Bronx County Hibernians are preparing to honor four distinguished members of the Irish-American community at Rory Dolan's, in Yonkers, on Nov 24.
Biran O’Dwyer, political leader and grand marshal of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade; New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians President Tom Lambert, entertainer and organizer of many charitable benefits Sean Ruane; and Bronx Hibernian Man of the Year Bob Nolan will be honored by the Bronx County AOH on Sunday, November 24 at Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers.
This year's event will include a special remembrance of Liam Ryan, the Tyrone-born former Bronx resident, and American citizen, marking the 30th anniversary of his murder by British forces. Mark Thompson of Relatives for Justice will be traveling from Belfast to speak.
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Bronx AOH County President Martin Galvin said, “Brian O'Dwyer is being honored for the leadership he has given Irish America on an array of issues including immigration and justice and freedom for the north of Ireland. Just one example of his contributions is the nearby Emerald Isle Immigration Center, which has benefitted so many.
"Tom Lambert is being honored as president of New York State Hibernians, and the leading figure in the state with the largest membership in the nation's largest and most influential Irish American organization. He has made freedom for all Ireland the priority issue for his presidency.
“Sean Ruane is a popular entertainer, music promoter and well-known community activist, who is being honored for outstanding charitable work in organizing benefits.
"Bob Nolan, past Bronx County AOH President and current district director was named the Bronx Hibernian of the Year.
"Liam Ryan will be remembered as a Tyrone immigrant, American citizen, Con Ed worker, respected as a patriot in the Bronx Irish community. After returning to Tyrone, he was murdered by off-duty members of the British Army Ulster Defense Regiment on November 29, 1989.”
The event will take place from 3-7 p.m. at Rory Dolan's, at 890 McLean Avenue in Yonkers. Music will be provided by the Kitty Kelly Band. Dinner Tickets are $85 and reservations are highly recommended.
For tickets or information about congratulating the honorees in the souvenir journal call 347-880-1403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.