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2007 Winter Meeting
Palm Beach, Florida

The 2007 Winter Meeting of the Council was held in Palm Beach, Florida from February 14-16. On Valentine's Day - February 14 - there was a major weather event in the Northeast United States with heavy snow & ice that complicated travel for some Council members and speakers.

However, most but not all intending participants did arrive and the Council hosted its traditional opening night cocktail party - this year at The Everglades Club on Worth Avenue. A croquet tournament was held under the lights for Council members and their guests during the evening.

Speakers at this year's meeting were Len O'Hagan, Chairman of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners who addressed the Council dinner gathering at The Sailfish Club at which he updated those in attendance on the current economic and political conditions in Northern Ireland. He also provided details of the Titanic Quarter real estate project - a $1 billion development project being undertaken in the Belfast Harbour area.

Also addressing the Winter Meeting was Kingsley Aikins, Chief Executive of the Ireland Funds Worldwide who updated a Council luncheon gathering on the activities of the American Ireland Fund. The event was held at The Beach Club.

The Council's Winter Meeting in Palm Beach now has an established foothold in the calendar during the second week of February. The 2008 meeting is scheduled to open on the evening of Wednesday February 13 and will close with a dinner on Friday, February 15, 2008.

This year, the schedule included golf at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club and a boat cruise to dinner on the Friday evening.

2007 Winter Meeting Palm Beach Florida
Eddie Dowling, Chief Executive of The Padded Wagon with Council Board Member Pattie Cunningham of Continental Airlines with Bovis Lend-Lease’s Dublin-based Iain Salley.
2007 Winter Meeting Palm Beach Florida
From Dublin’s Trinity College Foundation Mary Apied with Christine Reilly who traveled from New York and Boston’s own Ann McNally.

2007 Winter Meeting Palm Beach Florida
Kathy Swanson with the Council’s Executive Director in Ireland Roddy Feely and Marcia Wrixon.
2007 Winter Meeting Palm Beach Florida
Ren Diamond, who hosted the Council golf group at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club with Council member Jack McCarthy.

2007 Winter Meeting Palm Beach Florida
Aboard the good ship The Bottom Line were Tom Slattery and Council Vice President Dennis Swanson from Fox Television.
2007 Winter Meeting Palm Beach Florida
The host for the Council group’s boat cruise was Council-member Bill Mahoney seen with fellow-member Mari Atchason.

2007 Winter Meeting Palm Beach Florida
At the Council luncheon meeting at Palm Beach’s famous Beach Club were (from left) Raymond Sexton, a Council member from Dublin with Len O’Hagan, Chairman of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners with his colleague Roy Adair.
2007 Winter Meeting Palm Beach Florida
At the reception at her beautiful Palm Beach waterfront home Cathleen McFarlane Ross (right) visited with Cynthia Gibbons.

2007 Winter Meeting Palm Beach Florida
President Patrick J. Hillery with Lawrence Crowley, President of The Smurfit School at University College Dublin.

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