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On March 15, Irish America held its eighth annual Irish America Hall of Fame Awards luncheon in Manhattan, recognizing the diverse and critical work of Irish and Irish American leaders in the United States.

Irish America magazine inducted five new members to its Hall of Fame March 15 – Nobel laureate Dr. William C. Campbell, Northwell Health CEO and 2017 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal Michael Dowling, Hour Children founder Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, LIUNA general president Terry O’Sullivan, and Duke University athletic director Kevin White. Nobel laureate Dr. James Watson received Irish America’s Spirit of Ireland Award.

Each inductee was presented with a beautiful piece of Waterford Crystal to commemorate the occasion.


The 2017 Irish America Hall of Fame inductees (left to right) Duke athletic director Kevin White, Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling, Hour Children founder Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, and LIUNA general president Terry O'Sullivan with their House of Waterford Crystal Hall of Fame awards. White, Dowling, and O'Sullivan are holding the Killarney  bowl; Fitzgerald holds the Castle  bowl. (Photo: Nuala Purcell)

The Three FAI International Football Awards took place in RTE Studios on Sunday March 19th with 21 Waterford Crystal Awards presented. The ceremony celebrated all aspects of Irish football from the past twelve months, with players from the FAI Football For All programme right up to the senior men's team honoured.

Robbie Brady was a big winner on the night, scooping the Senior International Player of the Year, Young International Player of the Year, and 'Three' International Goal of the Year - the first time that one player has picked up three awards at the ceremony.

The full list of winners: 2016 'Three' FAI International Football Awards

Senior International Player of the Year: Robbie Brady Senior

Women's International Player of the Year: Karen Duggan

Young International Player of the Year: Robbie Brady 'Three' International Goal of the Year: Robbie Brady v Italy

Under 21 International Player of the Year: Callum O'Dowda

Under 19 International Player of the Year: George Poynton

Under 19 Women's International Player of the Year: Roma McLaughlin

Under 17 International Player of the Year: Declan Rice Under

17 Women's International Player of the Year: Saoirse Noonan

Under 16 International Player of the Year: Jordan Doherty

Under 16 Women's International Player of the Year: Tyler Toland

Under 15 International Player of the Year: Callum Thompson

Junior International Player of the Year: Stephen Kelly (Newmarket Celtic)

Intermediate Player of the Year: Mark Horgan (Avondale United) Football For All

International Player of the Year: Paul McMahon (Football For All Under 19 Squad)

FAI School's International Player of the Year: Conor McCarthy (Scoil Mhuire ages Smal, Blarney)

FAI Colleges & Universities Player of the Year: Paul Rooney (Maynooth University)

SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year: Daryl Horgan (Dundalk)

Hall of Fame: Robbie Keane

Special Merit: Dundalk FC

International Personality: John Hartson



Congratulations to Stuart Bingham who beat Judd Trump 9-8 in a thrilling Coral Welsh Open final. Waterford Crystal, one of the leading world brands in premium crystal,was selected by the WPBSA to produce new trophies for the new World Snooker Home Nations series.

With 200 years of heritage, tradition and exquisite craftsmanship, Waterford Crystal already have a strong association with snooker. In 2004 they were responsible for the production of the unmistakable perpetual trophy for the Masters and more recently were entrusted with the design and production of the crystal presented at the Paul Hunter Classic.

The Home Nations series is new for the 2016/17 season, compromising the English Open, Northern Ireland Open, Scottish Open and Welsh Open tournaments. A new perpetual trophy has been commissioned for each tournament, with each to be named after a snooker legend hailing from that particular country.

This unique piece, the Ray Reardon Trophy was designed by Waterford Crystal designer Billy Briggs, features the Dragon on its front representing the symbol of Wales and also features the logo of the WPBSA.


Ireland’s tourism industry was celebrated at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards, where winners in 14 categories won awards for excellence and innovation. Minister for Tourism Shane Ross TD presented the Waterford Crystal trophies to winners at a gala event in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road in Dublin.

The Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC), the umbrella group for the tourism industry in Ireland, organises the awards in conjunction with Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. Over 550 people from the industry were in attendance. Designed with the intention of rewarding innovation and excellence in tourism, 14 worthy winners were ultimately selected from approximately 250 entries.

Award winners included Westport House for Best Leisure Tourism Innovation, Dublin Airport for Best International Access Initiative, and the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre for Best Cultural Experience.

There was also a Special Recognition Award from the Irish tourism industry for the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, which the adjudicating panel felt shone a positive spotlight on Ireland to a global audience.

Pictured: Maurice Pratt presents John Concannon with the special award for 2016 Commemoration events with David McCoy, House of Waterford Crystal

Anthony Hamilton wins his first ranking title after 26 years as a professional and lifted his first ever trophy created at the House of Waterford Crystal. Hamilton defeated Ali Carter 9-6 in the final of the German Masters. The German Masters is a world ranking snooker tournament and was held at the Tempodrom in Berlin from February 1st – 5th. It was the twelfth ranking event of the 2016/2017 season.


“My Mum and Dad were here for the first time, I just wanted them to see me play here once before I retire because it’s one of the best venues we’ve got. And how lucky that I ended up winning the tournament", said Hamilton.


Snooker’s popularity in Germany has grown massively since the sport was first televised by Eurosport in 2003, and this tournament has been described as the ‘Woodstock of Snooker’ – drawing fans from all over the country to see the best players in the world. The 2,500 seater venue is described by many players as the best on the circuit, and generates an incredible atmosphere.


All of snooker’s top players love competing for this title, with former winners including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ding Junhui, Mark Williams, Mark Selby and 2016 champion Martin Gould.

Waterford’s Thomas Barr is the Beat South East Sports Star of the Year 2016. He won the accolade at the annual award ceremony which recognises achievement by sportspeople and teams from the South East region. Thomas was presented with the Waterford Crystal trophy to commemorate this acheivement.


The highlight of his year was his performance at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, where he finished fourth in the 400m hurdles. The Sports Star award was staged at Mount Wolseley Hotel Spa & Golf Resort in Tullow on February 4th. Winners in other categories included the Kilkenny All-Ireland Senior & Intermediate Camogie teams, Kung-fu Champion Dale White, the Wexford-Youths Womens Soccer team & Hartlepool striker Padraig Amond. Congratulations to all!


The World Snooker Masters, sponsored by Dafabet is snooker’s most prestigious invitational event since 1975. It is regarded as one of the Triple Crown events, and is second longest tournament behind the World Championship.

Snooker’s second Triple Crown event began on 15th January and concluded on 22nd and has been staged at the iconic London’s Alexandra Palace in North London since 2012. The top 16 elite snooker players from around the world compete at this major event.

Ronnie O’Sullivan clinched the seventh Masters title by defeating Joe Perry. O’Sullivan fought back from 4-1 down, won seven in a row to go 8-4 ahead, and then held off a late fightback from Joe Perry to win it 10-7. This win means that Ronnie O’Sullivan has surpassed Stephen Hendry’s record of six Masters Titles.

In 2004, the WPBS Association commissioned House of Waterford Crystal to design and manufacture a bespoke trophy for Snooker’s invitational event. The trophy was named after Paul Hunter in 2017. Hunter died from cancer at the age of 27 in 2006 and World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn announced last year that the Masters trophy would be renamed after the three-time winner. O'Sullivan dedicated his record-breaking win to the late Paul Hunter. Hunter was a popular player on the circuit and was praised for his community work and for bringing more focus to the sport - and O'Sullivan was honoured to be the first recipient of the newly named trophy.

The Waterford Crystal team recreated the concept of a ‘nest of 15 snooker balls in a triangle, in an upright position’. The finished trophy measures 12 inch in height and is resting on a 2 inch wooden plinths and weighs 9kg.The piece is sculpted from a solid block of highly polished leaded crystal. The completed trophy captures the beautiful elegance, sparkle and flawless finish, a hallmark of all Waterford Crystal pieces.



