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McAleese makes first official visit to Boston

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Jim Smith

BOSTON — Irish president Mary McAleese makes her first official visit to Boston this week. On Thursday, Oct. 15, she will meet with staff at the Irish Immigration Center and the Irish Pastoral Center. That evening, she will be the guest of honor at a dinner at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

On Friday morning, McAleese will be the featured speaker at a public event at the Irish Famine Memorial on School Street. That afternoon she will speak at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge in a symposium sponsored by Harvard University and the Irish Times.

Her Boston visit ends Friday evening, when she will preside over the opening of Connolly House at Boston College, the new home of BC’s Irish Studies Program, which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The McAleese visit is just one in a busy week for Irish related matters in the city.

The Northern Ireland business "Roadshow" will be in town on Saturday the 13th to deliver its pitch for corporate American investment in the North.

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams follows on Sunday with three public events, beginning with a fund-raising breakfast at the Park Plaza Hotel. That afternoon he will greet supporters at the Hibernian Hall in Lawrence, before winding up his week-long American tour with an address Sunday evening at Florian Hall in Dorchester.

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