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Council's 2008 Winter Meeting

Education A Key Theme At Council's 2008 Winter Meeting in Florida

Education was a key theme of the Council's 2008 Winter Meeting held in Palm Beach, Florida from February 13-15. We had two outstanding speakers - Ireland's Minister for Education & Science, Mary Hanafin, TD and the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr. John Hegarty.

Dr. Hegarty spoke at the Council's Thursday luncheon gathering at the elegant oceanfront Beach Club. Minister Hanafin's remarks were delivered to the closing night black-tie dinner gathering at The Everglades Club hosted by Mike & Cynthia Gibbons.

This year's calendar also included golf at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club which was well-attended and drew an enthusiastic group of sun-loving winter golfers who were not disappointed in the weather, which was its usual, impeccable Florida best.



Opening Night: At the waterfront home of Bill Finneran
Opening Night: At the waterfront home of Bill Finneran, the Council’s 2008 Winter Meeting got a splendid kick-off with a wonderful gathering in a beautiful setting, and a bagpipe courtyard welcome.
Council member Eddie Dowling, Chief Executive of The Padded Wagon with fellow-member Mike Murphy of Harcourt Developments.
Council member Eddie Dowling, Chief Executive of The Padded Wagon with fellow-member Mike Murphy of Harcourt Developments.


Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Michael Collins with opening-night host Bill Finneran and President Mike Gibbons.
Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Michael Collins with opening-night host Bill Finneran and President Mike Gibbons.
University College Cork’s Dr. Jean van Sinderen-Law with Council member and Florida resident Bernie Cronin and Guest of Honor, Ireland’s Minister for Education & Science, Mary Hanafin, TD.
University College Cork’s Dr. Jean van Sinderen-Law with Council member and Florida resident Bernie Cronin and Guest of Honor, Ireland’s Minister for Education & Science, Mary Hanafin, TD.


Bob Cullen, Barbara Freehill, Mimi Cullen with Council stalwart, D.J. Carey.
Bob Cullen, Barbara Freehill, Mimi Cullen with Council stalwart, D.J. Carey.
One of the Council’s Florida members, Dick Phelps with Dublin visitor, Ian Hyland, Chief Executive of Ireland-based Business & Finance Magazine.
One of the Council’s Florida members, Dick Phelps with Dublin visitor, Ian Hyland, Chief Executive of Ireland-based Business & Finance Magazine.


Council Board Member Tom Ryan with Princton lawyer Jack McCarthy.
Council Board Member Tom Ryan with Princton lawyer Jack McCarthy.
AnnMarie and Brian Stack at The Everglades Club dinner.
AnnMarie and Brian Stack at The Everglades Club dinner.


Mike & Cynthia Gibbons make a presentation to the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr. John Hegarty.
Mike & Cynthia Gibbons make a presentation to the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr. John Hegarty.
Lawrence Crowley, President of The Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin with Boston Council member Bill McNally.
Lawrence Crowley, President of The Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin with Boston Council member Bill McNally.


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