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MIC Alumnus Named in Irish Top 40 under 40

Edward Kelleher, MIC graduate, was recently nominated to the Irish Echo’s annual Irish Top 40 under 40 Awards, a celebration of Irish and Irish Americans who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of work in the Unites States before reaching the age of 40.

A native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Edward graduated from Mary Immaculate College in 2004 with a BA in Gaeilge and History and again in 2007 with a Masters in Gaeilge. He also spent some time with Roinn na Gaeilge, MIC, as a tutor. In 2007 he received a Fulbright scholarship to teach Gaeilge at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota. Returning to Ireland he worked for Blackrock College in Dublin teaching Irish and History from 2008-2011 before graduating from DCU with a Graduate Diploma in Education in 2011.

Currently Edward is a Visiting Instructor at the University of St. Thomas in Houston Texas where he teaches Irish language and Irish literature for the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies at UST. He is an active member of the Irish community in Houston where he is the founder and current president of Irish Network (IN) Houston.  IN Houston is a professional networking organisation that aims to strengthen business ties between Texas, the US, and Ireland. It is because of his work with this organisation that he was named in the prestigious Irish Top 40 under 40 Awards.

Speaking on his nomination Edward said; “I am extremely proud to be an honoree this year and to accept the award on behalf of the Irish community in Houston. It is recognition of the work we are doing to build a sense of community amongst the Irish in Texas, and also of the efforts to highlight and promote opportunities that exist in Texas for Irish businesses, institutes of education, and recent graduates”.

Offering his congratulations Prof. Michael A Hayes, President of MIC said; “It is always a great honour to see MIC graduates excel both in their personal and professional life and so on behalf of the College community I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to Edward on this worthy achievement.  Through your work with the Irish Network Houston you are making a difference and strengthening your impact on the world around you.”

Edward, who has very fond memories of his time spent at Mary Immaculate College, is currently completing a second masters in Higher Education Administration at the University of Houston.

 

  Photo compliments of UST Houston

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