Oh my, how April 1st (April fool’s Day) played with all of us withits teasing of snow flurries and dismal day till around 4 p.m. thenthe sun shone upon us. Thankfully May has arrived and the flowersand the grass are beginning to look like our favorite color “green”.Well, if you have not heard our St. Patrick’s Day Celebration wasa success with one of our largest attendance so hats off to thosewho made the evening successful and to those who so generouslycontributed to the Marguerite Murray Scholarship Raffle. It wasthe first time in quite awhile we held a raffle and the response wasremarkable. Thanks in kind to John and Jan Delmore, Bob Hanes,Bill Wilde and too many to mention. Senator Dale Schultz thatevening presented a plaque to our Irish Rose Charlene Terry ofBaraboo and Irishman Atty. William T. (Bill) Curran
Irish yachting fans are keeping a keen eye on the Irish-Chineseentry, the Green Dragon, with a crew that includes Irish yachtsmenDamian Foxall, Justin Slattery and Ian Moore.The Green Dragon began its journey in October 2008, when therace set sail from Alicante in Spain, on an 8 month journey of39,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacificoceans. You can follow the Green Dragon’s progress onwww.greendragonracing.com.From the 23rd of May to 6th of June, 2009, visitors to Galway willbe able to join in the celebrations, as hundreds of pleasure andsupport craft gather on the water to mark the arrival and departureof the competing boats and to follow the exciting In-Port racewhich will take place during their stopover in Galway.
And the action won’t just be taking place on the water - you canalso look forward to a host of events on land including fireworkdisplays, live music and street performers, food and wine fairs anda street parade based on the city’s maritime heritage. Find outmore about the Galway Stopover, planned events and bookaccommodation at Let's Do It Galway.For more information and ideas for holidays in Galway and theWest of Ireland visit Discover Ireland.
A treat for all of us on March 21st to have our former 1998 IrishRose – Alice Hickey share in our celebration with us. A big helloto her Irishman Michael who was our Irishman of the year in 2001!
Dana J. Horkan-Gant, Membership Chair