Beaver Island Irish American Hall of Fame Class of 2023
Hugh Nancy Rodgers Hugh Rodgers has been an essential link between Arranmore and Beaver Island for decades. He was instrumental in facilitating the 2023 Beaver Island visit by so many from Arranmore and the Chicagoland area Arranmore diaspora. On Beaver Island in October of 2000 there was a “Gathering of Islands” where Arranmore and Beaver Island were twinned, cementing the generations long connection. Hugh Rodgers was Instrumental in organizing, facilitating, and honoring the connection between Arranmore and Beaver Island in our original twinning and again in 2023 for our Irish Féile. He has used his communication and storytelling skills to bridge gaps with all individuals educating them on traditions, history, folklore, and music. His attention to detail with history and the importance of preserving heritage has been instrumental over the decades for others to learn and grow. His caring, compassion, and wit while honoring customs of dance, music, and folklore bridges generations.