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Monday, October 24, 2005

William J Flynn Speaks on N Ireland Peace Process

William J. Flynn William J Flynn Tuesday, October 25, 2005, 7 p.m. Award-Winning Participant in the Peace Process, William J. Flynn, presents a lecture: Northern Ireland Peace Process Sponsored by Honorary Consul of Ireland John B. Kane and Alayne Kane, the UST Center for Irish Studies and The Irish Society Please join us for a special presentation on Tuesday, October 25, 2005, by William J. Flynn on the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Mr. Flynn is a personal friend of University of St. Thomas President Dr. Robert Ivany, and he has received many awards for his work in the Irish Peace Process during the 1990s. Mr. Flynn will give us his perspective on the current peace process in light of the IRA's recent decommissioning (destruction) of arms. Mr. Flynn is the recipient of First Initiative for Peace Award by the private National Committee of American Foreign Policy for his leadership and diplomacy in the Northern Ireland Peace Process in the 1990s. As part of its Irish Celebration in March of 2003, Mr. Flynn was honored by The National Museum of Catholic Art and History for his tireless efforts to bring peace to Ireland. Later that month, he was awarded the John F. Kennedy National Achievement Award by the St. Patrick's Committee of Holyoke, Massachusetts. In making the announcement, the President of the St. Patrick's Committee said, "William Flynn, by far, surpasses any criteria that may be set as a measurement for success in a person's professional or personal life. Mr. Flynn has succeeded in business while demonstrating a continued commitment to human rights issues, not just in Ireland, but around the world." In March of 1994, Mr. Flynn was selected as Irish American of the Year by Irish America Magazine and in May 1994 was honored by the American Ireland Fund. In November 1994, the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland), Albert Reynolds, recognized Mr. Flynn's contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process at a Tribute Dinner in his honor. In November of 1999, Mr. Flynn was selected by Irish America Magazine as one of The Greatest Irish-Americans of the Century. Mr. Flynn was among the honorees at the December 1999 Peace Links Gala in Washington, DC for his help in brokering peace in Ireland. Mr. Flynn is Chairman Emeritus of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company in New York. He also is a Trustee of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. ---- When: 7 p.m. Where: Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center, 4000 Mt. Vernon, University of St. Thomas Free and open to the public No RSVP required Parking available in the Moran Center, West Alabama at Graustark or on the street For more information, contact me at 713-525-3592 or Please join us for this extraordinary opportunity to hear Mr. Flynn! Lori Meghan Gallagher Director, Center for Irish Studies University of St. Thomas 3800 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX 77006 713-525-3592 (direct) 713-525-3866 (fax)
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