Five feature speeches from the 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame.
President Bill Clinton received Irish America’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Col. Eileen Collins, America’s first female space shuttle pilot; journalist, novelist, columnist, and commentator Pete Hamill; humanitarian Ed Kenney; and Gen. Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were inducted to the Irish America Hall of Fame.
The Irish America Hall of Fame exhibition is housed at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience in New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland, yards from where John F. Kennedy’s great grandparents, among millions of others, left for the United States.
Col. Eileen Collins
Gen. Martin Dempsey
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