PAWTUCKET – The City of Pawtucket and Mayor Donald R. Grebien celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day with the annual Irish Flag Raising Ceremony. Members of the community were invited to attend the event, held in the Pawtucket City Hall Lobby on Friday morning. The flag-raising is coordinated by the Pawtucket Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.
“The City is eternally grateful for the contributions made to our community by generations of people of Irish descent,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien in his address to attendees. “We are happy to continue this tradition of raising the Irish flag here on St. Patrick’s Day.”
The event kicked off with Father Charles Galligan leading the convocation. After Mayor Grebien and State Representative Marry Duffy Messier delivered remarks, Scott Malloy Ph.D. shared a few words on the importance of remembering our Irish Heritage. The event concluded with the raising of the Irish flag outside of City Hall and the singing of both the Irish and United States National Anthems.
From Left to Right: Scott Malloy Ph.D., State Representative Marry Duffy Messier, Mayor Donald R. Grebien, Father Charles Galligan, Pat Murray
Lastly, on behalf of the City of Pawtucket, Mayor Grebien offers his condolences to the family of Ray Gannon, a valued member of the Pawtucket Community and a proud Irishman. The Mayor ordered that the Irish Flag in front of City Hall be flown at half-staff.
Attendees of the event in the Pawtucket City Hall Lobby