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WEST HAVEN, Nov. 27, 2017 — The St. Patrick’s Day Committee will bestow its Irish Person of the Year award Friday, March 16, at the city’s 27th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.
The committee will fete the 2018 recipient by hanging a green street sign that names City Hall Square after the person for a year. Last year’s awardee, Kelly Canning Ruickoldt, will take home her sign at the start of the ceremony.
The honor is given each year to an Irish resident, or couple, who epitomizes service in West Haven’s vibrant Irish-American community.
Accompanied by Celtic music played by a bagpiper, members of the Police Department and West Shore Fire Department emerald societies will escort the honoree to the Campbell Avenue entrance of City Hall at noon for the special recognition.
A corned beef and cabbage lunch will follow in City Hall, 355 Main St.
The St. Patrick’s Day Committee, steered by Chairwoman Joanne Conlan, includes the lifeblood of West Haven’s Irish-American society, such as members of the Irish-American Club and former honorees, as well as former and current city, fire and police officials.
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— MICHAEL P. WALSH, Public Relations Information Coordinator