Our Centennial Year of Celebrations
Sunday, January 16th
Our first membership meeting of the year after the officers were sworn in we began the opening of our centennial year celebration with a social among members.
Sunday, March 13th
It was a great day for our centennial march as we looked our best marching in the Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade with our Lady of Knock float built by members of the association. We won the Msgr. Thomas J. Reilly award for the outstanding marching unit of fraternal organizations.
Sunday, May 1st
We started the day with our Centennial Mass at the Shrine of St.
Katherine Drexel in Bensalem celebrated by our former Chaplain
Father Gerry Burns with Fr. Flanagan and Fr. Coyne followed by a tour of the shrine and visit with
Sister Mary Inez Carney (Saint Katherine Drexel's nurse).
It was a day we will never forget. A day fitting for a centennial celebration.
Sunday, August 21
Our Centennial Lady of Knock Mass celebrates by Fathers Michael Kennedy, John Kennedy, and Michael Callahan at the Irish Center with over 150 people attending and a dinner /dance to follow was enjoyed by all. A display of photographs & plaques of our 100 years was presented in the ballroom.
September 10 to 18
Our Centennial Celebration trip to Ireland was a tour of County Clare, Galway, and Mayo. The sites included Cliffs of Moher, City of Galway & Bay, Knock Shrine, Knock International Airport, Father Peyton Memorial Museum, Hennigan's Heritage Centre, Ceide Fields on the Mayo coast, the town of Westport, and Clew Bay, Westport House, Achill Island, historic Foxford Woolen Mills, Tourlough Park Museum, Connemara & Kylemore Abby, and a sumptuous meal and entertainment at Dunguaire Castle. This trip to Ireland was better then anyone expected. Our best entertainment was from our tour director Tony O'Callahan.
The Mayo Centennial Ball was the best ever with the
Grand March made up of members, past Presidents, Miss Mayos,
Mayo County Councilers, and invited guests from other Irish Societies.
Music by Tommy Flynn and the New York Showband. Theresa Flanagan Band, and dinners by Mickey Cavanaugh. The presentation to
Patricia Sweeney for the Mary Henry Brady President's Award.
We ended the
Centennial Year with the Mayo Christmas Party starting with Holy Mass
celebrates Fr. Flanagan and our former chaplain Fr. Jerry Burns followed
by a candle light procession conducted by our chaplain Sr. James
Ann. Music was provided by three of our members. Rosaleen
Megonegal, Kathleen Boyle singing and Patricia Sweeney at the organ.
After Mass we had a slide show of our Centennial Year activities
conducted by Sr. James Ann. Santa Claus (member Andrew Harley) arrived
with presents for the children to add to the enjoyment of our Mayo
Opening Centennial Year