Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

Thank you first to President Clarke for inviting us here today, and thank you all for listening to a short story of the Irish history. I'd also like to thank Councilman O'Brien, Squilla, Councilman Kenney and also Councilman Henon for introducing this, and a special thanks also to Mary Frances Fogg for getting the wheels started.

There were a lot of people that were thanked today. I'd also like to do a special recognition to Bob Gessler, who is the President of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, which is this Saturday, March 10th -- Sunday. Sorry. I would have showed up a day early. Maybe I planned it that way.

And also I'd like to thank Joe March, who is our former Managing Director, who helped us navigate the waters on the whole construction and land in getting the dedication of The Irish Memorial.

I'd also like to introduce Jim Coyne -- well, first of all, The Irish Memorial dedication is the 10th Anniversary, and that will take place on March 17th, the actual date -- in fact, I understand we moved the parade so we could have the 10th Anniversary there at Front and Chestnut. So if any of you haven't seen it, you don't have to be Irish. It's a beautiful work of public art, which we dedicated back to the City and we maintain -- we dedicated it back, but didn't put the burden on the City to maintain it. So we have fundraisers and there's a lot that goes into that, lighting, landscaping, cleaning, waxing. So it's a continuous journey, I guess, to try to get this maintained.

So please visit it. It resonates with not only Irish people but all immigrant populations. So you don't have -- if you can't make it on the 17th, try to get down there any day of the year at Front and Chestnut.

I don't want to go on and on, President Clarke, but if you would just indulge us, I would like to introduce the gentleman who was responsible for getting this whole project started, our statesman, our historian, our former President, Jim Coyne.

Thank you.

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