And he was doing something.
When he heard that New Orleans needed help from people with law enforcement experience, McCabe and three buddies jumped into a car and drove south.
“We must have broken the land speed record, said McCabe who was immediately deputized in St. Charles Parrish when he arrived at the disaster scene.
“Yep, we’ve been deputized,” McCabe said in a cell phone interview as he walked the streets of his newly adopted beat.
“September 11, bad as it was, was confined to just sixteen acres in New York but the devastation here is right across the entire region,” McCabe said.
McCabe said that part of the area he would be working in for at least the next couple of weeks was flooded and there was tremendous storm damage.
“The parrish is open but is still without power,” he said.
McCabe said that his new duties had a personal twist to them. His wife, Joan, is a Louisiana native from Baton Rouge.
WORDS OF COMFORT
Irish foreign minister Dermot Ahern offered words of comfort to his U.S. counterpart as the devastation from Hurricane Katrina was made plain to the world.
“I wish to offer you my deepest sympathy following the terrible effects of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi and the surrounding regions,” Ahern said in a message to U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.
“May I offer my personal sympathy to you concerning the devastation in Alabama, your home State and a place where there are of course many important bonds with Ireland<" Ahern said.
“Irish people here at home and in the USA are greatly saddened and moved by the loss of life, as well as the widespread effect which the hurricane has had on so many families, their homes and livelihoods.
“I am grateful for the help which we are receiving from U.S. Federal and State agencies in providing consular assistance to Irish citizens caught up in the disaster,” Ahern added.
DANNY D HELPS DANNY O
The devastation in New Orleans has wiped out a significant Irish social, cultural and culinary presence in Crescent City
Famed establishments such as Pat O’Brien’s jazz club and the famed Brennan’s restaurant were all caught in the fury of Hurricane Katrina.
Another well-known Irish hostelry, O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel in the French Quarter was devastated, and in response musicians in the Washington D.C. area are planning a benefit concert next month.
O’Flaherty’s is owned by County Galway native Danny O’Flaherty.
Balladeer Danny Doyle is the main planner behind the “O’Flaherty’s New Orleans Rescue Concert” which has been set for Oct. 30.
“Because of Hurricane Katrina, Danny O’Flaherty, the internationally acclaimed musician-singer has probably lost his home and most certainly lost his business,” Doyle said in an e-mail circular.
“Danny and his family are safe and sound, but for the foreseeable future his livelihood is gone,” Doyle said.
“They were evacuated to Jasper, Texas but Danny managed to get back to New Orleans this week to check his home. He’s distraught,” Doyle told the Echo.
Doyle said that tickets at $25 each for the benefit should be made payable to Danny O’Flaherty.
But they should be mailed c/o Danny Doyle, 10836 Moore Drive, Manassas, VA 20111-2925.
“I will get them to Danny O’Flaherty right away,” Doyle said.
The benefit, which Doyle said would feature a number of singers and bands would take place at Ireland’s Four Provinces on Connecticut Avenue. Information is available at (202) 244-0860 or from Doyle himself at (703) 361-8884.
New York bar and restaurant owner John Mahon has laid down a challenge to all his colleagues in the business.
Write a check for every premises you own and donate the money to hurricane Katrina relief.
Mahon is suggesting a thousand dollar a check or whatever sum can be managed.
He himself has written a thousand dollar check for each of his six restaurants and is sending the money to the American Red Cross at PO Box 37243, Washington DC 20013.
Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers has lots of room and the popular venue wants to fill every inch for a Hurricane Katrina relief benefit on Sunday, Sept. 18.
“We are trying to encourage all businesses to participate,” said owner Rory Dolan.
Dolan said all the money collected during the event featuring a barbeque, raffle and live music would go to the American Red Cross.
Details from (914) 776-2946 or www.rorydolans.com.
AOH DIV. NINE FUND
The Francis P. Beirne Division Nine of New York County has set up a relief fund in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In a statement, the division said that one hundred percent of donations mail would be sent to victims or relief organizations working in the Gulf area. All administration and distribution costs would absorbed by the division.
Donations payable to AOH F. P. Beirne, Division 9, Hurricane Relief Fund can be sent to Peter Coyle, Treasure Div 9, 126 King Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704 or Michael Murphy, 111 North Terrace Ave, Apt 1, Mount Vernon, NY 10550.
Details on the fund are available from Bill Reilly, president Div. 9 at (718) 829-5880 or Hilary Beirne, vice president at (914) 833-8363 or e-mail at div9_aoh_nyc@Hotmail.com
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IAUC WAITS FOR NEWS
The Irish American Unity Conference, as with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, was this week anxiously awaiting news on the safety of members in the Gulf Coast region.
The group has members in New Orleans and Alabama.
“Our hearts go out to all who are experiencing the devastation caused by the hurricane. The national board is discussing ways the IAUC can assist these members in anyway we can, once they are located,” said IAUC director of communications, Deanna Turner.
The IAUC is accepting donations to help members c/o Irish American Unity Conference, Attn: Hurricane Relief Effort, 611 Pennsylvania Ave, SE # 4150
Washington, D.C. 20003.
Meanwhile, Fiona Ferry, four-year-old daughter of Irish deportee Ciaran Ferry and her mother Heaven have launched an online auction on Ebay to raise funds that can be used by charities caring for animals affected by the hurricane.
Mother and daughter had visited New Orleans in order to take their minds off the deportation of Ciaran Ferry to Ireland.
New York publican Frank Dwyer was counting his lucky stars in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The Leitrim native who owns a number of bar/restaurants in the Big Apple opened a premises on the Big Easy’s Bourbon Street a last year. But he was not entirely happy with the way business was proceeding and sold the bar about four months ago.
“Thanks be to God,” Dwyer said.
LUCK OF THE…
One company in Mobile, Alabama looks as if it’s set for a very busy few months.
It sells pumps and pipes and general equipment used to deal with water.
The company’s website boasts of a “large variety of pumps for your fluid handling applications.
The name of the company? “Irish and Associates Inc.”