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Boston College President William P. Leahy, S.J., Five BC Scholars Named To Irish Education 100


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (January 2013) Boston College President William P. Leahy, S.J. and five other members of the Boston College community have been named to the Irish Education 100, an annual list produced by the Irish Voice newspaper that showcases educators, writers, inventors, researchers and entrepreneurs who have “made their own unique contributions to making the world a better, smarter place.”

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A scholar of 20th century American social and religious history, Fr. Leahy is the author of Adapting to America: Catholics, Jesuits and Higher Education in the Twentieth Century. He became the 25th president of Boston College in 1996. One of the most selective universities in the US, Boston College has students from all 50 states and 80 countries and its undergraduates have earned more than 285 prestigious fellowships and scholarships.

Members of the Boston College community honored along with Fr. Leahy are (in alphabetical order):

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Seamus Connolly: A native of County Clare, Connolly is the Sullivan Artist-in-Residence at Boston College and coordinates the University’s Gaelic Roots Series, an offering of concerts and lectures by visiting artists. A performer and teacher of traditional Irish music, Connolly has won the Irish National Fiddle Competition 10 times and has numerous music recording credits. He is a member of the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Hall of Fame.

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Mike Cronin: Cronin is the academic director of Boston College-Ireland, the Dublin outpost for the University’s Center for Irish Programs. Cronin directed a multi-year oral history project for the Gaelic Athletic Association, launched on its 125th anniversary. He is the author/co-author of a number of publications, including The GAA: A People’s History, Places We Play: Ireland’s Sporting Heritage, Doesn’t Time Fly? Aer Lingus--Its History, and Irish History for Dummies, among others.

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Thomas Groome: Groome, a professor in BC’s School of Theology and Ministry, is a leading authority on religious education and the author of several works, including Will There be Faith: A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples, What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life, and Educating for Life: A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent. He is a native of County Kildare.

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Joseph Nugent: Nugent, who hails from Mullingar in County Westmeath, is an adjunct associate professor in the English Department and teaches in the Irish Studies Program. His popular summer course “Joyce in Dublin,” offered through BC’s Office of International Programs, brings students to Ireland to learn about author James Joyce. Nugent directed a project with his students that led to the 2012 launch of JoyceWays, an iPhone app that offers users a multimedia tour of Joyce’s Ulysses and 1904 Dublin.

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James Smith: Smith is an associate professor in the English Department who also teaches in the Irish Studies Program. His academic specialty is Irish literature and culture. He is the author of the award-winning book Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries and the Nation’s Architecture of Containment, about the prison-like asylums for women and girls who labored under harsh conditions. He now serves on the advisory committee for Justice for Magdalenes and has co-authored the group’s submission to the Irish Human Rights Commission and the UN Commission Against Torture.

--Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs, kathleen.sullivan@bc.edu