Thursday, May 9, 2013

Connolly to Receive Medal of Honor

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Sullivan Artist-in-Residence Seamus Connolly, director of the University’s Irish Studies music programs, will receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) this Saturday in recognition of his distinguished career as one of the world’s most respected master Irish musicians.

The Ellis Island Medals of Honor annually pay tribute to the ancestry groups that comprise America’s unique cultural mosaic. The medals are presented on Ellis Island to American citizens for their outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation and the world. Past Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients include six Presidents of the United States, Nobel Prize winners, athletes, and leaders of industry, artists and others whose work has made a lasting impact on humanity.

Actress Mia Farrow, recording artist Dionne Warwick, Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, and US Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will join Connolly as this year’s honorees.