TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A representative from Ireland's government will be in upstate New York for the re-dedication of a memorial built in honor of an Irish labor organizer from the early 20th century.
Noel Kilkenny, Ireland's ambassador consul general, will join local officials, state lawmakers and New York public employee union leaders at the James Connolly Memorial in Troy's Riverfront Park.
The memorial was originally dedicated in 1986 to the labor leader who emigrated from Ireland in America in 1903 and lived in Troy for two years. He played a role in the national labor movement in the U.S. before returning to Ireland, where he was among those executed by the British after the 1916 Easter Uprising in Dublin.
The event coincides with a Connolly exhibit opening Saturday at the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany.