Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is giving his first official State of the City address at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Boston Symphony Hall.
Sworn into office on January 6, 2014 at Boston College, Mayor Walsh has completed his first year as mayor with an ambitious agenda that included modernizing City Hall through upgraded technology, negotiating union agreements, expanding the school day in the Boston Public schools, creating innovation districts in neighborhoods, developing affordable housing options and finding solutions to the city's homeless problem.
The son of Irish immigrants, Walsh joins an illustrious group of Irish and Irish-Americans who have taken the stage at Symphony Hall:
- Irish parliamentarians John Redmond, Joseph Devlin and Daniel Boyle espoused the cause of Ireland's Home Rule to over 8,000 people at Symphony Hall on October 10, 1910.
- Famed Irish tenor John McCormack made his debut at Symphony Hall on February 11, 1911 and performed there 67 times in his career, more than any other artist.
- Irish patriot Eamon deValera spoke about Ireland's independence from Britain on March 20, 1927, in what The Boston Globe described as "undoubtedly one of the greatest receptions any Irish leader ever got in Boston for an indoor meeting." Dev spoke again at Symphony Hall on March 23, 1930.
- A number of Boston mayors held their inaugural speeches and state of the city addresses at Symphony Hall, including James M. Curley, Frederick Mansfield, Maurice Tobin, John Hynes and John Collins.
Here is more information about Mayor Marty Walsh.