Posts Tagged ‘Humanitarian’

First Brian Harty Scholarship To Be Awarded by Grab the Torch

Announcing a new scholarship in honor of Brian Harty, an inspirational young man who passed away in 2010. In honor and memory of Brian Harty, a young man with an inspirational passion for leadership and volunteer work, Grab the Torch has established a new scholarship worth $2,000, which provides one female student ages 14-18 withRead more..

Meryl Streep Remembers Irish Activist and Union Leader Inez McCormack

Streep paid tribute to McCormack at Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s 2013 Women in the World summit. “A tall woman and a towering figure” were the words Meryl Streep used to describe her friend Inez McCormack, the civil rights and labor activist from Northern Ireland who passed away just over 10 weeks ago at 69Read more..

What Are You Like? Mary Robinson

Ireland’s first female president answers questions about her life and work. Mary Robinson made history as Ireland’s first female president, in office from 1990 – 1997. She has since devoted her life to human rights on a global scale, serving as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 – 2002, and founding, amongRead more..

The Irish Rebuilding the Rockaways

The devastation of the Rockaways has been well-documented in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In many stories in local papers and international news, Irish Americans featured large. In spite of the destruction, the message they sent was one of determination to rebuild. And lending a hand in the rebuilding effort are many Irish immigrants. TheRead more..

The Epitome of Resilience: A Field Diary From Haiti

By Anita Sands, Head of Change Leadership, UBS Wealth Management; Irish America Wall Street 50 honoree; and 2012 Women of Concern Honoree What it takes to build a school in rural Haiti is something you have to see for yourself to fully appreciate. We set out from Port-au-Prince, recovering but still badly scarred by theRead more..

Thomas Moran

Chairman, president and CEO of Mutual of America, Tom Moran grew up in Staten Island, one of three children of an Irish-Italian-American mother and an Irish-American father, with roots in Counties Fermanagh and Tipperary. Moran has always been a hard worker. At 14, he began his first job as a janitor at his high school.Read more..

Tom Moran: Irish America Hall of Fame

Tom Moran, businessman and humanitarian, is inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame. Chairman, president and CEO of Mutual of America, Tom Moran was born in 1952 on Staten Island, NY, one of three children of an Irish-Italian-American mother and an Irish-American father, with roots in Counties Fermanagh and Tipperary. Moran’s maternal grandfather, ArturoRead more..

Todd Shea

In 2005, a tragic earthquake struck Pakistan and devastated the country. Eighty thousand lives were lost and countless others left in disarray amongst the rubble. Irish American Todd Shea was among many volunteers who traveled to Pakistan after the quake to assist in any way they could. It’s there he has been since. Shea establishedRead more..

Samantha Power

Irish-born Samantha Power was one of the forces behind President Obama’s decision to take action in Libya as Muammar el-Qaddafi and his forces brutally suppress the rebels. Power, the president’s adviser on foreign policy, is a former war correspondent. It was in Bosnia, covering the civil war and witnessing the atrocities committed, that she developedRead more..

The Joy of Giving Back:
John Fitzpatrick

The RTE show Secret Millionaire followed American hotelier John Fitzpatrick as he spent a week undercover in one of Ireland’s poorest communities. When Business 100 honoree John Fitzpatrick was approached by RTE (Ireland’s national television and radio broadcaster) to appear on Secret Millionaire, he balked. “I thought someone was playing a joke. I was annoyedRead more..