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Taoiseach at Irish Cultural Garden

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Irish Cultural Garden
October 13, 2012


The Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny along with Ambassador Michael Collins, Consul General of Ireland Aidan Cronin and others visited the Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland.

The Taoiseach spent time mingling with the crowd and touring the Garden before the official ceremony.

Ireland Taoiseach enters Cleveland Garden

Taoiseach Enda Kenny enters the Irish Cultural Garden with dignitaries including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Ambassador Michael Collins, Consul Aidan Cronin and others


Prime Minister Kenny was shown the monuments in the Garden by Ed Crawford and Sheila Murphy Crawford.

Enda Kenny, Ed Crawford and Sheila Murphy Crawford at Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Enda Kenny, Ed Crawford and Sheila Murphy Crawford
at Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland


Enda Kenny, Ed Crawford and Sheila Murphy Crawford at Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Enda Kenny, Ed Crawford and Sheila Murphy Crawford at Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Enda Kenny, Ed Crawford and Sheila Murphy Crawford at Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Enda Kenny, Ed Crawford and Sheila Murphy Crawford at Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland


The Taoiseach also met with members of the band 'No Strangers Here' who entertained the crowd before and after the ceremony. (Their cover of the Saw Doctors' Green and Red of Mayo was a favorite!)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with band No Strangers Here

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with band No Strangers Here


The formal ceremony began with Sheila Murphy Crawford, Chief Delegate of the Irish Cultural Garden, who welcomed the crowd and explained the Cultural Gardens and the Irish Cultural Garden in particular.

Sheila Murphy Crawford

Sheila Murphy Crawford



Next Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney spoke and introduced Ed Crawford.

City Council President Martin Sweeney

Cleveland City Council President Martin Sweeney



City Council President Martin Sweeney


Park-Ohio Chairman Ed Crawford was the spearhead behind the restoration of the Irish Cultural Garden. He also gave credit to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Park-Ohio Chairman Ed Crawford

Ed Crawford



Park-Ohio Chairman Ed Crawford


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson welcomed An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and gave him a proclamation from the City.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson



Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Enda Kenny

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Enda Kenny

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Taoiseach Enda Kenny


Next, Ed Crawford led PM Kenny to a tree in the Irish Cultural Garden that is being dedicated to the Taoiseach.

Ed Crawford, Enda Kenny and tree in Irish Garden



Tree in Irish Cultural Garden for Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Temporary Plaque at the base of the tree


The Taoiseach spoke to the crowd to conclude the formal program.

Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny

Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny

Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny



Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny

Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny

Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny


At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Taoiseach spent considerable time posing for photos and meeting the attendees.

Photo Page of Taoiseach Kenny in the Irish Cultural Garden - Page 1

Photo Page of Taoiseach Kenny in the Irish Cultural Garden - Page 2

Photo Page of Taoiseach Kenny in the Irish Cultural Garden - Page 3

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Cleveland - Irish Cultural Garden (This Page)

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