March 17th, 2015
Mayor Crombie’s St. Patrick’s Day Statement
“On behalf of the great City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I join with Mississauga’s Irish-Canadian community to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
“For Christians who observe this day, St. Patrick is fondly remembered and celebrated as a missionary who dedicated his life to principled conviction, genuine compassion, and fidelity to faith.
“St. Patrick’s Day is also an opportunity for all Mississaugans to reflect on Canada’s proud Irish community. Irish-Canadians helped strengthen towns and cities across our country.
“The community of Meadowvale was settled by Irish immigrants in the 1820s. The Village of Dixie was once home to St. Patrick’s Church, which at the time was the only Roman Catholic Church in Peel County. Dixie became such a tightknit hamlet of Irish families – that it earned the nickname Irishtown.
“The tireless labour of these early Irish families helped build some of Mississauga’s oldest and most cherished neighbourhoods – places families continue to call home – and where a strong St. Patrick’s congregation continues to worship to this day.
“I would like to further recognize the members and leadership from The Irish Club of Mississauga, for helping to promote Irish cultural traditions for all residents to enjoy. I was privileged to have recently been made an honorary member of The Irish Club.
“Once again, I wish everyone a very celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Sláinte!”