The 2006 Shamrocks and Stars Ball was held at the Tower Club in Dallas on March 11th. The panoramic view of the Dallas Skyline lent an air of magic to the evening. During the cocktail hour, we were treated to a whiskey tasting compliments of Doug Garone from the Sidney Frank Importing Company. The debut of Michael Collins Whiskey was a big hit! IAS members, Greg and Margaret Lofner, donated wine which was enjoyed by all the party-goers. A raffle/auction aranged by IAS member, Sheila Dohm, was held to raise money for the North Texas Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Don Shannon was our piper for the evening. Don, a Dallas IAS member, is originally from Dungannon, Northern Ireland, and has recently been touring with the world-renowned Irish band, the Chieftains. We enjoyed renditions of the Irish National Anthem by Tony Murphy and the American National Anthem by Shoshanna Cook. Joan Deditus gave the invocation prior to dinner.
We were privileged to have many special guests share the evening with us including Dermot Ahern, Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs, and his wife Maeve; Richard Moore, Minister Ahern’s press secretary; Cyril Brennan, Minister Ahern’s private secretary; Charles Sheehan, Irish Consul General, Chicago; John Kane, Honory Irish Consul, Texas & South West; and John Tillotson, 2006 Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal and his wife, Sylvia. A special tribute was made to our 2006 Irish Person of the Year, Lula Maye Walsh. The evening’s entertainment included traditional Irish stepdancing performed by dancers from the Shandon School of Irish Dance and an encore performance by the IAS International Tenors. We then danced the night away to the sounds of DJP Mobile Sound Productions.
It was truly a night to remember!