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At a Hotel in North Houston, Dorothy Davitt and Honorary
Consul John Kane
planned the beginnings of the Houston Irish
Society. They were its founders. The Irish Society began as the
Irish Heritage Society on October 15, 1999 with 21 people in
attendance at Pat Sharkey's law office.

Those in attendance were Mike Daly, +Dorothy Davitt,
Judge Daniel Downey, +Mary Lu & +Paul Doyle, Mary Jo
Clancy Faykus, Eamonn Finnerty, +Mary & +Jim Keagan,

Delia Fitzpatrick, +Michael Fleming,
Rev. Charles Greene, D.D., +Col. Michael Harrington,
USMC (Ret.) +Ann Caraway Ivins, Honorable John Kane,
Dr. Joseph McFadden, +Glenn McCarthy, Jr.,

Leah McCarthy McCurry, +Madeline O'Brien,
+Jeannie Kearns and Pat Sharkey.

Shortly thereafter our first official membership list had 90
members, thanks to Dorothy Davitt's many "lists" from past
Houston Irish groups and events. It only took a couple of board
meetings for our organization to plan for the future. Patrick
Sharkey drew up the Irish Society corporate charter.