Terry Connaughton, long a Gaelic Athletic Association stalwart and president of the LGAA, will be honored at the New York GAA’s 65th annual banquet, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. at the Surf Club, 280 Davenport Ave. in New Rochelle.
Connaughton, a native of Athleague, Co. Roscommon, came to the U.S. in 1952. In 1957, he joined the New York City Police Department, serving with distinction until 1977. He and his family have owned and operated the successful Riverdale Steakhouse since 1979.
On the playing field, Connaughton was captain of 1951 Roscommon minor hurlers, who lost the Connaught final to Galway. The following year, he won a Connaught hurling medal when Roscommon defeated Galway for the first time 45 years. In New York, he won three hurling championships with Clare, and also played football with Roscommon and Good Shepherd.
Off the field, Connaughton has served as president of the GAA on three occasions and as vice president three times. At present, he is PRO. When the New York Ladies’ Football Division was founded in 1992, he was its first president.
Tickets are $65 each and are available in tables of 10. These may be obtained at the regular GAA meetings or by calling any committee member. The banquet program is open to advertisers at $100 per page; $200 per gold page.