On Saturday, September 17, 2016 the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas will celebrate its 50th anniversary as Texas' oldest Irish organization with a "Green Tie Gala."

The society is honored to present the following 50th anniversary honorees. They are Tim Campion of GLI in Business and Industry, Neill Reagan of the Inishfree School of Irish Dance in Arts and Humanities, Richard McCracken, Dean Emeritus of the University of the Incarnate Word in Education, Sister Teresa Carter CSB in Religion. Also being honored are the widows of two of the founders Margaret Burke, widow of Dr. Sean Burke, former Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Incarnate Word and Virginia M. Dowd, widow of Patrick Dowd formerly of the Brooks Air Force Base school of Aerospace Medicine. The third founder was Col. Joseph McShane.

Austin based Consul General Adrian Farrell will be present as will Senator Bill Lawless of the Seanad Eireann to meet those who are Irish Nationals.

The community, wherever you are located, is invited to join with the Harp and Shamrock Society in this gala. The gala will consist of music, food, dance, and a silent auction followed by a presentation to the honorees. If businesses would like to promote their business silent auction items are needed and if interested contact Linda Grosse at [email protected] or if businesses or individuals would like to support us by the purchase of an ad in our gala program please contact Carolyn Dowd at [email protected].

For further information contact the Harp and Shamrock Society at its website www.harpandshamrock.org or on its Facebook page.