IRISH AMERICAN HALL OF FAME NAMES 2017 INDUCTEES
Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 class of
inductees. The Hall recognizes Irish Americans who have made important
contributions in various fields
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.
of new Hall of Fame members
J.P MCarthy Edward McNamara Brian Dunleavy Edward Sullivan
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
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
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 of Detroit
and beyond. His
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.
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
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
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
name. 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
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,
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
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
and 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
and they have three sons.
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
in 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
and 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
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
named 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
a high school head wrestling coach.
Michigan 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 and
the Hall of Fame website. For more information please visit the Hall of
Fame website at http://www.michiganirishamericanhalloffame.org.