St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Reception

St. Patrick's Day Breakfast Reception

March 16, 2019

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed New Yorkers to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at Gracie Mansion. This year, remarks were made by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Brendan Fay (Chairperson of the St. Patrick’s Day for All Parade Committee), Charles Flanagan (Ireland’s Minister of Justice and Equality), and honoree for the breakfast, Michael J. Dowling (President & CEO of Northwell Health).

Michael J. Dowling is the president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health which is a clinical-care provider throughout the New York metropolitan area and leads research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor. Mr. Dowling has been honored with many awards including his selection as the Grand Marshal of the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, induction into the Irish America Hall of Fame, and the 2012 B’nai B’rith National Healthcare Award among many others.

Live entertainment was provided by Caitlin Warbelow on fiddle, Nuala Kennedy on flute, and Eamon O’Leary on guitar. Warbelow holds championship titles at the New England Fiddle Championship and Fleadh Cheoil (All-Ireland Competition) and is a faculty member at Irish Arts Center. Kennedy is a Scottish-based Irish traditional singer and flute player and is a founding member of international music groups such as The Alt, Oirialla, and the Snowflake. O’Leary is one of the most in-demand Irish vocalists and guitarists in the U.S. today and travels often, performing with many great players in Irish music.


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We would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their generous support of the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast:

  • Bank of Ireland
  • May Ellen & Gerald Ritter Foundation

Past Events

Read the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Transcript

Watch the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Video

Watch the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Video