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. After a run-in with some unfortunate weather, Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is proud to host 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.
“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 is the perfect month 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 public servant and Mayor-elect; 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, is gracing the ceremony as the keynote speaker. Entertainment is provided by 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 are supplying the music. The event is sponsored by Stop & Shop, who is providing Irish specialties and refreshments.
“Our Irish American community is as vibrant and lively as ever,” 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.”