first_imgSinn Féin Deputy Pearse Doherty along with Donegal Sinn Féin Councillors today gathered at Donegal Town’s Public Service Centre today welcome the Boyle family home from the US.The Boyle Family, who are currently enjoying a family holiday in the county, made history last November when Brendan Boyle, whose father Frank hails from Glencolmcille, became the only member of Congress with an Irish-born parent after he was elected to the House of Representatives in last year’s US mid-term elections.In addition to this, Brendan’s brother, Kevin Boyle, is a member of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives where the two had previously served together, becoming the first set of brothers to ever serve simultaneously in the House in its 300 year history. Deputy Pearse Doherty last year met with the then Congressman-elect during a trip to North America by Sinn Féin party leaders to celebrate the contributions made by Irish communities living abroad and today he once again met with the Pennsylvania based Congressman before welcoming him and the Boyle family to Donegal.Deputy Doherty said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to once again meet Congressman Brendan Boyle and his family and to welcome them back to their ancestral home of Donegal.“It was a huge honour for me last November whilst visiting Philadelphia to have met with Brendan Boyle along with his younger brother Kevin who himself is a member of Pennsylvania’s State House.“In Philadelphia last year, both Kevin Boyle and I addressed a gathering following which I presented Brendan with a limited edition copy of the 1916 Proclamation which he told me he intended to hang in his office in Washington D.C. “The two brothers, whose father Frank was born and raised in Glencolmcille, are both fine examples of members of the Irish diaspora who have left such a profound mark on the world stage; they are two fantastic ambassadors for the Irish abroad and truly embody the best our diaspora have to offer the world.” CONGRESSMAN BOYLE WELCOMED HOME TO DONEGAL was last modified: August 28th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan BoyleCongressmanGlencolmcillelast_img

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