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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Boston Honors Ray Flynn with Mural at Cruiseport Boston Terminal

Ray Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the Vatican, was honored this week by state and city officials and dozens of local school children.  

The children, representing the Laboure Center, South Boston Boys and Girls Club, South Boston Catholic Academy, South Boston Community Health Center and the South Boston Arts Association, painted a life-sized mural of Flynn overlooking Boston's waterfront.

The ceremony took place at the Cruiseport Boston Black Falcon facility operated by Massport, as part of the Cruiseport Boston Week celebrating the 30th anniversary of the facility, which was opened two years after Flynn became Mayor of Boston.  

Massport CEO Tom Glynn praised Flynn for preserving the South Boston waterfront and bringing it back to active use. As a youth, Flynn worked on the docks as a Longshoreman alongside his father and father-in-law.

The students painting the murals were instructed by South Boston artist and watercolorist Dan McCole, who is also co-founder and president of the South Boston Arts Association.

When Cruiseport Boston first opened it 1986, it welcomed 13 cruise ships and 11.723 passengers. This year, the terminal will welcome 114 ships and 320,000 passengers, according to Massport.  

Earlier this year, the City of Boston renamed the Ray Flynn Marine Park in honor of Flynn, who grew up a few miles away.

Read more profiles of leading Bostonians in the Irish-American community here. 
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