The Union County Daughters of Ireland hosted their second annual Irish Heritage Dinner at The Cranford Social on April 12. Women celebrated their Irish Heritage and honored deserving women throughout the community. The organization also awarded two scholarships to high school seniors of Irish descent.

Honorees included: 

  • Jill Hebron of Westfield - Military Service Honoree
  • Pat Plante of Fanwood - Community Service Honoree
  • Kerry Ricci of Scotch Plains - Irishwoman of the Year
  • Karen Degnan of Scotch Plains (Union Catholic High School) - Scholarship Recipient
  • Gina Pachkowski of Cranford - Distinguished Service Honoree
  • Kerry Pollock of Cranford (Cranford High School) - Scholarship Recipient

The Daughters of Ireland was established in April 2017 by Kaitlin Mooney, of Clark, and Lori Connolly, of Fanwood.

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Over the past two years, the organization expanded its outreach into the community by preparing sandwiches for the homeless and adopting a family for the holidays. They also hosted various fundraising events, including a popular Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl, Breakfast with Santa, and Pocketbook Bingo. The success of each of these events allowed their scholarship fund to increase by 500%.

The Daughters of Ireland meet on the second Thursday of the month. The Daughters of Ireland next meeting will be on Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Molly Maguire's in Clark. 

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