A Great Deal of Gratitude 

The evening of September 28, at the Irish Cultural Center of New England was a huge success for Billy’s Malawi Project USA! Mags Riordan, founder of the Billy Riordan Memorial Trust and Billy’s Medical Clinic in Cape Mclear in Malawi, Africa was celebrated by Mayor Will Riechelt. The Mayor presented her with a wonderfully penned Proclamation making September 28 Mags Riordan Day! What an honor! Thank you Mayor Will. What a wonderful gesture! 

Filmmaker, Mark Mclaughlin of Bang Bang Teo an independent documentary production company was able to film plenty of footage for his newest project, Saving Lives in Paradise. 

Filming has occurred in both Malawi and Dingle. West Springfield was his last stop to wrap up filming, and he got a good dose of local good will! 

Trinity Pub was brimming with supporters and “Friends of Billy”. It was truly a night we will remember! The seisiun musician’s music filled the air and added just the right touch of “Irish” to the evening. So many of those in attendance participated in the raffles and silent auction, taking chances on the prizes generously donated by community business both here and abroad. 

Big thank you’s need to be said to these local businesses, the Big E, Majestic Theater, B’Napoli, Cal’s Wood Fire Grill, Cooper’s Gifts, Big Y, Costco’s, Murray Law Group, Ye Old Butcher Shoppe, Crepes Tea house, and Dingle Crystal of Dingle Ireland. It is because of their generosity that enough funds were raised to provide medications so desperately needed in the village of Cape Mcclear, Malawi, Africa. 

Lastly, a great deal of gratitude goes to the Irish Cultural Center for hosting the event. They have always showed tremendous support to Mags and her amazing work. Without their kindness and the lending the Trinity Pub for this one evening, all of this would not have been possible. To them the board of Billy’s Malawi Project USA says “ceart Go raibh maith agat”