2009-08-14 / Letters

An Irish Evening In Rockaway

Dear Editor,

Many people in New York are out of work but Rockaway is thriving. On a recent Sunday, my cousin came over to my house unannounced and said, "Put on your shoes. Move it! We're going to see Celtic Cross."

We walked to the bay on Beach 92 Street. When I stepped inside it was heaven on earth. The band was excellent and the joint was jumping! Such a fine collection of people I never saw in my life. Was I in Ireland, the French Riviera, Venice or Rockaway? I think Rockaway is the finest resort in America.

The band did play "Sean South," the great Irish rebel song. The house was packed with 300 people, mostly Irish- Americans. The place was so packed, some were even standing outside in the rain!

I was surprised to see Rosemary Sullivan Murphy, her mother Rosemary Sullivan and the lovely Danny Sullivan, who now lives in Connecticut. I later learned there had been a memorial for Janet Conway Sullivan.

Afterwards, there was a basketball game at Beach 109 Street with old friends from the neighborhood, and then we went to the Bungalow where we enjoyed a lovely buffet under a white tent. You couldn't have a more elegant affair on the Queen Mary 2 or the Queen Elizabeth 2; I have been privileged to travel on both ships but the view from the Bay was the most beautiful I have ever seen.

I did have the pleasure of singing in the old Irish Circle with the late James Conway Sullivan. We sang "Sean South" and "A Nation Once Again." Jimmy was a truly great Irishman. He cared more about others than he cared about himself. There will never be another Jimmy Sullivan or Beverly Baxter!

PEGGY MCMAHON

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