On Saturday, February 3rd at 2:00 pm the Maine Irish
Heritage Center will debut “Junior on Senior: Memories of Gerry Conley, Sr.”, an
intimate and sometimes hilarious video interview that Professor Michael
Connolly of Saint Joseph’s College conducted with Gerry Conley, Jr. about his father,
Gerry Conley, Sr. "Gerry Senior" was known as a Maine political titan and prominent member
of the Irish Catholic community in the state who won the Claddagh Award in 2009.
Gerry, Sr., who passed away
this year at the age of 88, served the public for decades, beginning with a seat
in the Maine State House of Representatives between 1964 and 1968 when he was
elected to the Maine State Senate. He served as assistant senate minority
leader, senate minority leader, and, in 1983, he was elected president of the
Maine State Senate. Gerry served on the Portland City Council from
1968–1977 and as the city's mayor from 1971-1972. In 2004, Governor John
E. Baldacci appointed Gerry to the Maine Turnpike Authority and named him
chairman. Gerry presided over the highway widening project, implementation of
the E-ZPass electronic toll collection, and construction of the Turnpike
Authority headquarters which now bears his name.
Dr. Michael Connolly is a professor of history at Saint Joseph's College and a 2016
Claddagh Award Recipient.
Admission: $5/Free for MIHC members and the Saint Joseph’s College
Information: 207.780.0118 or www.maineirish.com
The Karen Lemke Lecture
Series is presented by the Saint Joseph’s College Cultural Affairs Committee,
in partnership with the Maine Irish Heritage Center, to honor the memory of Dr.
Karen Lemke, a long-time faculty member in the Department of Education at Saint