- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2014

TV media rivals Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews were both inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame Wednesday night for their “significant contributions to American and Irish society.”

Irish Central reported the men as being “gracious, intelligent and witty in their acceptance speeches,” though Mr. Matthews did razz his Fox News counterpart for leaving the event before it was his turn to accept.

“Well, I’m sorry to see Bill left,” the MSNBC host said during his speech at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. “It was refreshing after the Oscars and all of those stars with their false modesty. None of that for Bill! But it’s good to know you really can make money out of just being yourself.”

He also talked about his family’s cultural tapestry and how his work covering the Peace Process in Northern Ireland remains one of the most meaningful points in his career, Irish Central reported.

Mr. O’Reilly talked about Irish pride and how he owes his success to his heritage.

“The reason I’m famous is because I’m Irish,” he said. “Both sides were Irish in my family — I’m a thoroughbred — and what I inherited from my Irish roots was passion.”

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was also among the eight inductees Wednesday night.



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