the great joy of Harry and Margie. Margie died unexpected last November at St. James Hospital. Margie was buried at Palmestern on the edge of Dublin near Lucal, in the family, McGuirk's grave. We thank all the lovely people who sent Mass cards. We had made Mass through the city of Dublin in thanks for your kindness we will have Masses said through this New Year to thank our friends.

God Bless you all. Remember your prayers for all who died and those who were hurt and for all misfortune. Let us pray for each and all others.


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