TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and members of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders today hosted an observance of Irish-American History Month and presented resolutions of honor to three Irish-American Mercer County civic leaders. During the lunchtime event, they also read a resolution noting the roles that Irish-Americans have played in the history of America and proclaimed March Irish-American Heritage Month in Mercer County.
“As a full-blooded Irish-American, I am particularly proud to host today’s event and honor these individuals who do so much to honor their heritage” began Hughes. “Irish-Americans have contributed greatly to the fabric of America’s history, and it is fitting to pay homage to that history just days before St. Patrick’s Day”.
Honorees included two founders of the Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Desmond Murphy, Grand Marshall for 2006, “Irish” Billy Briggs, local pub owner and Grand Marshall for 1997, Maureen Kelly, Steward for the Msgr. Crean Division #1 Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Both Murphy and Briggs served the United States in the military during the Vietnam War, which made the theme of the 2006 Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Parade, A Salute to American Veterans, particularly significant, Hughes noted.