They say if you want to get something done, ask the busiest person.

That summed up the beloved Liam Hegarty, as one longtime friend put it. Hegarty is well-known for serving on the board of the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia and in various leadership roles for the Delaware County (Delco) Gaels, the Gaelic Athletic Association locally and nationally, Irish Network-Philadelphia, and the Irish American Business Chamber and Network—but his influence and rampant creativity touched many other organizations and, say those who knew him best, made them better.

Hegarty, of West Chester, born in Ednamuck, Mountcharles, County Donegal, passed away suddenly earlier this week. Born October 10, 1967, he was just 51. His untimely death leaves many trying to imagine what life will be like without his friendship and dedication.

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Donegal business programme targets high-growth start ups in Philadelphia and Ireland
Donegal Now

High growth start-up technology businesses in Ireland and in the greater Philadelphia area of the USA, are being urged to get involved in a new programme that could see them establish international links in Ireland for the Eurozone and the rest of the world.

The new Delta Accelerator Programme  – will be brought to Philadelphia this month under the banner of “The North West Innovation Fund” in partnership with the Donegal County Enterprise Fund and Local Enterprise Office, Donegal, who are driving the trans-Atlantic project.

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• Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade annual fundraiser: Trip to Ireland
Win a Trip for 2 to Ireland – Value is $ 7,000.00 – OR – $5,000.00 in cash.
Ticket cost is $ 20.00

The winner will be announced at their Awards Ceremony on Wednesday April 27th,  2019. These make great gifts! Purchase tickets by emailing Include your name, address, and phone and Michael Bradley will email them to you

• The parade will be on March 10, 2019, not on St. Patrick’s Day March 17th.

• Congratulations to the new officers of the St Patrick’s Day Observance Association, 2018 – 2019:
Chaplain: Fr. Kevin J. Gallagher
Chaplain: Sister James Anne Feerick I.H.M.
President:   John A. Stevenson
1st Vice President: Joseph M. Fox
2nd Vice President: Mary Beth Ryan
Parade Director: Michael J. Bradley, Jr.
Treasurer: Harry J. Marnie
Recording Secretary: Hon, James Murray Lynn
Corresponding Secretary: Karen Boyce McCollum

• Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal and Theme Nominations

Grand Marshal Nominations – In order to be considered, you will have to submit the entry through emails or regular mail.  The nominating committee will then submit the information to the board for review. The nomination must have information about the person submitting the nomination including name, address, phone and email address.   Background biography or resume sheet on the qualifications of why the person should be Grand Marshal are needed. Nominations will be accepted from the general public starting October 16 and will end at 5:00 PM on October 30th.

Theme Nominations – Remember, it has to fit on a banner, and groups try to plan their groups, floats, and dance routines relating to the Theme.  In order to be considered, you will have to submit the entry through emails or regular mail.  The nominating committee will then submit the information to our board for review.   Nominations will be accepted from the general public also starting October 16 and end at 5:00 PM  on October 30th.

Please send both the Theme and/or Grand Marshal Nomination to or St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association, PO Box 36629, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Both the Grand Marshal and Theme will be voted on at the November Board meeting.

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St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association
PO Box 36629
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phila. officials head to Ireland, U.K. to boost business, tourism ties

Philadelphia Business Journal

Philadelphia officials this month will embark on a multicity business trip to Ireland and the United Kingdom with the hope of fortifying city relations while giving a boost to tourism between the countries.

The trip could prove meaningful because Philadelphia and Pennsylvania have strong business ties with the Emerald Isle, and the U.K. is consistently the city’s top market for overseas visitation.

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