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Monday, November 9, 2009

Dan Rooney Being Honored at American Ireland Fund Gala in Boston, November 13

Dan Rooney, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, is being honored at the American Ireland Fund's 28th annual Boston Gala, taking place Thursday, November 12, at the Westin Waterfront Hotel.

Ambassador Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers co-founded the American Ireland Fund in 1976, at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Since then the Fund has raised over $300 million to promote peace, culture and education in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Rooney is a champion of many charitable causes in Pittsburgh, where the family has lived since his grandfather, Dan Rooney, emigrated from Newry, County Down, in the 1880s.

President Barack Obama appointed Rooney as the Ambassador to Ireland last St. Patrick's Day, and he was officially sworn into the post on July 1 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Headquartered in Boston, the American Ireland Fund raises funds to support programs of peace and reconcilliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland.

Find details on the event at Boston Gala, and general infomation on the Fund at American Ireland Fund.

For information on Irish cultural events in Massachusetts throughout the year, visit irishmassachusetts.com
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