The Nobel Scientist Dr. James Watson helped to unravel the structure of DNA, a feat so stunning that it is considered by most experts as the greatest scientific achievement of the 20th century. Next up for Dr. Watson is a cure for cancer, and he believes he once again holds the key to that extraordinaryRead more..
Archive for January, 2011
Star of the Silver Screen As Mary Kate Danaher in John Ford’s classic film The Quiet Man, Maureen O’Hara has engaged the hearts of viewers the world over for over five decades. Born Maureen Fitzsimons on August 17, 1921 in Ranelagh, Co. Dublin, O’Hara was one of several actors and singers in the family. HerRead more..
Activist, Humanitarian and Diplomat Often referred to as the shy Kennedy, Jean Kennedy Smith has quietly blazed her own trail while still holding true to the family legacy of public service. The last of the Kennedy siblings still living, Kennedy Smith has devoted her life to advocating for the disabled and working towards peace inRead more..
The Wall Street Success Story Denis Kelleher is founder and CEO of Wall Street Access. Since 1981, Wall Street Access has combined an independent, entrepreneurial culture with a powerful platform to build and operate a diverse set of successful financial services businesses. Kelleher, the son of a shoemaker, left his native Kerry in 1958 andRead more..
The Queen of Suspense “As the parade goes up Fifth Avenue I will be thinking of the father who came over with five pounds in his pocket and who died when I was only eleven, the mother who encouraged my dreams of being a writer by treating every word I wrote as though it wasRead more..
The Man Behind the Trademark The incredible leadership of Ford Motor Company and its executive chairman, Bill Ford, Jr. are hardly surprising when you look at the history of the company and its founder. Henry Ford, whose father was an Irish immigrant from Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork, revolutionized how people physically move around the country –Read more..
The Peacemaker “No pessimist ever set foot on Ellis Island, no pessimist ever crossed the prairies, and no pessimist built cities from one end of the continent to the other. These things were done by people with vision and hope.” William J. Flynn has been a leader in business, a catalyst for peace, and hasRead more..
The Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley first stepped onto the world stage in 1994 when he created Riverdance. He unveiled his new show Lord of the Dance in 1996 and began a world tour that would break box office records in 5 continents. His name and Lord of the Dance brand have become synonymousRead more..
The Quiet Philanthropist Charles “Chuck” Feeney has amassed billions of dollars in wealth. However, he doesn’t own an opulent house, a car or a Rolex. He prefers taking cabs, riding the subway, or just walking when he’s in New York. He flies economy, even on international flights. And since the 1980s, he has given awayRead more..
Politician and Peacemaker “The [Irish] people want peace; the people will have peace.” Bill Clinton, Belfast City Hall, 30 November 1995 President Clinton was a major supporter of the Irish peace process. He took the strongest position on Irish issues ever taken by an American president. His Irish roots are from his mother, Virginia CassidyRead more..