Archive for March 12th, 2017

Hall of Fame:
Dr. William C. Campbell

­For centuries, onchocerciasis, commonly known as river blindness, had plagued remote communities in Africa, Latin America, and Yemen. Lifelines for villagers, the rivers are breeding grounds for black flies that, when infected with a parasitic worm, transmit the disease through repeated biting. In return, those infected transfer the disease to uninfected flies who bite them,Read more..

Hall of Fame:
Michael Dowling

In 1995, Limerick-native Michael Dowling was offered the position of senior vice president of hospital services at Northwell Health, formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System, which was then a collection of several hospitals on Long Island. In 1997, he advanced to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer, and a short five yearsRead more..

Hall of Fame:
Sister Tesa Fitzgerald

Sister Teresa “Tesa” Fitzgerald, a nun of the order of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the founder of non-profit organization Hour Children, is a long-time believer in the power of routine. “If you can embrace it,” she says, “you can run with it.” Stepping through the doors of Hour Children’s central facility, it’s easyRead more..

Hall of Fame: Terry O’Sullivan

For more than 150 years, the American labor movement has been a conduit for Irish American economic growth and, just as importantly, between the Irish in America and their families still in Ireland as well as republican organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. Irish laborers in America sent an estimated $260 million across theRead more..

Hall of Fame:
Dr. Kevin White

Kevin White believes that his success and impact on collegiate sports is because of his Irish ancestry. “I am who I am, the diminutive pluses combined with the avalanche of minuses, because of my ancestral roots. To that end, I take great pride in being a teacher, a mentor, and a leader, which are allRead more..

The First Word:
“It’s Not What You Look at. It’s What You See.”

“We’re the nation that just had six of our scientists and researchers win Nobel Prizes – and every one of them was an immigrant.” – @POTUS 3:40 PM • Oct. 13, 2016. President Obama on Twitter when the 2016 Nobel Prizes were announced. Welcome to our eighth annual Hall of Fame issue. Our inductees representRead more..

Brian Burns Named New Irish Ambassador

Philanthropist, businessman, and Irish America Hall of Fame member Brian Burns was officially announced as President Donald Trump’s appointment for ambassador to Ireland in January. He was tapped for the position in November, well before Trump’s inauguration on January 17 and must still undergo a lengthy approval process. Eighty-year-old Massachusetts-native Burns is the chairman ofRead more..

Northern Ireland Undergoes Historic Election Shift

For the first time in history of Northern Ireland there will be a nationalist majority in the national assembly at Stormont. A short 10 months after the previous Northern Ireland Assembly election, the citizens went to the polls again in March. Sinn Féin, the second-largest party in the North had triggered the election in protestRead more..

Gen. Martin Dempsey Receives Joyce Award

General Martin Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was presented with the James Joyce Award in Dublin recently. Also known as the Honorary Fellowship of the Society, the award is given by the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin for those who have achieved outstanding success in their givenRead more..

Over 100,000 U.K. Companies Registered in Ireland After Brexit

Despite the fact that the deadline for the completion of the U.K. withdrawal from the European Union is two years away, U.K. companies are already registering in Ireland to shore up contingency plans to remain part of the E.U. market. According to statements made by Northern Irish member of parliament Stephen Kelly to the NorthernRead more..