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52nd Annual Dinner Held November 13 in New York

Ireland-U.S. Council's 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 13, 2014.


Ireland-U.S. Council's 52nd Annual Dinner Held November 13 in New York
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

Ireland-U.S. Council's Ireland Golf Day at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club
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
Ireland-U.S. Council's 52nd Annual Dinner - Reserve Now 2014 Award for Outstanding Achievement
Gerald C. Crotty
Chairman & CEO Mayo Renewable Power

Lifetime Achievement Award
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D.

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Ireland-U.S. Council's MidSummer Gala Dinner
held in Dublin Castle June 27
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
Ireland U.S. Council's 2014 Scholarship Awards Lunch in New York
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.
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2014 Spring Corporate Lunch Featured Speaker Double-Header
Ireland U.S. Council's 2014 Spring Lunch in Dublin
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
 Council's 2014 Winter Meeting in Florida
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
 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
Council's Recipient of the 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievement, Thomas J. Moran
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.
Dennis Swanson with Congressman Peter King (R-NY) the recipient of the Council's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Musical entertainment from the Ireland-U.S. Council Midsummer Gala Dinner in Ireland held on Friday, June 29, 2012 at Dublin Castle.

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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.

You can access the full report here through the link below:
Ireland and America: Challenges and Opportunities in a New Context  (PDF format, 339Kb)


Brian Stack - Ireland US Council President
Brian Stack
Council President

President's Message

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 Ireland.

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.

Brian Stack - Council President
Brian Stack
Ireland-U.S. Council President


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