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Biographical Sketches of the Dignitaries

Mary Jackman, T.D.



Guest Dignitary, Batt O’Keeffe, T.D.(FF) member of the Irish Parliament, will represent the Republic of Ireland at Emmetsburg during the 1999 St. Patrick’s Celebration on March 12, 13, and 14.

O’Keeffe was born in Cullen, Mallow in 1945 and currently resides in Ballincollig, Co. Cork. He is married to the former Mary Murphy and has one son and three daughters.

O’Keeffe received his education at St. Brendan’s College, Killarney; University College, Cork (BA,HDipED)

He is a Public Representative and Lecturer in Cork Regional Technical College.

Batt O’Keeffe was previously a Dail Deputy 1987-1989; Senator, Labour Panel, 1989-1992; and a candidate in the 1989 general election; Member, Cork County Council since 1985; member, Public Accounts Committee, Finance and General Affairs Committee. Cork Vocational Education Sports Advisory Committee since 1983; Higher Education Committee; Southern Health Board; Member of Enterprise & Small Business.

Member, Gaelic Athletic Association and Cork Handball Board. Vice-chairman, Ballincollig Community Centre Management Committee.

Cork footballer and holder of Munster medals at under-21, junior and senior levels. Cork intermediate Handball Champion, 1980.

Batt O’Keeffe, T.D.(FF)

Paul Connaughton, T.D.

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Guest dignitary, Paul Connaughton, T.D., member of the Irish Parliament, represented the Republic of Ireland at Emmetsburg during the 1998 St. Patrick's Celebration on March 13, 14 and 15.

Connaughton was born in Co. Galway and currently lives in Mount Bellow, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. He is married to the former Bernadette Keating and has two sons and five daughters.

Connaughton received his education at St. Mary's Secondary school, Ballygar, Co. Galway; St. Jarlath's Vocational School, Mount Bellew; Mount Bellew Agricultural College; Athenry Agricultural College; IMI Management Course. He is currently a Public Representative, farmer and former general manager, Tuam Livestock Market.

Connaughton entered politics as a Senator on the Agriculture panel from 1977 to 1981, and was elected to Parliament in 1981. He served as Minister of state at the Department of Agriculture with special responsibility for Land Structure and development. He is currently the Fine Gael spokesperson on Energy and Western Development and Chairman of Political affairs Committee since 1993. He has served as Agriculture, Social Welfare, Regional Development, Defense, and deputy Spokesperson on Tourism.

Guest dignitary, Colm Hilliard, T.D., member of the Irish Parliament represented the Republic of Ireland at Emmetsburg during the St. Patrick's Celebration, March 9, 14, 15 & 16, 1997. Colm Hilliard was born in County Meath in 1936. He married the former Margaret Quinn and they now live in Kilmessan, Navan, County Meath. They have three sons and one daughter. Hilliard attended De La Salle School, Navan, County Meath and Carmelite College Castlemartyr, County Cork. Hilliard is a full time Politician and Public Representative. Formerly livestock marketing manager, auctioneer and accountant with cooperative and private business. Colm Hilliard was first elected to Dail Eireann in February, 1982. He is assistant Chief Whip, Vice Chairperson of the Oireachtas (congress) Joint Services Committee, Associate Member British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body and member Oireachtas Small Business Committee. Member Meath County Council since 1979. Former Chairman of the Joint Services and Liaison Committees, member of Procedures and Privileges Committee, Oireachtas All Party Committee for Public Expenditure. Member of Fianna Fail Party Policy Committees for Social Welfare, Agricultural, Finance, Taxation and Northern Ireland. 1997
Colm Hilliard, T.D.
John Browne,TD
Guest dignitary, John Browne, T.D., member of the Irish Parliament represented the Republic of Ireland at Emmetsburg during the St. Patrick's Celebration, March 10, 15, 16 & 17, 1996. John Browne, was born in County Clare in 1936. He married the former Nancy Looney and they now live in Carlow with their son and three daughters.   Browne attended St. Flannan's College, Ennis, St. Patrick's Teacher Training College, Dublin and Maynooth and University College, Galway. He received a Hi Diploma in Education, a NT, BA as well as diploma in Social and Economics and Science. He taught school a number of years and was the former chairman of North Carlow Branch Irish National Teacher's Organization. Browne entered politics as a nominee of the Prime Minister to the Seanad in 1983 and was elected to parliament in 1989. He is Convenener of Fine Gael (FG) Party, Group Leader of Legislation & Justice & Health (including care of the aged). Browne is a full-time public representative.
Ned O'Keeffe, an official of the Irish Government was in Emmetsburg for St. Patrick's 35th Annual Celebration on March 17, 18 & 19, 1995.  A farmer by occupation, O'Keeffe first became involved in politics when he won a senate seat in the Dail in 1982. O'Keeffe is a member of the Fianna Fail Party and served as spokesman on Industry for five years. Following graduation from University College in Cork, where his studies included social and rural sciences, he became a member of the Cork County Council and served on the Northern and Library committees. He is associated with many agriculture related programs in connection with his farming operation and is a member of the Gaelic Athletic Association. O'Keeffe is married to the former Ann Buckley and the couple have three sons and two daughters.  Mr. O'Keeffe's wife, Ann, accompanied her husband to the states.

Ned O'Keefe, TD (FF)

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