Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes poses with the honorees of Irish History Month and County officials during a ceremony March 16.Full size photo

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes poses with the honorees of Irish History Month and County officials during a ceremony March 16.

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TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and several County officials joined with the Ancient Order of Hibernians today in honoring area residents for their achievements during a celebration of Irish-American History Month.

Hughes, Mercer County Sheriff Kevin Larkin, and County freeholders Dan Benson and Pat Colavita presented awards to four local residents at a luncheon ceremony March 16 hosted by the Mercer County Division of Culture and Heritage and the Hibernians’ organization at its hall in Hamilton. Honored were Michael Maloney, the 2009 Grand Marshall of the Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a longtime union official with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9, William “Billy” Quinn, a lifetime member of the Hibernians and well known promoter of Irish heritage, and Len and Ann Bauersachs, owners and operators of The Cross and Shamrock religious and cultural store in Hamilton for the past 24 years.

“As an Irish-American, I take special pride in this event and in our Irish-American community in Mercer County,” said Hughes, adding his ancestors emigrated from Ireland to Burlington County. “But what is so great is that on a day like today, everyone is Irish.”