Featured Posts

Annual Tip O'Neill Memorial Symposium Announced

February 22, 2018

An annual Tip O'Neill Memorial Symposium was recently announced by Cork City Council and University College Cork.
Plans were revealed at a gathering in the Lord Mayors Chambers which included speakers, Lord Mayor Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, UCC Vice President John O'Halloran, Dr. Aodh Quinlan UCC and Michael O'Neill, relative of Tip O'Neill and of Mallow Development Partnership Heritage Committee.

The inaugural event will take place in February 2019.

 Tip O'Neill interesting FACTS:

 

•    His paternal grandparents were Patrick and Julia O'Neill from Mallow, Co. Cork and his maternal grandparents were James and Eunice Tolan from Buncrana and Inishowen, Co. Donegal

 

•    For 10 years Tip O’Neill was, as Speaker of the American House of Representatives, the 3rd most powerful politician in America, after the President and Vice President. Tip achieved over a long political life very great improvements in the lives of not alone his fellow Irish Americans but also of the least privileged in America generally.

 

•    In 1977 he denounced violence in Northern Ireland and used his influential position as Speaker to play a key and indeed a pivotal role in bringing about peace in Ireland. This resulted in the establishment of the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) which since 1985 has paid out millions of pounds/euro to projects in Northern Ireland and the 6 border counties in the Republic.

 

•    In 1986 Tip and his wife Mildred Anne Miller (Millie) received Irish Citizenship from the President of Ireland Dr. Patrick Hillery on the advice of the Taoiseach Dr. Garret Fitzgerald and his Government. Irish Citizenship is granted to persons who in the opinion of the Government rendered Distinguished Service to the Nation

 

•    In 1987 Mr. O’Neill visited Mallow and was awarded a Civic Reception which was held at Mallow Castle.  In 1985 he was awarded The Freedom of Cork by members of Cork City Corporation. After the death of Tip in 1994, Mallow Town Council unveiled a plaque in his honour in a park at the Spa Mallow and the park has been named The Tip O’Neill Park. Present for the unveiling of the plaque were his daughter Rosemary O’Neill and the US Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith.

 

•    In 1991 President Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom – America’s highest civilian award, which is presented for especial meritorious contributions to the national interests of America and World peace. It was well merited by Tip O’Neill, whose love for Ireland knew no bounds.

 

•    President Bill Clinton is quoted as saying: "Tip O'Neill was the nation's most prominent, powerful and loyal champion of working people... He loved politics and government because he saw that politics and government could make a difference in people's lives. And he loved people most of all."

 

•    Tip O'Neill never wavered in his beliefs that "all politics is local" 

 

 

 Thomas P. O’Neill (1912-1994) Irish American Politician (1926-1987) & Speaker (Leader) of the American House of Representatives (1977-1987).

 

 

 

********************************************************************************************************************************

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please reload

Munster STEM Fair this Sunday in Mallow

October 11, 2019

1/2
Please reload

Recent Posts

September 16, 2019

Please reload

Archive