What is the County Sligo Social & Benevolent Association of New York?
Like other county organizations in New York, the County Sligo Social & Benevolent Association has provided a home away from home for thousands of County Sligo immigrants since its creation in 1891. Based on the Irish tradition of "meitheal" or helping one's neighbor, the association was established based on a sense of mutual fraternalism and benevolence that is still evident today. Those principles were particularly important in the early days of the association when newly arrived immigrants needed not only financial help but also emotional support in times of grief as well as assistance in coping with life's unexpected challenges. Today, the association holds those same beliefs, with members taking time out of their busy schedules to visit the sick or to donate to a worthy cause.
The association holds two main events each year, its annual Communion Breakfast and its St. Patrick's Day dinner dance. From time to time, the association also organizes fundraisers for various initiatives, such as Race Nights and Designer Handbag fundraisers, all of which are and intended to draw attention to a variety of worthy causes.
We hold our monthly meetings in McKeon's Bar & Restaurant, 996 McClean Avenue in Yonkers, on the second Tuesday of every month (except during the months of July and August). We start our meetings promptly at 7:30 p.m.
If you are interested in joining us, please drop by or fill out the form on this website. We welcome all new members who share our love of Sligo heritage and culture.
The cover photo on this page is from Enniscrone native/photographer Tony Reddington.