Weekly Comment:
2016 Hall of Fame Speeches

President Bill Clinton speaks against Brexit during the 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame. Photo: Margaret Purcell
President Bill Clinton speaks against Brexit during the 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame. Photo: Margaret Purcell

By Irish America Staff
April 15, 2016

Five feature speeches from the 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame.

President Bill Clinton received Irish America’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Col. Eileen Collins, America’s first female space shuttle pilot; journalist, novelist, columnist, and commentator Pete Hamill; humanitarian Ed Kenney; and Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were inducted to the Irish America Hall of Fame.

The Irish America Hall of Fame exhibition is housed at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience in New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland, yards from where John F. Kennedy’s great grandparents, among millions of others, left for the United States.

Bill Clinton

Col. Eileen Collins

Pete Hamill

Ed Kenney

Gen. Martin Dempsey

For the complete transcripts of the honoree speeches, visit our blog.

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