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DNR Celebrates Irish-American Heritage On March 14

Photos of the speaker and her daughter who will be dancing at the event

Annapolis, Md. (March 7, 2012) - March is Irish-American Heritage Month and DNR is celebrating at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, with a program featuring Irish step dancing demonstrations. All are welcome to attend this free event, taking place in room C-1 of the Tawes State Office Building located at 580 Taylor Avenue in Annapolis.

DNR’s own, Claudia Donegan, will speak about Irish-American heritage and her 10-year old daughter, Eva Donegan Coleman, will perform Irish step-dancing demonstrations. Eva has been Irish step-dancing since she was three years old and has won many competitions, also known as Feiseanna. Eva recently placed second in a National Team dancing competition, referred to as Oireachtas, held in Orlando, Florida.

Claudia Donegan is a resident of Annapolis where she lives with husband, Mike, and their two children, Eva and Fiona. Donegan graduated from Denison University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology and has been committed to serving the environment ever since. She worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, served as Stream Ecologist within Montgomery County Government and as Chairperson of the Annapolis Environmental Commission. Donegan is also a founding member of the St. Mary’s Parish Environmental Stewardship Committee.

Donegan has served as Tributary Team Coordinator at DNR for 10 years. She helped establish the Maryland Children in Nature Partnership and plans that address the new Chesapeake Total Maximum Daily Load Watershed Implementation Plan. Donegan currently furthers ecosystem restoration projects across Maryland through the Chesapeake and Coastal Conservation Service.

A proclamation from Governor Martin O’Malley will be read and a light lunch will be served. For more information on the event contact Richard W. Allen of the DNR Office of Fair Practices, at 410-260-8058, or Irish-American Heritage Month visit

   March 7, 2012

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