New York, NY – New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and Council Members honored New York City Department of Sanitation worker Edward ‘Shevy’ Shevlin at a celebration of Irish Heritage and Culture. Speaker Quinn presented Shevlin with the Thomas Manton Irish Man of the Year Award for being a unique example of speaking the Irish language on his job and spreading it throughout the community. The event was held at the New York Historical Society

Speaker Christine C. Quinn.

“I am deeply honored today to add my sincere congratulations to the many being offered to Sanitation Worker Edward ‘Shevy’ Shevlin from our Queens East 14 district in the Rockaways,” said Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty. “He is an exemplary worker, a dedicated and committed volunteer for charitable causes and a profound scholar. He represents the very best among New York City’s Civil Servants and I extend to him the heartfelt best wishes from the men and women at New York’s Strongest.”
Edward Shevlin joined the New York City Department of Sanitation in May 1993 and has been with the Department ever since. Aside from being extremely active in the community, raising money for charities along with being the Brooklyn delegate for the Department’s Emerald Society, Edward has an incredible academic record. Last year, he was awarded the Irish Fullbright Commission to study Irish language in the Emerald Isle. He remains an inspiration to the Department and the community.

Invited guests also included Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, who read a section of his new book “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero” and Shelia Lynott-Hourican, President of the Irish Business Organization. Both were presented with a proclamation by the City.

The Council also honored Detective Kevin Brennan for his stellar work in the NYPD and for bravely pursuing a suspect back on January 31st, 2012. During the pursuit, Det. Brennan was shot in the back of his head, miraculously surviving. They also honored Detective 1st Grade Kevin Herlihy, an 18 year veteran on the NYPD who pursued a criminal inside an Upper Manhattan subway station on February 14th 2012, eventually killing him, preventing the assailant from harming others.
The New-York Historical Society will also commemorate the centennial of the Titanic’s maiden voyage with a special installation in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum featuring items from the collection related to the Titanic. The Titanic installation will be on view to the public April 6 through June 3.