President Speaks at Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s Anniversary Dinner

President Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., was an honored speaker at the New York City’s Society of Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Anniversary Dinner on March 16.

Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, who was recently recognized as one of the top figures in education with an Irish heritage by the Irish Voice newspaper, was an honored speaker at the New York City’s Society of Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Anniversary Dinner on March 16.

“We are delighted that President O’Donnell spoke at our 228th Anniversary Dinner this year,” said Mark B. Codd ’71, president of The Society. “Education has always been the gateway to advancement for the Irish coming to America, and we enjoyed President O’Donnell’s perspective on this topic.”

Following The Society of Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s tradition, the Anniversary Dinner included three speeches and toasts presented by Codd; Harry Smith, correspondent for NBC News; and O’Donnell. O’Donnell delivered his speech in response to “The United States” toast at the event, which was held at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers. Codd offered “The President of the United States” toast, and Smith replied to “The Day We Celebrate.”

The Society was formed in late 1783 by Daniel McCormick to aid impoverished and displaced Irish people living in New York City. The Society is progressing into its fourth century of dedication to charity with a common heritage and faith connecting members.

“Manhattan College has played a vital role in the history of the Irish in New York City for more than 150 years, and I was honored to represent that rich tradition at this year’s Friendly Sons dinner,” O’Donnell said.

O’Donnell also marched alongside Manhattan College’s Gaelic Society, Pipes and Drums, and College community on March 17 at the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Photos taken by Matthew Mauro, Manhattan Group Photogs, on March 16.