More than 40 members of the 58th Reserve Infantry Battalion are making the trip to the 250th Big Apple St Patrick’s Day parade.
The Battalion is a unit of the defence forces reserve in counties Donegal – as well as Sligo and Leitrim.
It has close links to New York’s 69th regiment, one of whose generals was Co Sligo native, Michael Corcoran.
The 58th Battalion Reserve spokesperson, Comdt Kevin McDonald, said the 40 members would travel “totally at their own expense and at no cost to the taxpayer”.
The battalion’s commanding officer, Comdt Ger O’Grady, and liaison officer, Comdt Gerry Jordan, will be among those making the trip.
It will be interesting to see how many of our new Ministers will be making similar trips……at their own expense.