Cathaoirleach Meets Governor On New York Visit

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Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council Jimmy Moloney meets Governor of New York Kathy Hochul in Albany.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Jimmy Moloney, is continuing his visit to New York following a warm welcome from New York Governor Kathy Hochul in the State Capitol in Albany.

The Governor, whose grandparents on both sides (Courtney and Brown) hailed from The Maharees, is immensely proud of her Kerry heritage and in a citation presented to the Mayor stated: “Although I may be an ocean away, the Kerry spirit remains ingrained in who I am today”.

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The Mayor presented the Governor with a  ‘sea green bowl’ by Colleen Bowler, handcrafted in Castlegregory, and a section of the Valentia Trans- Atlantic Cable (1866-1966), mounted on Valentia Slate by David Howard, that once linked Kerry to Newfoundland and on to New York.

Later today,  Mayor Moloney will join New York Firefighters of Kerry descent to lay a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero, attend a breakfast meeting with the Mayor of New York, Eric Adams,  attend St. Patrick’s Day Mass and walk with President Patrice Buckley and members of the Kerry Association down Fifth Avenue in the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The visit continues tomorrow (Friday) with economic and tourism promotion engagements.

The Mayor is guest of honour at the Annual New York Kerry Association Annual Dinner Dance in the Kerry Hall in Yonkers on Friday night. It is the first time in three years that the get-together is taking place.  He returns to Ireland on Saturday.

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