Irish Presidential Awards

Pictured at the Presidential Distinguished Service Awards ceremony were: Back row: Fr. Brendan McBride (US), Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan, TD, and Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD.  Tom Moran (US). Front Row: Solicitor Gareth Peirce, Fr. Donal Doyle (Japan), Maureen Murphy (US), Sabina Higgins, President Michael D Higgins, Sr. Dr Miriam Duggan (Kenya), Charles Handy (UK), Niall FitzGerald (UK), Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru).
Irish Abroad recognised at Presidential Distinguished Service Awards ceremony.

By Irish America Staff
February / March 2016

Three Americans received Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Awards on December 3rd last year.

Tom Moran is a hugely successful businessman and a well-respected humanitarian. Born on Staten Island to Irish American parents, he is the chairman of Mutual of America, and Concern Worldwide (U.S.) and a noted philanthropist when it comes to Irish causes. He has been an influential voice in the Irish peace process, developing relationships with social, political and business leaders in Northern Ireland and continuing to open doors to promote reconciliation.

Dr. Maureen Murphy is Fulbright Fellow at University College, Dublin, and was awarded Honorary Doctor of Letters by the National University of Ireland for her contributions to Irish Studies. She is the Chair of New York’s 2016 Commemorations Committee, the American Irish Historical Society (of which she is a Board member) and with other prominent historical, heritage, and community groups on a comprehensive and coordinated programme of commemorative events into 2016.

Fr. Brendan McBride is President of the Irish Apostolate in the United States. Originally from Donegal, he is also founder and head of the Irish Immigration and Pastoral Center in San Francisco. He has committed his life’s work to serving the Irish community through advocacy and provision of support services and is one of the key leaders in the Irish community’s efforts to bring about immigration reform. McBride played a central role in providing support to those involved in the recent Berkeley tragedy. ♦

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