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  • Friday, January 05, 2024 7:06 AM | Anonymous

    AFTER Alcohol-Free Magazine is the magazine for non-drinkers, the sober curious, and anyone examining their relationship with alcohol. Founder & Editor-in-chief Nicole Pietrandrea Hough created the magazine with a mission to help anyone engaged in saying goodbye to alcohol to create a fulfilled and purposeful life.  

    • The content focuses on building a beautiful life without alcohol, including personal growth, inner happiness, great AF food, drink and travel, and connection with others, plus sobriety perspectives and shared experiences. 
    • In addition to the high-quality print edition, AFTER Alcohol-Free also offers a digital edition for those who prefer reading online and for our readers outside the U.S.

    Community Partnerships 

    Nicole was thrilled to participate in IBO-NY Sober October Lunch & Learn, and looks forward to partnering with Sober St. Patrick's Day® in support of its mission to #ReclaimTheDay and annual NYC St. Patrick’s Day Post Parade celebration on Saturday, March 16, 2024!  

    Nicole has shared the following invitations for both communities along with generous discount codes:  

    Magazine Subscription 

    Subscribe today and use code IBO-NY to save 50% on your first year. 

    Dry January 2024 Event

    Celebrate the middle of Dry January with a festive night—1920s style—AFTER Magazine's Dry January Roaring 20s Party!  Jazz performance by AFTER Dark,” Dance Grooves by Chicagos DJ Quad, AF Cocktails sponsored by Abstinence Spirits, Amethyst Spirits and Blind Tiger.

    • WHO: AFTER Alcohol-Free Magazine
    • WHAT: Roaring 20s Prohibition Party ALCOHOL-FREE 
    • WHEN: Saturday, January 13, 2024, 7 to 11 p.m.
    • WHERE: AFTER Speakeasy @ LES, 185 East Broadway, NY, NY 10002
    • WHY: Start 2024 with healthy behaviors and have a blast too!
    • HOW: Register today! Use code SSPD10 when purchasing tickets and save 10%.

  • Thursday, January 04, 2024 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    The Ceol na nGael team at WFUV is proud to be celebrating five decades of The Music of the Irish. To celebrate this milestone with their dedicated community, they will be hosting an upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, January 20th at Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan. Featured artists include Seamus Egan of Solas, Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford of Lunasa with Patrick Mangan and Alan Murray; Celtic Cross; and The Rogue Diplomats!  You can find more information about our celebration at the following link: 

    Ceol na nGael at 50 | WFUV

  • Friday, November 24, 2023 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    IBO Member and 2023 Sean McNeill Award winner Tami Ellen McLaughlin invites you to the "Women, Wealth & Well-Being November Networking Lunch" on Thursday, November 30 at UBS Securities, 1285 Avenue Of The Americas.

    In support of the Hudson Valley Irish Fest & Center 3rd Annual Reindeer Run, lunch guests are invited to bring unwrapped toys, hats, and gloves that will be distributed to struggling families this holiday season.

    Please register at the following link and you’ll receive a Venmo Invoice to pay the $35 ticket price.

    Financial Well-Being
    * Sinead Faughnan, Certified Financial Planner, Private Wealth Advisor and Account Vice President at UBS Financial Services, Inc. is our gracious host. Sinead will share key insights from UBS Own your worth, which explores how women around the world approach their financial well-being. Pulse 2023 covers wealth and the single woman, the opportunities and challenges of being in financial control.

    Networking Round Robin
    * Attendees will then have the opportunity to participate in and are strongly encouraged to take part in the networking round robin: your 30-second elevator speech. This exercise is a great way to practice your pitch in a very friendly and supportive space.

    Ireland on Avenue of the America
    * UBS Own your worth research from 2022 states that “after a turbulent two years, women are more committed than ever to leading intentional lives and making a difference in the world.” Our two guests from Ireland are increasingly focused on living a life of greater purpose. They will share how they curated purpose path careers, achieving personal fulfillment by making an impact in their communities.

