The Commodore Barry Club participated in the Irish Heritage Trail on Saturday, Sep. 6 at the Green-Wood Cemetery.
Fr. James Cunningham, Pastor of Holy Name Church, celebrated Mass in the Chapel. 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 or memorials: Irish Korean War Veterans Memorial, Matilda Tone, Horace Greely, Editor of the NY Tribune, Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher, Patrick O’Donohue, the “Irish Rebel,” General Thomas Sweeney, James Renwick, architect, Clarence McKenzie, the “Little Drummer Boy,” Asenath Nicholson, philanthropist, John Roach, shipbuilder and Augustus Saint Gaudens, artist. The event concluded with ceremonies at Battle Hill, memorialized in the Higgins statue of Minerva gesturing towards the Statue of Liberty. Richard Moylan, President of the Cemetery greeted participants.
The Green-Wood Trolley provided transportation. Ruth Edebohls guided the tour. Kathleen McDonough of the Irish American Parade Committee coordinated events.