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St. Joseph Catholic Church held a special Founders Day mass Saturday in celebration of the city’s Irish heritage

Founders Day mass celebrates history, unity

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The founding families of St. Joseph Church included last names like Hyland, McGrath, Shaughnessy, O’Gorman, Burke, McDonough and Murphy. There’s no doubt in its early days, the church had a strong Irish influence.

Turns out the founding families of Rosemount shared many of those same last names. There were other nationalities, but the Irish presence was strong enough that Rosemount’s nickname became the Irish and its annual summer festival is called Leprechaun Days.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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