Mayor joins over 2,000 from Kerry at the NY parade

Delegation from Kerry took part in a series of events as part of the St Patrick's Day festivities

Simon Brouder

There was a formidable Kerry presence in New York for the Big Apple's St Patrick's Day parade, with over 2,000 people flying the flag for the Kingdom at the world's oldest and largest Patrick's Day parade.

As is tradition, the march's Kerry contingent was led down Fifth Avenue by the New York Kerry Patriotic and Benevolent Association - which this year is headed up by President Frank O'Keeffe, a descendant of Brosna - with stirring musical backing from the Kerry Pipers.

Mayor Foley extended the thanks of the people of Kerry to the Association members, whose support has been critical in getting projects such as the Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence over the line.

There were quite a few special guests among the Kerry group including Mayor of Kerry Norma Foley; Kerry County Council's Chief Executive Moira Murrell and the Reigning Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher, who was joined by a large number of her fellow 2018 Rose of Tralee finalists and their escorts.

The parade was a highlight of what was a busy few days for Mayor Foley and Ms Murrell, who had meetings with senior staff from the IDA and Tourism Ireland and the Ireland America Business Council. They also attended the launch of a new Ireland US Business Review by the American Chamber of Commerce in the Irish Consulate building.