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Hope gathering offers best of Ireland and India

Limerick hurling star Richie McCarthy will be speaking at the Hope event.


By Irish Echo Staff

The Hope Foundation is planning a cross-cultural evening of special guests and live entertainment from Ireland and India on Wednesday evening, February 27, at the American Irish Historical Association on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

The benefit event is organized by The Hope Foundation, which recently launched in the U.S. but is headquartered in Cork.

The gathering aims to raise awareness and funds for marginalized children in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India.

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Humanitarian, founder and honorary director of the Hope Foundation, Maureen Forrest from Cork, will be in attendance and will speak about what the foundation accomplishes in Kolkata.

A celebrity guest at the event will be Richie McCarthy, full back for the All Ireland-winning Limerick senior hurling team.

McCarthy will talk about how his county captured its first All-Ireland hurling title in 45 years. Another special guest will be Meera Gandhi who was born in Mumbai to an Irish mother and an Indian father.

At the age of 16, she met Mother Teresa and worked with her helping children at Asha Dan, Mumbai.

Duly inspired, Gandhi went on to found the Giving Back Offices with projects in India, New York, Hong Kong, Turkey and the UK. She lives in New York City and runs The Giving Back Foundation.

Also a special guest will be Michael Sheldrick, Vice President, Global Policy and Government Affairs for Global Citizen. He hails from Australia but is based in New York.

Julie Feeney from Galway will be providing entertainment. Her sell-out shows have riveted audiences all over the world and she is the winner of the Choice Music Prize for “Irish Album of the Year,” said a release.

Tickets for the event are $250 and are limited, funds raised from the event will benefit the street children of Kolkata. The tax-deductible amount is $200.

Said the release: If you cannot attend, please consider sponsoring a child’s education for one year at the cost of $300. To book online

For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, or to book a ticket, contact

Mary Reed at or (516)467-6030.

More on the Hope Foundation at and @HopeFoundation.