Irish American Hall of Fame

Irish American Hall of Fame The purpose of the Irish American Hall of Fame is to preserve the “story” of the Irish in America and serve as a resource for all Americans.
The purpose of the Irish American Hall of Fame is to preserve the “story” of the Irish in America, thus becoming a resource for all Americans or those interested in the development and history of America including, but not limited to, academic researchers, teachers and students of Irish and American history at all levels, those interested in genealogy, cultural historians and the general public. The Irish American Hall of Fame is operated under the auspices of the Irish American Heritage Center, a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization and is located within the IAHC.
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The Irish American Hall of Fame will preserve and promote the “story” of Irish culture by recognizing the contributions of individuals to the Irish-American experience. Telling their story preserves our story. The Irish American Hall of Fame will be a place where the shared story of the Irish in America will be available to all with an interest in the bond between Ireland and America.

Mission: The mission of the Irish American Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor the outstanding contributions of Irish Americans to society in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Business & Industry, Public Service, Sports, Religion, Education and Science. The Irish American Hall of Fame will also pay tribute to exemplary Americans of Irish heritage who have truly shaped the Irish American identity in the United States.

05/18/2020
Lawrence McCaffrey Tribute Video, 2017 Irish American Hall of Fame Inductee

Our thoughts and condolences to the family of 2017 Hall of Fame inductee Lawrence McCaffrey, Professor Emeritus of History at Loyola University Chicago who dedicated his life's work to the study of the Irish experience in America.

Sharing our tribute video and his acceptance speech from the 2017 gala: https://youtu.be/6k_bKbjxY9s

Irish American Hall of Fame 2017 Inductee, Lawrence McCaffrey Tribute Video, 2017

A week or so ago would have been the 10th Anniversary Gala for the Irish American Hall of Fame. But of course, we had to...
05/07/2020
Irish American Hall of Fame

A week or so ago would have been the 10th Anniversary Gala for the Irish American Hall of Fame. But of course, we had to postpone the event and have rescheduled it for September 26, 2020.

The Irish American Hall of Fame is an integral part of the Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC) in Chicago and the Hall of Fame supports the Center. Our Gala is held every year in the beautiful Erin ballroom at the Heritage Center.

Unfortunately, the IAHC closed its doors on March 16th and will remain closed until it is safe for members, staff, volunteers, and partners to return to our building.

As a friend or inductee of the Irish American Hall of Fame, we are tremendously grateful for your continued care and support and for the many ways you show your dedication to our shared Irish culture and the Irish American Hall of Fame.

A donation of any size is greatly appreciated.

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/irish-american-hall-of-fame

The Governance Committee of the Irish American Hall of Fame hopes that you and your family are healthy and safe in the face of this pandemic. This past weekend would have been the 10th Anniversary Gala for the Irish American Hall of Fame. But of ...

04/16/2020
Brian Dennehy Irish American Hall of Fame Acceptance Video

We are saddened at the passing of 2016 Irish American Hall of Fame Inductee Brian Dennehy, star of stage and screen. While he could not accept the award in person, he was kind enough to send an acceptance video. A larger than life individual, he will be missed.

In case you missed it, here's 2020 Hall of Fame inductee Conan O'Brien during his visit to the Irish American Heritage C...
03/10/2020
IrishCentral.com

In case you missed it, here's 2020 Hall of Fame inductee Conan O'Brien during his visit to the Irish American Heritage Center. Hilarious!

Michael Flatley, eat your heart out!

03/06/2020
Bill Murray Induction into Irish American Hall of Fame 2017

Remember when Bill Murray attended our gala at the Irish American Heritage Center for his induction into the Hall of Fame? #flashbackFriday #FBF

Don't miss this year's gala -- get your tickets early! https://youtu.be/fbqPTR01ipQ

Bill Murray's tribute video and acceptance speech at the 2017 Irish American Hall of Fame Gala for his induction in the Arts & Humanities Category.

Will you join us at this year's gala? Special ticket prices through April 1st! http://bit.ly/2I7waGl
03/01/2020

Will you join us at this year's gala? Special ticket prices through April 1st! http://bit.ly/2I7waGl

Irish American Hall of Fame's cover photo
02/24/2020

Irish American Hall of Fame's cover photo

Hall of Fame 2019 inductee Jack O'Callahan dropped the puck at last night's game to commemorate the 40th anniversary of ...
02/20/2020
Jack O'Callahan drops the puck

Hall of Fame 2019 inductee Jack O'Callahan dropped the puck at last night's game to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Team USA's Miracle on Ice.

The Blackhawks honor the 1980 US Olympic gold medal team, as Jack O'Callahan drops the puck prior to their game against the Rangers

Irish American Hall of Fame's cover photo
02/12/2020

Irish American Hall of Fame's cover photo

Congratulations to 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Billy Lawless on being named Irish American of the Year! We're so proud of...
01/09/2020
Billy Lawless is Irish American of the Year for 2020

Congratulations to 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Billy Lawless on being named Irish American of the Year! We're so proud of you!

Senator Bill Lawless   By Ray O’Hanlon   Billy Lawless, who represents Irish emigrants and the global Irish diaspora as a member of the Irish Senate, is the Irish Echo Irish American of the Year for 2020. Lawless is the

Mark your calendars for the 10th anniversary Hall of Fame Gala: Saturday, April 25, 2020! Our inductees will be announce...
12/09/2019

Mark your calendars for the 10th anniversary Hall of Fame Gala: Saturday, April 25, 2020! Our inductees will be announced in January!

Another successful evening at the 8th Annual Irish American Hall of Fame Trivia Night! A big thank you to everyone who p...
11/10/2019

Another successful evening at the 8th Annual Irish American Hall of Fame Trivia Night! A big thank you to everyone who participated, donated and bid on the silent auction items! Mark your calendars for the 10th anniversary Hall of Fame induction and gala: April 25, 2020!

