Connolly Among Top Irish-Americans

Irish America Magazine has selected Irish Studies Music Programs Director Seamus Connolly among its "Top 100" Irish-Americans for 1999. Connolly was featured in Irish America 's May edition as part of the publication's annual salute to Americans in politics, the arts, business, service and other fields for their contributions to the Irish community as a whole. The magazine hailed Connolly for his work in Irish traditional music as a well-respected fiddler, teacher and organizer of the University's internationally acclaimed Gaelic Roots summer program.

"I'm flattered and very honored," said Connolly, a County Clare native who has lived in the United States since 1976. "But this is more important as recognition for Irish Studies and Gaelic Roots than it is for me. I'm very proud to be associated with both."

Connolly and the other 99 Irish-Americans on the list were honored at a gala ceremony and reception at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Former United States Sen. George Mitchell, who helped broker the Northern Ireland peace negotiations, was the magazine's choice as Irish-American of the Year.

Seamus Connolly.

In 1996, Irish America recognized Irish Studies Program Co-Director Prof. Adele Dalsimer (English) as an honorary Irish-American.

-Sean Smith

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