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Congressman Thomas Rooney

Congressman Thomas Rooney

Congressman Rooney was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2008 to represent Florida’s 17th district. He also serves as the Deputy Whip for the Majority.

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Thomas Rooney’s family set up their home in Florida when he was 14. Congressman Rooney played football for Syracuse University and Washington & Jefferson College where he earned his BA in English Literature. Once he received his BA Congressman Rooney worked for Senator Connie Mack in Washington, DC. With his interest in politics piqued, he returned to Florida to complete a Masters in Political Science while also earning his JD at the University of Miami school of Law.

After finishing his education Congressman Rooney joined the US Army JAG corps where he spent over four years on active duty. He completed his time holding the rank of Captain.

Our Aims and Objectives

The Thomas F Meagher Foundation aims to promote pride in and respect for the Irish flag and its true meaning for peace on this island. The Foundation is named after Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish Patriot, US army general and Governor of Montana who flew the first Tricolour flag on the 7th of March 1848 from 33 The Mall in Waterford at the Wolf Tone Club. The Thomas F Meagher Foundation strives to ensure that every citizen in Ireland and in particular, every schoolchild is aware of the history and meaning behind the National Flag and recognises the extraordinary life of Thomas F Meagher.

At the 1848 Tricolour Celebration in Waterford the Foundation will present all schools with an Irish Tricolour flown from 33 The Mall. The Foundation will also be a vehicle for participating schools across Ireland to raise funds for their own projects during ‘Flag Week’. In order to support active citizenship in Ireland, the Foundation has established an awards and scholarships programme to recognise outstanding students who have contributed to their school and community by displaying commitment to the aims of the Foundation.

Irish Flags which had flown from 33 The Mall, Waterford from where Thomas F. Meagher flew the first Tricolour were presented by the city’s Mayor in conjunction with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation at the 1848 Tricolour Celebration on the 1,100th anniversary of the City to every Mayor and Chairperson of all City and County Councils in the State for display in their Council Chambers. A school from each county were also presented with a Tricolour to mark the occasion.

Aims and Objectives