Ireland’s legendary film star, Maureen O’Hara will be formally inducted into the ‘Irish America Hall of Fame’ at 2.00pm on Friday 29th July, 2011 at the Dunbrody visitor’s centre, New Ross, Co. Wexford.
The Irish America Hall of Fame is centre piece of a new visitor centre which has been developed in collaboration with publishers Niall O’Dowd and Patricia Harty of Irish America Magazine. The exhibition celebrates the lives, works and achievements of noted Irish individuals such as, President John F Kennedy and the Kennedys, Henry Ford, Donald Keough and President Clinton.
Commenting on the forthcoming ceremony Patricia Harty said, “We in Irish America are delighted to have a permanent physical home for our Hall of Fame in Dunbrody’s magnificent new Irish Emigration History Centre in New Ross Co Wexford. And we are particularly pleased to be welcoming Maureen O Hara into the new Exhibit where we will honour the life and achievements of one of Irish America’s most iconic figures.”
The Dunbrody visitor centre is a brand new building of €2.6 million, €1.88m of which was provided under the National Development Plan, administered by Failte Ireland on behalf of the Department of Tourism. This new world class interactive immigration experience is cleverly integrated with the Dunbrody Famine Ship experience. This new purpose built visitor centre which was official opened on 8th July 2011 allows visitors to travel on an historical thought provoking one way sea going journey in famine times. The experience begins Quayside with the authentic recreation of the New Ross of the 1840s. Here the passenger joins fellow travellers paying for their journey, while these fellow emigrants tell of their life stories and their hopes for a new life in America. The tour culminates in the upstairs Irish America hall of Fame.