U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Guest of Honor At Council's December Member-Guest Event in Dublin
Seen at the Ireland-U.S. Council's December Member-Guest Reception in Dublin's Four Seasons Hotel were (from left) Kevin Toland, Chief Executive of the
Dublin Airport Authority; Kevin Tuck, Managing Director of Alltech; U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Kevin F. O'Malley and Dr. Michael Somers, President of the Council's Chapter in Ireland. The event was sponsored by
Aer Lingus; Alltech and the Dublin Airport Authority.
J. Kenneth Hickman RIP
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of J. Kenneth Hickman –
a long-time member, former Board member and officer of the Ireland-U.S. Council.
Known to all as Ken, he was 86 when he died on December 10, 2014. He graduated Regis
High School (1946) and Fordham University (Class of 1951). He was a veteran of the
Korean War, had served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Regis and was a Trustee
Emeritus of Fordham University. He also served on Advisory Committees at Rutgers
Graduate School of Business and at Seton Hall University.
He had a distinguished career of 37 years at the accountancy practice of Arthur
Andersen. He retired as a Senior Partner having opened the Newark, N.J. office of
the firm. Later, he served as the firm’s Director of International Business Practice
based in its New York headquarters.
Ken was a loyal and dedicated member of the Ireland-U.S. Council and served as National
Treasurer of the organization from 1975 to 1981. He remained on the board of the
Council until his retirement from Arthur Andersen. He was an unfailingly courteous
gentleman, a diligent advocate and an always-constructive presence in his attention
to the affairs of the Ireland-U.S. Council. He will be missed greatly.
52nd Annual Dinner Held November 13 in New York
Seen at the Ireland-U.S. Council’s 52nd Annual Dinner were Ann Anderson, Ireland’s
Ambassador to the United States; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD being presented
with the Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Council President-Emeritus,
Dennis Swanson and Dinner Chairman and Council Board Member William B. Finneran.
The event was staged in the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, November
President Brian W. Stack presenting the Ireland-U.S. Council's Award for Outstanding
Achievement to Gerald C. Crotty, Chairman & CEO of Mayo Renewable Power at the 52nd
Annual Dinner in New York.
Council Golf Day in Ireland Held September 5
The Ireland-U.S. Council Golf Day in Ireland was held in glorious weather under
sunny skies on Friday September 5. The venue was the spectacular Dun Laoghaire Golf
Club - site of the 2016 Biennial Curtis Cup between the United States and
Great Britain & Ireland amateur ladies' golf teams.
The winning four-ball was from Liberty Insurance and were seen at the prize-giving
during the post-golf dinner. Seen from left: Tom Kelly, Chris Hamilton both of Liberty
Insurance; Kevin Tuck of Alltech who donated the winning prizes; Council Executive
Director Roddy Feely; and Stephen Carolan and Darren Kelly of Liberty Insurance.
52nd Annual Dinner – Thursday November 13, 2014
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD to accept Lifetime Achievement Award
2014 Award for Outstanding Achievement
Gerald C. Crotty
Chairman & CEO Mayo Renewable Power
Lifetime Achievement Award
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D.
Ireland-U.S. Council's MidSummer Gala Dinner
held in Dublin Castle June 27
The Ireland-U.S. Council's MidSummer Gala Dinner was held in Dublin Castle June
27. The Council's Award for Outstanding Portraiture was presented to Oisin
Roche, a talented young Dublin Artist. The Award is presented by the Council in
conjunction with The Irish Arts Review and the Royal Hibernian Academy
and is sponsored with financial support from Council member-company Prudential Financial.
Seen at the 2014 presentation were (from left) Sonya Perkins, Chief Executive of
The Irish Arts Review; Oisin Roche; Caroline Faulkner of Pramerica,
Prudential Financial's Irish arm; Dr.Michael Somers, President of the Ireland Chapter
of the Council; John Keogh of Aer Lingus who were sponsors of the MidSummer
Gala dinner and Fergus O'Dowd, Minister of State in the Government of Ireland.
