Friday, April 15, 2011

New York, New York

(Pix. Brian McEvoy)

American Dream: 1. John Fitzpatrick & Siobhan Mahon; 2. Eithna Fitzpatrick & Ryan Tubridy; 3. Aisling O’Loughlin & Sybil Mulcahy

The go-to Irishman in New York and Washington DC is John Fitzpatrick. Not only is he on first name terms with the likes of Bill and Hilary Clinton but he runs US Fitzpatrick Hotels, the Stateside arm of the famous Irish hotel group.

John recently hosted an exclusive New York, New York evening to mark the 20th anniversary of the group’s operations in America and welcomed honorary guest An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. as he thanked family, friends and industry colleagues for their continued support over the last number of years.

“I find it hard to believe its 20 years, the time has flown and while it’s been hard work, I have had great fun along the way. I believe our success is due in no small way to the warmth of an Irish welcome. We have a fantastic team of talented, committed people working in both hotels. Of course the Fitzpatrick brand is not just about New York, it’s one of the longest established hospitality brands in Ireland – and in fact this year, my sister Eithne, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Killiney Castle, which was founded by our parents Eithne and Paddy” said John.

Spotted congratulating John were regular US Fitzpatrick visitors Ryan Tubridy, Maura Derrane, Lorraine Keane and Morah and Lottie Ryan. Also toasting 20 years of US Fitzpatrick Hotels were RTE’s Anne Doyle and her partner Dan McGrattan, publisher Michael O’Doherty, TV3’s Sybil Mulcahy as well as Virginia Macari, Darren Kennedy and beauty guru Elaine Butler – Doolin.