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Happy Holidays from Chicago Sister Cities International

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Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:24:28 -0500

Honorable Mayor Carlton and Council Members,
Inasmuch as Chicago is one of your sister cities with Galway, Ireland, I
thought you may especially appreciate receiving this timely message.
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Galway Committee Vice Chair Billy Lawless Receives Honor from City of
Categories: _Galway News_ (http://chicagosistercities.com/news/galway/)
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Galway City Council today agreed to confer the honor of Freeman of the
City of Galway on Vice-Chair of the Galway Committee of Chicago Sister Cities
International, Billy Lawless, Sr. On the proposal of the Mayor of Galway,
Cllr. Donal Lyons and with the approval of the Procedures Committee, Galway
City Council Elected Members unanimously approved the granting of the city’
s highest honor at its Ordinary Meeting of the Council held in Galway on
December 8.
It is expected that the conferring of the Freeman of the City will take
place at a ceremony in the Spring of 2015.
Mr. Lawless is being recognized for his work on behalf of the city of
Galway and on behalf of Irish immigrants, and the Irish in the United States
over a number years. Billy Lawless is a prominent business figure in Galway’s
sister city of Chicago, but it his work as an immigration advocate that
has brought him to attention in political and media circles in Chicago and in
Washington, D.C. He is Chair of Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform and
is also a board member and co-founder of the Illinois Business Immigration
Coalition and fights tirelessly for immigration reform. Last month, Mr.
Lawless introduced President Obama at a major rally in Chicago following the
President’s announcement of major immigration reforms.
Mr. Lawless was named last year as one of the top ten Irish American
community leaders. He has been Vice-Chair of the Galway Committee of Chicago
Sister Cities International for a number of years and has supported and
facilitated a number of projects, including the Grainne Sculpture in Chicago
donated by the City of Galway a number of years ago and the reciprocal gifting
of the Umbrellas for Peace sculpture on the grounds of Galway’s City Hall.
Billy Lawless is a native of Rahoon, County Galway, where his family were
involved in dairy farming, supplying milk to households in the city. He was
a prominent oarsman with rowing clubs in the city including with Coláiste
Iognáid and Tribesman Rowing Club. He opened The Gallows Pub in Prospect
Hill in the 1970s and subsequently ran the Twelve Pins in Barna before
moving to Chicago in 1998 and helped open Wrigleyville’s first Irish bar, The
Irish Oak, followed by a more modern Irish bar/restaurant, The Grafton, in
Lincoln Square in 2002. After guiding both to their current status as local
haunts and tourist favorites, Lawless moved on to open two Michigan Avenue
destination restaurants, The Gage, in 2007, and Henri, in 2010. Under his
direction, The Gage has become one of Chicago’s most booked restaurants, and
Henri has earned rave reviews from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times,
and Time Out Chicago, among others.
Billy and his wife Anne, née O’Toole, this year earned US citizenship and
were sworn in at a conferring ceremony when they took the Oath of
Allegiance and registered to vote. Billy and Anne have four children, John Paul,
Amy, Clodagh and Billy, Jr.
Billy and Anne return frequently to Galway and to Menlo where they have a

_« Galway City Page
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Flag of Ireland

On the flag, the green is representative of the Catholic community while
the orange represents the Protestant community. The white in the center
represents the peace between the two groups..

Current Weather
Galway, Ireland
December 19, 2014, 1:17 am


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City Facts
    * Mayor: Donal Lyons
    * Population: 75,529
    * Climate: Maritime Temperate
    * Industries: Food processing, beverages, engineering, computer
equipment, textiles & clothing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and construction.

    * _Galway City Council_ (http://www.galwaycity.ie/)
    * _Galway City Information_ (http://www.galway.net/)
    * _Galway Arts Centre_ (http://www.galwayartscentre.ie/)
    * _City of Galway Facebook Page_
    * _US Embassy in Ireland_
    * _Consulate General of Ireland, Chicago_


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