Nation's Top Irish-American Business Leaders Honored at Ninth Annual 'Wall Street 50' Awards Ceremony

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) Addresses Honorees and Guests at Event Co-Hosted

by Irish America and Financial Dynamics

Jul 25, 2006, 01:00 ET from Financial Dynamics

    NEW YORK, July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifty of the nation's top
 Irish-American business leaders were honored last evening at the
 prestigious "Wall Street 50" awards, co-hosted by Irish America magazine
 and business communications firm Financial Dynamics. Senator John McCain
 was the special guest speaker for the evening and spoke of his support for
 the Wall Street business community and Irish America, while John Duffy,
 Chairman and CEO, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, gave the keynote address and
 received the first Hall of Fame Award for his distinguished professional
 career and stewardship of the company during and since the events of
 September 11, 2001.
     Commenting on Irish America's impact on the business community, Senator
 John McCain said, "As they do with most things in life, the Irish in
 America conduct business on Wall Street with great passion, energy and
 innovation. It is not surprising that Irish Americans have attained the
 highest levels of success in the financial world, and in doing so these men
 and women have contributed greatly to the fabric of our country and our
 economy. I am honored to have spent time with such talented business
 leaders and I look forward to celebrating their future endeavors."
     Now in its ninth year, the Wall Street 50 honors Irish business leaders
 who are selected for their outstanding achievements, business success,
 community accomplishments and commitment to their Irish heritage. This
 year's award recipients were joined by business leaders, family and honored
 guests at the event, which was presided over by CNBC Television anchor Bob
 O'Brien as master of ceremonies at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.
     Patricia Harty, Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of Irish America, said,
 "The history of the Irish in America is one of triumph over tragedy and
 nowhere is this more evident than on Wall Street. As the fifth anniversary
 of 9/11 approaches, we are mindful of those we lost as we honor the men and
 women of our Wall Street 50 who had the strength and determination to carry
 on and rebuild."
     Irish America Founding Publisher Niall O'Dowd commented, "The Wall
 Street 50 is an extraordinary event which highlights the leading Irish
 Americans on Wall Street. In its nine years it has blazed a trail in
 identifying those to whom heritage and business success go hand in hand.
 This year we are especially delighted that Senator John McCain joined us at
 our event. We also welcome the continued participation of Financial
 Dynamics as our co-host of the evening."
     Declan Kelly, CEO of Financial Dynamics-US, said, "We are pleased to
 join together again with Irish America to recognize the remarkable
 achievements of this year's outstanding business leaders. The prominence of
 these individuals is a testament to the profound impact Irish Americans
 continue to make in the world of global finance, and we are proud to honor
     The Wall Street 50 coincides with the release of the August/September
 issue of Irish America magazine, available now, which features a cover
 story interview with Senator McCain, an extensive article about John Duffy,
 as well as detailed profiles on each of the honorees. The ongoing success
 of the awards is made possible through the support of Mutual of America,
 1-800-Flowers, PR Newswire, The American Ireland Funds, The Merrion Hotel,
 Tourism Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Carter Ledyard & Milburn
 LLP and Waterford Crystal who presented specially-selected commemoration
 pieces to this year's honorees.
     About Irish America Magazine - Irish America is the leading national
 glossy publication of Irish interest in North America. Since its inception
 in October 1985, Irish America magazine has become a powerful vehicle for
 expression on a range of political, economic, social and cultural themes
 that are of paramount importance to the Irish in the United States. It has
 helped re-establish the Irish ethnic identity in the U.S. (40 million
 according to the last U.S. census) and highlighted the best political and
 business leaders, organizations, artists, writers and community figures
 among the Irish in America.
     About FD - FD is a leading business communications and consulting firm
 with a 20 year history advising global brands on all facets of their
 communication strategies. FD is structured around four key offerings that
 include corporate communications, investor relations, public affairs and
 business consulting. Co-headquartered in London and New York, FD provides
 seamless cross-border service through a network of offices across Europe,
 North America, Asia and the Middle East. The firm is structured around
 specialist sector teams operating on an international basis and is
 management owned in partnership with private equity firm Advent
 International. For more information, visit

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