Now in its 43rd year, the People’s Choice Awards is the only major awards show voted on entirely by the public for fan favorites in movies, music and television. The People's Choice Awards honouring the best in popular culture for 2016, was held January 18th, 2017 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

The ceremony was hosted by Joel McHale and was broadcast live on CBS. The show has been held annually since 1975 and is voted on by the general public.

Waterford Crystal is the official designer of the People's Choice Awards trophies. The winners received a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted Waterford Crystal trophy in celebration of their achievements. Each Waterford Crystal People’s Choice trophy is hand-cut by Waterford artisans at the House of Waterford Crystal in Ireland, to create a sparkling crystal masterpiece.


Weighing 10 pounds and measuring 14 inches high, the award features small upright cuts on the base, which create the light refraction that Waterford is best known for. The large center wedge cuts on both sides of the top part of the award are exceptionally deep, showing the extreme thickness and clarity of the crystal. The award is modern is design, but steeped in Waterford Crystal heritage and craftsmanship.


The Hollywood Reporter  captures all the highlights from this great night



Winners 2017 People's Choice Awards:

Favorite Movie Icon: Johnny Depp

Favorite Movie Actor: Ryan Reynolds

Favorite Movie Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite Action Movie: Deadpool

Favorite Action Movie Actress: Margot Robbie

Favorite Dramatic Movie: Me Before You

Favorite Comedic Movie: Bad Moms

Favorite Movie: Finding Dory

Favorite Network TV Comedy: The Big Bang Theory

Favorite Comedy TV Actress: Sofia Vergara

Favorite Thriller Movie: The Girl on the Train

Favorite TV Show: Outlander Favorite

New TV Comedy: Man With a Plan Favorite

New TV Drama: This Is Us

Favorite Group: Fifth Harmony

Favorite Action Movie Actor: Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Actor in a New TV Series: Matt LeBlanc

Favorite Actress in a New TV Series: Kristen Bell

Favorite Competition TV Show: The Voice

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: G-Easy

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress: Priyanka Chopra

Favorite Premium Series Actress: Sarah Jessica Parker

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Melissa McCarthy

Favorite Cable TV Comedy: Baby Daddy

Favorite Animated Movie Voice: Ellen DeGeneres, Finding Dory

Favorite Daytime TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite Comedic TV Actor: Jim Parsons Favorite

Dramatic TV Actor: Justin Chambers

Favorite Breakout Artist: Niall Horan

Favorite Cable TV Drama: Bates Motel

Favorite Cable TV Actor: Freddie Highmore

Favorite Cable TV Actress: Vera Fermiga

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actor: Sam Heughan

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress: Caitriona Balfe

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host: Jimmy Fallon

Favorite Female Artist: Britney Spears

Favorite Female Country Artist: Carrie Underwood

Favorite Country Group: Little Big Town

Favorite R&B Artist: Rihanna

Favorite Pop Artist: Britney Spears

Favorite Social Media Celebrity: Britney Spears

Favorite Animated TV Show: The Simpsons Favorite

Daytime TV Hosting Team: Good Morning America

Favorite Premium Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Outlander

Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: Supernatural

Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: The Walking Dead

Favorite Comedic Collaboration: Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres' Mall Mischief

Favorite Social Media Star: Cameron Dallas

Favorite Premium Drama Series: Orange Is the New Black

Favorite TV Crime Drama Actor: Mark Harmon

Favorite TV Crime Drama: Criminal Minds

Favorite Network TV Drama: Grey's Anatomy

Favorite YouTube Star: Lilly Singh

Favorite Premium Comedy Series: Fuller House

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: Tom Hanks

Favorite Male Country Artist: Blake Shelton

Favorite Album: Blake Shelton, If I'm Honest

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress: Blake Lively

Favorite Premium Series Actor: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Favorite Male Artist: Justin Timberlake

Favorite Song: Justin Timberlake, "Can't Stop the Feeling"

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Kevin Hart

Favorite TV Crime Drama Actress: Jennifer Lopez

Favorite Humanitarian: Tyler Perry