Mickey Rooney to visit Ballymoe

Celebrations to mark the 90th anniversary of Boys Town in Nebraska will get underway in Ballymoe in December next and among the events planned is a visit in September from actor Mickey Rooney, who starred with Spencer Tracy in the 1938 film Boys Town.             Boys Town was opened on December 12th, 1917 by Fr. EJ Flanagan, a native of Leamore in Ballymoe. Fr. Steven Boes, current National Executive Director of Boys Town, and successor to Fr. Flanagan, has chosen Ballymoe, the birthplace of Fr. Flanagan, as the venue for the commencement of the 90th anniversary celebrations.             On Tuesday September 11th, Fr. Boes and a number of associate directors of Boys Town will visit Ballymoe. They will be accompanied by Mickey Rooney, Hollywood actor and friend of Fr. Flanagan. Mickey Rooney starred with Spencer Tracy in the 1938 film ‘Boys Town’.             A unique portrait of Fr Flanagan, by the American artist and Boys Town Alumnus, Paul Otero, will be presented to the people of Ballymoe for display in the Fr Flanagan museum. The presentation will be made by Fr. Boes and Mr. Otero, on behalf of the Boys Town Alumni Association.             In preparation for this event, Boys Town have offered the services of Mr. Tom Lynch, Manager of the Boys Town Hall of History. Tom will be in Ballymoe this coming week to assist the local committee with the upgrading of the museum in the Fr. Flanagan Memorial Centre. The American visitors have expressed their desire to meet as many of our community as possible, during their visit. So please come and join in the celebrations on Tuesday September 11th, at 10.30 am, in Fr. Flanagan Memorial centre.