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We welcome you to our sixth annual

Claddagh Award Celebration


Moira Hastings Fuller Culture That Endures u P.O. Box 7588, Portland, Maine 04112 u (207) 780-0118 u

Tonight’s Honoree

Moira Hastings Fuller


he Maine Irish Heritage Center is proud to honor banker and philanthropist Moira Hastings Fuller as our sixth Claddagh Award recipient.

Moira Hastings Fuller comes from a farming family in Aughris, on the coast of County Galway near Clifden. At the age of 17 she emigrated to New York with a sister. She attended Brooklyn College and began a career in banking with the Bank of New York; after moving to Maine she worked first with Depositors Trust Company (now KeyBank) and then Kennebec Savings Bank, both in Augusta. She retired from Kennebec Savings after 23 years of service but retains ties to the bank as a corporator. Moira is a member of the Friends of the Blaine House, the Friends of the Maine State Museum and the Kennebec Historical Society. She is an enthusiastic plein air painter. Her husband Bob is an attorney who served in the office of the Maine Attorney General and worked in the Augusta office of Pierce Atwood. Moira and Bob live in Winthrop; they have four children and seven grandchildren. Three of Moira’s sisters and three brothers still live in Ireland. The Claddagh Award, which represents traditional Irish values of friendship, loyalty and love, is given each year to an individual of Irish heritage from Maine who has generously served our community and made us all proud of our Irish roots. Moira Hastings Fuller has exemplified these qualities, and we are so proud to honor her here tonight.

Tonight’s Program 5:00-6:30 u Social Hour 6:30-7:30 u Dinner 7:30-8:30 u Program

The Maine Irish Heritage Center would like to thank our very generous sponsors listed on the back of this program, our Board of Directors, our volunteers, Baldacci Communications, SoPo Catering, Dan Mahoney of Dan Mahoney Presents, Josh Swan of Media Northeast, The Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band, Dale Rand Printing, BOGHAT Traditional Irish Music, Sara Lennon Design, and Smith Atwood Video Services, Inc., all of whom have contributed to making this evening a success.

Thank You!

The Maine Irish Heritage Center wishes to thank the family of David Soule, founding MIHC Board Member, for their donations in memory of David. David would be honored to know that tonight’s presentation vase from his collection is being given to a daughter of Galway Ireland, Moira Hastings Fuller.

Dear Moira, Thank you for all you have done to make our great state proud, enhancing every place you inhabit and touching everyone around you. I am delighted you are our first Claddagh recipient born in Ireland, Connemara, County Galway, home of my ancestors; I feel a special bond. Your friendship is a gift to us all. With love, Maureen Coyne Norris

Congratulations to Moira Hastings Fuller A proud daughter of Aughris, County Galway Governor Joe and Connie Brennan u u u

“Congratulations Moira! Anyone who hails from the great county of Galway is all right in my book” Gerry Conley, Sr. u u u

“So many congratulations to our friend Moira. Our world is a better place because of your presence. Best wishes, gracious lady of Ireland and Maine” Love, Cynthia and Severin u u u

“Congratulations to Moira Hastings Fuller, Ireland’s gift to Maine. Bill and Peg Ryan u u u

I am of Ireland And the holy land of Ireland… Congratulations to Moira Hastings Fuller First Irish-born Claddagh Recipient Senator George Mitchell

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Jay and Pam Gerrish, Chef-Owners 75 Elsmere Avenue • South Portland 207-799-3726 • Thank you SoPo Catering for the generous donation of appetizers

Unum congratulates Moira Hastings Fuller, recipient of the 2013 Claddagh Award from the Maine Irish Heritage Center, For her generosity and service to Maine communities.

The Heat is On! Thank you to the following who have made our dream of a new heating system a reality: Windover Foundation Quimby Family Foundation Davis Family Foundation Vincent B. & Barbara G. Welch Foundation Bangor Savings Bank Tom & Linda Walsh With their generous support we will install an energy efficient heating system in the entire building by St. Patrick’s Day!

