Weekly Comment:
New York City Commemorates Easter Rising Centenary

This week the Government of Ireland as well as NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House Center for Irish and Irish American Studies will be putting on a number of events in New York City to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising and to highlight the American dimensions of this historic event. The events kicked off April 19 and 20 when Glucksman Ireland House NYU will host two separate screenings of...

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2016 Hall of Fame Speeches

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...

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Bill Clinton’s 2016 Hall of Fame Speech

Thank you very much. I’m delighted to be here. I thank you for the award. Ambassador Anderson, thank you for your kind remarks and for taking us all down memory lane a little bit. I want to congratulate the other honorees. General Martin Dempsey, I thank you for your outstanding service to our nation. Edward Kenney, thank you. Eileen Collins, thank you. I was actually president when she was an...

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Col. Eileen Collins’s 2016 Hall of Fame Speech

Wow, that was amazing! Thank you Patricia and Judy Collins wherever you are. Oh my gosh! That was just beautiful, wonderful! I‘ve always wanted to be a singer, but I could not sing so—maybe in another life–I decided to go fly. You know, this is really great– to be here…Before… I‘ll just make about five minutes of comments, but before I do that, I do want to recognize again...

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Pete Hamill’s 2016 Hall of Fame Speech

Thank you very much. I… A couple of years ago, I broke two of my hips. I don’t know how, but it is a double pain in the you-know-what. Forgive me, thus, for remaining seated… Like all the others here in this room—not simply the people winning awards but all of us– I could not be here without the help of others, especially Anne Devlin from Madrid Street in the Short Strand in Belfast...

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