2013-10-24 / Community

From Ireland with love


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS— From left, Mayor Tom Crosby of Roscommon County, Ireland, and his friend Maureen Gaffney Wolfson in Calabasas exchange gifts with Mayor Fred Gains at a Calabasas City Council meeting on Sept. 25. Crosby was in America visiting friends. 
SYLVIE BELMONDAcorn Newspapers INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS— From left, Mayor Tom Crosby of Roscommon County, Ireland, and his friend Maureen Gaffney Wolfson in Calabasas exchange gifts with Mayor Fred Gains at a Calabasas City Council meeting on Sept. 25. Crosby was in America visiting friends. SYLVIE BELMONDAcorn Newspapers In a continuing tradition, the Calabasas City Council began its meeting on Sept. 25 with a series of recognitions honoring dignitaries and local residents who contribute their time and talent to help a variety of causes.

Among others, the council recognized Mayor Tom Crosby of Roscommon County, Ireland, who was visiting his friends Steve Wolfson and Maureen Gaffney Wolfson in Calabasas.

The Irish mayor came to Southern California to spend time with his daughter and to represent his county in Ireland, which is the birthplace of John Gately Downey, an Irish American politician who became the seventh governor of California in the early 1860s.

Calabasas Mayor Fred Gaines and Crosby exchanged gifts during the presentation.

Crosby’s gift to Calabasas featured a rock and three paintings depicting John Gately Downey and his Irish homestead. Gaffney Wolfson, who has roots in Roscommon County, created the paintings.

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