Archive for March 1st, 2020

Hall of Fame:
Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher Jean Butler

A few years back, the Irish dancing community was dealt a series of devastating losses. Four celebrated dance masters – Jimmy Erwin, Jerry Mulvihill, Michael Bergin, and Peter Smith – passed away in close succession.“All I could think,” recalls Riverdance choreographer and dancer Jean Butler, “was the steps and stories that died with them. TheRead more..

Hall of Fame: Judy Collins
Singer, Songwriter, Social Activist

It is difficult to define or to encapsulate Judy Collins in under 2,000 words. Ironically though, perhaps just two words can provide an insight into this remarkable woman’s activism, career, and song choices: they are, “amazing grace.” Everything Judy has done in her long and varied life have shown ability, creativity, tenacity, and – grace.Read more..

Hall of Fame:
Patrick Doherty, The New York Official Who Uses Investment Power to Promote Human Rights.

New York Official Uses Investment Power to Promote Human Rights Patrick Doherty recalls one of many St. Patrick’s Day parties on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where his parents met, and his grandparents still lived when he was young.“The parade in those days ended at 96th Street. So, each year my grandmother basically invitedRead more..

Hall of Fame:
Thomas Kelly, Visionary, Educator, and Advocate for “Great and Giving Lives”.

Visionary Educator and Advocate for “Great and Giving Lives” Fifteen years ago, when Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., became Horace Mann School’s Head of School, the independent school’s reputation was already established. Founded in 1887, the N-12 northern Bronx preparatory school has educated generations of the tristate area’s best and brightest, including Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Robert Caro,Read more..

Hall of Fame:
Labor Leader Promoting Diversity Sean McGarvey

Sean McGarvey began his career as a glazier, so it’s fitting that he has an office with a view. And what a view! McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), has an unobstructed view of the White House from his office in the union’s headquarters on 16th Street in Washington, D.C. Not bad forRead more..

Hall of Fame:
Family, Faith, Fidelity, & Financial Independence Kathleen Murphy

It may be an over-used chestnut at times, but that “there is no ‘I’ in team” is still a popular phrase in the worlds of sport and industry. And Kathleen Murphy, a team player to her fingertips, is the epitome of someone who believes in the importance of “we” rather than “I” when it comesRead more..

Hall of Fame:
Powerful Business Leader Promoting Inclusion & Diversity, Eileen Murray

What does the next chapter hold for Eileen Murray, one of the most senior women in the financial services industry – someone who has made a career out of breaking barriers and redefining expectations? Last December, she announced that she would be leaving her position as co-CEO of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund,Read more..

Hall of Fame:
An Honest Broker Congressman Richie Neal

Last April, U.S. Congressman Richard E. ­Neal had an extraordinary moment when he was able to pay tribute to his personal as well as political forebears – not in his native Massachusetts, but in Northern Ireland. “It is with no small amount of humility that I accept this honorary degree of Doctor of Laws fromRead more..

First Word:
Dreamers

“Our focus is to create ladders of opportunity to help people get to the middle class through the construction trades. That’s really why you do it.” – Sean McGarvey ℘℘℘ This year’s Hall of Fame honorees reflect the length and breadth of the Irish-American experience. They show us the extraordinary impact that the Irish haveRead more..

News: Sinn Féin Surge
in Irish Election

The Irish people went to the polls on February 8 to elect a new government. Almost a month later, that government has yet to be formed. Why is this and what does it mean? In order to form a government in Ireland, a party or coalition of parties must have at least 80 seats. InRead more..