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Irish Flag Raising

Area Irish organizations and the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) conducted their annual flag raising ceremony at the Lackawanna County Courthouse to mark the official beginning of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities and celebration in our community. The daily struggles and fight for freedom of our area’s Irish ancestors were recalled during the brief program.

L-r, Jeff Sears, Msgr. Farrell AOH Man of the Year; Kevin Shaughnessy, Paul “Hook” O’Malley AOH Man of the Year; Joseph Hosie, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania AOH President; Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Scranton Mayor William Courtright.