Top 25 Irish Americans: CTL's Joanie Madden

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Wednesday June 13, 2012

From The Irish Voice

The Top 25 Who Made a Difference in 25 Years
Irish Voice publisher Niall O’Dowd looks at some of the notables who have done their part to ensure that the Irish American community thrives

Since the Irish Voice was founded in 1987 there have been some constant themes in Irish America – the continuing problems of immigration, the Irish American role in the Irish peace process, business success and philanthropy and the extraordinary Irish contribution to American culture and the arts.

Our list of the Top 25 reflects those themes as well as some others. It is a purely subjective list, not listed in any particular order. All 25 have contributed mightily to the health of our community as we face into the next 25 years.

She’s one of the greatest musicians and personalities in the history of Irish music in America and is the founder of the popular group Cherish The Ladies. Born in New York of Irish parents, she became the first American to win the Senior All-Ireland Championship on the tin whistle. She has since then gained many other awards, including being the youngest member over inducted into the Irish-American Musicians Hall of Fame and the recipient of the Wild Geese Award.