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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dave Burke - a Great Irish American Leader

Today our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of David R. Burke, an Irish-American leader from Lawrence, Massachusetts, who passed away a year ago today.

Dave worked tirelessly with the Ancient Order of Hibernians and other organizations throughout his life on behalf of Northern Ireland and a whole range of Irish-American issues. 

He started the Irish Foundation of Lawrence to help build an impressive Irish Collection of valuable books, periodicals and memorabilia at the Lawrence Public Library.

And he led the initiative with the AOH Lawrence Division to place a Memorial in honor of the 19th century Irish Famine victims at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lawrence.

We'll always have respect and gratitude for the wonderful work Dave Burke did in his lifetime.  From all of us in the Massachusetts Irish community, thank you Dave.

1 comment:

Cindy Thomson said...

I had a couple of conversations with Dave as he was trying to have me come to the area to speak about my books. He had gotten ill, however, and we weren't able to make it happen. But I enjoyed speaking to him and could tell that he was a great leader in his community and I'm sure he's missed, even more than a year later.

Cindy Thomson