BOROUGH PRESIDENT KICKS OFF 25th ANNUAL GREAT IRISH FAIR
Photographs by Joe Frizzell
On Thursday, August 18, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted a kickoff luncheon for the 25th annual Great Irish Fair. He was joined by Tom Shanahan, Chairman of the Great Irish Fair, Robert Siebel, Executive Director/CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, and Margaret Keaveney, Director of Communications at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens in announcing the celebration that is going to take place on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 at the Drier Offerman Park at Coney Island.
“The Great Irish Fair makes us all Irish, whether you trace your roots back to the ‘old sod,’ or if you’re the Brooklyn chair and sole member, like me, of the Loyal League of Yiddish sons of Erin ,” said Markowitz. “I know Irish eyes will be smiling on Brooklyn for the world’s greatest Irish fair!”
The Great Irish Fair, which is considered the nation’s largest Irish festival, is organized by the Order of Hibernians to raise funds for Catholic Charities. The fair promotes traditional Irish culture and every year, several people are honored for their public service. Two people are named Chief Brenon and Colleen Queen and have the honor of being the principal leaders of the fair.
This year, the Chief Brenon of the 25th annual fair will be Denis Hughes, the president of the New York State American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations and the Colleen Queen will be Kathleen Nihill of Our Lady of Angels Parish in Bay Ridge. Other honorees include Barry Donohue, president of Atlantic Liberty Savings bank; Al O’Hagan, former Great Irish Fair chairman; Phil O’Brien, WCBS-TV News Director; Dennis Quirk, president of New York State Court; Joe Fox, New York Police Department Chief; Sr. Ellen Patrici Finn, associate executive director of Brooklyn Catholic Charities; Marty Maher of the New Your City Department of Parks and Recreation; and Msgr. Joseph Funaro, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.
In photo: Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz (left) with (from left to right) Denis Hughes, Kathleen Nihill, Al O’Hagan, and Tom Shanahan.