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“And the honorees bring with them young people so it’s not so bad,” adds Power. “The younger members might not come to all the meetings but we would see them sporadically at events and that’s fine.”

Although Power said it would be “great to have more younger members” she is not entirely worried about the future of the organization, which will celebrate its 125th year in existence this October.

“It would be lovely to have it around in another 75 years, and I don’t see why it can’t be,” she said.

The latest member to join the Cork Association who was installed at the annual barbeque on Sunday is Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, who is running for re-election this November.

“It’s lovely to have Tom involved. His great grandfather came from Bweeng, North Cork, near Mallow,” added Power.

For more information on the above associations log onto http://www.irishamericansoc.com, http://www.leitrimsocietyofny.com, or http://www.nycorkassociation.org.

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