Dear Member and Friend:

The 122 nd Annual St. Patrick's Dinner and Dance of the County Leitrim Society of New York will be held on Friday, March 10 th , 2017 at Antun's, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village, NY 11429. The deluxe cocktail hour will begin at 8:00 PM and followed by dinner and dancing to the Tommy Flynn Band. Tickets are $90.00 each. Please make reservations early and payment prior to the dance is greatly encouraged and appreciated.  

The Guest of Honor this year is Oliver Charles. One of 16 children, Oliver was born to Eugene, a farmer and a part-time musician, from Aughavas and Noreen (nee Cooney), a housewife from Cloone. Oliver grew up in Aughavas and attended Corduff National School, Marist Christian Brothers School and Mohill Technical School. Upon graduating, he served his time as a butcher in Co. Westmeath.

In 1976, Oliver immigrated to the United States, where he worked at a number of gourmet locations in Manhattan, most notably : Jefferson Market, Citarella, and Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market. Oliver also played drums and tin whistle for two popular local bands, Irish Folklore and Celtic Justice. In 2000, Oliver opened a shop on McLean Avenue in Yonkers called The Butcher's Fancy and since then it has cultivated a loyal following throughout the tristate area .  

In 2015, Oliver was honored by the American Irish Society as its "Irishman of the Year." He and his wife have assisted the community countless times throughout the years, donating both time and material to various benefits and have been loyal supporters of Leitrim for decades.   Oliver is married to Elizabeth (nee Brennan) from Kilmanagh, Co. Kilkenny and they have four children: Brendan, Katie, Krista and Noreen and they reside in Yonkers, NY.  

We are delighted to have Oliver as our guest of honor and congratulate him on this achievement.  

The Distinguished Service award recipient this year is Noreen Regan-Leggiero. Noreen was born in Yonkers, New York to John & Kathleen (nee Carolan) Regan. She is the fourth of six children. She has one sister, Mary, and four brothers, John (deceased), Terence, Michael and Brendan. Her father hails from Kiltyclogher, Co. Leitrim and her mother from 125th Street in Manhattan. The Regan family is well known to the Leitrim Society and has been very active since 1949, with her father John being a past President of the Society.  

Noreen attended St. Peter's Elementary School and Sacred Heart High School. Upon graduating she attended the Pace Business School in Yonkers, NY. Noreen is currently employed as a food service employee of Aramark at Springhurst Elementary School and is also a supervisor of the Children's Center at Springhurst Elementary school in Dobbs Ferry. Noreen is an important figure in the Altar Guild and is an Assistant Catechist of Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry. She is a ticket sales coordinator for both the Dobbs Ferry Touchdown Club and Dobbs Ferry One. She is also a member of the Dobbs Ferry American Legion Post 1048 Ladies Auxiliary and she also finds time to support the Dobbs Ferry Volunteer F ire Department, where her husband and two sons volunteer.

Following in the footsteps of her parents, who themselves were honored by the Leitrim Society in 1991 with the Distinguished Service Award; Noreen dedicates her service to the Society in their memory. Since joined the Society, Noreen has jumped right into serving in various capacities and can be found volunteering on every committee, including the Scholarship and Dinner Dance committee. She has held the office of trustee and is currently the Second Vice President.  

Noreen resides with her husband Mark in Dobbs Ferry, NY and they have 3 children, Anthony, 27 (US Navy), Michael 24, and Kelley 14. We congratulate Noreen on this well-deserved honor!  

We are publishing a Souvenir Journal in conjunction with the dance and a contract is enclosed. Please strongly consider placing an advertisement in our Journal as it offers the benefit of wide exposure to the Irish Community in the tri- state area. A return addressed envelope is enclosed for your convenience. If you have any questions, please call Pat Murray at (917)584-4534 or Frank Brady at (914)963-8729, or any member of the committee.  

For reservations, please call Bernadette Dunleavy at (917)648-2144. Please make checks payable to ‘County Leitrim Society of NY' and return to Bernadette Dunleavy, 238 Blackford Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704 before March 3rd .  

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on Friday, March 10th .  


Noeleen Bohan-McGovern, Chairperson (914)643-7368

Sharon Brady, President (914)224-1158  

Bernadette Dunleavy, Reservations Chairperson (917)648-2144

Pat Murray and Frank Brady Journal Chairmen (917)584-4534/(914)963-8729  


For a Journal Contract please click here