Adrian Flannelly

Adrian Flannelly's Over and Out

The term "everybody and anybody" applies, and then some, to the Adrian Flannelly radio show.

Well, everybody and anybody will have to find another outlet as the show, and its host, have signed off the airwaves.

The final broadcast was in early July, but there will be no revival in the coming fall. 

"It was great but now it's time to sign off," said Flannelly, whose roster of interviews over the past 54 years has been a veritable who's who of political, social, sporting and cultural life, Irish, Irish American and American.

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"I'm getting used to weekends off," Flannelly said.

Flannelly was not only a broadcaster, the "dean" of the New York Irish American press corps, but also a community champion and activist.

He is a former Irish Echo Irish American of the Year.

Over the years, the Mayo native was attentive to politics and politicians on both sides of the aisle. He had close ties to both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S., and political figures of all stripes in Ireland.

Flannelly was a key driving force behind Irish community efforts to secure Morrison and Donnelly visas for the undocumented Irish in the late 1980s and early '90s. He was a pivotal figure in the securing of ground and the construction of the Irish Hunger Memorial in Lower Manhattan's Battery Park City. That memorial includes stone and vegetation from Flannelly's home village of Attymass in County Mayo.

Flannelly's work on behalf of the Irish community in America won him an Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award in 2021.

Back in 2016, in his capacity as chairman and CEO of Irish Radio Network USA, he received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Quinnipiac University at its School of Communications commencement ceremony.

A Quinnipiac release at the time stated in part: “His radio broadcast, the Adrian Flannelly Show, grew to become Irish Radio Network, the leading broadcasting voice of Ireland in America.

“Flannelly reaches as many as two million listeners with his mix of news, music, culture and heritage, helping them to reconnect with their homeland from whatever place they call home.

“Since the show became part of the Irish-American landscape, the profile of its community has grown stronger and more successful.

“Applying his leverage with mayors, governors and presidents, Flannelly has lobbied on behalf of his community; he helped to legalize thousands of undocumented Irish and advanced the discussions that brought peace to Northern Ireland. Key players came on air to discuss the peace process and rally Irish America for the cause.

“After helping to create the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed him Irish Cultural Liaison to City Hall.

“An exemplary Irish-American, Flannelly credits his wife and longtime business partner, Aine Sheridan, as his inspiration along with his four children and three grandchildren.”

As for the days ahead?

Flannelly said he was working out how to fill his next weekend, though not working that hard at it.

And he was planning his next visit to, of course, Ireland.