Ray Flynn, former US Ambassador to the Vatican and Mayor of Boston, spoke at the International Longshoreman's Association convention in Hollywood, Florida on Tuesday, July 26, 2011.
The son of a longshoreman from South Boston, Flynn's speech was entitled, "America's Policies Must be Rooted in the Dignity of Every Person."
On Thursday, July 28, Flynn is being honored with a Lifetime Service Award by the St. Joseph's Society in Boston's North End, as part of this year's annual Italian festival and Unity Week in Boston.
The award ceremony takes place between 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Paul Revere Mall on Hanover Street, across from the Old North Church. Irish music featuring singer Pauline Wells and other Irish bands will also take place.
For more information on Irish cultural activities in the Boston area year round, visit IrishBoston.org