New York Irish decide on second Day of Action for hurricane victims

The second day of work in Rockaway and other venues is expected to attract more than the thousand Irish who took part in the first Day of Action, which was a huge success.

The Irish community and the Irish government in New York have announced a second Irish Day of Action in Rockaway and other neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Sandy for Saturday December 15th.

It is believed  that the Irish government will also announces significant financial support for victims of Hurricane Sandy when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Dublin this week.

The second day of work in Rockaway and other venues is expected to attract more than the thousand Irish who took part in the first Day of Action, which was a huge success.

"We are calling it the Meitheal na Nollaig, Irish for the Christmas helping hand," said one of the organizers Turlough McConnell. "It is a Christmas gesture from our community that will reach out to so many in need.'

Irish Deputy Consul Peter Ryan said the talk had begun right away after the success of the first day to do it again.

"There is an extraordinary commitment in this community." he said,"and so many are trained in the  construction and renovation skills that are so badly needed down there," he said.

Ryan said that wider spread of areas would be helped this time with crews likely working in Long Island and Staten Island.

The community mustered 1,000 people from many different organizations ranging from the Irish Centers, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the United Irish Counties, American Ireland Fund In-NYC and many others.

"It was a magnificent effort across the entire community," said Ryan, "We all felt it was the right thing to do, and now we want to build on it"

Organizers are asking for members who wish to take part to register and to keep an eye on the Facebook page irishdayofaction.

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