Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of the most important figures in the Northern Irish Peace Process, says Niall O'Dowd.

When It Comes to Irish Peace,
Hillary and History Rhyme

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s role in the Irish peace process is often underestimated but there were few people more important. In retrospect it all seems so obvious. Once an American president focused on Ireland, there would be an immediate concerted effort to find a way to end Europe’s long-running war. After decades of war the American intervention was decisive, a fact admitted years later by...

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Then-Senator Clinton with Niall O'Dowd and Patricia Harty at the 2007 Irish America Top 100 Awards. (Photo: Nuala Purcell)

First Word:
What I Learned from Hillary

Our cover story on Hillary Clinton reminds us of her role in the Irish peace process – particularly her involvement in bringing women into the discussion and throwing a light on the role they played in their communities – work that was often under-recognized. Closer to home she taught me a lesson that opened my eyes to the fact that when it comes to giving women their due, we women can...

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Pat Quinn, the instigator of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and a 2015 Irish America Hall of Fame inductee.

Patrick Quinn:
ALS Champion

Last summer, hundreds of thousands of people, including celebrities, politicians, sports stars, and even a group of Irish nuns, filmed themselves pouring buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness for ALS, the neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. You may even have been one of them. Simply and appropriately dubbed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral...

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Robert J. McCann, CEO UBS Group Americas and UBS Wealth Management Americas, speaking at the 29th Annual Irish America Wall Street 50 Awards Dinner, Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. (Nuala Purcell / Irish America)

Robert J. McCann:
Businessman, Philanthropist

Robert J. McCann’s first day of work in Manhattan’s financial district was July 6, 1982. He remembers it was a Tuesday, and he was starting out as a trader on the floor for Merrill Lynch, a company he would spend the next 26 years with, eventually serving as its vice chairman. He had come from Pittsburgh, by way of Texas and West Virginia, and though he knew he had a connection to Ireland, it...

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Irish America 
publisher Niall O’Dowd 
with Emmett 
O’Connell at the 2012 Irish America Business 100 Awards.

Emmett O’Connell:
Explorer and Commentator

“I know you. You’re the boy from the Bronx who went to Ireland and made good,” Hillary Clinton commented on meeting Emmett O’Connell at an Irish America do in the mid-90s. It’s hard to sum Emmett up in a descriptive sentence, but certainly the former First Lady’s words are a good place to start. Named for the Irish patriot Robert Emmett, he was born in the Bronx and he has found...

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