Joseph P Kennedy III and Dr John Lahey recognized among top New England Irish honorees
Boston awards ceremony will acknowledge the best and brightest Irish leaders
Lahey also received the Ambassador of Ireland Award for the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2010. He was named the 2011 Irish American of the Year by Irish America as a leading educator and keeper of Irish heritage. In 2000 he also was named one of the 10 outstanding grand marshals of the 20th century.
Lahey, a native of Bronx, NY, received undergraduate and master's degrees in philosophy from the University of Dayton, a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Miami, and a second master’s degree in higher education administration from Columbia University.
Lahey also is a leader in the community, serving as a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 4, New York County; director and vice chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Inc.; a member of the Knights of St. Patrick; and on the board of directors for Yale-New Haven Hospital, United Illuminating Company, Independence Holding Company and the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.
Lahey resides in Cheshire, Connecticut, with his wife Judy, and has two sons, Brent and Robert.
Lahey’s paternal grandfather hails from Knockglossmore, Co. Kerry. His paternal grandmother hails from Co. Cork and his maternal grandmother from Co. Clare.
Leader of Tomorrow
Joseph P. Kennedy III, Candidate for Congress
Joseph P. Kennedy III, is a proud member of one of the most well-known Irish-American political families in the United States: the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and the son of former Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II; two of his great-uncles were President John F. Kennedyand Senator Ted Kennedy.
While having never held an elected office, Joseph Kennedy has spent much of his adult life in public service, both overseas and in his home state of Massachusetts. It’s that experience which he says inspired him to consider running for public office.
“My decision to look seriously at elected office is grounded in a deep commitment to public service and my experience -- both my own and that of my family -- in finding just, practical, and bipartisan solutions to difficult challenges,” Kennedy said.
The 31-year-old candidate for congress holds an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he worked with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, which provides free legal services to low-income people in civil matters involving housing, government benefits, and wage laws.
From 2004 to 2006, Joseph Kennedy spent two years with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, becoming the first member of his family to serve as a volunteer in the organization started by President John F. Kennedy. He held a position as a prosecutor at the Cape and Island’s District Attorney’s office for two years and served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office prior to resigning his post in order to focus on running for office.