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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
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 our present
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 and also applied for and obtained 501(C.)(3) charitable
organization status.