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Emeritus Professor Honored by NYC Comptroller for Contributions to Ireland

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John P. McCarthy, emeritus professor
Photo by Ryan Brenizer
John P. McCarthy, Ph.D., emeritus professor of history at Fordham, was among six honorees at a celebration of Irish heritage and culture sponsored by the New York City comptroller's office on April 15.

McCarthy was the founder and first director of Fordham's Institute for Irish Studies, has written extensively on Irish, Northern Irish and Irish American subjects, and has made numerous media appearances commenting on the state of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora.

The award ceremony comes less than a week after Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. announced a deal to invest $150 million in city pension funds in Northern Ireland. The investment, made to the Emerald Infrastructure Development Fund, will target projects in waste management, health care, and alternative and conventional energy.

At the celebration, Thompson credited McCarthy with strengthening ties between Ireland and New York City. "He has achieved notoriety as a prolific author of books, numerous articles and reviews across a broad array of journals and papers dedicated to Irish history and culture," Thompson said.

The other honorees were: choreographer Darrah Carr, model and actress Karen Duffy, Mutual of America executive William J. Flynn, labor priest Brian Jordan, OFM, and Irish Echo publisher Máirtain Ó Muilleoir.

The event was co-sponsored by the Brehon Law Society and the Emerald Isle Immigration Center.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 14,700 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a commuter campus in Westchester, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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