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Commodore Barry Club participates in Irish heritage event at Green-Wood

September 22, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Vice President Mary Lennon, Treasurer Maureen Donohue and President Mary Nolan of the Commodore Barry Club. Photos courtesy of Commodore Barry Club

The Commodore Barry Club, a Brooklyn-based Irish-American organization, participated in the Irish Heritage Trail on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. 

Kathleen McDonough led a brief ceremony in the chapel and John Houlihan sang the Irish and American national anthems. Dr. Maureen Murphy spoke about the efforts of Asenath Nicholson’s and Horace Greely’s Irish famine relief efforts.  

After refreshments, members marched to a number of historic graves and memorials including Irish-American Korean War veterans; Matilda Tone, wife of Irish nationalist Wolfe Tone; Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune; Brigadier Gen. Thomas Francis Meagher; Patrick O’Donohue, the “Irish Rebel”; Gen. Thomas Sweeney; architect James Renwick; Clarence McKenzie, the “Little Drummer Boy” who died at age 12 during the Civil War; Asenath Nicholson, philanthropist; John Roach, shipbuilder; and Augustus Saint Gaudens, the artist who designed the famed U.S. $20 gold coin.

The event concluded with ceremonies at Battle Hill, memorialized by the statue of Minerva gesturing toward the Statue of Liberty. Richard Moylan, president of the cemetery, greeted participants. 

The Green-Wood Trolley provided transportation. Kathleen McDonough of the Irish-American Parade Committee coordinated events.

For further information, please call 718-833-3405 or visit www.commodorebarryclubbrooklyn.org. 

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