New York Rose of Tralee Departing Stewart Airport for Ireland

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The 2017 NY Rose of Tralee Sinéad Kirnan will be departing Stewart International Airport this evening, Wednesday, August 9th, on Norwegian Airlines and arriving in Dublin, Ireland the following morning where a welcoming celebration is scheduled to take place. A sendoff at Stewart is scheduled for 6 PM tonight.
The International Rose of Tralee Festival takes place in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, every year where approximately 65 young ladies of Irish birth, or descent, from around the globe participate for the honor of being named “The Rose of Tralee”. Please see the following for more info.

This year’s representative for the greater New York area is Sinéad Kirnan, of Walden. Please see the following for more info.

Meet our 2017 New York Rose

All are encouraged to come out and give Sinéad a big sendoff.

Meet our 2017 New York Rose, Sinéad Kirnan!

Sinéad 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.

Sinéad looks forward to representing her Rose Sisters in Ireland as the New York Rose and she is humbled to have the chance to represent all Irish women of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and be united with the countless number of Irish close and far. Her passion to encourage people and mentor the youth holds true in all aspects of her life. She enjoys coaching and reffing 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!

Submit a request for the New York Rose to present or speak at your next event! The New York Rose Center makes every effort to accommodate each appearance request as determined by the New York Rose’s schedule, appearance fees, and the nature of the event. For more information, please contact us via e-mail:
Photo Credit: Iain Toft

Meet Rising Star Terence Shaun McGovern

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Terence Shaun “T-Shaun” McGovern is a 21 year old artist/model. His music style mainly consists of R&B and Hip-Hop, and he writes, records, and engineers all of his songs. He continuously works at his music to improve his skills as an artist. Music has gotten McGovern through many difficulties, and makes him feel full of life, meaning, and purpose. From talent shows to open mic nights, he has performed in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and Hollywood.

Aside from singing and performing, McGovern has modeled for Jo Anderson modeling in New Jersey and for Wilhelmina, one of the most prominent talent management agencies in the world, in Philadelphia. He was also featured in ads for the Melting Pot restaurant, Dassault Engineering and a clothing photoshoot for NAPCO. He has also been in films, such as “Begin Again” and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” as well as “The O Show,” produced by Oprah Winfrey. He hopes to conquer many more such great and challenging opportunities in the future.

T-Shaun was a headliner for the Summer Nights Tour that was produced by Artist One Entertainment. He played at Well Fargo Arena In Philadelphia, PA, The Bitter End in NYC, and Morey’s Pier in Wildwood, NJ.

His latest single is “Long Time Coming”

Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @terenceshaun

Save the Date for the Queens Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing

North Hills Country Club

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The Queens Chamber of Commerce 2017 Golf Outing and Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 28 at the beautiful North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, New York. The days’ events will begin with registration and a breakfast spread at 9:00 am followed by a shotgun start at 11:30 am. Lunch will be provided on-course with early evening cocktails & dinner starting at 5:00 pm.

This year, the Chamber is honoring three special people from the legal community in Queens. Our Public Service Honoree is Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. We are also honoring Albert F. Pennisi, Special Counsel, Daniels Norelli Cecere & Tavel PC and John “Sean” Crowley, Partner, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP. The program will include raffle prizes, a variety of awards and a silent auction. Cigars will be rolled and available all day on-site along with a number of new amenities.

Your support will help the Queens Chamber Foundation enhance their commitment to supporting education and scholarships throughout Queens County. Please join us and participate in the program by sponsoring the event and the Honorees, bringing a foursome of colleagues and clients or attending the dinner.

To participate and view complete event information, visit the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s website at

Jamie Hope’s Second Lil Defenders Book Getting Great Reviews

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Author Jaimie Hope’s long awaited book in The Lil Defenders series, The Lil Defenders: The Return of the Yellow Menace is getting amazing reviews. In spite of what adults may think, the theme of this book was intended to be teamwork.

“I’m sure both sides of the political aisle will think it’s a dig at them or will cheer thinking I’m on their side, but that was not what I had in mind when writing this book,” the author said. “My main objective for this series was teamwork. In the first book, the super kids had to work together amongst themselves to beat their enemy. In this book, kids and adults had to work together to defeat the super villain,” Hope added.

While you can read The Lil Defenders: The Return of the Yellow Menace without having read The Lil Defenders (Book 1), it is recommended that Book One is read first. Book Two picks up right where the first one ends and provides the backstory of how the original superheroes came into their powers.

The Lil Defenders have just beaten their first foes, but they know they still have work to do. Join them as they learn the story of their families’ superhero past and meet their next adversary, a super villain, the Yellow Menace.

The Lil Defenders: The Return of the Yellow Menace is available now on Amazon (

Celebrate 2017 NY Rose Sinéad Kirnan as She Heads to Ireland


Come join the Kirnan’s in their favorite local bar, Sweeney’s, to send off Sinéad Kirnan, the 2017 New York Rose Of Tralee. Kirnan leaves for Ireland on August 9th, to represent New York in the International Rose of Tralee Festival. Sinead was born and raised in Orange Co. NY, so let’s give her a proud New York Irish send off.

The New York Rose Of Tralee Center will be accepting donations and 50/50 to help defray the costs and the 300 Euro for charity in Ireland. Our 2017 NY Rose, Sinéad Kirnan, Air National Guard (Air Force) has done so much for our community and country. We are so proud of all her accomplishments and genuine heart. Join us to give her a big New York send off with plenty of good fun. Irish musicians, dancers, singers, and story tellers are welcome to come and join in and make this a real Irish Session.

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.

Musicians and singers will need to bring your own instruments, leads, and/or microphones.

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2017


Sweeney’s Irish Pub
33 Orange Ave
Walden, NY 12586

Time: 5 PM – 9 PM