The Astoria World Manor in Queens, New York, came alive on Sunday night last (March 13) with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance. Organised by the Longford Association in New York, this year’s gala event celebrated the work of two Longford men, Cormac McCormack and Brendan Donoghue. Together this dedicated duo have organised the annual golf tournament which has helped raise large sums of money for Irish charities in New York and at home in Longford.
Cormac (37) is General Manager at O’Brien’s Bar on 46th Street and a native of Creevaghbeg, Ballymahon. He has been living in New York for 18 years now. A former pupil of Ballymahon Vocational School, Cormac still has an uncle, Tommy. living in the south Longford town.
“I took up golf when I came to New York,” said Cormac, who is married to Carissa and is father to Leo (11 months). “I’m now involved in the Innis Fall Golf Club. Back home I played football and hurling but then I got a knee injury.” During his footballing career, Cormac won a Fr. Manning Cup Medal with Longford U16 in 1989.
Brendan (35) arrived in New York 14 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Today he manages the Pig N’Whistle on 36th Street and is father to Colm (13) and Kevin (10).
“The dinner dance was a special day and evening. The (Longford) Association was very good to me when I first arrived here. I’m very close to them now and especially to the committee,” said Brendan speaking to the Leader from the Manhattan bar.
Although Brendan misses home, he is fortunate in that his mother Mary and brothers Frances and Anthony are living in the Big Apple too.