The Irish American Hall of Fame (IAHOF) will honor its 2014 Inductees at a Gala this April. The evening’s emcee is Catie Keough, host and Executive Producer of 24/7 Chicago.

Nominations were submitted from July through September 2013 from individuals across the country and the world. More than 400 nominations were considered. A screening committee comprised of a specially-selected, diverse group of individuals from across a wide range of disciplines reviewed and vetted all nominations and specified a number of candidates to be put forth in an election. Voting by a national body of distinguished individuals representing academia, government, and Irish-affiliated organizations from around the United States took place in December 2013.

The IAHOF’s goal is to preserve and promote the stories of the Irish in America and the ongoing links between Ireland and the United States. The Hall of Fame was founded by members of the Chicago-based Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC). While the Hall of Fame is an organization born of and operated under the auspices of the IAHC, it is overseen by a separate governing committee and has a national focus. The IAHOF’s initial emphasis will be on electronic and online information and inductees are commemorated with a display at the IAHC.

The 2014 inductees by award category are:

  • Arts and Humanities
    Michael Flatley
  • Business & Industry
    George Meany
  • Public Service
    Commodore John Barry
    Mary Harris “Mother” Jones
    President Ronald Reagan
  • Sports
    Connie Mack
  • Religion
    Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
  • Education
    Mother Mary Frances Clarke, BVM
  • Science
    Michael Collins, Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force (ret.)

The IAHOF is proud to also honor Peter J. O’Brien and Maureen O’Looney as its 2014 Hometown Heroes. The Award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders within their local Irish community and have a consistent track record of contributions and service over many years that helped to preserve or strengthen Irish heritage at a local level.

The two deserving winners exemplify the meaning of “hometown hero” by their ongoing and tireless efforts in preserving and promoting Irish culture throughout Chicagoland.


The Awards Gala recognizing the 2014 inductees is Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Center.

Cocktails are at 6:30pm. Dinner, music and the awards celebration follow at 7:30pm. Tickets are $200 for general admission and $175 for IAHC members. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the events page here or calling 773-282-7035.

About the Irish American Hall of Fame: Founded in 2010, the IAHOF inducted its first honorees in March 2011. For the complete list of all 33 prior inductees and learn more about the IAHOF, visit

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