9. Mary Robinson was the first female President of Ireland from 1990-1997, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. In May 2005 she was awarded the first "Outspoken" award from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission In July 2009, she was recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, She was born in County Mayo.
8. Irishman, John Philip Holland, designed the USS Holland (SS-1), it was the United States Navy's first modern commissioned submarine. He was born in County Clare.
7. Teenager Annie Moore was the first immigrant to pass through the Ellis Island facility in New York Harbor to the United States in 1892. She arrived from County Cork.
6. C. S. Lewis was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. He was born in Belfast and died with minimal media coverage attributed to it being the same day President Kennedy was assassinated. Most notable work, "The Chronicles of Narnia". Let us not forget Joyce and Yeats also top novelists and poets.
5. Richard Harris, the King of Camelot from one of my favorite Broadway Musicals was born in Limerick, Ireland. Anyone remember MacArthur Park? He sang it., one of his best friends Jimmy Webb wrote it. I met him once when he was performing Camelot in Philadelphia and I have the picture to prove it somewhere in my collection. There was never a better king with the exception of Yul Brynner, The King of Siam. Richard Harris was Professor Dumbledore in Harry Potter, but to me he will always be the King.
4. James Hoban, Irish architect designed the Charleston, South Carolina Courthouse and the White House in Washington D. C. He was born in the County Kilkenny.
3. James Gamble co-founder of Procter and Gamble was born in County Fermanagh. He later emigrated to the United States. Ivory Soap was the first branded product in 1879. Tide was first introduced in 1946. Scan through their products, I wager you have at least 10 of them in your home inventory. I have 19, I find that amazing.
2. Beer was first recorded back in early Egyptian days but Guinness that is pure Irish ingenuity. It all started with 100 pound inheritance and a 9,000 year lease. Cheers to Arthur Guinness born in County Kildare.
1. Commodore John Barry, Father of the United States Navy hails from Wexford, Ireland. I have more pictures of him than just about every statue in the city of Philadelphia. It is an obsession, he calls to me. Every time I am in Old City I take a picture of his statue situated on the south side of Independence Hall. There is no other statue on the property but Commodore Barry. He has stature, prominence, authority and makes an independent statement. I am Big on Barry.
He is buried at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
A few things named in his honor. (list found at wikipedia)
- The US Revenue Cutter Commodore Barry, captured in the War of 1812 off Maine
- Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York. It is the oldest park in the borough. It was renamed for Commodore Barry in 1951, due to its location next to the Brooklyn Navy Yard that Barry helped found.
- Four U.S. Navy ships
- In World War II, the United States liberty ship SS John Barry was named in his honor.
- There is a large portrait of Commodore Barry at the Rhode Island State House in Providence; and Title 16 of the Rhode Island Statutes (§ 16-20-3 - Days of special observance) requires observing September 13th as Commodore John Barry Day.
- John Barry Hall at the United States Merchant Marine Academy
- Commodore Barry Bridge, which crosses the Delaware River from Chester, Pennsylvania to Bridgeport, New Jersey.
- John Barry Hall at Villanova University
- Commodore Barry Club (Philadelphia Irish Center) Emlen St & Carpenter Lane, Mt Airy, Phila Pennsylvania
- Barry Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
- The Commodore Barry Bridge over the Delaware River
- Commodore John Barry Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Commodore John Barry Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
- Commodore John Barry Division of Ancient Order of Hibernians, Annapolis, Maryland
- John Barry Bar, Grand Hyatt Muscat, Muscat, Oman
- September 13, Commodore John Barry Day in New Jersey public schools
- Commodore John Barry Memorial Plaque at Staten Island Borough Hall
- A new plaque with a cannon was dedicated on March 10, 2007 in Port Canaveral.
- A plaque stands in the city of Boston at Boston Common
- A plaque commemorating Barry and his crew of the Alliance for the final naval battle of the American Revolution is located at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- A stone plaque commemorating his grave site is located at Old St. Mary's Church in Philadelphia, PA.
- A 6 ft. bronze statue of Commodore John Barry stands in Franklin Park (on Franklin Square between I and K sts. on 14th st. N.W.) in Washington, D.C.
- A large statue of Barry stands directly in front of the formal entrance to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA.
- A statue of Barry overlooks the Crescent Quay in Wexford town in Ireland. It was a gift to the town from the United States and was delivered by a United States Navy Destroyer USS John R. Pierce (DD-753). The statue was unveiled in 1956, and each year a parade and wreath-laying ceremony takes place at the statue to celebrate "Barry Day", commemorated by the Irish Naval Service and the Minister for Defence.
There are also a memorial of John Barry in Wexford, Ireland.
He is on a U.S. and an Ireland postage stamp.
The first confirmed written record of whiskey comes from Ireland, Annals of Clonmacnois, 1405.
Films: The Quiet Man, In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot, Waking of Ned Devine, The Field, Angela's Ashes, just to name a few.
Erin Go Bragh