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  • Monday, April 04, 2022 4:08 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Members may be interested in attending the Eithne and Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Golf Tournament on May 16 in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

    The event is a fundraiser for the Eithne and Paddy Memorial Fund, set up by the well-known hotelier John Fitzpatrick in memory of his late parents, Eithne and Paddy. The Memorial Fund works to raise funds in support of a diverse group of worthy organizations across the island of Ireland that focus on a range of much needed initiatives including expanding educational opportunities, helping families and children affected by serious illnesses, delivering social services to the elderly and fostering peace and understanding between people in troubled areas.

    More details available at or use the registration form.

  • Saturday, April 02, 2022 9:06 AM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO and Women's Networking Committee Member Tami Ellen McLaughlin, who is also Executive Director of Sober St Patrick's Day, writes with an update about that event: 

    Sober St. Patrick's Day® had a super and soggy day with our first march in the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, followed by our Post Parade Celebration at Old St. Patrick's Youth Center, and our second YouTube Premiere for our digital diaspora.

    Several IBO members leant their support: Shelley Ann Quilty Lake, Eileen Scully, Carolyn Walsh Parry, Bridget O'Brien; Jim Frawley and Samantha Kelly hosted the in-person party and YouTube Premiere!

    Read all about it in the latest Sober St. Patrick's Day Newsletter here:

    Enjoy the second annual Sober St. Patrick's Day YouTube Premiere here: 

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022 9:38 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    The Irish Business Organization of New York features in an article in the Irish Echo, written by IBO President Paul Finnegan. The article traces the history of the organization as we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary next year. 

    Read the article on

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022 8:53 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO Member and New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly will speak about her latest book, "Very Funny Ladies" at the 92nd Street Y on Friday, March 25 at 7 pm. 

    Get in-person or virtual tickets on the 92nd Street Y website. Here's the description: 

    Very Funny Ladies: Roz Chast, Amy Hwang, Emily Flake in Conversation with Liza Donnelly

    Roz Chast, Amy Hwang, Emily Flake, Liza Donnelly

    Everyone reads The New Yorker for its cartoons. What some might not know is that the magazine has published cartoons drawn by women since the very first issue in 1925.

    Liza Donnelly explores these women in her new book, Very Funny Ladies (with foreward by David Remnick and Emma Allen) that celebrates the increase in gender, racial and ethnic diversity among cartoonists today at The New Yorker. Female cartoonists Roz Chast, Amy Hwang, Emily Flake will talk — and laugh — with Liza about their work and the importance of diversity in the field of humor.

  • Wednesday, March 09, 2022 9:48 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO Parade Marshal and member Niall O'Leary, an Irish dance instructor, tells us that one of his most talented students will be appearing in this fantastic upcoming show: "One of my most famous dance students, Jake James, currently plays fiddle, bodhran and dances in this show!"

    Trinity Irish Dance Company

    MAR 15-20

    “Sophisticated and commanding” (Los Angeles Times), the Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) is the birthplace of progressive Irish dance, an innovative movement genre that “ushered in a new era for Irish step dance” (Chicago Tribune).

    Through a blend of percussive power and aerial grace, TIDC sends a clear message of female empowerment. Their St. Patrick’s Day week run celebrates Founding Artistic Director Mark Howard’s unique vision to fuse vibrant Irish traditions with ever-evolving American innovation. The program features Howard’s classics including Soles, a tribal and timeless rhythmic study; Push, an explosion of virtuosic footwork; and Johnny, the early work that altered the Irish dance landscape. New York City premieres include An Sorcas (The Circus), a colorful comment on the battle between substance and spectacle choreographed by Howard and Associate Artistic Director Chelsea Hoy, and American Traffic, a hybrid of Irish step and American tap that plays at the intersection of rhythmic sensibilities and rebellious histories, choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Melinda Sullivan.

    Purchase Tickets

    Trinity Irish Dance Company | MAR 15-20

    Experience the artistry of Trinity Irish Dance Company in this sneak peek clip "where women make the form their own" (Boston Globe).

    The Joyce Theater's Health & Safety Protocols

    The health and safety of our audience members, artists, and staff are the utmost importance and we are writing to provide updates of our protocols for a safe return to The Joyce.

    In accordance with the health and safety guidelines of our local officials, The Joyce Theater will continue to require vaccinations for our staff, audience members, and performers. Masks will continue to be required at all times for visitors inside the theater, until further notice. All visitors are encouraged to consider receiving booster shots, to bolster preventative measures against new variants.

    In adherence to this policy, all audience members attending any performance at The Joyce will be asked to show proof of full vaccination status (two weeks following receiving both of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine), and will be checked upon entering the theater on day of show, either by a front-of-house employee or security staff. 

    Under the new vaccine eligibility protocols, children ages 5-11 who have reached full vaccination status (two weeks following receiving a two-dose vaccine) are welcome to attend our performances. Following the guidance of our local officials, we will continue to notify our Joyce patrons of additional details and updates to our visitation policies. 

    Audience members must provide proof in one of the following forms: physical immunization card, photo of immunization card, or a digital vaccine card (e.g. regional passes such as Excelsior in NYC) as well as proof of identity (for example: driver's license, non-driver's government issued ID card, passport, school or work ID card). Acceptable proof must show receipt of full COVID-19 vaccination.

    The Joyce's policies regarding masks and proof of vaccination will continue to evolve and may be relaxed or extended at a future date. We are committed to the safety of our visitors, and will continue to update our policies as necessary. Please visit our Health & Safety Protocols page for more information. 

