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
An Appreciation: February 25, 2015
Donald R. Keough
It was with the greatest sadness that we learned of the passing of long-time Ireland-U.S.
Council Board Member Donald R. Keough in Atlanta, GA at the age of 88. He was Chairman
of the Board of Allen & Company Incorporated, a New York investment-banking firm.
In 1993, he had retired as president, chief operating officer and a director of
The Coca-Cola Company, positions he held since early 1981.
His tenure with Coca-Cola dates back to 1950. In addition, from 1986 to 1993 he
served as chairman of the Board of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., the world’s largest
bottling system. From 1985 to 1989 he also served as chairman of Columbia Pictures,
Inc., before it was sold to Sony. He had also served on the board of Berkshire Hathaway
among others which included many of America’s great brand-name companies including
McDonald’s Corporation, The Washington Post Company, H. J. Heinz Company and The
He was Chairman-Emeritus of the Board of Trustees and a Life Trustee of the University
of Notre Dame. He was a trustee of several other educational, charitable and civic
He was born in Maurice, Iowa and received various honors in his career, including
honorary doctorates from the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater Creighton
University, Emory University, Trinity College Dublin and Clark University.
The University of Notre Dame’s highest honor, the Laetare Medal, was presented to
Keough in May 1993, and he was Irish America magazine's first Irish-American of
the Year, also in 1993. Keough was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts
& Sciences in 2002 and was inducted into the Junior Achievement National Business
Hall of Fame in 2003. In November 2010, he was the first honoree inducted into the
Irish America Hall of Fame. Keough Hall at the University of Notre Dame is named
after his wife, Marilyn Keough.
Ireland-U.S. Council's 2015 Winter Meeting Lunch
Seen at the Ireland-U.S. Council's 2015 Winter Meeting Lunch were (l to r)
Michael J. Gibbons, President-Emeritus of the Ireland-U.S. Council and Co-Chair
of the 2015 Winter Meeting; Dr. John L. Lahey, President, Quinnipiac University,
Hamden, CT; H.E. Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, Washington
D.C; and Bill Finneran, Winter Meeting Co-Chair. The Council Lunch Meeting was held
at The Beach Club in Palm Beach, Florida on Friday February 13, 2015 and was one
of several events held during the three-day Winter Meeting.
U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Guest of Honor At Council's December Member-Guest Event
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.