Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly selected Deer Park resident William “Bill” Corrigan as the District 17 Irish American of Distinction for 2023 and honored him by presenting him with a special proclamation during the monthly meeting of the Saint Patrick's Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), of which Mr. Corrigan is a member, in Babylon on May 1.
Born in 1957 in Westbury, New York, Mr. Corrigan is the son of a mother whose grandparents and a father whose great-grandparents all emigrated from Ireland. He later settled with his wife in Deer Park where they had two children. Mr. Corrigan is known for being an active member of the community, serving as an usher at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church and being a member of both the Knights of Columbus in Deer Park and the AOH, the largest and oldest Irish Catholic organization in America.
It has been with the AOH that Mr. Corrigan has truly connected with his Irish roots, getting heavily involved and serving on several teams and in numerous leadership positions. In 2017, he was elected as an officer to the AOH Suffolk County Board where he has served as Financial Secretary, Recording Secretary, Vice President and will be installed as President this month.
Mr. Corrigan holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from SUNY Oswego and an MBA in Accounting from Baruch College. He worked in the insurance industry for 34 years before retiring.
“Mr. Corrigan has demonstrated how one can give back to their community in so many ways including through an embracement of their heritage,” said Legislator Donnelly. “As a fellow proud Irish American, it is a particular privilege to honor him as my Irish American of Distinction for 2023. On behalf of the entire community, I thank him for all that he does.”
Resolution 1046-19 designated March as “Irish American Heritage Month” in Suffolk County. Held in conjunction with this legislation, the Irish American of Distinction program highlights an outstanding leader from the community to acknowledge the enormous contributions Irish Americans have made to our county. All 18 honorees, one from each legislative district, were recognized at a ceremony held on March 24 at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge.