Famous faces pay tribute to hotelier John Fitzpatrick celebrating 25 years at the top in NYC
The cosmopolitans were flowing as familiar Irish faces gathered in Dublin to honour renowned John Fitzpatrick.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and actor Liam Neeson were among those to pay tribute to Mr Fitzpatrick at an exclusive party marking 25 years of business as head of the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group in New York City.
Over the years, the four-star premises has hosted a multitude of stars across disciplines including Gabriel Byrne, and Joan Collins, and has become top of many Irish tourists' must-visit list for a possible celebrity sighting and a home away from home on their holidays.
VIPs gathered at Farrier & Draper on Dublin's South William Street where they toasted Mr Fitzpatrick's silver anniversary and the venue was transformed into a mini-Manhattan for the occasion.
Although he was absent from the celebrations, Neeson sent his well-wishes to his good friend, saying: "I shall raise a glass of some liquid to you and your team, John, and the success of your hotel group.
"To build hotels in the greatest city in the world and not only compete with the other major hotel groups, but to thrive and maintain a very human and genuinely welcoming face to all who walk through your doors, is no small accomplishment."
Mr Fitzpatrick praised his hard-working team for keeping the businesses running so efficiently since their launch in 1992.
"I find it hard to believe it’s 25 years. We have received tremendous support over the years and have had the privilege of hosting some very distinguished guests. Many of them have become like family to us," Mr Fitzpatrick said.
"We are still the only Irish-run hotel in New York, a distinction I am very proud of. I believe our success is due in no small way to the warmth of an Irish welcome. We extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to each and every guest.
"This warm welcome, of course, is helped by the fact that we continually invest in upgrading and refurbishing our hotels to maintain the highest possible standards."