Bruce Morrison

For many Irish and Irish Americans, Bruce Morrison is best-known for pioneering the Immigration Reform Act of 1990, which increased the total visas granted by 200,000 and included 48,000 for Irish immigrants (now called the Morrison Visas); but this is just the best known of his work on Ireland. Morrison, who was raised a Lutheran on Long Island, has not taken a straight course towards Irish...

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John Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick’s Manhattan, on 57th and Lexington, is de rigeur for Irish internationals staying in the city, and John Fitzpatrick has worked for that distinction. But despite owning a cumulative 27 floors and a castle as President and CEO of Fitzpatrick Hotel Group, North America, John is one of the most down to earth people you could meet. As the second eldest of the five children of Paddy and...

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Robert M. Devlin

At 72, Bob Devlin is chairman of Curragh Capital Partners, a New York-based investment firm that embodies his central values: family and heritage, highlighted by the dual facts of its Irish-inspired name and that the firm’s co-founder is his eldest son Michael. Devlin’s great-grandfather, James, immigrated to the U.S. from Co. Donegal in 1848. Nearly a century later, Bob was born in Brooklyn...

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Brian P. Burns

Brian P. Burns, grandson of an Irish immigrant, is a nationally regarded business executive, attorney and philanthropist. He is the chairman of BF Enterprises, Inc., a publicly owned real estate holding and development company. The fifth of seven children born to John J. Burns and his wife, Alice, Brian traces his roots to County Kerry and is a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross and, at...

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Vice President Joe Biden

Born in the heavily Irish Pennsylvania town of Scranton, Vice President Joe Biden has been an elected public official for over 40 years. His reason for entering into politics? What he calls the “Irish ethic of loyalty” that comes from a family history of public service. “In my family, politics wasn’t a dirty word, it was about righting things that were wrong,” Biden says. It is no...

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