Plaza erected in Corktown to honor Irish heritage

A formal dedication for Corktown’s United Irish Societies Plaza will be held Sunday, May 21. The plaza consists of three flagpoles flying the flags of the United States, Ireland and Michigan, engraved brick pavers, stones and plaques and landscaping

“Detroit 300 encouraged citizens and ethnic groups to accentuate their connection to the city. UIS covers 29 (Irish) member organizations, so we decided to become a Detroit 300 partner,” says UIS President Dennis Hayes.

While UIS is best known for producing the annual St. Patrick’s Parade, the group began to focus on the history of the Irish in Detroit as part of their partnership with Detroit 300. They produced two history books — available for purchase at the Gaelic League Irish-American Club in Corktown— as well as a video recording of Irish Detroiters sharing their histories.  “The last thing was to have a lasting monument of some sort, so that’s what we went about doing. It’s a simple plaza, but it’s an improvement," Hayes says.

The dedication will include mass at 1 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church followed by the dedication to be held on-site at the plaza. Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. James A. Moloney, the Archdiocese of Detroit’s director of the Office for Propagation of Faith; Mike Kerwin, the chairman of UIS’ Detroit 300 Committee, will act as emcee at the dedication.

For more information, go to www.detroitirish.org or call 313-963-5745.

Source: Dennis Hayes, UIS

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