The Dignitaries from Ireland

In 1962 Emmetsburg, Iowa and Dublin, Ireland were officially declared "Sister Cities." It has since been a privlege and honor for the St. Pat's Association to host a member of the Irish Parliament to reign over the three day celebration. Through this association, many lasting friendships have been formed.

While visiting in the states, the Parliamentarians are given the opportunity to watch Iowa's governing bodies at work, and are invited to address both sessions the state legislature. Although some have left political life and returned to sucessful businesses, they keep actively in touch with affairs of the government, both at home and abroad.


2024 Irish Dignitary

Cormac Devlin, TD

Cormac Devlin TD is Deputy Government Chief Whip and a member of Dáil Éireann, the Irish Parliament, representing the constituency of Dún Laoghaire. 
 
He was first elected to parliament in 2020, having previously served as a County Councillor and later Mayor of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown during 2016-2017. 
 
In 2022, he was appointed Deputy Government Chief Whip, he also serves as Chief Whip for his political party, Fianna Fáil, the largest political party in Dáil Éireann. 
 
Cormac is married to Jennifer and they have three young children. Cormac has strong links with the United States as his mother was born and raised in Michigan, and several members of his family live in the US.