In 2009, Professor Kenneally, who was born in Youghal, Co. Cork, will receive St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal’s Community Award for his work in the development of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University.
Professor Kenneally and his wife, Dr. Rhona Richman Kenneally, a professor of architecture and design, who is also a distinguished Irish Studies scholar, have established Concordia as a preeminent academic location for the study of Irish and the Irish diaspora in Canada.
As well as the academic programs, the Irish Studies Centre at Concordia coordinates an Irish Public Lecture Series which has brought more than 150 academic and public figures to the university over the past fifteen years, including Presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson, Garret FitzGerald and Seamus Heaney.
The Centre also awards 20 scholarships annually and is involved in various community out-reach activities.
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