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
signature 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
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 of Detroit 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
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
constructed, 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
his name. Throughout his life he was very active in the
Detroit Irish community. He died in 2006, and family members will receive
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
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
Societies, 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
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
shop 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
as a high school head wrestling coach.
The 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
on the Hall of Fame website. For more information please
visit the Hall of Fame website at http://www.michiganirishamericanhalloffame.org.