Big welcome 'home' for Boston mayor
BEAMING Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declared "Ta me go maith" at Shannon Airport as he was given a rapturous welcome 'home' by Connemara people.
The son of two 1950s emigrants from Rosmuc and Carna, Mr Walsh was greeted by a crowd of relatives and friends who had set out at 3am from the Gaeltacht.
The airport has a special resonance for Mayor Walsh (47), as it over 50 years since his parents, John and Mary, flew out of Shannon on what he said was "a 13-hour flight" to start new lives in Boston.
He has travelled back to Connemara over 30 times during his life, but yesterday was his first visit since being elected mayor last November.
His mother came back a week early to prepare the house at Rosmuc for the homecoming.
She said: "If someone told me 59 years ago that I would have a son who would be mayor of Boston someday, I wouldn't have believed it.
"It is very emotional, it really is."
Mr Walsh said he would be stuffing his suitcase with brown bread, sausages and black pudding for the trip home.