Irish America magazine celebrated the 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame awards luncheon and Special Commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary on March 30th in New York City. The inductees included Astronaut Eileen Collins, NASA's first female space shuttle commander; former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey; novelist, essayist, and journalist Pete Hamill; and Edward J.T. Kenney, special consultant at Mutual of America. President Bill Clinton received the Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his extraordinary role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland. .