MICHIGAN IRISH AMERICAN HALL OF FAME
NAMES 2017 INDUCTEES
Irish American Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 class of inductees. The
Hall recognizes Irish Americans who have made important contributions in
of life in Michigan. The
honorees will be inducted in a ceremony at noon on Saturday, September 16,
at the Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon, on the Galway Stage.
Photos of new Hall of Fame members
J.P MCarthy Edward McNamara Brian Dunleavy Edward Sullivan
Long-time Detroit radio star J.P. McCarthy will be honored in
the category of Arts and
Entertainment. He was raised in Detroit,
was a U.S. Army veteran, and with his wife Judy
was the father of
6 children. Before his death in 1995, J.P. McCarthy for 30 years was known
as the “voice of Detroit,”
enthusiastically saluting his early morning audience with his
greeting,“Good morning,World!.” J.P.McCarthy was not just a famous
entertainer, to his listeners he was a family member. He interviewed
prominent persons in many fields, as
well as everyday
people. Among his many interests, he was passionate about his Irish
heritage, and his annual St.Patrick’s Day show was a “must” event for all
and beyond. His
award will be
presented to the McCarthy family by radio personality Michael Patrick
Shiels, McCarthy’s producer and also a member of the Hall of Fame.
In the field of Public Service, the inductee will
be Edward H. McNamara, former
Mayor of Livonia and Wayne County Executive Director. He and his wife
Lucille grew up in the
poor Detroit neighborhood
of Brightmor. They raised five children while Ed served in public office.
For 16 years he was Mayor of Livonia, where his leadership gained
recognition of Livonia
as a model city.
He then led Wayne
County for 16 years
as the County Executive Director. Under his leadership, Wayne County’s
$135,000,000 deficit was eliminated, two stadiums were
public parks were improved, the county jail was upgraded, and a new morgue
was built. His crowning achievement was the Detroit Metro
Airport, where the
main terminal bears
Throughout his life he was very active in the Detroit Irish community. He
died in 2006, and family members will receive his award.
Brian Sean Dunleavy is being
honored in the category of Business
and Industry. Brian is the son of an Irish immigrant and is a Detroit area native.
Starting at the age of 8 years as a
paper boy, he has
always exemplified an incomparable work ethic. After graduating from St.
Francis Cabrini High School, he was a route salesman for Pepsi and Vernors
for 18 years,
winning many top
sales awards, and saving his money to achieve his dream of owning an Irish
pub. In 1989 in Allen Park,
he and his brother Tom opened Dunleavy’s Irish Pub, which has
become one of the
most notable Irish pubs in Michigan.
Brian is an active leader in the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Gaelic
League/Irish American Club of Detroit, the United Irish
the Motor City Irish Festival. In 2017 he was
the Grand Marshal of the Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a role filled by
his father 27 years earlier. Brian is married to his wife
Pam, and they
have three sons.
In the field of
Education the Hall of Fame is recognizing Edward J. Sullivan of Flushing.
Edward is a Flint
native and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. From an early age he was
Irish history and culture, and in his adult life he became active with the
Sullivan and O’Sullivan Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, where
he has been Division
held every elective office, including 3 terms as Division President and 1
term as AOH State Vice-President. He has been Grand Marshal of Flint’s St. Patrick’s
and has chaired
numerous Irish events. He has presented countless educational programs in
schools, book clubs, and community events. He and his wife Caron own in Flushing the Irish
Sullivan’s Irish Alley and Travel, Too, and they have guided groups on
educational tours to Ireland
more than 30 times. In addition, Ed has an impact in many young lives
as a high school
head wrestling coach.
Irish American Hall of Fame was founded in 2012 by the Muskegon Irish American
Society, and is permanently displayed at Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Muskegon
on the Hall of
Fame website. For more information please visit the Hall of Fame website at