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While much of the U.S. celebrated July 4th with a backyard barbecue, across the pond there was a celebration of a different sort — the Irish America Hall of Fame Induction on Irish America Day in New Ross, Co Wexford in Ireland. Concannon Vineyard Founder James Concannon was graced with this significant honor.
Concannon was named to the Irish America Hall of Fame, joining the company of other notables, including: former President John F. Kennedy; musician William Clancy of the Clancy Bros.; Civil War Hero Brigadier-General Thomas Francis Meagher; and “Father of the American Navy,” Commodore John Barry.
“My family and I are both proud and humbled that my Great-Grandfather, James Concannon, has been given such a prestigious award,” said Fourth Generation Vintner John Concannon. “To be named among such great company in the Irish America Hall of Fame is truly an honor.”
James Concannon, originally of the Aran Islands, established Concannon Vineyard in 1883. Among Concannon Vineyard’s many firsts, it is the first successful winery to be founded by an Irish immigrant. Today, Concannon Vineyard continues to be a pioneer in the wine industry while preserving its rich history.
This is the second award that has been given to Concannon Family members by Irish America. In 2011, both Third and Fourth Generation Vintners, Jim Concannon and his son John, were named among Irish America’s Business 100 Honorees, as Top Irish-American Business Leaders.