While Hempstead Town may not be overflowing with four-leaf clovers or located at the end of the rainbow, it is home to a significant, thriving Irish community. With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino announced Hempstead Town’s first ever Irish American Heritage Celebration. The event is dedicated to recognizing exceptional Irish American residents who have made a positive difference in their communities while embracing and promoting Irish heritage and culture. The celebration will take place on March 14th at the Nathan Bennett L.H. Pavilion at 7PM.
“Here in Hempstead Town we have many diverse communities,” said Santino. “We are proud to take the time to honor and acknowledge the very best of each unique heritage. March, specifically a few days before St. Patrick’s Day, is the perfect opportunity to recognize our outstanding Irish residents.”
This year’s honorees include: Kathryn Driscoll Hopkins of Garden City, Chief Clerk of Nassau County Supreme Court;John Murray Jr., owner of Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh; Sean O’Rourke of Woodmere, retired NYPD Detective heavily involved in the Ancient Order of Hibernians; Don Ryan of Hempstead, treasured long-time coach, trustee and public servant; Donna Ryan, Levittown community volunteer; and a posthumous tribute to the great Steven McDonald, NYPD Detective from Malverne who became an international hero when he forgave the teen who shot him and left him as a quadriplegic.
Michael Byrne, current Nassau County Feis Chairman, will be gracing the ceremony as the keynote speaker. Entertainment will be provided by the Schade Academy of Irish Dance in Levittown and the Donny Golden School of Irish Dance in Mineola. The Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band and the Nassau County Firefighters Pipes and Drums will supply the music. The event is sponsored by Stop & Shop, who will provide Irish specialties and refreshments.
“Come on down to the first of many Irish American Celebrations run by Hempstead Town,” stated Santino. “I would like to thank our honorees, our keynote speaker Mike Byrne, our entertainment, our pipes and drums, and our sponsor for making this event truly special.”