Irish American Hall of Fame's cover photo
11/08/2019

Irish American Hall of Fame's cover photo

Irish American Hall of Fame's cover photo
11/06/2019

Irish American Hall of Fame's cover photo

2019 Hall of Fame Gala
11/06/2019

2019 Hall of Fame Gala

Irish American Hall of Fame 2019 Hometown Hero, Fiona McEntee has published a children's book on immigration.https://www...
11/04/2019
This Chicago immigration attorney wanted a picture book about immigration for her kids. So she wrote one.

Irish American Hall of Fame 2019 Hometown Hero, Fiona McEntee has published a children's book on immigration.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-immigration-stories-kogan-1105-20191104-opavtf3qo5g2xgucnidadis36i-story.html

Fiona McEntee came to Chicago from Dublin, loved it and stayed. She's a lawyer and now the author of the children's book “Our American Dream.”

Who’s in for trivia? Join us for a fun night at the Irish American Heritage Center!
10/26/2019

Who’s in for trivia? Join us for a fun night at the Irish American Heritage Center!

Exercise your brain and win cash prizes! Register for our 8th Annual Trivia Night, Saturday, November 9. Competition limited to 30 teams. Reserve your space now! https://bit.ly/2mWAjWN

Exercise your brain and win cash prizes! Register for our 8th Annual Trivia Night, Saturday, November 9.  Competition li...
10/11/2019

Exercise your brain and win cash prizes! Register for our 8th Annual Trivia Night, Saturday, November 9. Competition limited to 30 teams. Reserve your space now! https://bit.ly/2mWAjWN

Join us for the 8th Annual Hall of Fame Trivia Night, Saturday, November 9! Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place! Regi...
09/30/2019

Join us for the 8th Annual Hall of Fame Trivia Night, Saturday, November 9! Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place! Register now and save your spot! https://bit.ly/2mWAjWN

September 10 is the deadline to submit your nomination for the Irish American Hall of Fame Class of 2020! Help us recogn...
09/06/2019

September 10 is the deadline to submit your nomination for the Irish American Hall of Fame Class of 2020! Help us recognize more outstanding Irish Americans as we celebrate our 10th anniversary! https://bit.ly/2YSKkB4

Artist Laura Coyle, Irish American Hall of Fame Governance Committee member, displays her fabulous custom banners the Ir...
08/21/2019

Artist Laura Coyle, Irish American Hall of Fame Governance Committee member, displays her fabulous custom banners the Irish American Hall of Fame exhibit at the Cultural Pavilion at 2019 Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Call for Nominations! Nominations open for the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees! Let us know your pick for this illustrious g...
08/07/2019

Call for Nominations! Nominations open for the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees! Let us know your pick for this illustrious group of Irish Americans. Submit information here: https://bit.ly/2YSKkB4

Check out the photos from the Hall of Fame Gala! Thanks to everyone who made this fantastic evening possible!
05/19/2019

Check out the photos from the Hall of Fame Gala! Thanks to everyone who made this fantastic evening possible!

Photos from the Ninth Annual Irish American Hall of Fame Gala, where we inducted eight new members and honored our Hometown Hero.

Photos from the Ninth Annual Irish American Hall of Fame Gala, where we inducted eight new members and honored our Homet...
05/19/2019

Photos from the Ninth Annual Irish American Hall of Fame Gala, where we inducted eight new members and honored our Hometown Hero.

Photos from the Ninth Annual Irish American Hall of Fame Gala, where we inducted eight new members and honored our Hometown Hero.

Our Master of Ceremonies once again had the crowd in the palm of his hand!
04/29/2019

Our Master of Ceremonies once again had the crowd in the palm of his hand!

What a night! Impressive inductees, great crowd at the Irish American Hall of Fame!

Another fabulous evening! Thank you to everyone who made our ninth annual inductee gala possible.
04/29/2019

Another fabulous evening! Thank you to everyone who made our ninth annual inductee gala possible.

It was a night for the books at the #IAHC Irish American Hall of Fame gala as we honored 9 outstanding Irish Americans. Honorees and guests included Olympic gold medal athlete Jack O'Callahan of the Miracle on Ice fame, Sidney McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, CBS News anchor Jim Williams, Senator Billy Lawless, Irish Vice Counsel General Sarah Keating and the family of Irish dance legend Pat Roche.

Congratulations, Fr. Scott! And we are delighted to honor you at the Awards Gala on April 27th!
03/19/2019
Fr. Scott Donahue

Congratulations, Fr. Scott! And we are delighted to honor you at the Awards Gala on April 27th!

I feel so grateful to be honored in the Irish American Hall of Fame this spring. The organization is headquartered at Irish American Heritage Center on the North Side. Its' purpose is to preserve the story of the Irish in America by honoring their contributions to society in the categories of Arts & Humanities, Business and Industry, Public Service, Sports, Religion, Education and Science. Thank you again for this great honor.

03/17/2019
Jeopardy Segment March 2019

Did you catch us on Jeopardy!? Test your knowledge of our inductees. Here we go: Irish American Hall of Fame for $1600.

Today is the day the Irish American Hall of Fame is a category on Jeopardy!  Tune in and test your skills! #stpatricksda...
03/15/2019

Today is the day the Irish American Hall of Fame is a category on Jeopardy! Tune in and test your skills! #stpatricksday

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The Irish American Hall of Fame preserves the “story” of Irish culture by recognizing the contributions of individuals to the Irish-American experience. Now in its tenth year, the Hall of Fame will honor a new group of inductees, all who have made significant contributions in their fields.

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