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In Memoriam
Dermot Gallagher, Former Irish Ambassador to the U.S.
Dermot Gallagher, age 72, was the former secretary general at the Department of Foreign Affairs and was Irish Ambassador to the U.S. from 1991 to 1997.
It was during Gallagher’s time in Washington, D.C., that President Bill
Clinton made history by becoming the first U.S. president ever to become involved in Northern Ireland. Gallagher had a close and personal relationship with the president, which was an important access point for Ireland. After retirement, Gallagher continued in public service, sitting on the board of many organizations and chairing the oversight commission of the Irish police force.
A native of Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim, Gallagher spent 40 years in government service as a diplomat and in senior positions in government departments. He was given a four-year extension beyond the usual retirement age as Secretary General of Foreign Affairs, an indication of how valuable his service was viewed by the government.
Gallagher dedicated a lifetime to public service, serving with distinction as Ambassador to the United States and making a significant contribution to the peace process in Northern Ireland.
Duncan L. Brown
Duncan L. Brown was a long-time supporter of the Ballyshaners. Through donations to our fundraisers, and his frequent work as a liaison between Murphy’s Irish Pub and the Ballyshaners, Duncan helped keep the parade running. He was a great friend who was kind to everyone he met. Duncan was proud to call Old Town his home, gladly welcoming new residents and visitors. The Ballyshaners are sad to lose our dear friend.

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