Sinead Kirnan

Place of birth: Newburgh, NY.

What is your profession? C-17 Pilot in the New York Air National Guard, Air Force.

How do you celebrate your Irishness? Visits to family in Kildare as much as possible, involved with New York Rose of Tralee organization, volunteer with AOH Division 2 Cornwall, NY, teach people how to split the G and have an occasional Guinness.

Name a hero you admire and why? My sister, Ciara. She has extreme anxiety, and everyday tasks or things that we would normally enjoy (ie: going out to dinner, going somewhere new and exciting) is something that she struggles and fights to be able to do. Yet, she gets up every day and lives life and pushes through while dealing with everything internally.

Something people would be surprised to know about me... I have gone skydiving 5 times.

Biography: Sinead is a C-17 Pilot and Captain in the NY Air National Guard. She started her military career in 2013 where she enlisted as a C-17 loadmaster. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Biology, Sinead began pilot training in 2019, flying multiple Air Force aircraft before completing C-17 school in 2021. Her love for aviation started as a young girl flying back and forth to Ireland to visit family. Sinead was the 2017 New York Rose of Tralee, representing Irish females from the tri-state area in Ireland. She is the oldest of three girls. Her mother, Veronica, moved to New York in 1987 from Naas, Co. Kildare. Her father, Bill, is originally from Brooklyn but with family traced back to Sligo and Cavan.

2024 Heroes of Irish America Awards