Place of birth: Woodside, NY.
Where you live: Woodside.
Name of Company you work for: JTBUSA Inc.
City you work in: New York.
Profession: Travel Consultant.
Why I chose this career: I love to travel. So how better to see the world than to be a travel agent.
The proudest moment of my career:
I remember one trip with my dad which when we were going to Ireland First Class by way of England. First of all, he was laughing at the service and treatment we were given but more importantly he took the time to tell me about his original journey to America via England and Scotland arriving in The U.S. on New Year’s Eve. It was wonderful to hear about his experiences and his reasons for emigrating here. It was one of the joys of my life to be able to make that happen for my dad and indeed to share that experience with him. It was a trip I will never forget.
Biography: Mary is a Woodside native and resident with a deep love and respect for my Irish heritage. My connections to Mayo run deep as well.
she is the sixth of seven children born to Patrick and Catherine Coyne. Her father, Paddy, was born in Shanvally Cahil Tourmakeady and her mother, Catherine, was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Catherine’s parents Mary and Patrick Lydon were fine Mayo people as well from Gortmore, and Derry Park, Tourmakeady respectively.
Mary attended BVM Help of Christians School in Woodside, Queens Vocational HS and Queens College before pursuing a career in travel. Her career in travel has helped make it possible for her to make many visits to Ireland and forge connections with family and friends there. In addition to her professional life, Mary devotes a great deal of time in support of people in need, raising money for various charities and for neighbors, friends and anyone, who have fallen on hard times and continues to be a great advocate for keeping Irish traditions alive here in NYC. She is past president of the Mayo Society of NY and a board member of the Irish American Society of Nassau Suffolk and Queens.