'Memorial resolution' signed between County Council and Monroe County

Cavan County Council has signed a “memorial resolution” with Monroe County in New York.

On a visit to the United States, Cathaoirleach John Paul Feeley and Chief Executive Tommy Ryan signed the resolution.

Cavan County Council approved the move at a meeting this summer, with the Monroe County Legislature also backing it last week. It’s hoped the signing of the resolution will reaffirm the bond between the two communities.

The between the two counties was established through an act of the Monroe County Legislature in May 1995. They are connected through Colonel Patrick O’Rorke, who was born in Cavan in 1836.

He emigrated to Rochester, New York with his family as a young boy and became the first Irishman to attend West Point military academy. He served under President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War but was killed in 1863 while leading the New York 140th Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Cathaoirleach and CE were accompanied on the trip by their wives, Niamh Feeley and Ann Ryan. The trip also included visits to Toronto in and to Cavan-Monaghan township, north of the city.