Irish America Hall of Fame

Irish America Magazine, founded in New York in 1985, by Patricia Harty and Niall O’ Dowd has become a powerful vehicle for expression on a range of political, economic, social and cultural themes that are of paramount importance to the Irish in the U.S. It has helped re-establish the Irish ethnic identity in the U.S, which accounted for 32.6 million according to the last U.S census, and highlights the best political and business leaders, artists, writers and community figures among the Irish in America.


The Irish America Hall of Fame, founded in New York by Irish America Magazine in 2010, when Donald Keough president and Chief Operation Officer of Coca-Cola Co. was inducted in a ceremony at the New York Yacht Club. The Irish America Hall of Fame honours the extraordinary achievements of Irish-American leaders, from their significant accomplishments and contributions to American society to their personal commitment to safeguarding their Irish Heritage and the betterment of Ireland.


A collaboration idea between The Irish American Hall of Fame and the John F. Kennedy Trust was established as a result of frequent contact between Sean Reidy, then CEO of the JFK Trust and the Irish America Magazine’s co-founder Patricia Harty. With the upgrading of the Dunbrody Visitor Centre in 2011 they decided that the Centre would house the Irish America Hall of Fame. Prominent Irish Americans would be chosen each year for induction into the Hall of Fame and, as well as being honoured at a Gala Induction ceremony in New York City, and in the magazine itself, a portrait gallery and Audio Visual presentation in New Ross would mark their achievements in a permanent display. Michael Flatley, the renowned dancer/choreographer, officiated at the opening of the Irish America Hall of Fame at the Dunbrody Visitor Centre in July 2011.


Irish America Hall of Fame honourees to date include Former President William Clinton; incoming President Joe Biden; singer Judy Collins, Broadway Star Kelli O’ Hara, actors Maureen O’Hara and Fionnula Flanagan, philanthropist Charles Feeney, General Martin Dempsey, Nobel Prize-winning scientist William Campbell, William Clay Ford Jr Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Co, author Mary Higgins Clark; Ambassador to Ireland, peace-broker, Jean Kennedy Smith; and CA Governor Jerry Brown, are among those inducted to date.

Hall of Fame Inductees


Donald Keough


Maureen O’ Hara
Dr. Kevin Cahill
President William J. Clinton
Charles F. Feeney
Michael Flatley
William J. Flynn
Mary Higgins Clark
Denis Kelleher
Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith
Dr. James Watson
William Clay Ford, Jr


Loretta Brennan Glucksman
Ray Kelly
John Lahey
Tom Moran
Fionnuala Flanagan
Liam Clancy
Kevin Roche


Vice President Joe Biden
Brian P. Burns
Robert M. Devlin
John Fitzpatrick
Bruce Morrison


Bill O’Reilly
Chris Matthews
McDonald Family
Martin O’ Malley
Christine Kinealy
Andrew McKenna
Patrick Ryan
Brian Stack


Hilary Rodham Clinton
Robert J. McCann
Emmet O’ Connell
Patrick Quinn


Colonel Eileen Collins
General Martin E. Dempsey
Pete Hamill
Ed Kenney Jr.


Dr. William C. Campbell
Michael Dowling
Sister Tesa Fitzgerald
Terry O’Sullivan
Kevin White


Brendan Grace
Lieutenant General Bernard E. Trainor
Jerry Brown
John O ‘Brennan
Dennis P. Long
Kelli O’ Hara


John McShain Frank Rossiter Adrian Flannelly Terry George Arturo O’ Farrill Charlotte Moore/Ciaran O’ Reilly James P. O’Neill
John C. Dearie


Kathleen Murphy
Pat Doherty
Eileen Murray
Sean McGarvey
Judy Collins
Thomas Kelly
Richie Neal
Jean Butler

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