Westmeath Men’s Ball – Enjoyable Function in New York – Proceeds in Aid of New Cathedral

The Westmeath Ball of 1935 has passed into history, but the memory of it will linger long in the minds of those whose good fortune it was to be present. Although the night was very inclement– the first blinding snowstorm of the year making travel hazardous–it did not dampen the ardour of hundreds of patrons… Continue reading Westmeath Men’s Ball – Enjoyable Function in New York – Proceeds in Aid of New Cathedral

With Grandson Jack Murray

Christopher J. Murray with grandson Jack Murray (son of John F. Murray, born in 1905) in around 1935.

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Passing Observations

Despite rumors of ill health, we were glad to meet former Commissioner Christopher J. Murray of Westmeath at the Welfare Bureau during the week. Mr. Murray’s health has been somewhat erratic of late, but his great will power has reasserted itself and he is again around and about, performing the duties connected with the Irish… Continue reading Passing Observations

Cusack Park, Mullingar – References in American Press

The “Gaelic American,” in its issue of 9th February, 1935, published the following:–Taking time from his duties as director of the Welfare Bureau (United Irish Counties) at the Knights of Columbus Hotel, Christopher Murray, for ever so long identified with Irish sports, of some years back, furnishes some new information about Cusack Park, Mullingar, Co.… Continue reading Cusack Park, Mullingar – References in American Press

Brilliant Function – Westmeath Exiles In The Ballroom

Forty-third Annual Ball In New YorkHighly Interesting Particulars and DescriptionsFor the forty third consecutive year, the Westmeath Ball has come and gone. Like its predecessors, this year’s affair on Saturday evening, Nov 24th at Yorkville Casino, was the Irish social triumph of the season. No other Irish social gathering in New York approaches Westmeath in… Continue reading Brilliant Function – Westmeath Exiles In The Ballroom

Westmeath Ball

To the Westmeath Ball at the Yorkville Casino, and here we find another large and brilliant gathering worthy of a column of details. We enjoyed our stay very much and met many wonderful Westmeath folks introduced by Chris Murray. John McCormick and Doctor James Brennan. The grand march was a pretty one–the four leading ladies… Continue reading Westmeath Ball

What Ed. Gilgane Says

The October meeting of delegates and alternates to the United Irish Counties Association proved a wel­ come departure from the hitherto dilatory discursiveness of past expe­rience. For one reason, President Paul O’Dwyer was on the job literal­ly and figuratively, and used his gavel with positiveness and preci­sion, and for a second reason, there was a… Continue reading What Ed. Gilgane Says

Christopher J Murray Meets With Irish Free State Minister Michael MacWhite

On this day of the annual Irish feis in New York, Christopher J. Murray was one of six individuals selected by the United Irish Counties Association to escort and welcome Irish Free State Minister Michael MacWhite to the event. MacWhite was the official Irish Ambassador to the United States. “In 1929, MacWhite was appointed Minister… Continue reading Christopher J Murray Meets With Irish Free State Minister Michael MacWhite

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Complete Feis Program For Sunday, Sept. 23

Minister MacWhite to Speak Over 1,200 Entries Mr. John O’Connor, chairman of the United Irish Counties Feis Committee, announces that the Feis will be officially opened at 1 p.m., with the Irish Free State Minister, the Hon. Michael MacWhite, officiating. The chairman of the Entries Committee states that he has over 1,200 entrants in the… Continue reading Complete Feis Program For Sunday, Sept. 23

Irish to Conduct Festival Sept. 23

An annual Feis, traditional Irish festival, will be held September 23 at the New York Coliseum, 177th Street and Starlight Park, under auspices of the United Irish Counties Association. The Feis will be opened by Michael MacWhite, Irish Free State Minister to the United States. Guests of honor include Leo McCauley, Consul-General of the Irish… Continue reading Irish to Conduct Festival Sept. 23

Irish Entertainers to Compete in Feis, Held Under Auspices of United Irish Counties Association

The 1934 annual feis of the United Irish Counties Association will be held at the New York Coliseum, 177th Street and Tremont Avenue, on Sunday, Sept 23. Designed to “encourage Irish cultural activities” in this country, the feis will feature competitions in dancing, singing, and music between men, women, and children. This year’s feis has… Continue reading Irish Entertainers to Compete in Feis, Held Under Auspices of United Irish Counties Association

Westmeath Men’s New York Association

Due to the success of the recent popularity contest sponsored by the Westmeath Men’s Social and Benevolent Association in conjunction with their annual ball, they were enabled to forward a draft for three hundred dollars to the Cusack Park Memorial Committee, Mullingar. This now park, excelled by only Croke Park, Dublin, is located in a… Continue reading Westmeath Men’s New York Association

Letter to Captain P. Cowan, Westmeath County Secretary

To Captain P. Cowan My Dear Captain Cowan,– It gives me great pleasure to respond to your very interesting and delightful letter of May 4th in which you gave a brief outline of the activities of Cusack Memorial Park. The only exception noted was your request that we name the trophy. The organisation feels that… Continue reading Letter to Captain P. Cowan, Westmeath County Secretary

Cusack Park – New York Westmeath Gaels Financial Rally

At the last meeting of Westmeath Co. Committee G.A.A. the following letter was read from the Westmeath Men’s Association, New York:– Westmeath Men’s S. & B. Association Central Opera House 205 East 67th Street New York Mr. John Garland, Streamstown Co. Westmeath, Ireland Dear,– Last summer you wrote to the president of our Association, Mr.… Continue reading Cusack Park – New York Westmeath Gaels Financial Rally

United Irish Counties Bureau Makes Splendid Progress

The United Irish Counties Association Welfare Bureau has just passed its first month in operation, and from all reports it was badly needed for some time. The united Irish Counties during the two years that it has been going through a thorough reorganization has been promised a bureau of welfare and general information by its… Continue reading United Irish Counties Bureau Makes Splendid Progress

Young Irish Exile in America

Three Years Left Ballynacargy Her Appreciation of the “Examiner” Views on Local and Other Matters Interesting Letter In enclosing a renewal subscription for the “Westmeath Examiner” Annie J. Pryce of 2 Willow Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., writes: “Your paper is truly valuable to one so far away from the old home town. After all there is… Continue reading Young Irish Exile in America

Westmeath Men’s Ball, November 25

The 43rd annual ball of the Westmeath Men’s Social and Benevolent Association will take place on Saturday evening, November 25, at Yorkville Casino, 210 East 86th Street. Preparations began in earnest at their last meeting at Central Opera House, 67th Street and Third Avenue. The “Miss Westmeath” popularity contest for the round trip ticket to… Continue reading Westmeath Men’s Ball, November 25

How The “Examiner” Was Received

The following is from the “Irish Echo,” New York in “Celtic Chatter and Chaff.” Friday night George Murray, secretary of the United Irish Counties Union, installed the new officers of the Westmeath Men’s Association at the Central Opera House–and every one of ’em a credit to his county:– James Weston, president, Michael Carolan, vice-president; James… Continue reading How The “Examiner” Was Received