QU Prof Will Be Irish Hall Of Famer

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Exploring Legacies of the Great Hunger 2013-05-17As thoughts turn to the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, Quinnipiac University has received some good “Irish” news.

History professor Christine Kinealy, is among 10 leaders who will be inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame on March 12 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

“It is a great honor to walk in the footsteps of so many eminent Irish-Americans,” said Kinealy, who is also director of the university’s Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute.  “The work I have done in Irish history has only been possible through the support of my children, Siobhán and Ciarán, the encouragement of my friends and the intellectual curiosity of my students. Collectively, they have contributed to my getting this incredible recognition.”

“Irish America” magazine’s Hall of Fame honors 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. Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey was recognized in 2012.

Kinealy, who was honored as an Irish America Top 100 educator in December, will join this year’s nine other inductees, including Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball;” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Bill O’Reilly, host of the Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“Our distinguished honorees, while making significant contributions to American life, continue to take pride in their Irish heritage and promote the land of their ancestors,” said Patricia Harty, co-founder and editor of “Irish America” magazine. “We are delighted to honor such a diverse group of Irish-Americans.”

The Hall of Fame is housed at the Dunbrody Famine Ship and National Emigration Centre in New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland.

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