On Saturday the Irish community in New Yorkmarked Thanksgiving in a very special way, through the Irish Day of Action at the Rockaways and Breezy Point. A crowd of 1,000 Irish and Irish American volunteers descended on the largely Irish neighborhoods which have been destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
Twelve buses transported the volunteers from The Bronx, Yonkers, Queens, Manhattan and upstate Rockland while hundreds of others drove their cars, trucks and logistical equipment out to the Rockaways.
Irish from the five boroughs of New York, and further afield, lent their skills and helping hands to the communities hit by the Superstorm last month. Groups helped clear out houses, basements and Churches, all wearing their Irish Day of Action t-shirts (sponsored by Aer Lingus).
In total it’s estimated that the Irish contributed a massive 7,000 man-hours to the huge recovery effort.