The Dinner Speakers
Our Speakers In Past Years At Our Dinners Have Been…
1955 Honorable Thomas J. Brogan, Former President of the Friendly
Sons of Patrick, in New York City; The Very Reverend William A.
Donaghy, S.J. President, Holy Cross College.
1956 Rev. Eugene M. Burke, C.S.P., Washington, D.C., and Honorable
Owen J. McGivern, Justice of the Supreme Court.
1957 Most Reverend James H. Griffiths, Titular Bishop of Gaza, and
Auxiliary Bishop of New York; and Honorable John P. Drewen, County
Court Judge Hudson County.
1958 Rev. Robert I. Gannon, S.J., and Honorable Joseph S. O’Mahoney,
United States Senator from Wyoming.
1959 His Excellency, The Most Rev. John Michael Fearns, D.D., Titular
Bishop of Geras, and Auxiliary Bishop of New York; and Honorable
Frederick H Boland, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United
1960 His Excellency, The Most Reverend James E. Kearney, D D., Bishop
of Rochester; and Honorable Kenneth B. Keating, United States Senator.
1961 Honorable Malcolm Wilson, Lt. Governor of the State of New
York, and His Excellency, The Most Reverend John J. Wright, S.T..D.,
The Bishop Pittsburgh.
1962 His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Spellman, D.D., Archbishop of
New York and Martin B. McKneally, Past National Commander of the
1963 Colonel William J. Clasby, Chaplain, United States Air Force,
Hon. Owen McGivern, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of
New York and Appellate Division, First Department, New York.
1964 Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Patrick Carroll-Abbing, President, Boys
Town of Italy Inc.; Hon. Richard Milhous Nixon, Vice-President of
the United States of America, 1953-1961 and Republican Candidate
for President, 1960.
1965 Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Moore, Catholic Chaplain, United States
Military Academy, West Point, New York; and Hon. Eugene J. McCarthy,
United States Senator from Minnesota.
1966 Rev. Joseph E. Manton, Redemptorist Fathers, Boston, Mass.,
and Hon. Robert F. Wagner, Mayor of the City of New York.
1967 Hon. Owen McGivern, Justice of the Supreme Court, State of
New York and Appellate Division, First Department, New York, the
Right Reverend Joseph P. O’Brien, S.T.D., Chancellor of Archdiocese
of New York.
1968 Hon. John H. Hughes, N.Y.S. Senate, 45th S.D.; William Hughes
Mulligan, Dean, Fordham University, School of Law, Terence J. Cooke,
D.D Auxiliary Bishop of New York.
1969 Most. Rev. Edwin B. Broderick, Ph.D., Auxiliary Bishop; Hon.
Victor S. Kilkenny, Appellate Division, Superior Court, State of
1970 Hon. Dermot Dunleavy—District Judge, Dublin, Ireland;
Most. Rev. John M. Fearns, D.D.—Auxiliary Bishop.
1971 The Honorable John D.J. Moore, United States Ambassador to
Ireland; Sister Eleanor Quinn, Sisters of St. Joseph.
1972 Noel Peart, Dublin, Ireland, Lawyer and Historian: Jack McCarthy,
1973 The Honorable James L. Buckley, United States Senator: His
Excellency Anthony F. Mestice, Auxiliary Bishop of New York.
1974 The Honorable Malcolm Wilson, Governor of the State of New
1975 Joseph T.P. Sullivan, Chairman, Board of Trustees, American
Irish Historical Society.
1976 His Eminence Terence Cardinal Cooke, Archbishop of New York;
Honorable William Hughes Mulligan, U.S. Court of Appeals.
1977 Hal Roach-International Irish Comedian.
1978 Dan Devine-Coach, University of Notre Dame.
1979 His Excellency Sean Donlon, Ambassador of Ireland to the United
1980 Joseph M. McLaughlin, Dean, Fordham University, School of Law.
1981 Rev. Brother John G. Driscoll, C.F.C., President Iona College.
1982 Rev. Eugene J. O’Brien, S.J., Assistant to the President,
Jesuit Secondary Education
1983 Gerald L. Coffee, Captain, United States Navy.
1984 Raymond P. O’Keefe, Professor of Law, Biscayne University,
School of Law.
1985 The Most Reverend John J. O’Connor, Archbishop of New
1986 The Honorable William Hughes Mulligan, Member of the firm of
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
1987 The Honorable Thomas Joseph Meskill, United States Circuit
Judge, Second Circuit.
1988 Reverend Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., President, Fordham University.
1989 Reverend Brother John G. Driscoll, C.F.C., President, Iona
1990 Jack McGowan, President, Berry Bros. & Rudd Ltd.
1991 Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, President, Manhattan College.
1992 Rev. Charles J. Beirne, S.J., Vice Rector for Academics, Universidad
1993 Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., President, The College of the Holy
1994 James F. Gill, Esq., Managing Partner, Robinson, Silverman,
Pearce, Aronsohn & Berman.
1995 The Honorable Dan Quayle, Forty-Fourth Vice President of the
1996 The Honorable Brendan T. Byrne, former Governor, State of New
Jersey and Senior Partner in the firm of Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan,
Cecchi, Sterwart and Olstein.
1997 The Honorable Robert P. Casey, former Governor, State of Pennsylvania
and Chairman, Campaign for the American Family.
1998 Alfred E. Smith, IV, President, Hunter Specialists, LLC.
1999 The Honorable Frank Keating, Governor; State of Oklahoma.
2000 The Most Reverend Brendan Comiskey, Bishop, County of Ferns,
2001 Reverend Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., President, Fordham University
2002 William M. Bulger, President, The University of Massachusetts
2003 Reverend Msgr. Thomas J. Hartman, The “God Squad”
2004 Alfred E. Smith, IV, President, Hunter Specialists, LLC.
2005 The Hon. Raymond L. Flynn, National President of Catholic Citizenship,
Former United States Ambassador to the Vatican, Former Mayor of
2006 The Hon. Louis J. Freeh, Former FBI Director, U.S. Department
of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
2007 Vice Admiral John R. Ryan, Chancellor, State University of
2008 Rev. Stephen P. Morton, President, John F. Kennedy Catholic
2009 Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., President, Villanova University
2010 His Excellency Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
2011 Reverend Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President, Fordham University
2012 James B. Comey, Esq., General Counsel, Bridgewater Associates;
Former Deputy Attorney General
2013 Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., President, Manhattan College
2014 The Honorable Christopher Henry Smith, United States
House of Representatives
2015 Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. President &
CEO, Superbowl XLVIII (2014), Past President, American Express Company