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15th Year Anniversary

May 25, 2018 @ 11:30 am

with special guest Shane Cahill
Consul General of Ireland for all of New England

Friday 25th at 11:30 Western cemetery • 12:00 Maine Irish Heritage Center

Also joining us at the MIHC will be Senator Angus King and his wife Mary Herman. We will begin the day with a memorial event at the Western Cemetery (entrance on Vaughn Street). The Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band will pipe in the Consul General, who will hear about the thousands of Irish immigrants many victims of the Famine, who were buried in the cemetery in unmarked graves. In 1999 the Danniel O’Connel O’Donoghue Division of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians (AOH) erected a memorial stone with the words An Gorta mor (A Great Hunger) as a memorial to all of those unknown Irish who left Ireland or perished. We will return to the MIHC for brief performances by the Carlene Stillson School of Irish Dance, music from Colleen Raney of Little Sea Folk, and a special appearance by our friend, Tony Reilly the cofounder and artistic director of American Irish Repertory Theater (AIRE) . Remarks from Senator King and other dignitaries will be followed by remarks from Consul General Cahill. A reception with local Maine delicacies will be served downstairs in our function room.

Shane Cahill

Originally from Mayo, Shane is a graduate of the University of Limerick (LL.B Law and European Studies), University College Dublin (LL.M Commercial Law) and the University of Dublin, Trinity College (Intercultural Theology and Inter-religious Studies).

He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2005.

Shane’s early career with the Department included various roles in Dublin including cross-border and cross-community work in Northern Ireland and organising high-level visits abroad by the
Taoiseach and President.

Before his assignment as Consul General of Ireland in Boston, Shane served as the Deputy Consul General of Ireland in New York from 2015.


May 25, 2018
11:30 am
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Western Cemetery
2 Vaughan St
Portland, 04101 United States
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