Holyoke, Mass. (WGGB) — Wednesday night the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Committee gave their annual Ambassador Award and Christine Kinealy was selected for the honor.
Kinealy is a professor of Irish History at Drew University in New Jersey.
She was chosen for her work on the Irish famine of the 19th century and its connection to immigration in the U.S.
While Kinealy couldn’t make it Wednesday night, she still says she is honored and she will be here for Saint Patrick’s Day weekend, something organizers say recipients always enjoy.
Award Co-Chair, Kateri Walsh told us, “They come to Holyoke…they have a wonderful experience in Holyoke. They really like the fact our parade focuses so much on our culture and is so diverse. And it’s just a wonderful event and they speak for us to many of the people we’d like to bring here.”
This year’s Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race is on Saturday, March 16 and the parade is the following day.