New York Darkness into Light Fundraising and Awareness Event for Pieta House Next Weekend

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Taking place on Saturday, May 6th, Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning experience which begins in darkness around 4:00 am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. Senator Joan Freeman and the Chairpersons of the Darkness into Light Committees for both Queens and the Bronx, were joined by officials of the Consulate, Michael Madden of Teneo, representatives from the GAA, other dignitaries with members of local organizations, such as, the IBO, the Kerry Man’s association and many more as well as volunteers and supporters from all over the city to launch DIL which is now in its ninth year in Ireland and its third in New York.

The annual fundraising and awareness event has grown year on year to become one of the biggest events of its kind where participants gather simultaneously at multiple locations around the world. San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston, and Texas are also among the venues that will host the dawn walk in the United States in 2017. The event will also take place in hundreds of locations across Ireland, the UK, Canada, Australia, the Middle East and Asia. Organizers are expecting over 150,000 people to participate worldwide.

“We’re very grateful to the communities here in America and at home in Ireland for your support to Pieta House” said Founder of Pieta House Senator Joan Freeman. “Your courage, vision and generosity have helped to bring hope to people here in New York and has led to the phenomenal success that is Darkness into Light.” she added. We have entered a time of uncertainty for many people in the United States; we are just so pleased that we are here to help during these difficult times.”

In fall 2015, Pieta House set up a service which is housed in the New York Irish Center in Queen’s New York. The success of Pieta House over the last decade in Ireland has been pragmatic but has an empathetic approach taken to suicidal ideation. In New York this approach extends to the care received by all clients, who find themselves at the brink of despair. Money raised from this year’s Darkness into Light in America will go towards the running of this center.

New York’s Darkness into Light event will set off from the Bronx and Queens. Online registration and further details are available now at For more information on Darkness into Light in any of our 9 venues please contact Beth Flaherty or Rebecca Skedd at Office: (718) 482 0001 or or


About Pieta House

Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded in Dublin, Ireland in 2006. With ten centres throughout Ireland and one in New York, Pieta House provides a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for those who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm and distressing issues that affect Men, Women and Children in New York. A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required and the service is completely free of charge.

For further information, visit www.pietahouse.orgor call Office: (718) 482 0001

This Weekend is the 2017 Rose of Tralee Selection Weekend


The Rose of Tralee festival is an international competition which is celebrated among Irish Communities all over the world. The festival, held annually in the town of Tralee, in County Kerry, takes its inspiration from a nineteenth-century ballad of the same name about a woman called Mary, who because of her beauty was called The Rose of Tralee.

NY has a long history of participation in the festival due to the large number of Irish Immigrants who came to the NY. The winner of the NY Festival this weekend will go on to Tralee in August. Come support the lovely ladies from NY this weekend who are representing the State and their Irish heritage.

The first Rose of Tralee festival began in 1959 but this year’s festival will be even more special as it is one of the biggest events of this year’s The Gathering Ireland.

On April 30, you can also get VIP TICKETS to have a meet and greet with Phantom of the Opera star, Ciaran Sheehan.

To obtain an application and/or to purchase a weekend ticket package, which includes admission to the April 30 competition, dinner email or call Gormley at 914-715-9914. To find out more about the Rose of Tralee festival,


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Meet the Candidates for the NY Rose of Tralee at a Night at the Races

Kristin Stack 2016 New York Rose

Kristin Stack 2016 New York Rose

Come Join the Lovely Ladies who are in the running for the NY Rose of Tralee at Empire City for a Night at the Races.

The Night at the Races is at The Empire City on 810 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, NY, April 28, 2017 at 7:00.

There will be a contest for the Best Dressed Person at The Night at the Races. A prize will be awarded so come in your best attire!

The First Race is 7PM.

Sponsored Races: Irish Famine Summer School.., Slattery’s Midtown, THEIA by Don O’Neill, Dan Dooley Car Hire, Bridget O’Brien PR & Events, Michelle Rene Designs, Clinton Stables, American Irish Historical Society, Irish American Writers & Artists, Celtic Complexion, and Irish American Young Leaders.

