Retired General Martin Dempsey on the lessons he learned from his Irish grandmother. ℘℘℘ Bridget Jennings was my diminutive, Irish immigrant grandmother. In 1922, as a 16-year-old, she left her parents and siblings in County Mayo and came to the United States. At 21 she married John Devenney of County Donegal, and at 41 sheRead more..
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General Martin Dempsey on what he learned from the writings of W.B. Yeats. ℘℘℘ I first became interested in the poetry of William Butler Yeats in graduate school. By that time I had accumulated enough life experience to help make sense of this prolific poet who wrote of folklore, history, romance, heroism, and mysticism in the yearsRead more..
General Martin Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was presented with the James Joyce Award in Dublin recently. Also known as the Honorary Fellowship of the Society, the award is given by the Literary and Historical Society of University College Dublin for those who have achieved outstanding success in their givenRead more..
Gen. Martin Dempsey’s Notre Dame commencement speech is a powerful tribute to the importance of faith, country, and education. ℘℘℘ This past weekend, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame inductee, gave the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame’s 171st commencementRead more..
Niall and Patricia and other organizers of this terrific event, my fellow Honorees, and –the president Clinton has departed– but this has been quite an extraordinary day for Deanie and I… You know, if forty years ago—forty-one years ago when I entered the military or thirty-nine years ago when we were married, someone said that we‘dRead more..
President Bill Clinton received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Irish America magazine today, and Astronaut Col. Eileen Collins, Former Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Martin Dempsey, Writer Pete Hamill, and Mutual of America Special Consultant Edward J.T. Kenney were inducted to the Irish America Hall of Fame at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. ℘℘℘ At a crowded MetropolitanRead more..
Martin Edward Dempsey served as the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for which he served two terms, and is a retired U.S. Army general who also previously served as the Chief of Staff of the Army. General Dempsey graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1974 and has been a career armorRead more..
When General Martin E. Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received the telegram announcing his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he was far from certain about accepting. But his resolve fermented quickly, he says, by what he ultimately determined was the “most important” factor: his first-generation IrishRead more..