    * Catherine Murnin: Hailing from County Down, Catherine is founder of The Wellbeing Pathway, created to promote and support wellbeing within individuals, community groups, businesses and organisations, through facilitation, coaching, and bespoke programs. Her Wisdom of Wellbeing book is an uplifting and inspirational collection of true stories of courage and overcoming adversity with accompanying poetry and self-reflection exercises.

    * Jennifer Rothwell: Renowned for her striking colorful prints, multi award winning fashion and textile artist mission is to reignite the Celtic Revival (also known as the Celtic Twilight) of the 19th and 20th centuries in the 21st century. To celebrate Irish artists, folklore, legends and traditions through fashion in a modern and contemporary way which the National Museum of Ireland acknowledged in 2016, by purchasing her designs for their collections. The point of difference in Jennifer's work is her striking use of vibrant color which is reflected in her stunning wearable works of art prints and wall art.             

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    IBO member Kathleen Fanning was chosen for the Coach of Year 2023 Award at the ICF Ireland (Ireland Chapter of the International Coaching Federation) awards gala held at Trinity College Dublin.  Read more about the honor and event on Kathleen's LinkedIn post.

  • Thursday, November 09, 2023 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    Women with Ambition is delighted to invite you to first Female Founder & Entrepreneur Expo on Saturday 18 November 2023!

    Please find below more details about this unique event, and we hope to see you there! 

    Tickets are available via Eventbrite, and the first 100 purchased will receive a goodie bag worth nearly $100 sponsored by Cloud 10 Beauty, with additions from Lash Star Beauty and Gym + Coffee.

  • Friday, October 06, 2023 4:53 PM | Colleen Berry Conway (Administrator)

    IBO Member Kevin P. McKernan (The Law Firm of Kevin P. McKernan) and Ryan Soave (Guardian Recovery Network) invite you to an evening of fine dining and networking while they explore the intersection of mental health and the legal system.  

  • Sunday, September 24, 2023 6:55 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

     We've had notice about a gala to benefit the Children's Medical Research Foundation in Ireland. It's on Thursday September 28 at Bryant Park Grill. See the image below for more details and visit the website for more information and tickets. 

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023 2:28 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)


    Aisling Irish Community & Cultural Center
    990 McLean Ave
    Yonkers NY 10704

    Dear Friend, 

    The Aisling Irish Community and Cultural Center is very pleased to invite you to our 2023 Annual Dinner Dance. Join us on Friday, September 29th, 7pm at Mulino's at Lake Isle, located at 660 White Plains Rd, Eastchester, NY to celebrate our three highly esteemed honorees. Entertainment will be provided by the popular McLean Avenue Band. This year we are delighted and honored to celebrate the outstanding community achievements of Aine Dempsey of President HD Office Solutions, Peter Doran of the Law Offices of Peter Doran, and Thomas Queenan, Owner of Nu-Way Air Conditioning & Heating.  

    Aine Dempsey grew up in Athenry, Co Galway, with her Dad Gerry, Mum Bernie and her two sisters, Niamh and Ailbhe. Aine Attended Scoil Chroi Naofa and Presentation College in Athenry before she graduated from N.U.I.G. with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 2012. She moved to New York in May of 2013 where she quickly moved up the corporate ladder as the Chief Financial Officer for one of New York’s fastest growing construction companies, Alba Services Inc. Aine met her now husband Richie Hartnett when she moved to Woodlawn in October 2013. Aine and Richie welcomed their first child Daithi in 2016, and second child Aoife in 2021. 

    Peter Doran graduated from Law School in 1996, Peter started a private Law Practice in Yonkers and ultimately established the “Barrister’s Building” on McLean Avenue where he continues to practice today. He has continued to practice law for 27 years, but made a major turn in his career path in 2007 when he decided to join the Yonkers Fire Department to became a career firefighter. He was promoted to Fire Lieutenant in 2014 and was recently promoted to Fire Captain in 2022. 

