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20th Dec 2016

There Is A Street In New York Being Renamed ‘Easter Rising Way’


Oh, ‘Murica. 

New York City Council is set to name a street ‘Easter Rising Way’, in a bid to mark the centenary of the event, all the way back in 1916. 

The street is located in Maspeth, Queens, and will be named in a formal ceremony on Saturday 12 November.

‘Easter Rising Way’ is a pedestrian footpath, descending into a staircase, that runs along 53rd Avenue, from 65th Place to 64th Street in west Queens. It is currently unnamed, known only as a “step street”.

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Photo cred: Belfast Telegraph

The historic name was chosen because of the traditional Irish-American location in Queens, which looks over the Fenian Monument erected by the Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood in 1907, a monument which was involved in planning the Rising itself.

The keynote speaker at the opening will be none other than Gerry Adams himself. He has been asked to speak because of his role in the Northern Ireland peace process. 

New York City councilwoman, Elizabeth Crowley, who represents the district in Queens and has Irish grandparents, is the brains behind the operation.

She said the decision by the Council to name the street in honour of the Easter Rising was due to the fact that the Proclamation drew on the US Declaration of Independence.

The difference is that the Proclamation said ‘Irishmen and Irishwomen’ at a time when women in the United StatesIreland and America.

I see that Proclamation as helping us in our struggles for equality. Our country has been struggling in that direction. I see that as a strong bond between Ireland and America.

So, there you have it. Make sure to check it out if you’re in The Big Apple. 

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