By Ray O’Hanlon
The Kerry Association in New York has backed its Cork equivalent’s protest over the denial of the St. Patrick’s Day line of march to the Irish papers.
In a letter to parade committee chairman John Dunleavy, Kerry Association president Dermot Myers asked that the parade committee reconsider its stand and provide the line of march to the Irish American papers in the New York area.
"Two years ago my predecessor, James O’Connor, wrote to you about our concern that the line of march…was withheld from the Irish-American press. Unfortunately, you chose not to respond to that letter," Myers wrote Dunleavy.
Myers added that at the January meeting of the Kerry Association, a copy of the Cork Association’s letter to the parade committee had been read.
Kerry Association members had "unanimously endorsed" the sentiments of the Cork letter, Myers stated.
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Last month, the Cork Association wrote Dunleavy stating that it was "dismayed" that the Irish papers were being denied the line of march for the third consecutive year.
The Emerald Isle Immigration Center in Queens is holding a 245I seminar on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers. The meeting follows a recent seminar at the EIIC’s offices in Queens which attracted more than 200 people.
Section 245i allows undocumented immigrants to apply for legal status while remaining in the U.S. The provision is temporarily in force until April 30.
The EIIC, meanwhile, is holding an education seminar at its Woodside office tonight at 7. The event is aimed at providing information on higher education and will be moderated by Dr. Maureen Murphy of Hofstra University and John Garvey, former president of the Irish American Teachers Association. The EIIC is at (718) 478-5502.
LAOH to award scholarships
The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians of Westchester County is awarding a series of college and high school scholarships in an essay competition the deadline for which is March 1.
The scholarships are aimed at students living in the county and attending accredited public, private or parochial colleges and schools.
The college scholarships, $1,500, $1,000 and $750, will be awarded for essays dealing with the Great Hunger while the high school scholarships, $1,000, $500 and $250, will be given out for essays on Commodore John Barry, "Father of the U.S. Navy." For details on how to enter the competition, call Monica Dwyer at (914)693-5760.
Hunger Strike Mass
A Mass to mark the 20th anniversary of the hunger strikes in Long Kesh will be held on Saturday, March 10, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
The Mass is being jointly organized by Irish Northern Aid, Clan na Gael the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Brehon Law society.
The Mass, at the main altar, will start at 10 a.m. and is being officially sponsored by the 1980-1981 Hunger Strike Commemorative Committee.
‘Bloody Sunday’ reading
Author Peter Pringle will read from his book Those are Real Bullets: Bloody Sunday, Derry 1972" on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m. at Rocky Sullivan’s, 129 Lexington Ave., NYC.
Pringle and co-author Philip Jacobson provide the definitive full-length narrative account of Bloody Sunday, in which, on Jan. 30, 1972, British paratroopers opened fire on unarmed demonstrators in Derry, killing thirteen and wounding another fourteen. Five were shot in the back. A major turning point in the recent history of Northern Ireland, the massacre galvanized Catholics in their struggle against the British presence in Northern Ireland.
Using extensive interviews and recently declassified documents unavailable for previous books about the shootings, they vividly re-create the chaos and terror of the day, providing an intimate portrait of a city in revolt and the climax of a failed military response that plunged Northern Ireland into three decades of armed conflict.
For details, call (212) 725-3871.