Special thanks to Will Dunlay and Bob Kearney.Will, our volunteer engineer consultant, led us through this year long process. Bob, a founding member of the MIHC, is the long-time chair of the building committee. The knowledge, dedication and leadership of both Will and Bob is the reason that the Heat is (almost) on! The new gas heating system will be installed by reVision Heat in February 2014. The St. Patrick’s Celebration on Sunday March 16th will be an extra special celebration as we heat the entire building for the first time in 10 years!

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PORTLAND HURLING CLUB The Gaelic sport of Hurling is alive and growing in Portland, Maine. If you are a player, a fan or are interesting in learning more about “The Fastest Game on Grass,” we welcome you to join us. Portland Hurling Club will begin the 2014 season in April. We will play both local “Pub League” games and inter-city games against our rivals in Concord, NH and Worcester, MA as well as a few other cities. New or potential players are encouraged to come to our Wednesday Pub League games. Someone will be on hand to explain the sport and introduce the skills. Come find out about the sport—and give it a try. •

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Congratulations to the 2013 Claddagh Award Winner Moira Hastings Fuller!

With great pride, I congratulate you, Mom, for all of your hard work and dedication! I have the luck of the Irish, having learned from the best! Ar scĂĄth a chĂŠile a mhaireann na daoine. ~Tom

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Congratulations, Mom! Congratulations, Mammy! We’re so proud of you And so thankful that you’ve shared your Ireland with us.

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Congratulations, Moira, on this well-deserved recognition. You brighten up the lives of all of us who are lucky enough to call you a friend. Peter and Mary Walsh

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MIHC 2014 Calendar of Events (Events are held at MIHC unless otherwise noted. If no time is listed, it is to be determined. Dates and times are subject to change so check the website)

January 9 • Ceili Dance Classes: Irish American Club, 6 week winter session, 7 to 9 p.m. 9 • Genealogy workshop: Basics of Family Trees & Genealogy Research 12 • Genealogy workshop: Portland Irish & the Portland/Irish Connection 23 • Genealogy workshop: Introduction to DNA for beginners 26 • Genealogy workshop: Overview of Tracing your Irish roots 26 • 1st Karen Lemke Memorial Lecture Series, “Heeding the Call: Adventures of the Spirit on El Camino de Santiago,” speaker Kate Campbell Strauss, 2 p.m.

February 14 • A Valentine for Seamus Heaney: Readings and Reminiscences 21 • Irish Language Classes-Irish American Club, 10 weeks, 6:30 to 9 p.m. 22 • 150th Commemoration of the Sinking of the Bohemian

March • Irish American Club St. Patrick’s Day Dinner 8 • International Woman’s Day 16 • Annual Portland St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Commercial Street, Noon • Annual St. Patrick’s Day Open House, 1 to 5 p.m. 17 • St. Patrick’s Day; Raising of the Irish flag over Portland 23 • Irish Day at the Red Claws, 1 p.m. at Portland Expo

April 3 • Ceili Dance Classes-Irish American Club, 6 week spring session, 7 to 9 p.m.

May • Fifth Annual Not-so-Silent Auction 4 • Duchas Lecture Series: “The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan,” with speaker Christopher Klein, 2 p.m. 18 • Victoria Mansion Doll Tea fundraiser, 1 p.m.

June • Bloomsday week: Joyce’s Women • Irish Night at the Sea Dogs, time TBA, at Hadlock Field

July • Saltwater Celtic Music Festival at Thomas Point Beach

November 7 • Annual Claddagh Celebration 8 • Annual Portland State Street Stroll Celtic Fair, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please check our website at or call the MIHC at 780-0118 for further information, to schedule events, for updates or cancellations.

