Honorary Irish Person of the Year

2016: Hon. Carlos Rebollo; 2015: Lamar Fisher; 2014: Tim Schiavone; 2013: Hon. Dale Ross; 2012: Ray F. Ferrero; 2011: George Smith; 2010: Congressman Alcee Hastings; 2009: Al Lamberti, Broward County Sheriff; 2006: Mayor Frank Ortis; 2005: Judge Howard Zeidwig; 2004: Dr. Zacariah P. Zachariah; 2003: Carlos Reyes; 2002: Robert Butterworth, Florida Attorney General; 2001: Rocky Rodriguez, Broward Property Appraiser; 2000: Sherry Frielander; 1999: Ken Jenne, Broward County Sheriff; 1998: Judge Robert “Bobby” Collins; 1997: Commissioner Frank Ortis; 1996:Anthony “Tony G” Gargiulo; 1995: Eddie Kay; 1993: Hamilton Forman; 1992: Harold Wishna; 1991: Bill Kling; 1990: Ed Deutsch; 1989: Don Samuels, Broward County School Board.

Irish Person of the Year

2016: Congressman Patrick Murphy; 2015 : Brian Cavanagh; 2014: Hon. Michael J. Ryan; 2013: John P. "Jack" Seiler; 2012: Jim Gregory; 2011: Dan Reynolds; 2010: Patrick Hanrahan; 2009: Charles Whitelock; 2006: Lori Parish, Broward Property Appraiser; 2005: Ed Kennedy, Broward Clerk of Court; 2004: Paul Sallarulo; 2003: James A. Weldon; 2002: Monsignor Patrick McDonald; 2001: J.R. Dunn; 2000: Kathleen Kearny, Secretary of the Department of Children and Families; 1999: Vickie Coceano, Mayor of Miramar; 1998: Susan McCampbell; 1997: C.K. “Mac” McElyea, Mayor of Dania Beach; 1996: James Patrick O’Hara; 1995: Stephen McInery; 1993: Ron Cochran, Sheriff Broward County; 1992: John Hart, Commissioner Broward County & Miriam Oliphant; 1991: Wally Brewer; 1990: Joseph Gerwins, Ft. Lauderdale Chief of Police
 Murphy/McCall Irish Humanitarian of the Year

2016: Doreen and Keith Koenig; 2015 : John Benz; 2014: Susan Israel; 2013: Lauren Book; 2012: Dr. Porter McRoberts; 2011: Don Taft; 2010:Dr. John M. MacDonald; 2006: Officer Scott Russell; 2005: Paul E. Russell; 2004: Robert I. MacConnell; 2003: Sister John Norton, O.P.; 2002: Ginny Miller; 2001: Linda Gill; 2000: Dr. Harold Reitman; 1999: Judge Melanie May; 1998: Lynda O’Brien; 1997: Mickie Leonard; 1996: David Spellman; 1995: Janet Boyle; 1993: Karen Cook; 1991: Judge Stephen Booher; 1990: Wayne Huizenga
Irish Mother of the Year

2016: Hon. Barbara McCarthy; 2015 : Maureen O'Keefe Donadio; 2014: Debbie Ryan; 2013: Maureen Shea; 2012: Pegy McCormick; 2011: Gail Butler; 2010: Dottie Panza; 2009: Diane Jordan; 2006: Sharyn Townsley; 2005: Fran Payne; 2004: Janet Molochan; 2003: Winifred Amaturo; 2002: Nancy Seiler; 2001: Louise Fogan; 2000: Carol McElyea: 1999: Winifred R. Laney; 1998: Mary H. McCleary; 1997: Mary Taylor; 1996: Pat Bailey; 1995: Ellen Gibbs; 1993: Jean Logan; 1992: Janet Moroney; 1991: Rita Reidy; 1990: Evelyn McMenemy
Loach An Phobal
(Community Hero)


2016: Walter Dix; 2015 : Mark Shotwell; 2014: Sandi Keesling; 2013: Brian Kaplan; 2012 : Harold Morrison; 2011 : Ghalib “Gabe” Carmichael ; 2010 : Biago Balistreri ; 2009 : Brian Donnelly
C.K. “Mac” McElyea Scholarship

2016: Megan O’Connell, Cardinal Gibbons; 2015: Matthew Flanagan, College Academy; 2014: Ryan M. Horland, South Plantation H.S.;Nicole Zackowitz, St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.; 2012:  Tara Kelleher Thomson, American Heritage School; 2011: Michael Keleher, Cardinal Gibbons H.S.; 2010: Monica McNerney, St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.; 2009: Lindsey Janet Leach, Coral Springs H.S.; 2006: Alex Akar, St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.; 2005: Stephanie Hunihan, Deerfield Beach H.S.; 2004: Patricia Brooks; 2003: Jamie Faubert, Charles W. Flanagan H.S.; 2002: Amy Chmely; 2001: Rosario “Russ” A. Columbo, Deerfield Beach H.S.; 2000: Robert Clothier, J.P. Taravella H.S.; 1999: Heather Sorentrue, Nova H.S.; 1998: Carolyn O’Donnell, St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.; 1997: Kieran A. Callsen; 1996: Heather Romish, Cooper City H.S.; 1995: Robyn Lee Fibiger; 1993: Vanessa Cheyney, St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.; 1992: Sean Hanlon, Chaminade-Madonna H.S.; 1991: Michael Carraher; 1990: Kelly Bowdren
Previous Honorees
Upcoming Events
March 12, 2017


66th Annual Emerald Society Breakfast

Sunday, March 12, 2017


9:30 AM


Bahia Mar Beach Resort

801 Seabreeze Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316


We will be honoring the following worthy individuals:


Honorary Irish Person of the Year – To Be Announced


Irish  Person of the Year – To Be Announced


Humanitarian of the Year – To Be Announced


Irish Mother of the Year – To Be Announced


Loach An Phobal (Community Hero) - To Be Announced