The Ancient Order of Hibernians Bronx County Board held its annual dinner dance on Sunday, November 21 at Rory Dolan's in Yonkers.
The gathering was dedicated to the 1981 Hunger Strikers' American legacy.
Honorees pictured (l-r) are Michael Shanley (representing supporters of the 1981 Hunger Strikers), Congressman Eliot Engel, AOH National President Danny O'Connell, Nuala Purcell, President, County Tipperary N&B Association/Photographer, guest speaker Andrée Murphy, Deputy Director, Relatives for Justice, and AOH Bronx County Board President Martin Galvin, who is also AOH National Chairman of the Freedom for All Ireland committee.
Congressman Engel represented the U.S. 16th congressional district until he lost a Democratic primary last year and then did not stand in the general election.
During his time in Congress, Engel, whose career reached its pinnacle when he became chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was a stalwart on issues of Irish American concern, in particular the battle to secure a permanent American home for Malachy McAllister.
Just prior to his departure from Congress Engel, joined by other members of Congress, penned a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging the preservation and protection of the Good Friday Agreement amid all the rancor and disruption caused by Brexit.