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Donegal to honour American philanthropist 22.09.15

US philanthropist Loretta Brennan Glucksman is looking forward to coming to Buncrana this week where she will receive this year痴 Tip O誰eill Diaspora Award.
The award ceremony, in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday evening, will be the centrepiece in a weekend of events marking the life and times of the late Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Tip O誰eill, an illustrious grandson of Inishowen emigrants.
Ms Glucksman, who has worked tirelessly to promote Irish culture and to establish strong ties between America and the island of Ireland, is eager to return to her roots. Her grandfather, David Brennan was originally from the east Inishowen fishing port of Greencastle.
的 haven稚 been up to that part of the world for over two years now; that was for the late Seamus Heaney痴 funeral. I値l only be in the county for three days but I知 looking forward to it and certainly a meeting with the O誰eill Clan.
的 only knew Tip very peripherally, I was working in television at the end of his speakership but I did get to know his family much better as they had become involved in the American Ireland Fund. His daughter Susan runs our Washington gala every year and of course his son Tommy is on our board of directors, she said.
Ms Glucksman was raised in an Irish neighbourhood in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She enjoyed a career in academia and later in the media before moving into her philanthropic endeavours which placed her in such a pivotal position in Irish-American affairs by successfully rallying much-needed support. She has often been described as a steadfast champion of all things Irish and Irish American.
Loretta Brennan Glucksman.
She is very conscious of the need to underpin continuous economic progress here.
的 remember the stories my grandparents used to tell about sending the packages back to Ireland and that was an economic support system in its own way I guess. It certainly has become much more sophisticated in the decades since then."
She paid tribute to the work of John Hume over the years and added she believes he ought to receive more recognition for the crucial role he had played in getting peace to work in Northern Ireland.
Ms Glucksman is also encouraged by the future and aware the world is now a very different place to when her grandparents emigrated
徹ne of the worst casualties of the financial disaster of 2007 was that it did dent the confidence of some people. During the early 2000s we were all told we can do anything we want but no you can稚, it doesn稚 always work out like a fairytale but that doesn稚 mean you shouldn稚 keep trying."
的 think that spirit is definitely still there in the Irish and it will take a lot to shake it out of them - I don稚 know if that痴 even possible but I think there is still a feeling of optimism that I sense when I am in Ireland," she added.
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