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Hilary Beirne (formally of Oatland Villa, Boyle) is well known for his extensive work with the Irish community in the United States. He is the founder and Chairman of NYC St. Patrick’s Day Foundation and for the past 25 years has been the principal orchestrator of the world’s largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. He is an active member of the “Irish Ad Hoc” Committee in Washington DC, a member of the Executive Board at VotingRights.ie, an honourary member of the famed “Fighting 69th” Regiment and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the 69th Historical Trust. He is a member of both the Co Roscommon and Leitrim Societies of NY. Before emigrating to the US in 1988, Hilary Beirne introduced the “wrapping” of bale silage into the West of Ireland, then a new innovation in farming while working for Volac Animal Feeds as Area Manager for Connaught.
Carole Coleman is a well-known broadcaster and author. A native of Carrick-on-Shannon, she has worked in a number of roles for RTE and presents This Week and World Report on RTE Radio One