Irish tenor Ronan Tynan is performing at the inauguration of Marty Walsh, Boston's new mayor, at the Conte Forum Arena on the Boston College campus on Monday, January 6, 2014.
Tynan is one of Ireland's best known singers, and has performed at many national occasions, including the 9/11 ceremonies in New York, the funeral of Ronald Reagan, and the Inaugural Prayer Service at the National Cathedral.
Mayor-elect Walsh's inauguration ceremony at BC will be the culmination of neighborhood and city-wide events taking place from Friday, January 3 through Monday, January 5, 2014. Here is information on the pre-inaugural activities.
On Monday evening, following his inauguration, Mayor Walsh is hosting an inaugural celebration at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston's Back Bay, starting at 7:00 p.m. The Center is named for Mayor John B. Hynes, who held office briefly in 1947 and from 1950-1959. Mayor Hynes was the last Dorchester resident elected mayor prior to Walsh.
Martin J. Walsh becomes Boston's 48th mayor, part of a tradition that dates back to 1822, when the City of Boston was established as a city. The first mayor of Boston was John Phillips.
Walsh, whose parents are Irish immigrants, is also part of an Irish-American lineage of mayors dating back to Hugh O'Brien, who served four one-year terms as mayor from 1885-1888. Here is a list of Boston's Irish-American mayors.
Find more about Boston's Irish history by visiting IrishHeritageTrail.com
For year round details on Boston's Irish cultural activities, visit IrishBoston.org.