Kerry GAA's $1m Big Apple pay day
Kerry GAA received a $1.2m boost from a lavish fund-raiser at Manhattan's legendary Plaza Hotel on Thursday.
It was $1,000 a head for the banquet and all 420 tickets were sold. Guests then spent a fortune, snapping up items at a special auction in aid of the Kingdom's new GAA centre of excellence at Currans.
Pat Spillane, Ogie Moran, Eoin Liston, Darragh O'Se and a full squad of Kerry footballing legends gathered for the fundraiser on New York's Fifth Avenue.
Many of the Irish-American business people who attended made their fortunes in construction after leaving Ireland during the 1980s recession.
This is the Kerry GAA board's third year travelling to the US to raise funds for the new facility.
By the end of last week, the board had raised $1,150,000 (€1,050,000), ahead of another fundraising event in London.
Kerry's international fundraising officer John O'Dwyer praised the efforts of New York construction kingpins Maurice Regan of JT Magen & Company and Donal O' Sullivan, who owns Navillus Contracting with his three siblings.
Navillus was a contractor at the 9/11 memorial and recently finished One World Trade Center, the tallest skyscraper in the western hemisphere.