Saturday 27 May 2017

Plaque on Washington Monument to recognise relationship with US

The top of the Washington Monument. Photo: AP Photo/J. David Ake
The top of the Washington Monument. Photo: AP Photo/J. David Ake
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A plaque on behalf of the Irish people is to grace the famous Washington Monument in the American capital, the US National Park Service has confirmed.

The plaque, the wording of which is not finalised, will be unveiled at the obelisk in May in recognition of the "long and enduring relationship between Ireland and the United States," said Senator Mark Daly.

He has been working with the National Park Service as the Seanad's spokesman for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora, to include Ireland among the 193 commemorative stones honouring George Washington on the monument's interior walls.

The plaque will include passages from the 1916 Proclamation as well as references to Thomas J Meagher, founder of the Tricolour who went on to become US Army Brigadier-General in the 69th Regiment of the Union in the American Civil War and Governor of Montana.

Mr Daly said he was delighted the project had come to fruition after he visited the monument.

"I asked where the Irish one (plaque) was and there wasn't one," he said.

"This is an appropriate to way to honour the relationship between Ireland and the United States."

Irish Independent

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