AMERICA’S TOP GENERAL WITH RANAFAST ROOTS RETIRES WITH IRISH SONG AND SPEECH FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA

first_imgTHE head of America’s armed forces has stepped down – with Donegal in his retirement plans.General Martin Dempsey, who spent many summers in the west of the county with his cousins, had been Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the highest-ranking military officer in the US Armed Forces. At his retirement ceremony, after 41 years of military service, General Dempsey led a powerful rendition of the Parting Glass….before rejoining his family and giving one final poignant salute (video above).But we could be seeing a lot more of the 63-year-old as he is planning a visit ‘home’ next year.Donegal County Council is expected to honour General Dempsey.His grandfather, John Óg Devenney, originally came from Ranafast, a Gaeltacht (Irish language speaking) part of Donegal. He left his hometown in 1926, boarding a train at Crolly and going to the port at Derry, where he boarded a ship, The Cameronia, bound for New York. Dempsey spent every summer of his youth learning Irish in Ranafast and many of his relatives, with whom General Dempsey keeps in touch, live in the area.His family hopes that he will visit Donegal next year, and that the Irish government will recognise him.His cousin Donnchadh Devenney said: “His grandfather left the old train station in Crolly with four of his friends to find a better life in America and they were played off by the local Ranafast band which they were members of.“It’s great to see that something good came of it and that an Irishman and the rest of his family have done so well for themselves.”President Obama’s speech at the retirement event is below…AMERICA’S TOP GENERAL WITH RANAFAST ROOTS RETIRES WITH IRISH SONG AND SPEECH FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA was last modified: October 9th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGeneral Martin DempseyParting GlassRanafastretirementlast_img

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