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2019 Ireland Golf Day enjoyed by Ireland-U.S. Council

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2019 Ireland Golf Day
The Ireland-U.S. Council's 2019 Golf Day was held at Dún Laoghaire Golf Club near Dublin on Friday, September 6. The event was staged and enjoyed by the full-field contingent of members and their guests and was sponsored by Northern Trust Bank and Aer Lingus. Seen at the event were (from left) Roddy Feely, Executive Director of the Council with Bill Byrne (Aer Lingus), Brian Hegarty (Northern Trust), Yvonne Muldoon (Aer Lingus) and Dr. Michael J. Somers, President of the Council Chapter Ireland.
2019 Ireland Golf Day
The winning fourball from AIB Group (from left) Kerr Mark McCarthy, Colm Davenport, Vinny Lacey and CJ Berry.

Ireland-U.S. Council Golf Day in New York

2019 Ireland-U.S. Council Golf Day in New York
The 2019 Connie Doolan Memorial Golf Trophy was won (again) by the golf team from Guinness. Pictured with the trophy at the Ireland-U.S. Council Golf Day at Rye Golf Club on Monday, July 22, 2019 were (from left) Kevin Burke with Council Member Bill Falvey, Keith Cussmano and Philip Sheridan. The event was sponsored by Tourism Ireland and by Guinness, a unit of Diageo.

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins

Guest of Honor at Ireland-U.S. Council Dinner

in Dublin Castle

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins Guest of Honor at Ireland-U.S. Council Dinner in Dublin Castle
Uachtarán na hÉireann President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina were Guests of Honor at this year’s Ireland-U.S. Council’s Midsummer Gala Dinner on Friday, June 28, 2019 in Dublin Castle. At the event President Higgins presented the Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Ireland’s Legendary Broadcaster Gay Byrne, who was represented by his wife Kathleen Watkins and his daughter. Seen at the event were (from left): Ireland-U.S. Council Chapter President, Dr. Michael Somers; Sabina Higgins; Kathleen Watkins; Uachtarán Higgins; and Suszi Byrne.

Council’s Gala MidSummer Dinner in Dublin Castle Features Award for Outstanding Portraiture

Council’s Gala MidSummer Dinner in Dublin Castle Features Award for Outstanding Portraiture
Seen at the presentation of this year’s Ireland-U.S. Council Award for Outstanding Portraiture at the Council’s Midsummer Gala Dinner on Friday, June 28, 2019 in Dublin Castle were (from left): Brigid Mulcahy, Publisher of The Irish Arts Review; David Roche from Prudential Financial in Ireland; Ireland-U.S. Council Chapter President, Dr. Michael Somers with the Belfast-based winning artist Gareth Reid. His striking portrait work was chosen from among the entries at the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Spring Exhibition held in Dublin earlier in 2019.
The award, which is an important part of the Ireland-U.S. Council’s program to support the arts and arts education in Ireland, is presented in Ireland to an artist whose work is judged to be of outstanding merit. The winning artist was presented with a framed citation and the Council’s €5,000 Euro ($6,000) award bursary for his winning portrait which was on display at the event.

2019 Ireland-U.S. Council Scholars Presentation Lunch in New York

2019 Ireland-U.S. Council Scholars Presentation Lunch in New York
The Council’s 2019 Student Work Experience Scholarships awards luncheon was held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Seen at the presentations event were (from left) : Council Scholars, Brian McPartland and Seán McMahon; Dermot Fitzpatrick, Ireland’s Deputy Consul General In New York; Council Scholar, Ross Archibald; the Ireland-U.S. Council’s National Secretary, James P. Adrian of the law firm Adrian-Cassidy Associates; Council Scholars, Dylan Willis, Lauryn Hollywood and Conor McKeon with Annalise Stack, who manages the Council’s Scholarships Program.
Read more about this year's Scholarship recipients here. (PDF)

The Ireland-U.S. Council’s 2019 Award For Outstanding Portraiture To Be Presented To Belfast Artist Gareth Reid

