Hall of Fame – 2015 – Irish America https://irishamerica.com Irish America Magazine Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:22:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 82361074 Patrick Quinn https://irishamerica.com/2015/03/patrick-quinn/ https://irishamerica.com/2015/03/patrick-quinn/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:04:58 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=24588 Read more..]]> Patrick Quinn was diagnosed with ALS in March, 2013. After researching the disease and treatment options, he befriended Peter Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. It was this friendship that gave birth to the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised over $100 million in donations for ALS research. He set up the website “Quinn 4 the Win” which was influential in establishing fundraisers for ALS all over New York, and running the site is now his full-time job.

Born and raised in Yonkers, NY with roots in Down, Cork, Clare and Westmeath, Patrick was heavily involved in sports and was a star athlete among his school’s rugby team. He remembers growing up steeped in the Irish milieu, remembering the parades on McLean Avenue. He attended and graduated from Iona Prep and Iona College in New Rochelle. It was his connections from both Iona College and his close-knit Irish clan in Yonkers that helped spread word of his ALS initiative. Last year, Time magazine nominated Quinn and Frates for their popular Person of the Year Award. And in 2015, he was an answer on Jeopardy. He still lives in Yonkers with his wife, Jen (pictured with Pat at left).

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Emmett O’Connell https://irishamerica.com/2015/03/emmett-oconnell-7/ https://irishamerica.com/2015/03/emmett-oconnell-7/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:03:28 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=24585 Read more..]]> Emmett O’Connell is non-executive director of the Great Western Mining Corporation, a mineral exploration company based in Nevada with headquarters in Dublin. A promoter of technology and exploration companies for over thirty years, Emmett has acted as founder and director of other companies including Eglington Exploration plc., Bryson Oil and Gas plc., Texas Continental Securities plc., and Seminole Land & Cattle Co. In 2008, the London PLUS market awarded Great Western Mining Corp. the best resource stock award for the continued investing and expansion of the company’s North American mineral resources. The company is now listed on the AIM market in London and the ESM market in Dublin. Emmett was inducted as a Knight of St. Gregory in the Vatican in 1986.

When not in some distant part of the world, he lives on a farm in Wexford with his wife of 50 years. He has three children and seven grandchildren.

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Robert J. McCann https://irishamerica.com/2015/03/robert-j-mccann-7/ https://irishamerica.com/2015/03/robert-j-mccann-7/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:02:30 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=24582 Read more..]]> Bob McCann is the CEO of UBS Group Americas and Wealth Management Americas and a member of the Group Executive Board of UBS AG. Prior to joining UBS, Bob had a 26-year career at Merrill Lynch, where he held a variety of executive leadership positions.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, McCann is a third-generation Irish American with roots in county Armagh. He became involved with the American Ireland Fund in 1998, helping to raise over $4 million to build integrated schools in Northern Ireland. He also promoted the Northern Ireland Mentorship Program, which helps N.I. graduates find placements with leading U.S. corporations.

A graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia, McCann serves on the college’s board of trustees, as well as on the board of directors for the AIF, and the board of trustees of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. He earned an M.B.A. from Texas Christian University. He is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Ireland. Bob and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton https://irishamerica.com/2015/03/hillary-rodham-clinton/ https://irishamerica.com/2015/03/hillary-rodham-clinton/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:01:30 +0000 http://irishamerica.com/?p=24579 Read more..]]> Hillary Rodham Clinton has served as the Secretary of State for the U.S. and was previously elected as a two-term Senator for New York State. She also served First Lady of the United States, and First Lady of Arkansas. During her tenure as First Lady, Clinton was highly dedicated to behind-the-scenes work on the peace process in Northern Ireland, creating links between the White House and leaders on the ground. Her visits to the Falls and Shankill Roads in Belfast to meet working-class women from both communities helped empower key women at a time in the conflict when women’s voices were hardly heard. She played a major role in setting the groundwork for the formation of cross-community parties such as the Women’s Coalition in the vital years when the peace process was being bedded down prior to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ensured Ireland was high on the U.S. foreign policy priority list, and her last trip as Secretary of State in 2012 included a strong address to party leaders from all sides in Belfast where she pledged to continue her work for peace in Ireland in whatever her capacity.

Born in Chicago, Clinton earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. She and her husband Bill have one daughter, Chelsea, and a granddaughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.

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