Brian O’Dwyer, here leading the 2019 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade as grand marshal, will be among the Bronx AOH honorees. PHOTO BY DOMINICK TOTINO
By Irish Echo Staff
Bronx County Hibernians are preparing to honor four distinguished members of the Irish-American community at a gathering set for Sunday, Nov. 24.
The four honorees are: Political and immigration activist Brian O’Dwyer, grand marshal of the 2019 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade; New York State Ancient Order of Hibernians President Tom Lambert; entertainer and organizer of many charitable benefits, Sean Ruane, and Bronx Hibernian “Man of the Year” Bob Nolan.
The honors event will be held at Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers.
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This year’s event, said a release, will include a special remembrance of Liam Ryan, the Tyrone-born former Bronx resident and American citizen, “marking the 30th anniversary of his murder by British forces. Mark Thompson of Relatives for Justice, will be traveling from Belfast to speak.”
In announcing the honorees, Bronx AOH County President, Martin Galvin, said: “Brian O’Dwyer is being honored for the leadership he has given Irish America on an array of issues including immigration or justice and freedom for the north of Ireland. Just one example of his contributions is the nearby Emerald Isle Immigration Center, which has benefitted so many.
“Tom Lambert is being honored as president of New York State Hibernians, and as the leading figure in the state with the largest membership in the nation’s largest and most influential Irish American organization.
“He has made Freedom for all Ireland the priority issue for his presidency.
“Sean Ruane is a popular entertainer, music promoter, and well known community activist who is being honored for outstanding charitable work in organizing benefits.
“Bob Nolan, past Bronx County AOH President and current District Director was named the Bronx Hibernian of the Year.”
Speaking of Liam Ryan President Galvin said: “Liam Ryan will be remembered as a Tyrone immigrant, American citizen, Con Ed worker, respected as a patriot in the Bronx Irish community. After returning to Tyrone he was murdered by off-duty members of the British Army Ulster Defense Regiment on November 29, 1989.”
The honors event will run from 3 to 7 p.m. at Rory Dolan’s, 890 McLean Avenue. Music will provided by the Kitty Kelly Band. Dinner Tickets are $85 and reservations are highly recommended.
For tickets or information about congratulating the honorees in the souvenir journal call (347)880-1403, or email [email protected]