New York embraces the wearing of the green – and gold

THE Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Norma Foley, joined the New York Kerry Association, led by the Kerry Pipers, in the annual St Patrick’s Day parade down Fifth Avenue.

She met with the President of the Kerry Association, Frank O’Keefe, and other officers and thanked them for all their support for the Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence in Currow and other initiatives.

The wearing of the green: New York’s Fifth Avenue was thronged for the parade

This was the biggest New York parade for many years and over 2,000 Kerry exiles joined 200,000 marchers from all over the Un​ited States.

Earlier Mayor Foley joined the Mayor of New York, Bill di Blasio, for an early morning reception at his official residence, Gracie Mansion. Among the other invited guests were the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council Moira Murrell, Kerry County Council Tourism Officer John Griffin and the Rose of Tralee Kirsten Maher.

On Friday, the Kerry delegation held separate meetings in Ireland House with senior executives of IDA Ireland and Tourism Ireland to discuss further investment and promotional opportunities for the county.

They also met with members of the Ireland America Business Council and attended the launch of the Ireland-US Business Review 2019 hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in the Irish Consulate.

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