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Only in Print: Great Irish Fair of New York Tradition Lives On, Virtually

Students from the Buckley School of Irish Dance performed traditional Irish step dancing numbers during this year’s virtual Great Irish Fair event.

WINDSOR TERRACE — Though the coronavirus pandemic forcibly canceled all large, outdoor events, the 39th Annual Great Irish Fair of New York continued virtually on Sept. 19. Maureen O’Malley-Byrnes, executive director of the Irish American Building Society, remained steadfast in ensuring the end-of- summer tradition would not be forgotten.

“Once you learn to do without something, sometimes that can become a habit. We don’t want our beautiful celebration of culture, tradition, and faith to become a thing of the past,” O’Malley-Byrnes said, prior to the festivities being posted to Facebook.

“We want this event to continue for our children and their children. We want them to know the music, to celebrate the community, to live the faith, and to continue the charity…

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