SPIRIT OF IRELAND LUNCHEON
Honoring Award Recipient Marie O’Flaherty
TUESDAY, MARCH 28 | SAN JOSE CITY HALL
Please join the City of San Jose, the San Jose Dublin Sister City Program, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland and the Irish delegation on Tuesday, March 28, as we honor Marie O’Flaherty with the Spirit of Ireland Award.
The day’s festivities begin with the Official Irish Week Flag Raising Ceremony at 11:00am, complete with pipes & drums and dignitaries from Dublin, Ireland, followed by the Spirit of Ireland luncheon in the City Hall Rotunda at 12:00pm.
Irish Week Official Flag Raising Ceremony
11:00am | Free and Open to the Public
Spirit of Ireland Luncheon
12:00 – 1:30pm | Tickets: $65 each To purchase Luncheon Tickets online, Click Here
San Jose City Hall Plaza and Rotunda
200 E. Santa Clara Street | San Jose, CA 95113
The San Jose-Dublin Sister City Board of Directors will present Marie O’Flaherty with the 2017 Spirit of Ireland Award in recognition of her contributions to the educational and cultural ties between Ireland and Silicon Valley.
Following the traditional Irish flag raising ceremony, the luncheon, open to the public, will take place inside the San Jose City Hall Rotunda and will be attended by a special delegation from their Sister City of Dublin, Ireland lead by Lord Mayor Brendan Carr.
Marie Wood, was born and grew up in the heart of Dublin, the oldest of six children. At the age of 18 she became one of the premier fashion models in Ireland, was featured on the first color Irish magazine and later graced the cover of Ireland’s first Vogue Magazine. Marie’s image is still used today on Irish postcards.
In 1961, she married travel and hotel manager Ray O’Flaherty. Together they had five children before immigrating to the United States in 1972 and settling in Santa Clara. Marie worked for Citti’s Florist until she discovered her calling as a special needs teaching assistant. She later served in the Mothers guild at Bellarmine and Saint Francis schools, while putting her modeling skills to work as chairwoman of the early Bellarmine Fashion shows.
Marie has always been an energetic supporter of all things Irish. She and Ray worked closely on establishing the San Jose Dublin Sister City Program and the successful partnership we see today, one that includes fundraising for its Pat McMahon Master’s Level Scholarship, handed out each year to an Irish student to attend San Jose State University and spend a semester working for Silicon Valley tech giant, Cypress Semi-Conductor.
An active participant in the Irish Forum and the American Ireland Fund, she has entertained numerous Irish delegations, from Taoiseachs to Presidents, in an effort to encourage the growth and expansion of the relationship between San Jose and her home town of Dublin.
Today, Marie spends much of her time with her 16 grandchildren, when she’s not greeting visitors maintaining the warm and welcoming Irish culture at the Irish social hub of Silicon Valley, O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, where the motto is “You are a stranger here but once.”
Because the Spirit of Ireland Award is given to individuals whose accomplishments have exemplified the relationship between Silicon Valley and Dublin, Marie’s engagement in a lifetime of stewardship is one of it’s most deserving recepients.
All proceeds of this event benefit San Jose Dublin Sister City Program’s Pat McMahon Scholarship Programs.
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