Irish President To Visit Oct. 7

The Boston College Center for Irish Management will host an appearance by Irish President Mary Robinson on Oct. 7 in Gasson 100.

Robinson will attend a 10 a.m. reception for invited members of the University community of Irish descent or who actively promote Irish history and culture through academic and extracurricular programs. Among the 200 guests will be faculty and students of the Irish Studies Program, participants in Irish music and dance campus organizations as well as Irish-born employees.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, will introduce Robinson, who will greet the guests and offer brief remarks.

Robinson became the first woman president of the Irish Republic when she won the 1990 national election as the Labour Party candidate. During her administration, she has received honors from the International League of Human Rights and CARE, and was selected for the 1996 International Women's Forum "Person of the Year" award, which she will receive at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston the day before her appearance on campus.

During her visit to Boston, Robinson is also scheduled to meet with the Famine Commemoration Committee, whose members include Boston College Trustee Thomas Flatley - the committee chairman - Burns Librarian Robert O'Neill, Center for Irish Management Director Sean Rowland and Prof. Emeritus Thomas O'Connor (History).

-S.S.

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