Annual Claddagh Award Celebration

11th Annual Claddagh
Award Celebration
to Honor

David Flanagan

Friday November 16th, 2017
at 5:00 PM

The Maine Irish Heritage Center
Gray & State Streets, Portland, Maine

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The Claddagh – a beloved symbol to people of Irish descent – represents the ideals of friendship, love and loyalty. Each year, MIHC awards the Claddagh to a person of Irish descent who has dedicated his or her life to service within the Maine community.

The Claddagh ring represents friendship, love, and loyalty. Each year the Maine Irish Heritage Center presents the Claddagh award to a person of Irish descent who has dedicated his or her life to service in Maine.

David Flanagan was born in Bangor, went to high school in Portland, and worked for much of his career in Augusta. His parents descended from Irish who sailed across the Atlantic during the Famine, then walked from Halifax to Bangor to find a home.

Flanagan was the chief legal counsel for Joe Brennan’s successful two terms as governor. Later David turned around the Central Maine Power Company, and became the face of the company’s success in the 1998 Ice Storm recovery. His many civic contributions include serving as Chairman of the Board of the University of Maine System, President of the University of Southern Maine, Trustee of The Nature Conservancy (Maine Chapter), and Trustee of the Harold Alfond Foundation.

David’s wife Kaye is a health care and civic leader in Maine. With parents from Cork, Kaye can sing a full repertoire of Irish songs.

David Flanagan is the 11th annual Claddagh recipient.

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Maine Irish Heritage Center
Corner of Gray and State Street
PO Box 7588
Portland, ME 04112-7588
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