The Council’s 2016 Student Work Experience Scholarships awards luncheon
held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City June 9
The Council’s 2016 Student Work Experience Scholarships awards luncheon was
held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 9. Seen at the
presentations event were (from left) James Connolly; Brendan O’Driscoll; Evin McKay
Council President, Brian W. Stack; Molly Haskins; Barbara Jones, Ireland’s Consul
General in New York; Gavin Kiely and Sean Tracy.
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Ambassador Walter J.P. Curley
long-time Ireland-U.S. Council Supporter
dies in New York City at age 94
Ambassador Walter Curley at the Council's 2005 St. Patrick's Day lunch in New York
with two Mary's - Mary Hanafin, who at that time was Ireland's Minister for Education
& Science and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland.
It was with the greatest sadness that we learned of the passing of long-time Ireland-U.S.
Council Board Member Ambassador Walter J.P. Curley who died this week in New York
at the age of 94. He was a native of Pittsburgh, PA, attended Phillips Academy Andover,
Yale University, Harvard Business School and the University of Oslo, and had an
Honorary Doctorate in Law from Trinity College, Dublin.
Ambassador Curley was among the earliest supporters of the Ireland-U.S. Council
and was a distinguished American who had served as Ambassador of the United States
to Ireland and to France. In 2005, then-Council President Michael J. Gibbons hosted
a Lecture & Reception in New York’s River Club to mark the publication of Ambassador
Curley’s excellent book “Vanishing Kingdoms – The Irish Chiefs & Their Families”
at which members and friends of the Council heard most interesting remarks from
In World War II, Ambassador Curley served as a Marine Corps infantry combat officer,
served in the Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Guam and North China campaigns. He was awarded
decorations by the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and The Republic of China. After the
war, he worked in India and Italy with the Caltex Oil Company from 1949 until 1959.
He became a partner in J.H. Whitney & Co, the venture capital firm where he worked
until 1974. He served as Commissioner of Public Events and was Chief of Protocol
of New York City in the administration of Mayor John Lindsay.
He was appointed Ambassador to Ireland by President Ford in 1975. He returned to
the private sector to establish his own venture capital investment firm in New York
in 1977. He served as Ambassador to France (1989-93) under President George H.W.
He was a Trustee of the New York Public Library, Miss Porter's School, Brooks School
in Massachusetts, The Buckley School, Barnard College, and a former director of
the New York Life Insurance Company, Fiduciary Trust International, Bank of Ireland,
Crane Co., Guinness Peat Aviation (U.S), Independent Newspapers Ltd. (Dublin), Fairchild
Camera and Instrument Co., American Exploration Co., The New Yorker Magazine, the
International Board of Banque Paribas, and Sotheby's Holdings, Inc.
He is the author of four books: Almost a Century - An American Life East & West
of Suez, Vanishing Kingdoms, Monarchs in Waiting, and Letters from the Pacific.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Mary Taylor Walton of Pittsburgh.
Chief Justice of Ireland’s Supreme Court Is Guest Speaker at 2016 Spring Corporate
Lunch in Dublin
The 2016 Spring Corporate Lunch hosted by the Council was held at The InterContinental
Hotel (formerly The Four Seasons Hotel) in Dublin April 15. The lunch featured remarks
by the Chief Justice of Ireland’s Supreme Court, The Honorable Mrs. Justice Susan
Denham. Seen at the event were (from left) His Excellency Kevin F. O’Malley, U.S.
Ambassador to Ireland; Justice Denham and Council Ireland Chapter President Dr.
Michael Somers. The event was sponsored by Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking
and by Aer Lingus.
Ireland-U.S. Council's Saint Patrick's Lunch in New York City
Seen at the Ireland-U.S. Council's 2016 Saint Patrick's Lunch
in New York City were Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland in New York; Council
President Brian W. Stack; Deborah Kelleher, Director of the Royal Irish Academy
of Music and Andrew Murphy, Chief Commercial Officer of Shannon Group,
a co-sponsor of the March 16 event which was held at The Metropolitan Club in midtown
2016 Winter Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida
Seen at the 2016 Winter Meeting of the Ireland-U.S. Council were Michael
J. Gibbons, Chairman of the Winter Meeting, Dr. Michael B. Murphy, President University
College Cork, who was one of the guest speakers; Norman Houston, Director
of the Northern Ireland Bureau; Aileen O’Donoghue and Gerard Scully both
from the Irish Stock Exchange who also addressed the gathering and Shane
Stephens, Ireland’s Consul General, based in Atlanta, Georgia.
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.
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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
may have about us. If not, please contact us and we
will be happy to tell you more.
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.