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McGonagle, Legislature celebrate Irish-American partnership

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State Representative Joe McGonagle and his colleagues in the Legislature have taken time during the month of March to celebrate the Irish-American partnership, especially here in Massachusetts. McGonagle and his colleagues have celebrated this relationship during many events, including a ceremony at the Irish Cultural Center and meetings with the Consul General of Ireland in Boston, Síghle Fitzgerald, and Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar as well as St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, including the annual South Boston breakfast. McGonagle, an active member of the Irish Legislators caucus, says events like these are necessary to keep up the success of the relationships between the two nations.

“Speaking with Taoiseach Varadkar, he really emphasized the importance of this partnership between our two countries,” said McGonagle. “The value of the cultural exchange between students, workers and travelers is truly priceless. Getting a different worldview, to live in a different history is an incredible opportunity. Every trip I have had over to Ireland has broadened my perspectives immensely. I’m so grateful for the opportunities to meet new people and hear their stories, knowing this only makes me better able to represent my own community. The Irish-American roots run strong and deep and I hope we can continue that. Consul General Fitzgerald has done a fantastic job integrating into the Massachusetts community, it’s a joy to work with her. I also think my colleagues in the Irish Legislators Caucus, especially Reps. John Lawn and Jamie Murphy, have made a tremendous effort to strengthen this connection.”

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