A 31 year-old Clonmelman has been nominated for an Irish Top 40 under 40 Award in the United States.
Edward Kelleher is an active member of the Irish community in Houston, Texas, where he is the founder and current president of Irish Network (IN) Houston.
IN Houston is a professional networking organisation that aims to strengthen business ties between Texas, the United States and Ireland. His work with this organisation has earned him one of the prestigious awards, which are a celebration of Irish and Irish Americans who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of work in the Unites States before reaching the age of 40.
They are presented annually by the Manhattan-based weekly newspaper The Irish Echo.
Describing himself as “a proud Old Bridge man”, Edward is originally from St. Pius Terrace. He is the son of Kathleen and Derek Kelleher and has one sister, Alison. He attended primary school at Ss Peter and Paul’s and secondary at Clonmel High School.
He graduated from Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College in 2004 with a BA in Irish and History and again in 2007 with a Masters in Irish. He also spent some time with the college’s Roinn na Gaeilge as a tutor.
In 2007 he received a Fulbright scholarship to teach Irish at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Returning to Ireland he worked for Blackrock College in Dublin, teaching Irish and History from 2008-2011 before graduating from DCU with a Graduate Diploma in Education in 2011.
He is currently a Visiting Instructor at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where he teaches Irish language and Irish literature for the William J. Flynn Centre for Irish Studies.
He is also completing a second masters in Higher Education Administration at the University of Houston.
Edward is married to Lauren, who is from Dayton, Ohio. He says “a good Clonmel contingent” travelled to Dayton for the couple’s wedding last July.
“I am extremely proud to be an honoree this year and to accept the award on behalf of the Irish community in Houston”, he says.
“It is recognition of the work we are doing to build a sense of community amongst the Irish in Texas, and also of the efforts to highlight and promote opportunities that exist in Texas for Irish businesses, institutes of education and recent graduates”.
He has been congratulated on winning his award by Professor Michael A. Hayes, president of Mary Immaculate College, who praised him for making a difference and strengthening his impact on the world around him.