John Saunders is president and CEO of public relations giant FleishmanHillard and Irish America's 2016 Business 100 Keynote Speaker. Photo by Kit DeFever. All other photos courtesy of John Saunders.

The Image Maker

FleishmanHillard president and CEO John Saunders is Irish America’s 2016 Business 100 Keynote Speaker. He believes brands get the reputation they deserve, and he wants to keep it that way by holding them to responsible, authentic, and purpose-driven missions and practices. ℘℘℘ It all began with a horse race. It was late 1985 when the news broke that Budweiser would begin sponsoring the...

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Irish America celebrates the 31st annual Business 100.

The 2016 Business 100

Now entering its fourth decade, the Irish America Business 100 has a long history of providing recognition to a fundamental core of American business. It can be easy to assume that the Irish in America and their descendants are a monolithic bloc, but as this list has continually shown, there is no single story of Irish American success, interest, venture, or course. Those we celebrate here come...

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John F. Kennedy addresses the Anti-Defamation League on their 50th anniversary, January 1963. (YouTube)

First Word: A Nation of Immigrants?

“Immigration policy should be generous; it should be fair; it should be  flexible. With such a policy we can turn to the world, and to our own past, with clean hands and a clear conscience.” – John F. Kennedy  ℘℘℘ This past Thanksgiving, as I made my way to a home-cooked meal with friends, I couldn’t help but reflect on my first decade in America, when I had to work every...

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Dubliner Conor McGregor is the first UFC fighter to hold world championships in two weight divisions.

McGregor Trailblazes UFC

Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Conor McGregor (below) became the only mixed martial artist in history to hold two UFC titles simultaneously in November, when the Dubliner took down hitherto lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden. Alvarez’s loss came as a second-round technical knockout, with the referee calling the fight off when McGregor landed the...

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Bono is named Glamour magazine's Man of the Year.

Bono Named Among Glamour’s Women of the Year

U2 lead and lifelong humanitarian Bono was named among Glamour magazine’s ten Women of the Year in November, breaking a 26-year-long precedent of honoring, naturally, women. The magazine wrote that, while for years the Women of the Year advisory board, which is made up of past winners and Glamour editors, “put the kibosh on naming a Man of the Year on the grounds that men aren’t exactly...

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