Irish Parliamentarian John Deasy, TD, To Visit Emmetsburg For Celebration
Irish Parliamentarian John Deasy, TD, will be visiting Emmetsburg for the St. Patrick’s weekend celebration.
“John will be flying into des Moines on Wednesday evening, March 16,” said Andy Joyce, co-chair of the Emmetsburg St. Patrick’s Association. “He will be visiting the Iowa Statehouse on St. Patrick’s Day, where he will address the House and Senate before coming to Emmetsburg.”
Deasy will be in Emmetsburg for the Irish Coffee Open House on Thursday afternoon. The public is invited to stop at St. Pat’s to meet the Irish Dignitary and greet Parade Grand Marshal Alice Jo Leonard.
The Open House is from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Pat’s Headquarters and Irish Gifts, corner of 10th and Broadway.
John Deasy will greet residents of the community again Friday morning when the St. Patrick’s Association hosts the Chamber Coffee from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The remainder of the day, Deasy will visit students at Emmetsburg Catholic School, West Elementary School and Iowa Lakes Community College. He will visit POET?Biorefining that afternoon and tour the ethanol plant. To end the day, Deasy will be a participate in the St. Pat’s Bean Bag Tournament. The tournament will be held under the tent at 10th and Broadway.
John Deasy will start the O’Round the Loch Scholarship Run early Saturday morning at Iowa Lakes Community College. He will stop to check on the Chili Cook-Off and visit the Kid Zone at Corrigan Hall, along with other St. Pat’s activities.
Emmetsburg’s honored guest will ride in the Famous St. Patrick’s Parade at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Following the parade he will join new friends at the Social Gathering of the Clans at the Emmetsburg Fire Hall.
John will leave Emmetsburg Sunday, March 20, and stop in Erie, PA, where he attended college, before returning to Emmetsburg’s sister city, Dublin, Ireland.
John Deasy grew up County Waterford and has been a TD for the Waterford constituency since 2002. He is a member of the Fine Gael party.
He received a scholarship to study at Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA, and worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, IL, before returning to Ireland.