About the Event
Celebrating the past is key to our future. Remembering those who defined our games, our memories, and our passions, is just part of what makes the GAA so unique.
Choosing the class of 2023 was quite the task for our selection committee but we feel our three award winners are the worthiest of Hall of Fame recipients. Their achievements, their legacies deserve to be celebrated.
10 November 2023
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10PM
Dinner, Inductions & Entrainment
MC: Marty Morrissey
Meet the Inductees
Read Biographies Below
Frank Dwyer was born and raised in Kiltubrid, County Leitrim. He is a proud son of a coalminer and the second youngest of five children of the late Michael and Ellen Dwyer. After he completed his primary education in Crummy National School, Frankie progressed to Keshcarrigan Vocational school, where he excelled in the art of carpentry. After graduating from his course in Keshcarrigan, Frankie became apprenticed with Leitrim Furniture Company in Ballinamore, where he continued to hone his skills and become an expert in his field.
Frankie always had a love of football. As a young lad he played football with Kiltubrid. Where he captained the Under-14’s and Under-16’s to two Leitrim County Championships, while also being selected for the County Under-16 team.
In 1971 young Frankie would head to New York like many Leitrim men before him in hopes of finding the “American dream” or at least a laugh. Without hesitation he joined the Leitrim Football Club in New York under the management of Mike Carty. In 1977, he captained the team and won a senior New York Championship medal 1979. He was persuaded to join the Tipperary Hurling Club one year and for his efforts, Frank picked up a Hurling Championship medal that year and was validated as a dual player in the process.
Over the next couple of decades Frankie had been deeply involved in a variety of roles with the Leitrim club. For many years he was the heart and sole of the club and its success. He would do it alongside many great GAA men and one who is missed dearly, Danny Doohan(RIP). Frankie always had a passion for Gaelic sport, but it wasn’t just about the games but the people who came along with it. Gaelic Park is where many friendships, careers and helping lads out was also part of the culture. Frankie never forgot where he came from and always helped those who came after him.
Frankie was a master craftsman with a keen eye to detail which led him to establish a very successful contracting business in New York which then led him into the real estate business both as investor and developer. In the mid-90’s Pete Fitzpatrick and Frankie would cross paths and with some convincing Frankie took a chance on the restaurant trade with his partner Pete and in January 1995 Playwright opened and so began a flourishing chain of bars, restaurants and real estate throughout Manhattan. Frankie has a strong work ethic which cannot be matched, although his son’s Sean and Padraig try too daily. They have the pleasure to learn from the best on a daily basis. These businesses have been known to make many a hire out of Gaelic Park thru the years.
Frank has always been in the forefront in providing sponsorship and assisting in charitable causes. Many individuals and associations have been the beneficiaries of his almost boundless generosity thru the years. Frankie has been a longtime loyal supporter of the New York GAA which have benefited greatly through the years. Frankie helped spearhead the fundraising committee for the redevelopment of Gaelic Park. Frankie’s contribution to these projects is measured not only on financial terms but also in the time and effort he has quietly and effectively invested in the projects. Many organizations have acknowledged Frank for his contributions, support and hard work.
The Dwyer family is what Frankie is most proud of. Frankie met his quick-witted wife and partner in crime Helen from Mayo in New York and married in 1974. They started out as supers in a one-bedroom apartment in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. They had four children Sean, Colleen, Michael and Padraig with the intentions of moving back to Leitrim they built a house, but life had other plans. Their faith and strength were tested when their son Michael became ill with leukemia and passed away at 18months. This changed their course and with broken hearts they decided instead of Leitrim they would give Woodlawn a go. After moving to Woodlawn, they eventually became content. They became involved with St.Barnabas football club in which their children played. Frankie is proud of his 8 grandchildren Mikey, Tommy, Ella, Connor, Henry, Maggie, Gavin and Shea. Frankie makes it his priority to keep the love of Gaelic games and Irish culture alive for his grandkids as Tommy, Connor and Gavin play with St.Barnabas and Maggie plays with ST. Brigid. He encourages them to continue learn Irish music and dancing. Frankie has instilled in them the importance of kindness and his “it’s nice to be nice”mentality.
Frankie’s hopes are that the new building in Gaelic Park will not just be the headquarters for the NYGAA but also a social and cultural center that welcomes the Irish and Irish American communities. His hope is thru the great GAA community of New York Irish culture will be revitalized in the Bronx again.
About the Organisers
We are the NY GAA and we provide girls and boys from U8 to Adult level the opportunity to play the national games of Ireland in the New York Metropolitan Area. Our members range from homegrown American children to ex-pats who have traveled to America seeking further opportunities in their lives but have a sanctuary of home that is Gaelic Park.
We are developing a much-needed community hub in Gaelic Park, It will be a facility we will be proud to call home, one that will serve the needs of the GAA in New York for generations to come.
Join in with us as we bring the GAA family together for a night full of fun, nostalgia, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Gaelic Park - Redevelopment
Take a look at the latest rendering for the proposed facility at Gaelic Park in the Bronx. A State-of-the-art facility that is needed to further grow and develop our games in New York.
The need for this facility is an everyday burden on NYGAA. From our clubs to our members we need a facility to call home.
Our players are currently performing where the conditions don't equal their abilities. These players deserve more!
Gaelic Park has a special place in the hearts of all those who have played there but also to the local people in the Bronx, NY. The project is long over due.
Take a look at what the proposed redevelopment is going to look like once the work is done.
It is not possible to host an event like this without helping hands. We have several sponsors who volunteer to help us physically and financially to make things happen.