Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn
Irish Heritage Celebration
On March 17, the Club participated in the Irish-American Heritage Celebration hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams at historic Borough Hall. The event was sponsored by National Grid represented by Renee McClure. C & C Caterers served a fine breakfast.
Father Kevin Sweeney of St. Michael’s Church gave the invocation. Dennis McDermott of St. Francis College MC’d the event. Mary O’Regan and John Houlihan sang the Irish and American national anthems. The O’Malley Irish Dance Academy and the Buckley School performed. Borough President Eric Adams welcomed the guests. Author Eamon Loinsigh gave the keynote speech.
Pres. Mary Nolan presented the Commodore Barry Award to Eugene Breheny. Eugene worked as a supervisor in the New York City Transit Authority for over a quarter of a century. He was fascinated by the means with which the system served the needs of so many diverse neighborhoods. He is a founder of the Irish Arts Center and an active member of the Emerald Society. Eugene visualized the project of a Commodore Barry Essay contest and contributed the prize money to make it a success.
A number of awards were given by different organizations.
The Buckley Family received the Al O’Hagan Award.
Borough Pres. Eric L. Adams
Mary Nolan and Eugene Breheny
Club Marches in Brooklyn St. Patrick's Parade
Members of the Club marched in the Brooklyn, St. Patrick's Parade in Park Slope, on Sunday, March 19.