Our  Centennial Year of  Celebrations

2005  

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). 
  
    Later in the day we all went to Williamson's Restaurant in Horsham for our Centennial Dinner / Dance music by the Vince Gallagher band. Displays of our 100 year history presented by our  historian  Sean McMennamin.   Awards were given & received after dinner and we then danced thru the night.

   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 the members thank  Mayo Centennial Ball  Chairperson Rosaleen Megonegal and her Committees for their hard work to make this the 100th Ball one we will never forget.

  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 Christmas Party.
 
  We thank all the members of the Mayo Association who contributed to our Centennial Year. It was a year of hard work and joy. We can always look back with pride and have good memories on this our finest year.

 

 
  Opening  Centennial  Year

 


  Msgr. Reilly Award

 


       Centennial Mass

 


Award at Centennial Dance




Ireland Tour, Knock Shrine



Centennial Ball  2005
 


Christmas   Party


 

 

           Centennial Committee    

               Chairpersons 
                
Tom & Attracta O'Malley 
                    Secretary 
                      
Patricia Sweeney
                    Treasurer  
                     
Tom Staunton










 

  Centennial Event Chairs

      Liturgy
       
Sister James Ann Feerick
      Float & Banner
       
Bob & Kathy Hurst
      Banquet
       
Maureen Brett-Saxton
      History & Exhibit
       
Sean McMenamin
      Frank X. Cantwell
     Ireland Trip
       
Patricia Sweeney
      Bus Trips
       
Helen Henry-DeGrand
     Mayo Ball
     
  Rosaleen Megonegal
 

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