Sláinte chugat, Norm!
September 18, 2014 @ 11:00 AM
A big congratulations are in order for Norm, who was inducted as a new member to the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame last weekend!
We are all very proud of his, and the entire Byrne Teams' accomplishments. A huge thank you to Norman & Rosemary for everything they have done, and continue to do for all of us here at Byrne!
"The Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame was created to recognize Irish Americans who have made important contributions in various areas of life in Michigan.
This year's new members will be inducted in Muskegon at a special ceremony on the Dance Stage of the Michigan Irish Music Festival at Heritage Landing at noon on Saturday, Sept. 13.
The Hall of Fame has posthumously named Stan R. Tyler Jr. of Muskegon as its 2014 member in the field of Philanthropy. Tyler was the long-time owner of Tyler Sales Co. Inc., one of Michigan's most successful beverage distributors. He was a major supporter of education and community causes during his lifetime in the Muskegon area. Tyler passed away on Nov. 4, 2001 at the age of 66, but not before he helped launch some of Muskegon's major festivals.
Four others were also selected to the Hall of Fame, which will include Norman R. Byrne, James L. Ryan, Michael Flanagan and Catherine Heinzman.
In the category of Business and Industry, Byrne was selected for his leadership in business and his contribution to his community in West Michigan. The Ada resident founded Electrical Specialists, Inc., in Rockford, and has remained a supporter of business for more than 40 years.
In the area of Public Service, the new member is the Hon. James L. Ryan of Detroit. He is a former justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and retired judge of the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Ryan also served as Military Judge in the U.S. Marine Corps and Naval Reserve for more than 30 years.
In the field of Education, the Hall of Fame will be admitting Flanagan, who is the first Michigan superintendent of education to receive the distinguished service award from the National Association of State Boards of Education. The Lansing resident has been the superintendent of education for the State of Michigan since 2005.
Heinzman was selected in the area of Arts and Entertainment for popularizing Irish dancing in Michigan by instructing three generations of young students. The Detroit resident is a native of Westport in County Mayo, Ireland, and founded the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, one of Michigan's prominent Irish dance schools."