Council Presents 2014 Student Scholarships Awards at New York Lunch
Seen at the Council’s 2014 Student Work Experience Scholarships awards luncheon
held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 12 were (from left)
Cian O’Shea; Jillian Brett; Noel Kilkenny Ireland’s Consul General in New York;
Catherine Shalloe; John Reilly, Council Vice President and Board Member who moderated
the lunch proceedings; Megan O’Brien; Mariesa Dolan and Wesley Patten.
2014 Spring Corporate Lunch Featured Speaker Double-Header
The 2014 Spring Corporate Lunch hosted by the Council was held at The Four Seasons
Hotel in Dublin April 11. The lunch featured two speakers. Seen at the event were
(from left) guest speaker Dr. Gerald Farrell of Eli Lilly & Co.; Declan Kearney,
Communications Director at Aer Lingus, sponsors of the event; Council Ireland Chapter
President Dr. Michael Somers; Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and
Innovation who also addressed the gathering; Dr. James Browne, President of the
National University of Ireland Galway; Senator Catherine Noone; and Derek Collins
of Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking who also sponsored the occasion.
2014 St. Patrick's Day Lunch in New York
2014 Winter Meeting in Palm Beach
Showcases Major Irish Arts Project in New York
Details of a planned $50 million cultural center in New York were discussed at the
Ireland-U.S. Council’s 2014 Winter Meeting held February 12-14 in Palm Beach. Speaking
at a luncheon meeting of the organization this weekend, James J. Houlihan, Chairman
of the New York-based Irish Arts Center said that $37 million of the targeted $50
million has been committed so far. Mr. Houlihan is a Palm Beach resident and is
President of New York-based real estate investment company Houlihan-Parnes. He is
also a Board Member of the Council.
The Center, founded in 1972, is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated
to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st Century,
building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening
cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions
of Irish culture for generations to come.
Seen at the Council luncheon meeting at The Beach Club in Palm Beach, FL were (from
left) James J. Houlihan; Ireland's Consul General in Atlanta, GA Hon. Paul Gleeson,
who was a Guest Speaker at the event, Council President Brian W. Stack and Roy Adair,
Chief Executive of The Belfast Harbour Commissioners who also addressed the gathering.
Council's 2013 Holiday Season Member-Guest Reception
The Ireland-U.S. Council's 2013 Holiday Season Member-Guest Reception was held in
Dublin December 11. Seen at the event were (from left) Declan Kearney, Director
of Communications, Aer Lingus, a Council sponsor; Dr. Michael Somers, President
of the Ireland Chapter of the Council; Guest Speakers at the event Stuart Dwyer,
Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin & Simon Coveney TD, Ireland's
Government Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine and Kevin Tuck, Managing
Director of Alltech in Ireland was a co-sponsor of the event.
Simon Coveney TD, Ireland's Government Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine
spoke at the reception.
Council's 51st Annual Dinner held in New York on October 30
Ireland's Minister for Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation Richard Bruton TD seen with
the Council's Recipient of the 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievement Thomas
J. Moran, Chairman, President & CEO of Mutual of America with Dennis Swanson and
Brian W. Stack, newly-elected Council President.
Dennis Swanson with Congressman Peter King (R-NY) the recipient of the Council's
2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Musical entertainment from the Ireland-U.S. Council Midsummer Gala Dinner in Ireland
held on Friday, June 29, 2012 at Dublin Castle.
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
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Ireland and America:
Challenges and Opportunities in a New Context
The Embassy of Ireland in Washington D.C., has published a Strategic Review of Relations
between Ireland and the United States (Ireland and America: Challenges and Opportunities
in a New Context). Our Council made a considered submission on the matter
as part of the review process that was conducted by Ireland's Ambassador to the
U.S., Michael Collins and Ambassador/Consul General in New York, Niall Burgess.
The document makes for interesting reading and contains important recommendations
which, if implemented, will enhance the relationships between America and Ireland.
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.