Bronx Chamber of Commerce Honors Local Irish-American Leaders At Luncheon Friday


Photos by Robert Benimoff

The Bronx Chamber of Commerce held a St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon honoring individuals of Irish-American heritage who have made an impact in the borough.


Opening remarks from President and CEO Lenny Caro and the Star Spangled banner.


Fr. Richard Gorman, a board member of the Chamber and the chair of Community Board 12, offered an opening prayer.

Bob Nolan gave a rousing talk celebrating Bronx and national leaders who have meant so much to the Irish-American community in the Bronx and the Bronx as a whole.

Kenneth Kearns, chair of Community Board 10, spoke about his experience as a Irish-American Bronxite.

Justice Douglass E. McKeon spoke about the good work of all the other honorees.

John Dearie, a former Bronx Assemblyman who now has a prominent Bronx personal injury law practice, spoke about the civic and political leaders from the past who shaped the experience of the Irish diasporic community in the Bronx and who worked towards peace in Northern Ireland.


Noreen O’Donoghue, of GPJ O’Donoghue Contracting and the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, spoke about the value of family and teamwork in both her professional and philanthropic work.  (She is pictured above with friends and family.)

Taryn Duffy, of Empire City Casino, spoke of her love for her favorite borough.

Bill Long, of Bronx Toys, praised the Chamber’s work and Lenny Caro in particular, whose introduction spoke of Long’s great philanthropic work donating his product to needy Bronx children.

Carolyn Murphy, of Country Bank.

Bronx Chamber of Commerce President Lenny Caro and honoree Justice Douglass McKeon. Photos c/o Al Beninghoff/ Bronx Chamber of Commerce.

Bronx Chamber of Commerce Chair Doug Kelleher, honoree Taryn Duffy and Lenny Caro .

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Bronx Chronicle publisher and East Bronx civic leader Bob Bieder


Hon. Douglass McKeon,  Zalena McKeon,Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj

Laurence Broderick’s Danny Boy brought the house down.

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