MIHC Programs & Services ANNUAL EVENTS Ceili Dances Irish Language Classes Claddagh Award Celebration Not-So-Silent Auction Irish Lecture Series EVENTS Weddings & Receptions Funerals Reunions & Parties Meetings Movie Screenings Theater, Drama & Music Exhibits Classes Fundraisers The Sanctuary and Function Room can be rented to host events GENEALOGY Genealogy consultations during weekly hours or by appointment DNA kits and analysis for members Access to research documents, obituaries and genealogy databases LIBRARY Variety of Irish themed fiction, non-fiction and periodicals available Movies and audio books also available—no fee to check-out items MUSEUM Museum with documents and photographic digital restoration Permanent exhibit on the legendary film director John Ford Archives with Governor Brennan’s papers and documents related to the history of the Irish in Maine Artifacts and oral histories Visit our website at or call 780-0118 for MIHC hours and information.

Congratulations From the MIHC Board of Directors To Moira Hastings Fuller 2013 Claddagh Award Recipient The Maine Irish Heritage Center Board of Directors extends its thanks and gratitude to the countless volunteers who keep the Center running and who make it such a vibrant place. Our Mission • Our mission is to protect, preserve and restore the historic landmark that was formerly St. Dominic’s Church, a hub of early Irish Community in Maine • Provide a center for Maine’s diverse communities to share their cultural experience through education, programs and community events • House Maine’s Irish Genealogical Center, Museum, Archives and Library, preserving the story of Irish history in Maine.

Board of Directors Mary E. McAleney, Chair • Richard L. Hanley, Vice Chair • Mark C. Duval, Treasurer • Deb Gellerson, Secretary • Patricia McDonough Dunn, Registered Agent • Peter Clifford • David C. Colson • Danny R. Coyne • Jason R. Hanley • Stephanie Kelley • Patricia J. McBride • Ellen D. Murphy • Andres A. Verzosa Honorary Board Joseph E. Brennan, Chair • Gerard P. Conley, Sr. • Maureen Coyne Norris • John P. Doyle • Reverend John J. Feeney • Jack McCormack • Dorothy M. Wentworth

Culture That Endures Corner of Gray & State Street, Box 7588 • Portland, ME 04112 • 207-780-0118 • •

2013 Claddagh Award Dinner Sponsors Gold (Ór) Robert G. Fuller, Jr. & Moira Hastings Fuller Robert Norris & Maureen Coyne Norris

Silver (Airgead) Saint Joseph’s College The Irish American Club of Maine UNUM Pewter (Péatar) Conley Cloutier & Duffet, P.A. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Jay Cashman Kennebec Savings Bank Mary McAleney Patricia McDonough Dunn Paul & Margaret Harmon Richard & Liz Hanley WEX

Host (Ostach) Cynthia Murray Beliveau & Severin Beliveau Jack Cashman Mark & Anne Kane Duval P. Vincent O’Malley & Michelle Locker Patricia McBride & Tom Flood Peter & Stephanie Clifford ReVision Energy William & Marguerite Ryan

Friend (Cara) Andres Verzosa Care Tree Health Care Danny Coyne & Stephanie Williams Deborah & Peter Gellerson Dorothy Wentworth & Robert Gaudreau Ellen D. Murphy Gerard P. Conley Sr.

H.M. Payson Jane O’Rouke & Frank O’Hara Jason & Renée Hanley James & Carole Walsh James & Rachel Clifford Joan Redmond Auger John & Dianne Doyle John Kerry Jon Doyle & Terri Arford Joseph & Marie Gray Joseph R. Hanslip Margaret Feeney LaCombe & Michael LaCombe Nancy McCallum Brenerman & David Brenerman Peter & Mary Walsh Sara & Peter Lennon Rick Redmond Robert & Elizabeth Baldacci Saco Biddeford Savings The Haughey Company, Inc. William Caron

Thank you for your support!

Thank you all for attending the Claddagh Award Celebration this evening

And supporting the Maine Irish Heritage Center throughout the year!

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The Maine Irish Heritage Center honors Moira Hastings Fuller at the 2014 Claddagh Award Celebration