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Irish American Committee celebration

Irish independence observed

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Marie Reilly, a musician and protocol officer at the Irish Consulate in New York City, performed traditional Irish tunes on the fiddle at the UFT’s annual Irish American Committee celebration on April 5. More than 100 people attended the event, which this year commemorated the centenary of the Easter Rising in Ireland, the armed insurrection by a group of Irish nationals against British overlords that resulted in Irish independence. Tom Murphy, the Retired Teachers Chapter leader, who co-chairs the committee with Doris Marie Meyer, said the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which ended 30 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, is viewed by many as the culmination of the aspirations of the Proclamation of 1916. “A whole generation of Irish children has grown up without the horrors of armed conflict, and that was worth celebrating,” Murphy said. Joseph J. Lee, the director of the Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, accepted the committee’s Organization of the Year award.

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