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Heritage Series 2008

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The American Optimist

First we must move past the many pretenders who have rushed in to claim how much they did for the peace process in Northern Ireland. Then you will find that Bill Flynn and a precious few others stand...

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A Champion of Peace in Ireland

Gerry Adams, President of Sinn Féin, writes about the crucial role that Bill Flynn played in ending the violence in Northern Ireland. ℘℘℘ Bill Flynn is widely known in the U.S.A. as one of its...

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The Quest for Peace

Bill Flynn, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and the beginnings of the Northern Ireland peace process. ℘℘℘ The setting was the Elysée Palace in Paris. The event, a gathering...

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The Early Years

How the son of immigrants from Mayo and County Down found success in America but never forgot his Irish roots. ℘℘℘ Each year when he returns to Ireland, Bill Flynn takes time to stand at the...

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For God and Country

Edward Cardinal Egan, archbishop and cardinal of the archdiocese of New York, writes that Bill Flynn’s faith is as integral to who he is as his Irish heritage. ℘℘℘ One rarely hears the phrase...

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Captain of Industry

Niall O’Dowd follows Bill Flynn’s journey from seminary student to the upper echelons of corporate America. ℘℘℘ After leaving the seminary, like most bright Catholic kids, Bill Flynn set...

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The Williamsburg Charter: A Golden Rule for Preserving Religious Freedom

William J. Flynn presented the following remarks at the First Liberty Forum in New York on November 15, 1988. ℘℘℘ On June 25, 1998, leaders in government, religion and business signed the...

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Making a Difference

Bill Flynn’s commitment to the community is rooted in his Irish Catholic childhood. ℘℘℘ “No pessimist ever set foot on Ellis Island, no pessimist ever crossed the prairies, and no...

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The Irish Peacemaker

Niall O’Dowd writes about Bill Flynn’s extraordinary role in the Irish peace process. ℘℘℘ On February 12 1994, Bill Flynn and his trusted friend and associate Bill Barry drove to...

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An Architect of Peace

Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister, reflects on Bill Flynn’s contribution to peace on the occasion of the Flax Trust Dinner in New York City. ℘℘℘ Over the course of...

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A Man for All Seasons

On September 21, 2005, Mutual of America dedicated a room in Bill Flynn’s. Rev Joe O’Hare, an old friend, marked the occasion with the following remarks. ℘℘℘ I have always admired Bill from...

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A Man of Faith

Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, pays tribute to a man of faith who made a difference in the lives of others ℘℘℘ Few Irish-American Catholics have done...

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A Man of Ideals

Dr. Robert Ivany, President of the University of St. Thomas, Houston, writes about Bill Flynn’s dedication to serving others. The university has initiated a campaign to name and strengthen its...

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The Courage to Try

Whenever I think of Bill Flynn, I think of the quote that is attributed to John F. Kennedy: “One person can make a difference and each person should try.” Bill Flynn did make a difference, and...

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