Loretta Brennan Glucksman to receive award for outstanding US-Ireland contribution

  • Release Date: 29/05/2017

  • Kennedy-Lemass medal to be presented by American Chamber of Commerce Ireland
  • Announced on 100th Anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy

Issued Monday 29 May 2017.  Loretta Brennan Glucksman will become the second recipient of the Kennedy-Lemass Medal at a ceremony organised by the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland during its Independence Day Lunch on July 4th in Dublin.  Over 700 people will be present for the Award ceremony.

The Chamber made the announcement of this prestigious award on 29 May, to coincide with the centenary of President Kennedy’s birth. The Kennedy-Lemass medal will  be awarded to Ms Brennan Glucksman by the American Chamber to acknowledge her outstanding contribution to Ireland-US relations.

During her 18 year tenure as Chairperson of the American Ireland Fund, Ms Brennan Glucksman  oversaw contributions of over €300 million in support of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development on the island of Ireland. She continues to serve as the Chairman Emeritus of the fund.

Alongside her late husband Lewis, Ms Brennan Glucksman has been a generous supporters of the University of Limerick for over 20 years, helping to fund many key projects and serves as  Chairman of the University of Limerick Foundation. She has served on numerous boards including IDA Ireland, The National Gallery of Ireland, The National Library, The National Concert Hall, The Abbey Theatre, Trinity College, University College Cork, The Royal College of Surgeons, Smurfit School of Business at the University of Dublin, and Cork Airport Authority.

Speaking about the announcement, Mark Redmond, American Chamber CEO said: “We are delighted to announce that the Board of the American Chamber has chosen Loretta Brennan Glucksman to receive the Kennedy-Lemass medal.” 

“Loretta Brennan Glucksman, is a true friend and a dedicated torch-bearer for Ireland in the US. She has made an extraordinary contribution to the development of the Ireland-US relationship, working hard to strengthen and deepen ties between our two countries. In the spirit of Kennedy and Lemass, she understood that the substance of our economic relationship goes hand in hand with awareness of our shared kinship. We are thankful she has given back so generously to the land of her forebears. She is a truly deserving recipient of this award."
Barry O’Sullivan, American Chamber Vice President said:

“I believe it is particularly appropriate that we honour Loretta Brennan Glucksman in this centenary year of the birth of President John F. Kennedy. We honour her  tireless efforts, dedication and commitment to the cause of US-Ireland relations  and her huge philanthropic efforts. She has been a champion of causes on both sides of the Atlantic and significantly increased awareness and understanding of Irish history and culture.”
Speaking about the Kennedy-Lemass medal, Ms Brennan Glucksman said:

“It has been a privilege through the Ireland Funds’ to harness the power of a global philanthropic network of friends of Ireland to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development across the island of Ireland and among Irish communities around the world.”
About the Kennedy-Lemass Medal

The Kennedy-Lemass Medal honours a US leader of Irish heritage who has helped to strengthen the Irish-US relationship. The Award is named the Kennedy-Lemass Medal in recognition of the visit by President Kennedy to Ireland in June 1963 and the return visit by Taoiseach Lemass to the US in October 1963. These visits symbolized a seismic shift in the US-Ireland relationship and Ireland’s international trading relationships. The recipient is chosen by the Chamber Board and the Medal has received the approval of both the Kennedy and Lemass families.

About Loretta Brennan Glucksman
A third generation Irish-American, Loretta Brennan Glucksman grew up in an Irish community in Pennsylvania. She is a noted philanthropist and, together with her late husband Lewis, has raised millions for Ireland. Earlier in her career, Mrs Glucksman was a producer for news and public affairs with PBS-TV.  She was also a lecturer in English literature at several universities.