GALWAY, IRELAND – Mayor Martin J. Walsh is not the first Boston mayor to be greeted with a hero’s welcome in his ancestral hometown in Ireland.

Mayor John B. Hynes traveled to Loughrea, the town where his father was born roughly 30 miles east of Galway City, according to a relative, Pat Hynes, a member of the Galway County Council who attended Walsh’s speech Monday.

Hynes made the trip in 1953, a few years before Walsh’s parents immigrated to Boston. Loughrea honored Hines with a civic reception.

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“There was a huge turnout,” Hynes said, “from the people of the town and count and particularly the Hynes clan.”


When he addressed the Galway County Council Monday, Walsh’s recognized Pat Hynes and noted his relative’s role in initiating the redevelopment project that would become Boston’s Government Center.

“He’s responsible for the new City Hall,” Walsh said. “He began the conversations.”

Walsh did not mention that one of his campaign promises was to bulldoze City Hall.