Whether you’re a horse enthusiast, a serial fashion addict or just looking for a fun day out, the Empire City has something for everyone. Please come show your support and wear your fancy dress and Hat for Rosy Heart Foundation, meet us in the Empire Terrace. If you would like your business name in lights and in the race program, please contact us on how to sponsor a race.

Unateresa Gormley, Cultural Director and her Executive Board, Ann Marie Mulholland, Karen Murphy and Bridget O’Brien are hard at work organizing the New York event. There are 16 fabulous Young Rose’s and Ambassadors, representatives of Ireland’s 32 counties to compete in the regional competition. The competition is to be held at the Empire City at Yonkers Raceway (Our Sponsoring Partner) on April 30 and is one of 70 Rose Centers across the world that will be participating in this prestigious competition. The New York Rose will be selected on Sunday, April 30, at Yonkers Raceway. (All applicants must have contributed non-career volunteer service to their communities.)

The winner will then participate with the other 70 center representatives to be held in Ireland to represent their region at the International Rose of Tralee Festival in Tralee on August . The winner, chosen from 32 competitors from all across the globe, will be selected for her personality and her ability to serve as the festival’s ambassador.

The Rose of Tralee, is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals.
“A Rose reflects the intelligence, compassion and independence of modern Irish women,” says Unateresa Gormley, who is heading up the selection efforts in the tri-state area.

The first Rose of Tralee festival began in 1959 but this year’s festival will be even more special as it is one of the biggest events of this year’s The Gathering Ireland 2015.

To obtain an application and/or to purchase a weekend ticket package, which includes admission to the April 30 competition, dinner email or call Gormley at 914-715-9914. To find out more about the Rose of Tralee festival,


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Queens County’s Own James Hendon and Nayan Parikh Honored at MWBE Awards

The Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Certification Program connects certified businesses with opportunities to sell their products and services to New York and New York City agencies. The program’s goal is to promote fairness and equity in City procurement processes by providing services designed to strengthen the ability of certified M/WBEs to increase their capacity and effectively contribute to the City’s economy. Each Chamber will honored two MWBE members from their Borough.

The event was hosted by Thomas J. Grech, Queens Chamber Executive Director and Mayra DiRico, Queens Chamber President. “The Queens Chamber is proud to be hosting this years’ 5 Borough MWBE Awards, says Grech. “We truly believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. While the Queens Chamber is extremely ‎proud of all that is going on in Queens, we also celebrate the success of our partners and fellow New Yorkers in the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Manhattan,” continues Grech. “Having LaGuardia Gateway Partners, The Port Authority of NY and NJ, Skanska, Graf & Lewent, Capalino & Co., and Ashnu International as our Sponsors of this event demonstrates their commitment to the success of MWBE programs.”

The presenters from each Borough, were as follows:

Nunzio DelGreco – Bronx Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Hoan – Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Jessica Walker – Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Linda Baran – Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

Thomas J. Grech – Queens Chamber of Commerce

The two Queens Honorees were James Hendon and Nayan Parikh.

James Hendon is the CEO of the Energy Economic Development Corporation, an organization that helps communities and small businesses take advantage of energy-related advancements. Prior to that, James served as the COO for BlocPower, a Department of Energy-sponsored company that helps nonprofits, small businesses, and faith centers perform energy efficiency retrofits. He previously worked as an Associate in the Real Estate Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Bank.

Before entering the civilian workforce, James spent seven years in the US Army as an Active Duty Infantry Officer where he deployed as a Mortar Platoon Leader and Battalion Public Affairs Officer to Iraq (2005), worked as an Admissions Officer for West Point (2006-2007), and served as the Senior Advisor to the Afghan Border Police in Afghanistan (2007-2009).

James is a 2002 graduate of West Point and a 2012 graduate of Harvard Kennedy School and Columbia Business School, and a 2015 graduate of the Earth Institute’s Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability. . As a drilling Reservist, James serves as an Assistant Professor of Military Science for the CUNY Army ROTC Program. During his free time, he enjoys exercise, volunteering with the Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx, and spending quality time with his family.

James and his wife Christine have one daughter. Their second child is due this fall.

