SHANNON, Ireland — An emotional Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh landed before dawn Friday on Irish soil and paid homage to Shannon Airport, the point of departure to Boston for scores of immigrants, including his parents, and the setting of a poignant speech by President John F. Kennedy.
After touching down in driving rain, Walsh was greeted by his mother, dozens of relatives, 10 mayors from across Ireland, and a gaggle of local reporters.
‘The mayor is coming!’ Ireland relishes visit by Walsh
By Andrew Ryan Globe Staff September 18, 2014
In honor of the homecoming, the family house in Rosmuc, an Irish-speaking village of 500 in the craggy, desolate hills of Connemara, got a new coat of paint. A nearby church planned a special Mass for the return of a man described as “Connemara’s Kennedy.”
Further out the coast, the village of Carna is preparing for what a local newspaper portrayed as “the biggest day in its history.” They are painting too, and mowing grass along the stone walls.