Producer and Writer, Turlough McConnell, Named Ambassador Award Recipient for the 66th Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade

The St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke has announced that the 26th recipient of the Ambassador’s Award is Turlough McConnell, President and CEO of Turlough McConnell Communications, and a producer of live events, multi-media products and documentary films of interest to Irish America.

The Ambassador Award is presented to a person or organization that has worked to promote the relationship between the people of the Republic of Ireland and the people of the United States.

With over two decades of experience, Turlough’s body of work includes exhibitions such as 1916-2016: Proclaiming the American Story at the Consulate of Ireland in New York with Archbishop John J. Hughes and the building of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral; multi-media products and documentary films, including The Brian P. Burns Collection of Irish Paintings: Portrait of a People; and live events like the theatrical presentation of How the Nuns of New York Tamed the Gangs of New York at the Sheen Center in Manhattan. He also acts as Special Advisor for the Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.

In his role as Contributing Director of Special Features for Irish America Magazine, Turlough produces special supplements, overseeing content, design and all aspects of production. Recent subjects have included the John J. Burns Library at Boston College and Titanic Belfast. For Quinnipiac University, he co-published the book, Celebrating 250 Years of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Kateri Walsh, Chair of the Ambassador’s Award Selection Committee said, “Our 2017 Ambassador Award recipient truly embodies the spirit of our prestigious award, presented by The Republic of Ireland to an individual who strengthens the ties between United States and Ireland. Through his two decade experience as a creative executive in the Irish-American market, producing live events of interest to Irish American, he is most-worthy of this award.”

“Our Committee is committed to promoting our Irish heritage and strong, positive relations with the Republic of Ireland. Each year since 1992, we select an individual whose life work exemplifies these values. We are honored that our award is recognized by the Consul General’s office and by the presence of Fionnuala Quinlan when we announced our highly deserving 2017 recipient” said Michael Moriarty, 2017 Parade President.

Turlough McConnell will be honored at the Ambassador’s Breakfast the morning of the Parade on Sunday, March 19. To purchase tickets, please contact Brynn Feyre at

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