Loretta Brennan Glucksman has been named recipient of the annual Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award for 2015.
The New York-based philanthropist, former chairman of the American Ireland fund, will receive her award in Buncrana, Co. Donegal, on September 25.
It will be the centerpiece in a weekend of events marking the life and times of the late speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O’Neill, an illustrious grandson of a Donegal emigrant.
Glucksman’s grandfather David Brennan hailed from the Co. Donegal fishing port of Greencastle, near Buncrana, and her grandmother Alice Moore was from Co. Leitrim.
Glucksman has been involved in philanthropic endeavors for more than two decades, focusing on education, the arts, healthcare and peace initiatives in both the U.S. and Ireland, a passion she shared with her late husband Lew Glucksman.
She was chairman of the American Ireland Fund for 18 years before stepping down in 2013. During that time the fund exceeded its goal of raising $100 million under the Promising Ireland Campaign and reset the target to $200 million.
She is co-chair of Glucksman Ireland House founded in 1993, the center for Irish studies at New York University, and she serves on the board of Arts and Sciences at NYU. She is also chairman of the University of Limerick Foundation.
The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award, a project of Donegal County Council and partner organizations, was inaugurated in 2012. The first award was presented to Irish-born Niall O’Dowd, publisher of the Irish Voice.
The two other recipients of the award were former Governor of Montana Brian Schweitzer and Senator Therese Murray, former president of the Massachusetts Senate.