Ireland-U.S. Council Board Member and
Chairman & CEO of Curtis Circulation Company
It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the death of long-time Ireland-U.S.
Council Board Member Joseph M. Walsh, also known as Joe, who was Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer at Curtis Circulation Company in New Milford, New Jersey, one
of the world’s largest magazine distribution companies. He passed away at the Joe
Raso Hospice Center in New City NY where he had been receiving care following complications
from pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old.
A native of the Bronx in New York, he grew up near Yankee Stadium. He attended Cardinal
Hayes High School in the Bronx, was a graduate of Iona College and qualified in
accounting as a CPA. In his earlier career he served from 1974 to 1982 as Executive
Vice President of Cadence Industries Corporation. Prior to Cadence, he was a member
of the management team at Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell one of the large accounting
firms in the nation – a precursor to the firm now trading as KPMG.
Curtis Circulation Company started out as Curtis Publishing Company's circulation
department, becoming a subsidiary in 1946. In 1973, it renamed itself Cadence Industries,
which was liquidated in 1986. At that time, Curtis Circulation was sold to Joseph
M. Walsh and Hachette Distribution Services. Joe had been affiliated with Curtis
for over 35 years and when they purchased Curtis in 1986, he retained 10% of the
Well known for his "hands-on" management style, Joe's diverse experience and strong
background in both subscription and newsstand magazine sales made him one of the
industry's most knowledgeable, well-liked and highly-respected leaders. A man of
decisive action, he introduced many changes in the structure, procedures, and systems
at Curtis - all designed to give the company the capability, flexibility, and information-flow
necessary to anticipate and comprehend trends in the circulation industry.
He had an abiding passion in collecting sports memorabilia and proudly maintained
what is considered to be the largest authentic sports collection in America. This
is on permanent display in a beautiful museum-quality restaurant named The Stadium
on Route 9 in Garrison now managed by his son James, the youngest of his five children.
James says that his father started collecting sports memorabilia in 1953 when he
was a young kid. Among the thousands of items on display at the restaurant is Mickey
Mantle's 1956 Triple Crown Trophy - Mantle was the most powerful switch hitter in
baseball. He won 3 Most Valuable Player awards. He led the Yankees to 12 World Series
in his 14 seasons as a Yankee and was a 16 time All-Star. He won the Triple Crown
at the age of 24 (BA. 353, 52 homers and 130 RBIs).
Joe Walsh is survived by his wife Terri (née Vericker) and five children.
Fé bhraith Dé go raibh a anam.
Holiday Season Member-Guest Reception
December 17, 2015 in Dublin
The Ireland - U.S. Council Holiday Season Member-Guest Reception was held
December 17, 2015 at the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin. Seen at the event were
(L-R): Declan Kearney of Aer Lingus; Kevin Tuck of Alltech; Ambassador
Kevin O'Malley, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland; Greg Varisco and Martin Roche of Aqua
Comms. Aer Lingus, Alltech and Aqua Comms sponsored the evening event.
Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2015 awarded to Siobhán Talbot, Managing Director
The Ireland-U.S. Council presented its Award for Outstanding Achievement
in 2015 to Siobhán Talbot, Managing Director of Glanbia, one of Ireland’s
most successful companies, at the Council’s 53rd Annual Dinner held at the Metropolitan
Club in New York City on Thursday, November 12, 2015. Seen at
the presentation were (from left ) Brian W. Stack, the President of the Council,
Siobhán Talbot and Donard Gaynor, Dinner Chairman and board member of the Ireland-U.S.
The Connie Doolan Memorial Trophy
The Ireland-U.S. Council's 2015 New York Golf Day was held at a sunny Rye
Golf Club in Rye, NY on Tuesday, September 22. The event was sponsored by Tourism
Ireland and Guinness. Seen at the presentation of the Connie Doolan
Memorial Trophy Sponsored by Guinness was the winning team led by Council
National Secretary Jim Adrian of the law firm of Ford Marrin Esposito Witmeyer &
Gleser LLP. Pictured (from left) Chris Strapp; Jim Adrian; William Falvey,
Sales Director Diageo North America in the Greater New York City area and
Ireland-U.S. Council's MidSummer Gala Dinner
Friday June 26 at Dublin Castle
Seen at the Council's MidSummer Gala Dinner on Friday June 26 at the presentation
of the Council's Award for Outstanding Portaiture were Leo Varadkar, TD, Minister
for Health,who was the Guest Speaker on the evening; Caroline Faulkner, Pramerica;
Geraldine O'Neill, the winning artist; Sonya Perkins, Irish Arts Review; Brian W.
Stack, CIE Tours International and Dr. Michael Somers, AIB Group.
Ireland-U.S. Council Student Scholarships Awards
in New York June 11
The Council’s 2015 Student Work Experience Scholarships awards luncheon was
held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 11. Seen at the
presentations event were (from left) Samuel Stewart; Robert Walsh; Audrey McKeon;
Barbara Kones, Ireland’s Consul General in New York; Council President, Brian W.
Stack, Shane Kilcawley and Jonathan Nicoll.
Read more about this year's Scholarship recipients
Ireland-U.S. Council Spring Lunch Dublin April 2015
The Ireland - U.S. Council Spring staged a successful Spring Corporate Lunch in
Dublin's Clyde Court Hotel on Lansdowne Road on Friday, April 17, 2015. Remarks
at the lunch were made by the Chief Executive of the latest Irish company to launch
on the New York Stock Exchange - aircraft leasing company Avolon Holdings. Also
delivering remarks to the Council group was the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin
O'Malley. Seen at the event were the President of the Council's Chapter in Ireland,
Dr. Michael Somers of AIB Group; Dómhnal Slattery, CEO of Avolon and U.S. Ambassador,
2015 St. Patrick's Lunch In New York
On Monday, March 16 the Ireland-U.S. Council hosted our Annual St. Patrick's Lunch
at The Metropolitan Club in New York. Guest of Honor was Cardinal Timothy Dolan,
the 2015 Grand Marshal of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. He is pictured
here with Council President Brian W. Stack, President & CEO of CIE Tours International.
The principal sponsor of the event was Aer Lingus which launched its new
Transatlantic Business Class service. Models of its new Business Class
seats were sampled by Cardinal Dolan - and looking on were Aer Lingus staff including
Jeff Wright, the airline's Director of Sales in North America.
Cardinal Dolan's speech at the Council Lunch
Welcome to the website of the Ireland-U.S. Council. Our
mission is to build business links between America and Ireland. This site contains
detailed information on the organization's programs
and activities in both the United States and in the Emerald
We value your interest in the mission of the Council and always welcome
new members. We hope that you find the answers here to any questions you
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It was back in 1962 that, in preparation for the visit of President John F. Kennedy
to Ireland the following year, two organizations were created as a measure to build
institutional form around a structure to improve the relations between America and
One was dedicated to cultural relations - the American Irish Foundation, which has
since merged into the American Ireland Fund. Your Council was the other and was
aimed at building business bonds between America and Ireland.
We cherish the shared commitments that connect us to our Council mission. During
the past year, the Council has enjoyed outstanding support from members and from
many benefactors, patrons and sponsors. On behalf of the Council's Board and the
entire membership of the organization throughout the United States and in all parts
of Ireland, we offer thanks for the support we continue to receive.