Recognizing the contributions of outstanding Irish Americans

Gala Postponed to 2021

We are proud to announce our 2020 Class of Inductees and Hometown Hero.

Join us at the awards gala!

Date:   April 30, 2022

Time:  6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception followed by dinner and program

Location:  Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Avenue, Chicago

Attire:  Black Tie

Tickets: $175 General; $150 for IAHC members

Table of 10: $1700 General; $1,450 for IAHC members

Join us at the 10th anniversary awards gala! 


Crowd Shot 2019 Gala

Arts & Humanities

Conan Christopher O’Brien (born April 18, 1963) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows; since 2010, he has hosted Conan on the cable channel TBS.


Arts & Humanities

Liz Carroll (born September 19, 1956) is an Irish fiddler, composer, and recording artist. Liz has toured as a solo artist and with the Greenfields of America, Trian, as the duo Liz Carroll & John Doyle, String Sisters, and now as a duo with guitarist and pianist Jake Charron.


Business & Industry

Kathleen Kennedy (born June 5, 1953) , co-founder of Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg in 1982 and currently the President of Lucasfilms LTD, is one of the most successful and respected producers and executives in the film industry today.


Public Service

Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith (1928 - 2020) was the 8th child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy and the founder of "Very Special Arts" known as VSA, a not-for-profit international organization on art and disabilities. She was the author of Chronicles of Courage and Very Special Artists. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Ireland 1993-98.



Monsignor John "Jack" Egan (1916-2001) was a Catholic priest who fought for issues of social justice, racial equality and human dignity. Ordained in Chicago in 1943, Msgr. Egan lived his life as an activist priest for he believed that “the primary responsibility of the church [was] to be on the side of the poor.”



John F. McDonough is a sports and marketing visionary who has presided over two of the greatest professional team success stories in Chicago history and has been widely recognized throughout his 40-year career for his innovation, leadership and civic contributions.



Father James F. Maguire, S.J. (1904-2000) began his tenure as Loyola University's 20th president in July, 1955. He served as president for fifteen years. During his term, Fr. Maguire led the university through a period of growth and expansion. By 1970, Loyola had become the largest Catholic university in the U.S.



Rachel Louise Carson (1907 – 1964) is an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.


 Hometown Hero

James F. Coyne is the Business Manager of Plumbers Local Union 130 UA.  Jim is a 42-year member of the Union and in his first 25 years of his plumbing career, he worked on many commercial buildings and high rises in downtown Chicago.