A little corner of Queen’s, New York, will forever be Co. Donegal.
For 60 years ex-pats and people who aren’t called Pat but love their craic have chosen The Irish Cottage as their place of refuge.
From the humdrum and their troubles at home.
A Donegal dream
Here Danny and Kathleen McNulty would make them feel part of their family and as close to being in Donegal https://www.govisitdonegal.com as you could be… 5,000kms from Ireland.
Full disclosure here, Danny and Kathleen McNulty are my uncle and auntie.
The force of Nature that she was, Auntie Kathleen, passed onto the great Irish Cottage in the sky last month.
Where Uncle Danny would have been waiting for with her favourite drink.
I first visited the Irish Cottage in 1983 before I could even legally drink but it didn’t stop Auntie Kathleen have me moving kegs out back.
King of Queens: Andy Murray, US Open champion In 2012
All the cousins were employed there to varying degrees over the years.
The canopy was lowered on a Queen’s institution – Steve Buscemi (of Boardwalk Empire) is a patron – last month to mark Auntie Kathleen’s passing.
Break soda bread together
I have a wealth of memories of the Irish Cottage.
Particularly the last occasion we broke (soda) bread there.
And the McNultys got the greater family out from Long Island.
And we had their famous Surf ‘n’ Turf… I could still be trying to finish it now.
The Lady and the scamp
Visitors to New York https://www.nycvb.com will obviously and rightly take in the iconic sites…
The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty. the Rockefeller Center, Broadway er al.
Me, the history buff that I am walked in the footsteps of Alexander Hamilton https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2020/03/28/old-new-york-hamilton/.
If you have time (and if you don’t, make it) then head out to the borough of Queens.
Another famous New Yorker
And Flushing Meadows https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/flushing-meadows-corona-park.
Open and shut case
Where the US Open tennis https://ustanew2.gotennissource.com is a unique experience and where another famous Scot (Andy Murray) rocked NY when he won the men’s title in 2012.
While I’ll also pay a visit and dwell and think about the most famous residents of the Irish Cottage at 10807 72nd Avenue, Forest Hills.
MEET YOU IN NEW YORK