On Wednesday, March 30th, Irish America magazine hosted the 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame awards luncheon and Special Commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary.
President Bill Clinton received the Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his extraordinary role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland.
The distinguished 2016 Hall of Fame inductees were 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.
For complete coverage of the event, including highlights from Clinton’s keynote address as well as the honorees’ speeches, click here.
For event photos, click here.
Founded in 2010 in celebration of Irish America magazine’s 25th anniversary, the Irish America Hall of Fame honors the extraordinary achievements of Irish-American leaders, from their significant accomplishments and contributions to American society to the personal commitment to safeguarding their Irish heritage and the betterment of Ireland.
The Irish America Hall of Fame is housed at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience in New Ross, Co. Wexford. For more information on the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, please visit our archives to see a special feature printed in Irish America magazine.