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On Sunday, July 11th from 1-4:00 pm

Irish Gallery of the Ethnic Heritage Museum will honor Retired Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea as the Irish Man of the Year.  He was chosen for the combination of his pride in his Irish heritage and his impact during his 32 year career in law enforcement.

Emerald Wind will play harp and flute music with a Celtic flavor starting at 2 pm and a brief presentation will begin at 2:30 pm.

Chief O’Shea’s distinguished career in public service started in Addison as a police officer for 9½ years, continued in Elgin for 17½ years where he reached the leadership level of Commander, and completed in Rockford as Chief of Police.  Chief O’Shea’s approach to policing has emphasized community engagement, including increased involvement in community events such as Rockford’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Dan is proud of his Irish heritage.  Dan’s paternal grandfather Patrick Joseph O’Shea was born in County Kerry in the town of Muckross and in 1908 he immigrated to the United States, where he became a Chicago cop and rose to the level of Commander in the Chicago Police Department.  Dan’s paternal grandmother was Kathleen Moriarty.  Because of the closeness of his Irish ancestry, Dan is eligible for and plans to apply for dual Irish citizenship.

Dan was born in Chicago as part of the South Side Irish community.  He graduated from DePaul University.  He played rugby in college and after college with the South Side Irish Rugby Football Club.  Dan is a member of Rockford’s Irish Marching Society and has worn his kilt in many Irish parades, including in Chicago and Rockford.  He has traveled to Ireland and is planning to go again soon.

This event is free to the public but donations are greatly appreciated.


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