Irish Official To Speak On Laetare Sunday

Mary O'Rourke, Ireland's minister for public enterprise and deputy leader of that nation's Fianna Fail political party, will be the featured speaker at the Boston College Alumni Association's 49th annual Laetare Sunday Communion Breakfast on March 14 in McElroy Commons. More than 1,000 alumni are expected to attend the Laetare Sunday event, the Alumni Association's longest standing tradition. Laetare Sunday is the halfway point of the Catholic liturgical season of Lent.

The day's events will begin with a 9:30 a.m. Mass in St. Ignatius Church, followed by the breakfast and speaking program at Carney's Dining Facility in McElroy Commons.

O'Rourke has held Ireland's top government business post since June of 1997. Previously, she had been the party's frontbench spokesperson on enterprise and employment. She also has served the Irish government as minister for labor affairs, trade and marketing, health (1991-1992), and education (1987-1991).

After starting her professional career as a secondary school teacher, O'Rourke was elected to the Irish Senate in 1981 and selected to represent the Longford-Westmeath constituency in the Dail Eireann - Ireland's House of Representatives - the following year. She was the frontbench spokesperson on education before accepting her first cabinet post in 1987.

Mary O'Rourke.

The communion breakfast will be hosted by the Silver Jubilarian Class of 1974. Tickets for the event are available through the Alumni Association at ext. 2-4700 or via the World Wide Web at

-Reid Oslin

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