Christine Kinealy will receive the Ambassador’s Award from the Irish Government, Saint Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke, Mass.

MADISON, N.J.—Saint Patrick’s Day 2013 will be particularly special for Drew University Professor of History Christine Kinealy, who will receive the Ambassador’s Award presented by the Government of Ireland and the Holyoke Saint Patrick’s Committee. As this year’s honoree, Kinealy will lead the world’s third largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which will take place on Sunday, March 17, in Holyoke, Mass. According to an official announcement, she was selected as this year’s winner in recognition of her work to build new and lasting relationships between the U.S. and Ireland.

Kinealy, who has been named to Irish America Magazine’s list of the most influential Irish Americans, is a renowned scholar of the Great Irish Hunger, which—according to the announcement of her award—was a major catalyst in Irish emigration to the United States. She is the acclaimed author of 18 books and 29 articles that explore this and related topics. Previously, she has spoken before members of  U.S. Congress, British Parliament and India’s House of Commons as an expert on Irish history. Since 2007, she has served as a professor of history at Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.

Kinealy will receive her award on Sunday, March 17, at a breakfast in her honor in Holyoke, Mass. Phillip Hogan, Ireland’s minister for the environment, community and local government, will present Kinealy with her prize.

About the Ambassador’s Award

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the Ambassador’s Award, which is administered by the Saint Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke, Inc. and the Irish Ambassador to the United States. The award honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to strengthening relations between the U.S. and Ireland. Winners are selected by the Saint Patrick’s Committee in consultation with representatives of the Government of Ireland and previous award recipients.