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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Boston Mayor Walsh Being Honored in Galway, Ireland May 11-14

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is visiting Ireland this month to meet with Irish officials and to reaffirm “Boston’s important economical and cultural ties to Ireland.”

In addition, Walsh will receive several ceremonial awards, including the unveiling of the Kilkerrin Rock in Galway.

In a press statement issued by his office, Walsh says, "Ireland and the Irish culture hold a special place in my heart, and are a large part of Boston's overall identity as well.  Our economic and cultural ties to Ireland are undeniable, and it's beneficial for Boston to continue to embrace, support and learn from other countries and cities. I'm honored that our work in Boston is being acknowledged overseas."

Among the highlights of the trip:

Friday, May 11: Mayor Walsh Receives the "Freedom Of The City" Award
The "Freedom of the City" is a ceremonial award, given by a local government to those who have served in an exceptional capacity, or upon any whom the City wishes to bestow an honor. In accepting this award, Mayor Walsh joins past recipients such as John F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II, John Hume, Hillary Clinton, Richard Daley, Nelson Mandela, Ms. Garry Hynes, President Michael D Higgins and Senator Billy Lawless.

Saturday, May 12: Mayor Walsh Visits the Emigrant Commemorative Centre
Four years after Mayor Walsh helped unveil a stone marker at the site the new Emigrant Commemorative Centre in Carna, Co. Galway is completed, and the Mayor returns to cut the ceremonial ribbon. The Centre educate visitors on the changing face of the rural Gaeltacht area and Galway's rich immigrant history.

Sunday, May 13 - Mayor Walsh Joins Local Officials for Kilkerrin Rock Dedication and Unveiling
Mayor Walsh join local dignitaries in the presentation and dedication of the Kilkerrin Rock in his honor. The rock has been inscribed with the words, "To all of our brothers and sisters who had to leave their families and homes, some never to return, in search of a better life abroad," along with Mayor Walsh's name, the date, and the Irish and US flags intertwined.

Monday, May 14: Mayor Walsh to be Named the First Freeman of Galway County Mayor Walsh is being recognized for his achievements and will be named the first ever Freeman of County Galway, proposed by Connemara area Councillor Sean O' Tuairisg. The title of Freeman is a prestigious honor, ceremonial in name. It is typically bestowed upon visiting dignitaries, celebrities and valued members of the community.

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