The Aisling Irish Community Center will hold its 15th Annual Dinner Dance on Friday, September 28th celebrating three highly esteemed members in the community.

Those honoered at The Aisling Irish Community Center's 15th Annual Dinner Dance have made significant contributions to the local community, and to the broader Irish and Irish American community; Michael J. Fitzgerald, Claire McGinn and Michael Morley. 

Honorees:           Michael J. Fitzgerald, Claire McGinn and Michael Morley. 

Date:                     Friday, September 28th , 2018

Time:                     7:00 PM

Location:              Mulino’s at Lake Isle Country Club, Eastchester, NY

Michael J Fitzgerald

Michael J Fitzgerald was born in County Clare to Bridgette and was a founding member of the Bridge United Soccer Club. In 1967 he immigrated to the US where he was a member of the Clare Hurling team that won the NY Hurling championship in 1968.

In 1976 he founded Michael J Fitzgerald Contracting Company which specialized in a wide range of services in the commercial section of the contracting industry.  Since its’s inception, Mike has been a member of the McLean Avenue Merchants Association and is proud of the work and dedication of its members to enhance the community.

Mike is well known for his kindness and generosity, although he never looks for recognition. 

Mike resides in Bronxville, NY with his longtime partner, Carmel. He is the Father of three children; Christian, Courtney and Siobhan.  He is also the proud Grandfather of eight; Ryan, Shannen, Alex, Michaela, Michael, Jack, Mason and Avery. He most recently became a great Grandfather to Fletcher.

Claire McGinn

Claire was born in Co. Dublin.  After graduating high school, Claire worked as a legal secretary in a law firm in Dublin.  However in 1994 she left home for New York,  25 years later Claire has made Yonkers her home, along with her husband, Enda from Co. Monaghan and her three children, Mary, James and Meave.

While her children attended school, Claire went back to school herself and now has an interesting career as a Court Reporter working in the Bronx.

Claire served for many years on the PTA of Yonkers Montessori Academy, the Board of Gaelic 4 Girls and St. Brigid's Ladies Football and Camogie Club.    

 Michael Morley

Michael was born in Knock Co. Mayo, and played Co Minor and Junior football with Mayo before leaving for New York in 1973.

In 1977 purchased Morleys Superette and in 1986 he opened Morleys Bar & Restaurant. He went on to open Morleys Catering Hall in 1988 and the New Morleys Supermarket in 1989. He later took over the food & catering business at Dunwoodie Golf Course in Yonkers. Mike currently works with Christie Property Group. He is one of the founders of The Westchester Bank, and is actively involved in numerous nonprofit organizations, including The Mayo Football club, The Mayo Society of NY, The Myles Scully, Div. #1 Ancient Order Of Hibernians in Yonkers, The American Irish Association of Westchester.  Original chartered member and current board member of the Tara Circle Group, Original shareholder of The Links at Unionvale Golf Course and the Scarsdale Elks.

Mike is married to Ellen Dugan and are the proud parents of three wonderful daughters, Sarah Thomson, Linda and Kathleen Morley and also two beautiful Grand Daughters, Olivia and Hailey Thomson. 

Aisling Irish Community Center

Aisling Irish Community Center has been a vital resource and respite center for Irish emigrants of all ages as well as the local community and people living in the Bronx, Yonkers, Queens and the entire tristate area. Monies raised will help fund the Aisling Irish Community Center’s Mental Health Programs including; educational workshops on preventative mental health care and issues including suicide awareness and prevention, bullying, substance abuse, and bereavement. We also provide free and confidential counseling services with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Life Coach with extensive mental health experience in supporting individuals, children, families and groups.

The center provides an Irish arts and culture program including classes in Irish language, music and dance; assistance with employment & accommodation; services for senior citizens including a free weekly lunch; and various classes for adults and children which promote physical wellbeing.  Our educational, cultural and welfare programs/services benefit over 900 people each week.   The Irish Volunteers for the Homeless program is a weekly feeding program, delivering food to the homeless at numerous locations throughout New York City.

We are able to provide these vital services with the help of a dedicated board, volunteers, staff, partners, grant makers and generous donors.   We hope that you will consider supporting the Dinner Dance and Auction, please contact Sharon Regan Masciovecchio at [email protected] or 914.237.5121 for the details.  Go raibh maith agat.

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