Green pride on display at the 30th Great Irish Fair

James McDonagh, Michelle Brennan, John McDonagh & Kathleen McDonagh at the 30th Great Irish Fair

It’s a family affair at the 2012 Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade stall as Kathleen and John McDonagh and their son James are chatting to some customers.

Kathleen’s sweater emblazoned with the words “God Bless America.” It’s clear to see how this Tipperary woman is a pillar of her local Park Slope community.

She talks of how she met her husband John on Donegal Hill in Prospect Park.

“He was playing hurling and I was playing camogie,” she recalled.

Referring to the early years of the Great Irish Fair, she says it is an important date on their social calendar.

“I have come every year for the past 30 years,” McDonagh says.

“We used to play camogie, hurling and Gaelic football when it first started down under the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn is really a fantastic place to have anything because there is a lot of history here.

“I am glad the younger people are getting more involved.  We need to just look on now,” she concluded.