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(Sunday, April 24th, 2016)

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The AOH Syracuse Division commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising by honoring James K. McGuire, the "boy Mayor" of Syracuse. McGuire was an active supporter of the Rising through his involvement in Clan-na-Gael, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and the Irish Republican Army. He was also instrumental in bringing Eamon De Valera to Syracuse in 1919 to raise money for the new Irish Republic. The commemoration started at St. Agnes Cemetery, with a procession to the gravesite of Mayor McGuire and a reading of the Easter Proclamation (i.e., the Irish Declaration of Independence) by Judge Joe Fahey -- McGuire's great-nephew. The Division then hosted a brunch at Kitty Hoynes, during which former Congressman Jim Walsh read the Proclamation. This event was open to members, family, and friends, and included food, drink, Irish dancers, and music. We had a large turnout, including elected officials, and several local media outlets provided coverage. Special thanks go to Geordy Austin and his team of volunteers, David Hoyne for his hospitality, and those who participated in and attended the event.

NOTE: AOH Syracuse Division members John Lyons and Geordy Austin provided the photos below.

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