Attorney General Letitia James Photo by Nuala Purcell.

An Expanding Event

The Council For American Ireland Relations, the organization behind the recent conference at Dublin City University marking the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, will honor a frontline Irish American threesome at a gathering in Manhattan on Tuesday, December 5.

And in terms of participants, expected and confirmed, the gathering is expanding.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James is now expected to attend while mucical interludes will be provided by Mary Courtney and "America's Piper" Joe Brady.

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The actual honorees are New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, former New Jersey governor Richard Codey, and labor leader John Samuelsen of the TWU.

State Senator Kennedy, a Democrat, recently announced his intention to run for New York's 26th congressional seat which is being vacated by the retiring Congressman Brian Higgins.

Governor Codey was Grand Marshal of the 2002 West Orange, NJ St. Patrick’s Parade. His membership of Irish American organization include the West Orange Friendly Sons and the Honor Guard of St. Patrick, Irish American Society of Orange.

The awards event will be held at Gossip Bar & Restaurant, 9th Avenue and 50th Street from 5.30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  

For details and reservations contact Nessa Brennan at (929)669-6604, or email

The Council for American Ireland Relations Inc. was formed in the early days after the Good Friday Agreement by Irish American Leaders who had participated in the lead up to the groundbreaking agreement.

Among CFAIR’s stated purposes is to act as a not for profit organization, to aid lawmakers, elected officials, business groups, and immigrant organizations, and to create understanding on Irish culture, Irish government, and the current cross-border government initiatives stemming from the Good Friday Agreement.