Prudential Financial’s Sponsorship Supports This Important Arts Program

Belfast artist Gareth Reid is the winner of this year’s Award for Outstanding Portraiture, sponsored by the Ireland-U.S. Council in conjunction with the Irish Arts Review and in association with the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA). The Award is presented in Ireland to an artist whose submission is judged to be of outstanding merit. The Award is an important part of the Council’s program to support the arts and arts education in Ireland.
The winning painting is a portrait entitled “Girl in a Red Room” and was chosen from all exhibits at the Royal Hibernian Academy’s 189th Annual Exhibition, opening in Dublin. At the prize-giving ceremony at the RHA, Mr. Reid was presented with the Ireland- U.S. Council’s €5,000 award bursary. A formal presentation of the Awards Ceremony citation will be made by Council Ireland Chapter President Dr. Michael Somers at the Council’s Midsummer Gala Dinner on Friday, June 28, 2019 at a dinner in Dublin Castle.
Read the full press release announcing the Council’s 2019 Award For Outstanding Portraiture.
Girl in a Red Room

The Ireland-U.S. Council's 2019 Spring Corporate Lunch in Belfast on April 12

The Ireland-U.S. Council's 2019 St. Patrick's Lunch was held in New York on March 15
The 2019 Spring Corporate Lunch of the Ireland-U.S. Council was held in Belfast on April 12. Seen at the event were Dr. Michael J. Somers, President of the Council's Chapter in Ireland; Dr. Peter Fitzgerald, Chairman & CEO of Randox Laboratories who was a guest speaker; Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board and the Manhattan Institute - also a guest speaker; Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau, U.S. Consul General in Northern Ireland; and Joe O'Neill, Chief Executive of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners who graciously hosted the lunch at their magnificent corporate headquarters in Belfast.

The Ireland-U.S. Council's 2019 St. Patrick's Lunch
in New York on March 15

The Ireland-U.S. Council's 2019 St. Patrick's Lunch was held in New York on March 15
The Ireland-U.S. Council's 2019 St. Patrick's Lunch was held in New York on March 15. Seen at the annual festive occasion was Brian Stack, Council President; Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Justice & Equality in the Government of Ireland and Brian O'Dwyer, the 2019 Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in the City of New York, who was Guest of Honor at the Lunch.

Brexit is A Topic Of Council’s 2019 Winter Meeting

The 27th Annual Winter Meeting of the Ireland-U.S. Council was held in Palm Beach, Florida
The 27th Annual Winter Meeting of the Ireland-U.S. Council was held in Palm Beach, Florida from February 13 thru 15, 2019. Seen at the Council’s Winter Meeting lunch were (from left) Council Board Member and host of the Winter Meeting’s Opening Night Dinner, Bill Finneran; Ireland’s Ambassador to the U.S. Dan Mulhall; Chairman of the 27th Annual Winter Meeting Michael J. Gibbons and his wife, Cynthia. Ambassador Mulhall spoke on Brexit and updated Council members and their guests on the matter which is of such growing concern in Ireland.
The 27th Annual Winter Meeting of the Ireland-U.S. Council was held in Palm Beach, Florida
The Winter Meeting lunch also featured a presentation on Investing in Irish Art by Arabella Bishop and Charlie Minter from Sotheby’s. The largest sale of Irish art from a private collection was held by the famous auction house in December 2018 by Palm Beach resident and Ireland-U.S. Council member Brian F. Burns.
The 27th Annual Winter Meeting events were sponsored by Aer Lingus and by CIE Tours International.

Council's 2018 December Member-Guest Reception held in Dublin

The Ireland-U.S. Council's 2018 December Member-Guest Reception held in Dublin
Seen at the Council’s 2018 December Member-Guest Reception held at the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin December 12 were (from left) Dr. Michael J. Somers, President of the Ireland-U.S. Council’s Chapter in Ireland; Bill Byrne, Director Global Sales for event sponsor Aer Lingus; Reece Smyth, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin; Barry O’Callaghan, Chairman & CEO, Rise Global Holdings, who was a Guest Speaker and Dara Calleary, Deputy Leader of Ireland’s main opposition political party, Fianna Fáil, who also addressed the group.

Council’s 56th Annual Dinner Held in New York Honors Allergan’s Brent Saunders

The Ireland-U.S. Council's 56th Annual Dinner Held in New York
Seen at the presentation of this year’s Ireland-U.S. Council Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Council’s 56th Annual Dinner on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in the Metropolitan Club in New York City were (from left): Council Vice President John Reilly, Partner, Patton Squire Boggs; Council President Brian W. Stack; Brent Saunders, Chairman & CEO Allergan plc and Dennis Swanson, Council President-Emeritus.

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Brian Stack - Ireland US Council President
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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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