WEST ORANGE, NJ -  The Giblin Association will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a cocktail reception in the Caldwell College Student Center,120 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 4:30-9:00 pm. West Orange resident Barbara Lyons and Verona resident Edward "Ted" Giblin will also be honored at the event.

Ted currently chairs the Giblin Association’s Board of Governors, while Barbara is corresponding and recording secretary. “The Giblin Association is pleased to pay tribute to Barbara and Ted,” said association President Raymond Simione. “It’s fitting that on a big anniversary we have two individuals who have worked hard in productive, fruitful careers, and yet have also found time to honor and share their Irish heritage with so many.  We are fortunate to have Ted and Barbara serving in key Giblin Association roles.”

Both Lyons and Giblin have been actively involved in Irish community life for years.

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Barbara Lyons, who lives in West Orange, has been an  active member of the Irish American Cultural Institute for more than 40 years and is active on its board of directors as treasurer and chair of the Annual Washington St. Patrick’s Day Ball, which commemorates the day General Washington granted Irish-American troops the day off during the Revolutionary War.

Lyons was actively involved for several years on the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, representing the Dodd Association, serving as parade announcer, providing color commentary for the local cable TV broadcast with then Mayor John McKeon, and was Deputy Grand Marshal in 1976. She is a member and stewardess of the Women of Irish Heritage and also serves on the soup kitchen committee at St. Joseph Church, West Orange."

Ted Giblin serves on the Newark St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee and is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Div. 9, Montclair. Ted’s grandfather Senator John Giblin founded the civic, non-profit Caldwell-based Giblin Association in 1954, and his father Thomas continues to fulfill its mission.

The event is open to the public and will feature the music of the Willie Lynch Showband and a dance exhibition by the DeNogla School of Irish Dance. Tickets are priced at $35.00 and are available by calling 973-808-0022. All proceeds will further the mission of the Giblin Association.