Boston City Council meetings usually conclude with a recitation of recently deceased Bostonians whom councilors wish to remember with a moment of silence. Today's meeting, though, had an added ending: City Council Bill Linehan singing "Danny Boy."
Linehan started the meeting by giving councilors shamrock pins. As the normal council business wound down, an aide brought a guitar up to Linehan's podium at the front of the council chambers and he said he wanted to send his fellow councilors into "the high holidays" with an appropriate song.
After he was done, the council and staffers rose as one to applaud.
All of the Irish-American members of the council wore green ties, except Matt O'Malley, who claimed the "red-headed exemption." Councilor Mark Ciommo, however, more than made up for O'Malley's blue tie with a bright neon-green tie that could be used as an emergency traffic signal.