Both men will show up to be inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame at a luncheon at the Metropolitan Club in New York, 1 E 60th St, on Wednesday, March 12.
For one day their rivalry will be put aside as both men earn their places in the Hall of Fame for their achievements
Also there will be hero cop Stephen MacDonald who will be inducted by police commissioner William Bratton.
Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, a possible White House contender in 2016 will also be inaugurated.
The full class of 2014 are Christine Kinealy, the renowned authority on Ireland’s Great Hunger; Patrick Ryan, philanthropist and founder of Aon, the worldwide insurance giant; Andrew McKenna, businessman and Chicago civic leader; Brian Stack, managing director of CIE Tours International, who has led the way in promoting tourism to Ireland; Governor O’Malley, the top-rated Irish politician in the U.S., Chris Matthews, whose TV show, Hardball, airs on MSNBC and is the leading political commentary show on television, and Bill O’Reilly, the outspoken host of the syndicated O’Reilly Factor, America’s most watched broadcaster.
The McDonald family will be the first family to be inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame.
“We are in this together, as a family,” Steven said, speaking on the phone to Irish America,” on the upcoming induction.
Officer Steven McDonald was shot on July 12, 1986 when questioning a 15-year old about possible bicycle thefts. The shooting left him a quadriplegic. But with the help of family and friends, notably his wife Patti, who was pregnant with their son Conor at the time, the family has turned tragedy into inspiration. Steven went on to become a noted public speaker and a proponent of conflict resolution. Patti is now the mayor of Malverne on Long Island, and his son, Conor joined the NYPD in 2010.
“Our Irish America Hall of Fame motto is ‘Cuimhnígí
The Irish America Hall of Fame celebrates its honorees’ diverse and significant contributions to American and Irish society, and their personal commitment to safeguarding their Irish heritage. The hall is housed at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience in New Ross, Co. Wexford, the ancestral town of John F. Kennedy.
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