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Irish Cultural Garden
New Monuments Dedicated
October 8, 2011

Four new monuments were dedicated at a special ceremony at the Irish Cultural Garden on Saturday October 8, 2011. The Garden was lush with greenery and flowers thanks to Charlene Crowley and her team of volunteers. The Lennon fountain was flowing and the weather couldn't have been better.

Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney introduced Father Jim O'Donnell who gave the opening prayer and blessing to begin the ceremony.

Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney

Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney

Father Jim O'Donnell at Cleveland Irish Garden

Father Jim O'Donnell

Father Jim O'Donnell at Cleveland Irish Garden



Katie Cooper sang the Irish National Anthem in Gaelic followed by the US National Anthem.

Katie Cooper singing the Irish National Anthem in Gaelic and US National Anthem

Katie Cooper



Next Austin Francis O'Malley, the Chairman of Mayo County Council, spoke to the group. This was his first visit to Cleveland.

Austin Francis O'Malley, the Chairman of Mayo County Council

Austin Francis O'Malley



Ed Crawford, leader of the Irish Garden Committee, spoke about the progress and goals for the Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden.

Ed Crawford, leader of the Irish Garden Committee

Ed Crawford

Charlene Crowley acknowledged the families who bought trees for the Garden.

Charlene Crowley

Charlene Crowley


Then Ed Crawford recognized the Irish Garden Club members for their work to revitalize the Irish Cultural Garden.

Ed Crawford

Ed Crawford

Cleveland Irish Garden Club

Cleveland Irish Garden Club members in attendance
Front row (l-r): Charlene Crowley, Ed Crawford, Jack Kahl
and Sheila Murphy Crawford

Back row: Martin Keane, Bill Summers, Martin Sweeney
and Jim Boland




Before the formal ceremony ended and people wandered the Garden to view the monument, Ed Crawford told of the 2nd goal of the Irish Cultural Garden. Charlene Crowley talked about Thomas Moore and May 28 1933. Katie Cooper sang the Last Rose of Summer to conclude the program.

Fr. Jim O'Donnell, Katie Cooper and Martin Sweeney

Fr. Jim O'Donnell, Katie Cooper and Martin Sweeney

Enjoy these images from the Irish Cultural Garden ceremony

Ann & John Garvey from Long Island with Gerry Quinn

Ann & John Garvey from Long Island with Gerry Quinn


Ohio State Senator Tom Patton with Austin Francis O'Malley, Chairman of Mayo County Council and Peter Hynes, Mayo County Manager

Ohio State Senator Tom Patton with
Austin Francis O'Malley, Chairman of Mayo County Council
and Peter Hynes, Mayo County Manager


Regina Costello and John Sweeney

Regina Costello and John Sweeney


Jerry Crawford and Father Jim O'Donnell

Jerry Crawford and Father Jim O'Donnell


Martin Sweeney and Char Crowley

Martin Sweeney and Char Crowley


Maureen and Tom McCauley in front of Padraig Pearse

Maureen and Tom McCauley in front of Padraig Pearse


Ed Crawford with Councilman Jeff Johnson

Ed Crawford with Councilman Jeff Johnson


Kevin Cronin and mom in front of Yeats

Kevin Cronin and mom in front of Yeats


Irish Garden Club members Bill Summers, Jack Kahl, Ed Crawford and Jim Boland

Irish Garden Club members Bill Summers, Jack Kahl,
Jim Boland and Ed Crawford


Sheila and Bob Crawford family members

Sheila and Bob Crawford family members


Austin Francis O'Malley, Tom Patton, Peter Hynes and Colleen Corrigan Day

Austin Francis O'Malley, Tom Patton,
Peter Hynes and Colleen Corrigan Day


Ed Crawford and Ohio State Senator Tom Patton

Ed Crawford and Ohio State Senator Tom Patton


Jack Kahl and Regina Costello

Jack Kahl and Regina Costello


Martin Sweeney, Martin Keane, Tom Patton, Jeff Johnson and Ed Crawford

Martin Sweeney, Martin Keane, Tom Patton,
Jeff Johnson and Ed Crawford


Irish Garden crowd


Irish Garden crowd


Father Jim O'Donnell in front of Brendan Behan monument

Father Jim O'Donnell in front of Brendan Behan monument


Martin Sweeney and Ed Crawford

Martin Sweeney and Ed Crawford


Photos of the new monuments in the Irish Cultural Garden

More from the Irish Cultural Garden


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