  • Wednesday, March 09, 2022 9:09 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    A spectacular and memorable evening of Irish music, song and dance!
    National Heritage Fellow Mick Moloney in performance with his famed group The Green Fields of America, showcasing Irish America's finest traditional artists

    Tuesday March 15, 7pm-9pm

    The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

    Tickets: $40

    Register in advance (required!) by emailing Doris at

    Payment can be made by cash or check at the door. There will be a cash bar open two hours before and two hours after the show where you can hang with the performers!

    This is the Green Fields' historic first ever appearance at The Players, colloquially known as The Players Club, and Rosemary Cooper will be joining him onstage for some high-energy Irish dance!

    All are welcome, but registration is required in advance...Read on for more info...

    Players was founded by actor Edwin Booth in 1888. Luminary members have included Mark Twain, George M Cohan and hundreds of the most prominent stars of theater, vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley. The building designed by Stanford White is absolutely magnificent and indeed breathtaking in its visual connection with the artistic and cultural life of New York City over the past 130+ years. This event is produced by Players J.C. Mills and Doris Meyer.

    Hope you can make it!

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  • Monday, March 07, 2022 8:23 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    It is with great sorrow that the IBO has learned of the passing on Sunday of a former member, Patrick (Páraic) Feeney, in St. Vincent's Hospital in Dublin, having lost his battle with cancer. 

    With a career in banking in New York spanning over 20 years, Patrick was an active member of the IBO during his years here, before being posted to Dublin by his employer in 2014.  A native of Glenamaddy, Co. Galway, and Queens resident, the popular Patrick was well-known to many in New York's Irish community, being involved with many social and cultural organizations, especially the New York Irish Center in Long Island City. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and loved ones in New York.

    The funeral mass will be livestreamed on Wednesday morning, March 9th, at noon in Ireland (7am in New York).

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022 2:43 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    A fantastic atmosphere prevailed at the Bank of Ireland Innovation Lab on February 23, as the Irish Business Organization of New York gathered together in person for the first time in 2022. The meeting was held as a hybrid occasion, broadcast live as a Facebook event. (View it on Facebook.)

    On the agenda were some celebratory moments. Former Irish diplomat and senior corporate executive Ted Smyth was presented with the 2022 Sean MacNeill Award, and former IBO president Niall O’Leary was given the sash of the IBO Grand Marshall in the St Patrick’s Day Parade. 

    Paul Finnegan, the new president for 2022 opened proceedings, acknowledging special guests in attendance, including former Irish Ambassador to the US Anne Anderson and several of the organization’s past presidents.

    Next was the introduction of Ted Smyth by historian Kevin Kenny, Director of Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, who noted the many hats worn by former Irish diplomat and senior corporate executive Smyth in “his three worlds - diplomacy, business and ideas”. Smyth is President of the Advisory Board at Glucksman Ireland House, among his many other Irish community activities. 

    In his remarks accepting the Sean McNeill Award, Smyth noted that it was “named for someone who personified the grace, generosity, and inclusion of the Irish Business Organization and the Irish in America generally”. He cited community, empathy and caring as “three words that capture these lessons of being Irish at home and abroad”, noting that they complement the IBO’s values of “Network, Communicate, Reciprocate, helping people to make their way along the difficult road to success in business and self-sustainment.” 

    He closed his remarks quoting Seamus Heaney: “Hope is not optimism, which expects things to turn out well, but something rooted in the conviction that there is good worth working for.”’

    “And that’s what we all try to do, a good worth working for,” Smyth concluded.

    New York’s Irish Deputy Consul General Seán Ó hAodha added to the accolades, presenting Smyth with a decades-old photograph depicting Smyth as he was serving at the consulate in the 1980s. 

    The night also included a presentation to immediate past IBO President John Lee in recognition of his work over the last two years, an update from Turlough MacConnell over the efforts to save the Great hunger Museum of Quinnipiac College, and comments on emigrant voting and diaspora engagement from Hilary Beirne, the chair of the New York City St Patrick’s Day Parade. 

    The event concluded with the long-awaited installation of former IBO President Niall O’Leary as IBO Parade Marshall- delayed two years by the pandemic. IBO member Dolores Walsh presented O’Leary with the sash. O’Leary invited all watching to march in the parade and attend the IBO’s afterparty on St Patrick’s Day. 

    See more pictures on this Dropbox page. (On that page, click on the three lines on the top right and hit "grid" to see the images arrayed for easy viewing.)

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022 11:11 AM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Member Tami McLaughlin of our IBO-NY Women’s Networking Committee sends along news of the Sober St Patrick's Day Celebration on their 10th anniversary:

    Sober St. Patrick's Day® 10th Anniversary Year Culminates with Invitation to March in NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade 

    Frequently heralded by the Irish American press as “The Best Entertainment in New York City on St. Patrick’s Day,” Sober St. Patrick's Day has even more to offer people searching for the perfect "family friendly, alcohol-free event.” As well as a live in person party, a digital celebration will be streamed for followers around the world. 

    For more information, please email Tami Ellen McLaughlin, Executive Director, Sober St. Patrick's Day® Foundation, Inc. at

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022 10:32 AM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Member George Heslin sends along this invite to join our friends at the New York Irish Center on St Patrick's Day. 

    40 Shades of Green - All Day Celebration

    See all the details.


    Book on the website.

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