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The Rockaway Times
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rain,” Kevin Conlon, Director of
Operations for the GIF, said. “It
was time for a change and Mar-
ty’s involvement with the Am-
phitheater is part of the reason
we decided tomove there.”
This year the festival events
have been packed into one full
day with a great lineup of mu-
sicians, Irish dancers, bagpipe
bands, vendors, fun for the kids
and plenty of corned beef and
Guinness. The festival opens at
10 a.m. and goes to 10 p.m. The
Clann Eireann Pipe Band will
kick off the music at noon, fol-
lowed by Andy Cooney at 12:30
p.m. The Buckley School of Irish
Dance and the FDNY Emerald
Society Pipes & Drums will give
a taste of traditional Irish dance
and music at 2 p.m., followed
by Derek Warfield & the Young
Wolfe Tones at 3 p.m. O’Malley
Irish Dance Academy will show
off their moves at 4:30 p.m., fol-
lowed by the McLean Avenue
Band at 5 p.m., Breezy Point
Pipes & Drums at 6:30 p.m. and
Searson at 7 p.m. Closing out
the evening will be Unforgetta-
ble Fire at 8:30 p.m. The event
will also include Irish-inspired
goods from a variety of vendors,
food by Buckley’s and Kenne-
dy’s and bartenders fromBreezy
Point and Farrell’s Bar will be
pouring pints of Guinness and
other libations. Kids will get to
enjoy things like a playground,
face painting and ice cream.
Each year, the festival hon-
ors various Irish New Yorkers
for their contributions to the
community. Among this year’s
honorees are four from the lo-
cal area, including Coach John
Kelly, Rev. William F. Sweeney,
Linda Gallagher-Lomanto and
John Manning. Kelly, of Breezy
Point, is receiving the IrishMan
of the Year Award for his work
as coach of the Xavier High
School football team. Kelly was
also suddenly diagnosed with
ALS about a year ago. “We felt
it was necessary to recognize
his success at Xavier while bat-
tling this illness that struck him
out of the blue,” Conlon said.
Somemay knowFather Bill Cun-
ningham as one of the pastors at
St. Francis de Sales, but he’s re-
ceiving the Father Mychal Judge
Memorial Award for his nearly
20 years of service at St. Francis
Prep High School. Linda Gal-
lagher-Lomanto, a Breezy Point
resident originally from Bay
Ridge, is receiving the Round
Tower Award for her role as Pres-
ident of the Bay Ridge St. Pat-
rick’s Day Parade, which she has
been involved with for 12 years.
This year’s Celtic Cross Award
goes to John Manning, of Breezy
Point, for hismany yearswith the
Ancient Order of Hibernians, in-
cluding his role as AOH Queens
County President, and for
launching the successful Rocka-
way/ Breezy Point Irish Festival.
The other honorees include Bri-
an Ruane, Katie Byrnes, Caitlin
Bowen, Sister Tesa Fitzgerald,
Marguerite Peck, Kevin Peter
Carroll, Danny Prince, Raymond
Teatumand Paul Moses.
Tickets for the event are $20
and can be purchased in ad-
vance locally at the Breezy Point
Liquor Store or Jameson’s Pub in
Rockaway, or online on Ticket-
master.com, or at the gate on the
day of the event. Children 14 and
under are free.
Conlon says the Great Irish
Fair continues each year as away
to bring the Irish communities
of New York together. “The Irish
this is a way to bring those from
Bay Ridge, Rockaway, the Bronx
and parts of Queens together for
a day of Irish music, culture and
libations. It’s like a big family
reunion after the summer.” The
festival is also held for charitable
reasons. One-hundred percent
of the net proceeds goes towards
Futures in Education, a charity
that provides scholarships for a
Catholic education to kids who
don’t have themeans to afford it.
Saturday is expected to be a
beautiful day for the fair. “Come
down this weekend,” Conlon
said. “If you haven’t seen the
Amphitheater yet, you really
should. It’s awesome to have
this venue down in Brooklyn.
We have a great slate of honorees
and we’re happy to celebrate
them on the fair grounds, we
have a great lineup of perform-
ers and why not spend this first
weekend of fall sharing a pint of
Guinness and a few laughs while
listening to great Irishmusic?”
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