Irish Hall of Fame to induct eight


from local sources
with notes by Cynthia Price

A statewide effort, the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame announces its new inductees as just one part of the spectacular Michigan Irish Music Festival.

The Hall of Fame recognizes Irish Americans who have made important contributions in various fields in Michigan life. This year, the induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14, at noon, on the Galway Stage, and the public is encouraged to attend.

In particular, the induction of Frank Murphy, the only person to be both governor of Michigan and a justice on the United States Supreme Court, may mean that members of the legal community will have a particular interest.

“A number of the members of the Hall of Fame have legal ties, including [former Attorney General] Frank Kelley, Michigan Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James Ryan, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael Cavanagh, and Gov. James Blanchard,” says retired 14th Circuit Court Judge Neil Mullally, who is very involved with the Michigan Irish Hall of Fame. Kevin Donovan is the chair of that committee.

Future Examiner/Legal News issues will hold more about the 2019 class, especially about Frank Murphy.

Calling him “the most distinguished public leader in Michigan history,” the Hall of Fame will honor Murphy in the Public Service category. There will be additional events honoring the many who was also a mayor of Detroit, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Governor General and High Commissioner of the Philippines.

Born in 1890, Murphy died while at SCOTUS, to which he was appointed by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Also to be honored are a father and son, Austin “Barry” McGuire  and Timothy “Tim” McGuire, both of whom served as Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Counties.

In the category of Arts and Entertainment, the preeminent Irish fiddler Michael “Mick” Gavin will be inducted. A native of Ireland, Gavin has performed at countless events, taught others in music, and presented cultural awareness programs in Detroit schools.

Roger Schlosser, the retired founder and Director of the Irish Studies Program at Grand Rapids Community College (possibly the only Irish Studies Program at a community college), will be inducted in the Education category; he is also a historical novelist focusing on Ireland.

Philanthropist Nora Ann Cassidy has served the Detroit Irish community for more than 40 years, and Patrick J. Johnson is the Executive Director of the Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce. In the Religion category,  Brother James Boynton has done extensive missionary work and now teaches Religious Studies at high schools in Cleveland and Detroit.

The Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame was founded in 2012 by the Muskegon Irish American Society. For more information about the Michigan Irish Hall of Fame about attending the induction ceremony, visit


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