The 37th Great Irish Fair of New York, presented by the Irish American Building Society (IABS), is a family-friendly event celebrating faith, history and culture. The Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Ford Amphitheater, West 21st Street and the Boardwalk in Coney Island.
Great Irish Fair 2018
National Grid CFO Leads Irish Fair As Chief Brehon
This year’s Chief Brehon of the Great Irish Fair is Queens-born Margaret M. (Peggy) Smyth, chief financial officer of National Grid. She is the second female Brehon in the history of the fair.
Family Values Shape the Life of Colleen Queen
For the young women who accept the honor of becoming one of the Great Irish Fair’s Colleen Queens, they also accept the responsibility of becoming an ambassador for Catholic schools. For the 2018 Colleen Queen Mackenzie Iburg – she embraced that responsibility with open arms.
Irish Man of the Year Award
Thomas Duffy, a financial services professional with the Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Services Co., is receiving the Irish Man of the Year Award.
Kathleen Slattery Woman of the Year Award
Sheila O’Hagan McGirl, the director of institutional advancement at the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal in Philadelphia, Pa., and daughter of the late Al O’Hagan, is receiving the Kathleen Slattery Woman of the Year Award.
St. Thomas More Award
Paul A. Michels, a partner with Cullen and Dykman LLP, a law firm founded in Brooklyn in 1850, is receiving the St. Thomas More Award. Michels has spent his entire 36-year legal career at Cullen and Dykman, last 28 years as a partner in the firm’s banking and real estate department.
Thomas Cuite Memorial Award
Mark C. Edwards, the president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 21, in the Rockaways, is receiving the Thomas Cuite Memorial Award.
Al O’Hagan Community Leadership Award
Ed Wilkinson is receiving the Al O’Hagan Community Leadership Award. Wilkinson has been the editor of The Tablet, Brooklyn’s diocesan newspaper, since June of 1985. He recently completed his 48th year as a member of The Tablet staff.
O’Hagan Connection Carries On
Members of the O’Hagan family and Tablet Editor Ed Wilkinson helped kick-off this year’s Great Irish Fair during a reception held at St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, this summer.
The Round Tower Award
Thomas Phelan, a NYC ferry captain who saved hundreds of lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and then became an FDNY firefighter, died in March from cancer linked to toxic fumes caused by the terrorist attacks.