2009-03-20 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

March On For The Irish

News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News
• 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

Thank God everyone's a little Irish in America because we have had a MARCH month of Irish Heritage this year. I did not make the first St. Patty's parade in Rockaway, but I was present at City Hall for Irish Leader of the Year Award in memory of Thomas Manton, Congress member and Democratic Leader, who passed away in 2006; John T. Ahern, president of the AFL-CIO, along with other accomplishments; Ciaran Stauton, an award winner, president Irish Lobby for the Immigration Reform, Board Member for the Irish Arts Center and wellknow community leader of Sunnyside Gardens Park and owner of "Neill's Bar in NYC; Terrence Tolbert, born in Harlem, grew up in the St. Nicolas Houses, got his BA at Hunter College, worked his way up to director of the Obama presidential campaign (on November 2 he died of a heart attack at 44 years of age); John Quinn, active member of the Irish Labor Committee since 884, co-founder of the Lower East Side Democratic Club. Cherish the Ladies, an astonishing array of virtuosity, instrumental, vocals and stunning step dancing. It was an interesting and enjoyable program, a little long. (When the award winners get hold of the captive audience, they tend to go on and on …. On.) It was all followed by a buffet of shepherd's pie, lamb stew, blood sausage and, of course, corned beef and cabbage.

On St. Patty's Day was the big parade in NYC which originated in America in 1894. But I attended the Corned Beef luncheon at the Stein Senior Center and was astonished by the performance that followed. Vocal East is a non-profit organization whereby professional Broadway performers entertain. I urge you seniors in Rockaway to please get in touch with them: 212-579-5386 or www.vocaleaseinc.com. Invite them to your center. They are terrific. They are as good as a Broadway show.

International Women's Day was celebrated at Scandinavia House with a panel discussion of The Hillary Effect. Moderator: Claudia Dreifus, New York Times science writer. Panelists: Senator Pilar Cayetano, member and youngest women of the Philippine Senate; Blanch Wiesen Cook, professor of History and Women's Studies at John Jay and CUNY Graduate Center, author of Eleanor Roosevelt biography; Rounaq Jahan, Sr., research scholar at Columbia School and former Bangladeshi representative to the UN; Ambassador Kirsti Lintonen, Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN. Eighty percent of women around the world are subjected to domestic violence and women still make 70 percent less than men.

A beautiful new resort just opened, "Terranea" on the coastline of Los Angeles with spectacular views and star and Spa amenities. WWW.TERRANEA.COM.

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