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Senator Chuck Schumer and a group of Rockaway, NY firefighters celebrated the heroics of the Breezy Point community with Guinness and the Irish Voice. Photo by: Nuala Purcell

Guinness, Senator Schumer raise a glass to Hurricane Sandy heroes for St. Paddy’s Day

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Senator Chuck Schumer and a group of Rockaway, NY firefighters celebrated the heroics of the Breezy Point community with Guinness and the Irish Voice. Photo by: Nuala Purcell

Senator Schumer dwelled on the deep roots of the Breezy Point and Rockaway folk and how it would take more than a superstorm to stop them.

Schumer was introduced as the successor to Irish leaders in Congress, who have now passed from the scene.

He said though he was a Jewish guy from Brooklyn he was happy to lead the fight for Breezy and for immigration reform and the Irish.

“You can ask me why but it is because the Irish are good for America, that’s why….they have given back, they have committed, they have been a massive source for good for this great country.”

Collie Mathers, GAA Director General Pauric Duffy, Deputy Consul General Peter Ryan and Brendan Gallagher celebrate the Breezy Point, NY heroes of Hurricane Sandy with Guinness and the Irish Voice.

The evening started with music and Irish dancing, followed by pipers then speeches and then the arrival of the senator, fresh from Washington and passing a bill limiting increases in fire and flood insurance that will benefit Breezy Point residents.

It was St. Patrick’s season and it was a celebration like no other across the North American continent this Irish weekend.

The Irish of Breezy and Rockaway have endured and will continue to do so. The message from Breezy, like it was from Boston where the Irish played a huge role after the marathon bombing, was the same. Boston strong, Breezy Strong.

It was a privilege to be there to witness it.

Niall O'Dowd, publisher of IrishCentral, the IrishVoice, and Irish America magazine at the celebration of Breezy Point, NY's heroes of Hurricane Sandy.

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