Whereas, Barney was born and raised in Mallymore, Milford, Donegal, Ireland, before migrating to Upper Darby where he has lived for 60 years. After arriving in the USA in 1957, he came to reside with his Aunt Bridget Lashley on Kingston Rd, in the Bywood Section of Upper Darby Township.
Whereas, Barney was drafted into the United States Army where he served in Germany for two years. Upon his return, he met Isabelle Carmel Crossan aka “Carmel” of Trentagh, Letterkenny,Donegal. The Donegal natives married in 1965 and settled in their current home in the Kirklyn section where they raised their six children: Brian, John, Jimmy, Colleen, Michael and Karen. All six children have been heavily involved in Irish music and dance and are proud ambassadors for the Irish heritage and culture promoted by their parents.
Whereas, Barney operated his own roofing company for over 50 years in Upper Darby Township. He has held over thirty positions on a variety of organizational boards in the Irish community and has been involved with the Irish Immigration Center for the past 25 years.
Whereas, Upper Darby and its surrounding area has housed one of the largest populations of immigrant people from Ireland in the United States for over 150 years.
Whereas, St. Charles Parish in Drexel Hill was one of the first parishes founded in the Archdiocese by immigrant Irish people in 1849. Ironically, its founder, Charles Kelly, was also from County Donegal supporting the long history of the Irish in Upper Darby Township.
Whereas, Barney was selected by committee in November 2016 to be the Grand Marshal of the Philadelphia Saint Patrick’s Day parade in honor of his years of service to the Irish community
Now, Therefore, I, Thomas N. Micozzie, Mayor of Upper Darby Township, along with Township Council proclaim Wednesday, March 15, 2017, as
in Upper Darby Township. I extend our sincere congratulations in honoring this dedicated individual in his service to the community. We wish Bernard success in all his future endeavors.
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