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September 18, 2010

President Dugan'68 Celebrates Great Irish Fair as Chief Brehon

St. Francis College Has Large Showing To Help Raise Money For Diocese

As Chief Brehon of the Great Irish Fair of New York, St. Francis College President Brendan J. Dugan ’68 led the procession from Our Lady of Solace Church to the fairgrounds at MCU Park in Coney Island, kicking off the two day celebration of Irish culture and traditions September 18 and 19.

President Dugan offered thanks and gratitude for being honored at the Fair. He thanked his late parents who immigrated to Brooklyn from County Donegal. President Dugan credited his parents for instilling him with a strong sense of his Irish culture and history as well as a deep Catholic faith that shows in his numerous commitments to parish and community groups.

Special recognition was also given to the Diocese of Brooklyn and the rigorous, parochial education that President Dugan experienced, including a scholarship to attend St. Augustine’s High School. He thanked the Franciscan Brothers and DeLaSalle Christian Brothers specifically for the personal, academic and professional lessons they offered.

Thousands came out to take in the rides, games, live music and exhibitors including dozens of St. Francis College student athletes, student government members and others who managed all the children’s rides and concessions.

Originally begun in 1982 and re-energized under the Irish American Building Society Charities, Inc. the Great Irish Fair is committed to the great Irish American tradition of giving. All net proceeds will be donated to a charitable fund for the benefit of Brooklyn Diocesan Catholic Elementary Schools.

Attached Photo: (Chief Behon St. Francis College President Brendan J. Dugan ‘68 and Colleen Queen Siobhan McGirl)

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.
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