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Irish Cultural Garden Rededication

Irish Cultural Garden Rededication Ceremony
Cleveland Ohio
October 3, 2009

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Familiar faces - Photos and videos of people at the Irish Garden ceremony


The Irish Cultural Garden was originally dedicated on October 29, 1939. A massive restoration effort culminated in the rededication of the Irish Garden on October 3, 2009.

The Irish Garden Club was created to provide capital funding for the restoration of the Irish Cultural Garden.

Irish Garden Club Founders

James C. Boland
Edward F. Crawford
Sheila Murphy Crawford
Myles C. Gallagher
Robert W. Gillespie
Jack Kahl, Jr.
Martin J. Keane
Kevin J. Kelley
Kevin J. McGinty
William J. O'Neill, Jr.
Michael R. Shaughnessy
William B. Summers, Jr.
Martin J. Sweeney

The day's festivities began with a performance by the Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police Department.

Cleveland Police Department Pipes and Drums - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police Department

The Celtic Cross of the Irish Garden was outlined in green ribbon held up by Murphy Irish dancers.

Ribbon around the Irish Cultural Garden - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Ribbon around the Irish Cultural Garden held by Murphy Irish dancer - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson


Edward F. Crawford, founder of the Irish Garden Club, welcomed the crowd to the ceremony.

Ed Crawford - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Edward F. Crawford

The national anthem of the United States was sung, led by Mary Agnes Kennedy.

Mary Agnes Kennedy - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Mary Agnes Kennedy

Singing the national anthem at the Irish Cultural Garden - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Singing the national anthem at the Irish Cultural Garden - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Singing the national anthem at the Irish Cultural Garden - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Fr. James O'Donnell gave the invocation and blessed the crowd with water from Our Lady of Knock.

Father Jim O'Donnell - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Father James O'Donnell

Father Jim O'Donnell - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Father Jim O'Donnell blesses the crowd with holy water from Our Lady of Knock


The video (below) includes part of the Cleveland Police Department Pipes and Drums followed by Ed Crawford's welcome and a prayer and blessing from Father Jim O'Donnell.





Ed Crawford and Sheila Murphy Crawford then cut the ribbon, officially re-opening the Irish Cultural Garden.

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Ed Crawford cut the ribbon, officially re-opening the Irish Cultural Garden

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Ed Crawford

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Ed Crawford cut the ribbon, officially re-opening the Irish Cultural Garden


Ed Crawford then gave some history of the Irish Garden and thanked the group who made the restoration possible.

Ed Crawford speaking at the Irish Cultural Garden

Crawford donned a St. Patrick's Day cap before introducing Cleveland City Council president Martin J. Sweeney.

Cleveland City Council president Martin J. Sweeney - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Cleveland City Council president Martin J. Sweeney


The video (below) includes the ribbon cutting, history of the Irish Garden and thanks to the donors.




Senator George Voinovich then spoke and told of his memories of the Cultural Gardens and how people who love their ethnic heritage "are great Americans."

Senator George Voinovich - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Senator George Voinovich

Senator George Voinovich

Senator George Voinovich - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson


Next, Congressman Dennis Kucinich spoke and read from a proclamation from the US House of Represenatives congratulating the Irish Cultural garden rededication.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich gives proclamation to Ed Crawford

Congressman Dennis Kucinich gives proclamation to Ed Crawford

Dr. William Golden, Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at Galway University spoke next. Dr. Golden gave some history of the Celtic Cross and spoke about Ireland, Cleveland, the Irish Cultural Garden and Irish-Americans in Cleveland.

Dr. William Golden, Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at Galway University - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Dr. William Golden of Galway University

Dr. William Golden, Dean of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at Galway University


The video (below) features snippets of speeches from Senator George Voinovich, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Professor William Golden of NUI Galway and Ed Crawford.




Ed Crawford thanked the two women most responsible for the Garden's restoration: Char Crowley and Sheila Murphy Crawford.

Sheila Murphy Crawford, Char Crowley and Ed Crawford

Sheila Murphy Crawford, Char Crowley and Ed Crawford

Ed Crawford and Char Crowley - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

Ed Crawford and Char Crowley


The ceremonies concluded with the singing of the Irish National Anthem led by Mary Agnes Kennedy.

Singing the Irish National Anthem

Singing the Irish National Anthem

Singing the Irish National Anthem

Singing the Irish National Anthem - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson

At the conclusion of the Anthem, Ed Crawford declared the Irish Cultural Garden "open."

Ed Crawford

The attendees mixed and mingled and viewed the beautiful landscaping and new monuments.

Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Irish Cultural Garden in Cleveland - Cleveland Irish Cultural Garden photos by Dan Hanson


Congratulations to the Irish Garden Club and all those involved with the beautifully restored Irish Cultural Garden.

See photos of the restored Irish Cultural Garden

Photos of the people who attended the Irish Cultural Garden ceremony


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