March 17, 2011
Danny O’Connell, director of support services at Youngstown State University, is going to the White House reception celebrating St. Patrick’s Day today. O’Connell of Girard is an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He’s proud of his Irish heritage and notes that 22 U.S. presidents were of Irish descent. He also carries Irish coins in his wallet and plans to give one to President Barack Obama, bearing 1961, the president’s birth year.