January 8, 2019

Dear Member and Friends:

The 124 th Annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner and Dance of the County Leitrim Society of New York will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019 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 McLean Avenue 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 Paul Quinn. Paul was born and raised in Drumshanbo South, Gortletteragh, Co. Leitrim. He is the third oldest of nine children born to Molly Quinn (nee Rowley) and the late Paul Quinn. Paul attended Gortletteragh National School and Moyne Community School.  

Growing up Paul worked on the family farm where he learned a strong work ethic. He and his brothers worked many hours saving hay, cutting turf, milking cows and other tasks. In his free time, Paul played underage football for Gortletteragh GAA. When Paul was 17 years old his Uncle Peter, who was visiting from America, made him a proposition. He would buy him a ticket to America if he helped him install a kitchen and a bathroom in his grandmother's house. The following year when the job was complete Paul headed to America. Paul landed at his aunt's house on Fischer's Island, NY and began working for his Italian uncle, Mario, who was a builder. After that, Paul made his way to New York City where he had many different jobs. He worked for a moving company, became a bartender and other construction jobs before starting his own plumbing business, Paul Quinn Plumbing & Heating, Inc. in 1997.  

Paul met his wife Barbara (nee Mirabella) in 1982 and married her the following year. Together they have three children; Christopher married to Connie, Lisa married to Justin and Jessica. They have one granddaughter, Cara Mia. Paul and Barbara reside in Manalapan, New Jersey. Paul is very proud of his Irish heritage and is a member of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh and a Third Degree Knight of Columbus. We are delighted to have Paul as our Guest of Honor this year.  

The Distinguished Service Award recipient this year is Anna Mulvey-Buggy. Anna was born and raised in the townland of Tullynapurtlin, Ballinaglera, Dowra, Co. Leitrim. She is the oldest of four children born to the late Jack and Mary (nee Dolan) Mulvey. Anna attended Cornagee National School, Drumkeerin Vocational School and Sligo Regional Technical College.  

Anna's career began in the hospitality industry as a Front Desk Receptionist in the Fort Lodge Hotel in Enniskillen and after that the County Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, The Ardboyne, Navan, The Nuremore, Carrickmacross, The Hillgrove, Monaghan and later the Park Hotel, Sligo.   In October 1992, armed with a Morrison Visa, Anna arrived in New York to her uncle, Peter Dolan and his wife Mary who lived in Bayside, Queens. Peter and Mary were the pillars of the community and their house was the gathering place for all neighbors, friends and immigrants. Anna's first job was working as a Receptionist with Keller Publishing Co, Great Neck, NY. This was short lived and in January 1993 she joined NY Health and Hospitals as a Coordinating Manager at Elmhurst Hospital, Queens. She has worked there since and is now Assistant Director of Patient Scheduling.  

In 1996, Anna met Joe Buggy, born in Kilkenny but raised in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. They married in October 2001 and reside in Maspeth, Queens. Joe has two grown children, Jamie and Deanna and two granddaughters.  

Anna has been a member of the Leitrim Society for over twenty years and is currently serving as Corresponding Secretary. She is very proud of her Leitrim roots and very proactive in promoting her native county. Anna has served on numerous committees including the dinner dance, scholarship and many other events/fundraisers throughout the Irish community. She loves music and dancing and enjoys travelling. Anna is very appreciative of this recognition and we congratulate her 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 Marie Dunleavy at (914)409-8719 or any member of the committee  

For reservations, please call Bernadette Dunleavy at (917)648-2144 of Lisa Sorohan at (914)309-3093. Please make all checks payable to ‘County Leitrim Society of NY' and return to Bernadette Dunleavy, 238 Blackford Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704 before March 5, 2019 .  

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on Friday, March 8.  

Yours sincerely,    

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

Desmond McWeeney, President (516)443-0485  

Committee:   Bernadette Dunleavy & Lisa Sorohan - Co-Chair Reservations

(917)648-2144 & (914)309-3093

Marie Dunleavy, Journalal Chairperson (914)409-8719  

 

For a Journal Contract please click here