Cryan and Sharkey honoured at New York dinner dance

The Sharkey Corcoran and Cryan families had special reason to celebrate at this year’s County Roscommon Society of New York annual dinner dance.             Over 300 people attended the dinner dance held in Riccardo’s, Astoria and special recognition awards were presented on the night by Tommy Ryan, who represented Roscommon County Council.   Serving as Chairs for the 78th Annual St. Patrick’s Celebration were Mary Scally O’Brien (Loughglynn) and James O. Tansey (Ballinlough). Giblin applauded both O’Brien and Tansey for their leadership of this year’s Dinner Dance.             The 2007 Guests of Honour were Carol H. Sharkey Corcoran and James T. Cryan. Her father Alfie hails from Tibohine, County Roscommon and her mother, Helena, is also a native of Tibohine. Carol attended Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school in West Orange, Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair, Katherine Gibbs Business School and will be attending Bloomfield College to finish her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration this autumn.             Carol has been employed with Organon Inc. Pharmaceuticals in Roseland, New Jersey for 17 years. She is currently the Manager of the Service Management group in the Information Services Department and is certified as a Help Desk Manager. Carol’s manages employees who provide IT support to over 1,500 home office and remote clients. Carol is a member of the Help Desk Institute and the Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association.             Carol has spent much of her life involved in promoting Irish culture and is a member of The Giblin Association and the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, which she served as Chairman for the 2007 Parade. Carol is married to Michael Corcoran, Jr. who is a Captain with the West Orange Police Department and a practicing attorney. Michael’s father is Michael Corcoran, Sr. Sheepwalk, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon. Carol and Michael have two sons, Michael (8) and Ryan (4). The family resides in Roseland, New Jersey.             James T. Cryan, a resident of Union, New Jersey, is the son of Mary and the late John F. Cryan, a native of Baslick, Castlerea, who was a former Essex County, NJ Sheriff. Jim was born in the Vailsburg Section of Newark and raised in South Orange, NJ.   He is a graduate of Columbia High School, and is married to the former Noreen McCarthy. He opened the 2005 Castlerea Rose Festival, and was Co-Chair of the 2006 County Roscommon Society of New York Dinner Dance. A yearly visitor to Ireland, he is well known for his generous support of Roscommon activities and organisations. A successful businessman, Jimmy is the proprietor of Cryan’s Beef and Ale in South Orange, New Jersey.             He is a Commissioner of the South Orange Parking Authority, and has been honoured by many civic and community groups for his charitable works, including the South Orange Lions Club, The Jespy House, a home for disabled youth, Project Children, The South Orange Rescue Squad, and numerous law enforcement organisations in the North Jersey area.             A special award was given to John T. Dunleavy, a County Longford native, who has served for many years as Chairman of the New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Mr. Dunleavy was lauded for her strong leadership and commitment in organising the world’s oldest and largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Roscommon Mayor Charlie Hopkins participated in the Saturday, March 17th Parade along New York’s fabled 5th Avenue.             Thomas P. Giblin, County Roscommon Society of New York President, concluded, ‘Carol Sharkey Corcoran and James T. Cryan were excellent Awardees.   By their life’s work, they have been a credit to their Country, their family and their Roscommon heritage.’ Roscommon exiles and friends in the New York Metropolitan Area are invited to join the County Roscommon Society.   For further information contact Mr. Giblin at 973-227-7937.