☘️ THE DORAN CLAN CELEBRATING THEIR “DUBLIN BOYS” ROBERT DORAN, U.S. NAVY & FRANCIS DORAN, U.S. ARMY – REPRESENT 2 OF THE STARS ON THE DUBLIN BOYS BANNER THAT WAS DEDICATED TO THEM, AND 37 OTHER SERVICE MEN AND ONE WOMAN ON THANKSGIVING DAY, 1942.
I WAS GIVEN THE HONOR TO REPLICATE THE ORIGINAL FLAG WHICH HUNG IN MORRISTOWN’S “DUBLIN” SECTION AND WAS PART OF A WONDERFUL CEREMONY BY THE FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK, LEAD BY MICHAEL KEOWN.
THERE NOW STANDS A HISTORICAL MARKER AND TWO BEAUTIFUL PLAQUES, DESIGNED BY MATT KEOWN, DEDICATED TO THE IRISH IMMIGRANTS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO MORRISTOWN AND THEIR COUNTRY – OUR UNITED STATES.
IT WAS TRULY A GREAT DAY FOR THE IRISH AND OUR FAMILY. ☘️
IT WAS SAM PACKER, THE MAN WHO RAN THE CORNER GROCERY STORE, WHO WISHED TO HONOR THOSE WHO WERE SERVING IN WORLD WAR II. THIS SERVICE FLAGS OFFICIAL UNVEILING OCCURRED ON THANKSGIVING DAY, 1942.
THE NUMBER 40 DEPICTED ON THE FLAG REPRESENTED THE NUMBER OF DUBLIN'S SONS - AND ONE DAUGHTER - SERVING IN THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.
SPECIAL EVENT ON MARCH 3 TO MARK MORRIS COUNTY’S IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE IN MORRISTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD
HERITAGE COMMISSION TO UNVEIL HISTORIC MARKER AND PANELS
In partnership with the Morris County Heritage Commission, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County will hold a special ceremony on the afternoon of Sunday, March 3, 2019, to honor one of Morristown’s earliest immigrant neighborhoods: Dublin – Morristown’s Historic Irish Neighborhood.
County residents are invited to join in the festivities at 1:30 pm at the corner of Madison Street and Macculloch Avenue, where they will learn about the enclave that nurtured generations of Irish immigrants and their descendants for more than 100 years in Morris County.
The neighborhood has been featured in two works published by the Morristown & Morris Township Library: Greeting the Past, A Walking Tour of the Dublin Neighborhood, and Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Times: Morristown New Jersey’s Immigrant Past.
“I thank the Heritage Commission for working closely with the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick on a project that helps educate county residents on the important historical and cultural impact made on Morris County by Irish immigrants,’’ said Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, who is liaison to the Heritage Commission.
At the March 3 event, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County, NJ, will unveil a Dublin Neighborhood historical marker and two interpretive panels funded by a grant from the Morris County Heritage Commission.
Commission Acting Director Peg Shultz, and Rev. Msgr. John Hart, and author Cheryl Turkington. Freeholders DeFillippo and Doug Cabana will join in unveiling the marker and panels.
The Guard Pipes & Drums then will lead a short procession to the Dublin Pub in Morristown for a celebration beginning at 2:30 p.m.
12:15 – Mass at Assumption
1:30 – Intersection of Madison & Macculloch Ave in Morristown for Dublin Neighborhood Dedication (immediately after mass)
2:30 – Dublin Pub for Celebration (immediately after dedication)