Democrats Abroad Ireland honor former congressman Brian Donnelly
Celebrate Thanksgiving and the man responsible for the Donnelly Visas
Maura O’Rourke, a Limerick native, remembered that she arrived in New York with just £200, but she eventually worked her way through higher education and climbed the ranks of the worlds of banking and finance.
And Seamus Galligan, a Cavan native who lives in Louisville, Kentucky, regaled the crowd with hilarious tales of four Cavan men in one New York apartment fighting to the death over every last cent of every last bill that came in and of how at least one of them initially regarded the Donnelly Visa as a scam that probably would get them deported.
Larry Donnelly, Congressman Donnelly’s nephew, Legal Counsel to Democrats Abroad Ireland and an IrishCentral.com columnist, accepted the award on his uncle’s behalf. In a statement thanking the event’s organisers, attendees and his well-wishers, Congressman Donnelly concluded:
“To the thousands of Donnelly Visa recipients in the US, in Ireland and around the world who did me, but more importantly our two great nations, so very proud: Go raibh míle maith agat!”
Democrats Abroad Ireland Chair Dennis Desmond closed the night by extending his thanks to all involved in the event and urging Americans living in Ireland to register to vote at votefromabroad.org in the critical upcoming election year.
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