There will be a special connection to the West Shore at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cleveland when representatives of the Lavelle family carry a historic Irish flag down the festive parade route.
The flag, sent from Ireland last month, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the British occupation.
“Kathleen Marie Lavelle sent this flag from County Mayo to Mary Noreen Lavelle and her brother’s children, Thomas (a St. Ignatius student), Ellen and Kate (both students at St. Raphael in Bay Village) in honor of her dad, Gerry Lavelle, past president emeritus of the West Side Irish American Club,” reports Owen McGuinness, historian and family connection to the Lavelles of Avon Lake.
The entire Lavelle family will be marching in the Parade and, next week, observing the 100th anniversary of the famed Irish Easter uprising of 1916. The uprising led to the execution of many leaders of the uprising (the flag commemorates 16 executed leaders), but paved the way for the eventual independence of the Irish Republic three years later.