Congratulations 2017 New York Rose, Sinéad Kirnan

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Sinéad Kirnan was born in Walden, NY to Veronica (Kane) of Naas, Co. Kildare and Bill Kirnan of Brooklyn, NY. Thanks to her Dad’s passion for genealogy, the paternal side of her family can also be traced back to Co. Sligo and Cavan. As the oldest of three girls, Sinéad and her sisters were extremely fortunate to spend their summers growing up in Naas. The girls also loved Irish dancing with the Sheahan-Gormley School of Irish Dance from an early age. As they got older, trips to Ireland became independent and more frequent. Guessing which saint their Aer Lingus plane was named after began the excitement of each trip. Sinéad’s parents made it a priority for her to grow up within the Irish culture and to show her the importance of a strong family bond.

Sinéad completed two years of college at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, when she decided to follow her true passion of aviation. She had found her 8th grade yearbook, where she had written a 10 year prediction for herself; that she was going to be flying jets in the Air Force and running for the Rose of Tralee. In 2013, she decided to follow her first goal and enlisted into the Air Force National Guard as a C-17 Loadmaster. For the next two years, she underwent extensive military training across the United States. The past four years have only heightened her love of flying, which she accredits to her trips back and forth to Ireland. After graduating with her degree in Biology (medical track) and psychology minor this May, Sinéad will continue to follow her dream of becoming a pilot within the Air Force. She hopes to use her biology degree to combine two of her interests and enter into the medical field, as a flight physician. Ultimately, she dreams of sitting in the cockpit on her first flight in command to Dublin.

Her passion to encourage people and mentor the youth holds true in all aspects of her life. She enjoys coaching and refereeing youth basketball leagues and participating in leagues of her own. She is an active member with numerous organizations within her community. She is a volunteer with Hudson Valley Honor Flight, escorting World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., and at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital at Castle Point as a physical therapy aide. She is a volunteer at various Special Olympics events and is a Eucharistic Minister in her church, Most Precious Blood. As part of her continuous desire to mentor, Sinéad works with the Girl Scouts as part of Operation Cookie Drop and volunteering within local schools to visit with the kids to promote confidence and inspiration. One of Sinéad’s greatest honors is working with Wings for Val, a non-profit foundation in memory of Lt. Valerie Cappelaere Delaney, to help continue her legacy of inspiring young girls to feel beautiful, but also not afraid to be courageous. Sinéad hopes to stay true to the values of faith, loyalty, and integrity that her parents have instilled within her and she is honored be part of a community of strong, compassionate, and intelligent Irish women. If you hear a plane overhead, wave; it may be Sinéad!

Now Sinéad’s second 8th grade prediction of becoming the New York Rose has come true! On April 30, she was officially crowned the New York Rose, and will be competing in the International Rose of Tralee Festival this August. She is humbled to have the chance to represent all Irish women of New York, and be united with the countless number of Irish close and far.

New York Darkness Into Light Fundraising Event for Pieta House Tomorrow

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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 www.pietahouse.org. 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 beth.flaherty@pietahouse.org or rebecca.skedd@pietahouse.org

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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

The First-Ever Queens Day in the New York State Capitol is this Monday

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Join Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Queens businesses along with the Queens Delegations of the New York State Senate and Assembly on Monday, May 8, 2017 for a special showcase in Albany of the culture, tourism and economic development of our great borough.

“The response and excitement for the inaugural Queens Day in our State Capitol have been simply overwhelming,” says Borough President Katz. “This will be a unique opportunity for all Queens stakeholders to bring the best of the Borough of Growth to a statewide stage. Collaborating participants of the very first Queens Day in Albany will be able to long remember it with pride.”

Throughout the day, there will be legislative meetings between groups of Queens-based businesses and Queens Legislators. Later in the evening, there will be a reception at the Hart Lounge in the Egg. The reception will feature food and beverage businesses from all over Queens, including a display of our favorite Queens dining establishments. It will be a full day of seeing sights as well as hearing the voices of the people of Queens. Don’t miss this opportunity to represent Queens and let your voice be heard.

“All State-wide elected officials have been invited and we expect a large turnout from Queens as well as from our electeds in Albany,” said Thomas J. Grech, Executive Director of the Queens Chamber. “This is a full court press with the support and involvement of the Long Island City Partnership, Greater Jamaica Development Corp and the Queens Economic Development Corp; among others. This event will highlight the culture, tourism, and economic development of our great borough.”

Date: Monday, May 8, 2017

Pick-up and Drop-off: Bulova Corporate Center

75-20 Astoria Boulevard

Jackson Heights, NY 11370

Time: 7:30 AM – Registration and check-in

8:00 AM – Board buses with continental breakfast served

Buses return and drop-off after the event