O'Rorke Bridge re-dedicated


Fisher's Irish Studies program was one of more than a dozen Irish community groups involved in a rededication of the bridge over the Genesee River between Charlotte and Irondequoit named in honor of Civil War hero Col. Patrick O'Rorke.


The bridge was opened and dedicated in October 2004 as a permanent memorial to the County Cavan immigrant who grew up in Rochester, attended West Point, and commanded a regiment of mostly-Irish and mostly-Rochester soldiers in the Union Army. O'Rorke died during the Battle of Gettysburg leading his unit into action at a critical point in the battle.


A local memorial society dedicated to keeping his memory alive worked with state and local political leaders to have the bridge named for him. As society President Tom O'Connell put it during the rededication, "Everyone who drives across it, walks across it or goes by in a boat will know who it's named for."


O'Connell served as master of ceremonies for a 45-minute rededication ceremony that included comments from political leaders including Lt. Gov Robert Duffy, County Executive Maggie Brooks and Mayor Lovely Warren.


It also included a reading of The Gettysburg Address by Michael Corporan, a student at School 9 (which was O'Rorke's alma mater more than 150 years ago).


Civil War re-enactors from the 140th N.Y. Infantry regiment and 4th US Battery artillery fired musket and cannon salutes.

Col. Patrick O'Rorke.​

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The bridge-tenders' building identifies that Patrick O'Rorke is the bridge's namesake

The Rev. Leo Hetzler gives an invocation, while Irish Studies director Tim Madigan cradles a celtic cross.

At a post-ceremony party, Shannonside Ceili Dancers and others who had been involved enjoyed the music of Barry's Crossing.

The bridge-tenders' building identifies that Patrick O'Rorke is the bridge's namesake