Our Guest of Honor tonight is a man well known to all of us in the Finest Gaelic Football Club, as well as throughout the NYGAA, Dan Kiely, from Kiskeam, County Cork.
Dan arrived in New York in 1961, and joined the NYPD in June of 1968, rising through the ranks over the course of a twenty-nine year career. He worked in such commands as the Tactical Patrol Force, 46th Precinct, Bomb Squad, and the 44th Precinct until his retirement in September of 1997 as a Lieutenant, Special Assignment assigned to Patrol Borough Bronx as the Personnel Officer. On his last post Dan helped many members of the Department, especially members of the Club with career guidance and advice.
During his long career with the Department, Dan was always actively involved with the Gaelic Football team, first in the 1970s as a player with the original club, and when the club was reformed in 1990 as the manager/ coach, a title he still holds today. His passion for Gaelic Football is not limited to our club, as Dan has been a long time supporter of Cork's teams, both here and in Ireland, playing senior football in Gaelic Park from 1963- 1980. He has held numerous elected positions with them, including president in 1973 and 1974. In addition, he has been a staunch advocate of the New York Minor Board, joining the Rockland GAA upon his move to Pearl River in 1976 and managing various teams from U10 through U21. He has also held elected postions in our club, including president in 1993 and 1994.
As you see, Dan's interest in Gaelic Football has never wavered. Even though he retired from the NYPD five years ago, he remains an integral part of our club. His presence and leadership on our recent trip to Ireland to play the Dublin and Donegal Garda Clubs was greatly appreciated by all. Known in the club as the "Quiet Man", he pleasantly surprised all on the trip with his singing ability during several late night sessions!
Dan has been married to his lovely wife, the former Lilly Hunt from County Mayo, for 34 years, and they are the proud parents of Kathleen, Dennis, and Daniel. He currently works in the Security Department of Fordham University as a supervisor, so he hasn't totally retired from policing!
Tonight we thank Dan for all he has done, and continues to do, for our club. We look forward to seeing him lead us on the field in 2003 and beyond!
**FROM THE 3RD ANNUAL DINNER DANCE JOURNAL**
KEEPING THE HERITAGE ALIVE