Nayan Parikh is the owner of Ashnu International Corporation (AIC) an award winning, premier/MWBE/DBE Construction and Management provider to host of Federal, State and City Agencies, Corporations, and other industries. For over fifteen years, he has continued hard to establish his name within the corridors of Government Agencies and has continued to build his reputation to his expertise in bringing excellent performance to the projects undertaken by his company. He has been the champion in leading many professional and community organizations, and continues to give back to the society in many different ways. He has brought new ideas to fruition, both for profit and non-profit organizations. After graduation from college, Nayan began his career as a Civil Engineer in India, before migrating to the USA. In his new homeland, he began his career an estimator in a small construction company, before quickly finding his own strength to become the founder and Managing Director of AIC, a construction and management company in New York.

Parikh’s vision, entrepreneurial aptitude, civil engineering background and broad range of expertise have made AIC a name to be envied within the construction industry. His company has to credit many well-knowns, including Sandy Repair work at Coney Island, Rockaway Beach, multiple school renovations for New York City School Construction Authority, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Signal Modification at 71st Continental Ave. Completed projects include: Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Manhattan Family Court at 80 Center Street, HPD Office Renovation at 100 Gold Street, Grand Central Terminal Employees Facility and Renovation of City Hall-Phase II General Construction, NYC, New York City Housing Authority, Exterior Masonry Repairs, Roof Replacement amd Lobby Entrance upgrade in Linden Houses, NY.

Serving the community comes naturally to Nayan Parikh. From his first days of being a new immigrant to this country until today, he has been involved and giving his time, knowledge and wisdom to non-profit organizations, both within the community and professional. The highlight of his community service has been when he became President of SIAEA (Society of Indo American Engineers and Architects) a tristate professional organization with over 1,000 members in 2011-2013. He has brought about several changes into the organization, bringing in new blood into the organization, and therefore, new members and executive leadership teams are increasingly coming from a younger generation of architects, engineers, and technology specialists. He has created a foray into creating an outreach program and having grass roots meeting in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Boston.


Active Member in Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Construction Mentorship Advisory Panel

Chairman – New York State Association of Minority Contractors (NYSAMC)

Executive Board Member – National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC)

Diversity Board Member – NYCDDC (Department of Design & Construction)

Diversity Board Member – NYCSCA (NYC School Construction Authority)

Executive Board Member – Regional Alliance

Building BTEA Government Affairs Council (Building Trades Employers’ Association)

Spring has Sprung for The Fitzpatrick Academy!


The Fitzpatrick Academy of Irish Dance has produced incredibly dedicated and talented dancers who are not only eligible to compete at a Regional, National, and International basis, but have already ranked highly at these levels. Although the school has a strict focus on competition, they also cater to non-competitive dancers who enjoy learning the basics and traditions of Irish dance. Since its emergence, the Fitzpatrick Academy has seen a steady increase in wins and successes in Major championship competitions, as well as in local ones. They have now expanded and have added more classes as well as a Middle Village location. The Fitzpatrick Academy has produced seasoned dancers who have earned continued success each year at this championship by steadily and progressively climbing in the rankings among their competitors. The academy has trained dancers ranging of those who make the final cut to world qualifiers.

The Fitzpatrick Academy of Irish Dancing was founded by Kelly Fitzpatrick, TCRG (certified teacher under Irish Dancing governing body, An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, in Dublin, Ireland), in the Spring of 2010. After coming from a long line of Irish dancing relatives (including 1994 World Champion, Kerry Hutchinson), Kelly began dancing at the age of 3 and has trained under some of the best Irish Dancing teachers in the United States. As a two-time regional champion, she was not only fortunate enough to travel around the world to compete, but has maintained high rankings on a national and international level throughout her dancing career. She went on to win medals in both solo and ceili dancing at the highest level of competition, the All Ireland and World Championships.

Starting in May, the Academy is starting their Spring Session!

Mondays May 1 at 5:30
Middle Village Location
74-02 Eliot Ave

Wednesdays May 3 at 4:00
Whitestone Location
14-15 Clintonville St.

8 week session: $55 (valued at $80)

Call 516-404-6946 or email to reserve your spot

Can’t make the first class? Dancers are welcome to enroll anytime!