    Thomas Queenan hails from Enniscrone, Co .Sligo. He immigrated to New York in 1987. Thomas has been involved with the Aisling Irish Community Center since its move to McLean Avenue in 1996. In 1994 he formed Nu-Way Heating & Cooling Inc. and prior to that had worked with a number of large HVAC contractors in New York City. Thomas lives in Yonkers with his wife Carmel and they are blessed with three children and one grandchild. The family is a member of the Annunciation Parish, Yonkers. 

    Since its founding, the Aisling Irish Community and Cultural Center has been a steadfast resource for Irish, and Irish American diaspora in Yonkers, Woodlawn and the greater New York area. Thanks to your unwavering support, we have experienced an incredible year of growth, enabling us to expand our services even further. With your help we have achieved so much in the year including:   

    Senior activities are provided 5 days a week, including hot lunches every Tuesday, serving an average of 4,420 meals per year 

    Meals delivered to 28 homebound seniors on Wednesdays, totaling over 896 meals delivered annually

    14,300 meals delivered to people without homes in New York City every year

    Introduced free career assistance, a new cultural series, and two rounds of Leadership for Life program

    Leadership for Life program included a leadership conference in Ireland for 17 students this summer 

    Nearly 15,000 individuals benefit from our services every year 
    By attending our Dinner Dance and supporting our event through the purchase of sponsorships, journal ads, tickets, and tables, you directly contribute to the funding of our various programs that operate throughout the year.  We kindly ask you to consider extending your support to our Dinner Dance by reviewing the attached journal contract. Please note that all journal ads must be submitted by September 15, 2023. You can pay online here: If you have any inquiries or require further information, please don't hesitate to contact Naomi Hanson at or any member of our Dinner Dance Committee. Your contribution will play a vital role in the success of our programs, and we deeply appreciate your support.   

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023 2:24 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Special Fundraiser for Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust 

    Tomorrow night we will be supporting the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust Fundraiser. This fantastic organization helps transport loved ones back home for their final journey. 

    Tickets are $150, however the IBO is glad to offer a 50% discount to our current members. Just include this promotional code before checkout: guestofkbrt

    Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite (see link below)

    Your ticket will directly support this cause and includes an Open Bar from 6pm - 8.30pm along Stone Street at bars including Route 66, Havana Social and Beckett's. In addition, there will be food, live music and incredible raffle prizes including hotel stays, golf days, luxury meals and much more. 

    This event is not to be missed. Please consider supporting this powerful cause, one very dear to the Irish-American community in New York City.

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023 1:20 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Jennifer Muldowney (AKA "The Glam Reaper" tells us of an event she's inviting the IBO community to, celebrating her 15 years in business.

    She says, "All are welcome! Its free and free food and drink with Irish influences and Niall O’Leary will be performing a special number ;-)"

    Sept 27th, Sanctuary on Roosevelt Island



    Jennifer will also be appearing at a hybrid event on November 1 - from the event notice, available at

    Welcome to the fourth and FINAL happy hour in a series discussing the final taboo - Death... but over desserts and drinks!

    Irish Luminary member Jennifer Muldowney and special guests are experts in death and funerals and we have been discussing elements of this taboo subject over a series in the last year. Ask anyone who has been - we do it in a new, easy listening, (even fun!) palatable way. We promise you won't regret attending!

    This Hallowe'en and Irish themed Happy Hour will leave you feeling informed about your options for creating a will, looking after your estate (or that of your parents), preplanning and having that awkward conversation no one wants to have. We will also talk Bucket Lists - we all have (or should have!) one!

    Known as The Glam Reaper and like her podcast of the same name, Jennifer will provide expert information about this end of life planning. There will be a mini-workshop after the panel discussion and you will leave motivated to get out there and live life to the max from hereafter!

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