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  • Sunday, May 01, 2022 2:28 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO member Claire McGovern, of, is a sustainable interior designer, art advisor and manufacturer, whose recent work uses Irish wool as its basis.

    Her latest collection, Báinín, Irish wool tapestry and design, debuts in New York City May 17-20. See more info on

    Claire is also the centerpiece of the latest episode of IBO President Paul Finnegan's podcast,

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022 9:35 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO Member Bill Lee writes to say his company has an event coming up that may be of interest to other members: 

    My company is sponsoring a webinar on private foundations, public charities and DAF's.    This webinar will provide one free Continuing Education Credit for attorneys, accountants, and CFP's.   If you are interested, let me know and I will send you the details to register.

    Bill Lee
    cell: (516) 330-9437

    Details are below: 

    We are pleased to invite you to a webinar on private foundations, public charities, and DAFs, presented by Northwestern Mutual’s Advanced Planning team. One FREE continuing education credit is available for attorneys, accountants, and CFP® practitioners. No state insurance credit will be offered.

    Advanced Planning Presents:
    Private Foundations, Public Charities,
    and DAFs, Oh My!

    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    12:00-1:00pm CT (1:00-2:00pm ET; 11:00am-12:00pm MT;
    10:00-11:00am PT; 8:00-9:00am HT)

    SUMMARY: While everyone agrees that charitable giving is a good thing, the rules differ greatly for public charities, private foundations, and donor advised funds. Learn the different rules for the entities as well as donors. 

    One FREE continuing education credit for attorneys, accountants, and CFP® practitioners. No state insurance will be offered.


    • Jennifer L. Urban, Esq, Attorney for Nonprofits - Legal for Good PLLC
    Jenn Urban is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. After graduation, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Peggy L. Bryant, Tenth District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio. Before transitioning to private practice, Jenn served four years as an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Ohio Attorney General in the Charitable Law Section. Jenn learned the importance of protecting charitable assets through investigation and enforcement. While an Assistant Attorney General, Jenn also regulated Ohio’s healthcare and nonprofit organization structures through the review of merger and acquisition transactions; mediated complex healthcare disputes and separations; lead an enforcement team; represented the State in administrative hearings regarding charity gaming license suspensions and revocations; and executed/upheld settlement agreements.

    Jenn also honed her nonprofit business acumen while serving as the Executive Director of a Minnesota nonprofit with business operations in three (3) states. She is currently active in the Minnesota and Ohio legal communities, enjoys teaching and speaking at legal education seminars, is an adjunct professor leading the nonprofit law clinic at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and is a member of numerous prominent local legal organizations. Jenn is dedicated to providing each of her clients with education, creative solutions, and reliable advice.

    Education: Ohio State University of Wisconsin – Madison (bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations) Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Business.

    • Patrick J. Horning JD, CLU®, CFP®, Senior Director – Advanced Planning, Northwestern Mutual
    Patrick Horning worked in a boutique law firm specializing in business and real estate law for four years before joining Northwestern Mutual in 2000. Patrick is a regular presenter at many of Northwestern Mutual’s schools and seminars, including Advanced Planning Presents. He is also a national speaker at industry conferences and estate planning councils. He frequently consults with Northwestern Mutual Financial Representatives and other professional advisors on estate, business, retirement and income tax planning and nonqualified employee benefits.

    Patrick’s professional memberships include the American Bar Association, Wisconsin Bar Association, Milwaukee Bar Association and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

    Education: Marquette University (bachelor’s degree in history and political science); Marquette University Law School.

    Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame logo), which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. Legal for Good, PLLC  is not a partner of or affiliated in any way with Northwestern Mutual. For more information please visit

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022 9:32 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Rebound Live Webcast

    Tues, May 3, 8:00 AM

    IBO member and guest speaker Brian Moran will join the interactive Rebound Live Webcast next Tuesday, May 3, at 8:00 am ET. Led by the All-American basketball player from Long Island Matt Doherty, the webcast features industry experts sharing knowledge that will help any growth-minded leader.

    Link:, Meeting ID: 436 993 0577 Passcode: Rebound

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022 9:20 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO Member Colleen Berry Conway of Ogham Art is proud to be the featured presenter at the Gaelic-American Club of Fairfield, CT on May 1, 2022 at 2 p.m. She'll be giving an informative and interactive lecture, "The Ogham Alphabet: Past & Present"

    Select unique creations by Ogham Art will be available for purchase at the event including art, jewelry and home decor.

    Ogham was used in Ireland and parts of England, Scotland and Wales between the 2nd and 6th centuries. Though its actual origins remain a mystery today, it is believed the Celts desired a cryptic alphabet that could not be deciphered by Roman Britain. Represented as a series of perpendicular and intersecting lines, this ancient script is thought to be influenced by the Latin alphabet using 20 characters. It is most commonly written vertically and is read from bottom to top. When presented horizontally, it is read from left to right. Ogham was carved into stones to mark land boundaries or to commemorate a member of the community. Today there are roughly 400 surviving stones featuring proper names, ancestral and tribal affiliations, and Latin words.

    SOUTHINGTON, CT-011520JS10- Artist Colleen Berry Conway, who specializes in Ogham Art, with some of her work in her home studio in Southington. Ogham is a medieval alphabet used primarily to write the early Irish language. Jim Shannon Republican-American

    The lecture will begin with a concise history of the Celts and an outline of the Celtic languages. A thorough presentation of the Ogham alphabet will be followed by a lesson for the attendees to write their names in Ogham. Also included are visuals and reference materials for those with a keen curiosity about a relatively unknown chapter of Irish history! Select unique creations by Ogham Art will be available for purchase at the event including art, jewelry and home decor.

    Sunday May 1st at 2PM in the Carolan Room GAC
    Tickets – $5.00 (Students with ID $2.00)
    Send check payable to Féile, Inc. to:
    Mary Adams-Arroyo, 221 McGrath CT, Stratford, CT 06615
    Subject: Irish History Lectures – Phone: 203-377-2346

    Contact Information: Mary-Ellen Vollemans | Email

    See more information.

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022 8:32 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Some of our members may be aware of the Tangible Ireland series, the global Irish leadership gatherings hosted by Raymond Sexton. Raymond is bringing Tangible Ireland to NY via Zoom on May 5 at 5 pm New York time.

    All IBO members are invited to participate. If you'd like to join in on the session of "Inspiration, Leadership, Project Reviews, Success Analysis, Outcomes, and Networking", you're more than welcome! The event is free but donations to support the work are welcome. Reach out to for the Zoom link, and visit Tangible on Facebook at

  • Monday, April 11, 2022 11:53 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Dublin fashion designer Jennifer Rothwell is inviting IBO members to attend her New York Fashion Showcase. Rothwell promotes Irish culture and heritage through contemporary fashion, and she creates gloriously colored silk dresses, ties, and scarves, as well as accessories in rich Donegal tweed. See her website at

    Rothwell's New York Fashion Showcase takes place on April 21 upstairs at the Churchill, 45 East 28th Street. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP with guest names to

  • Monday, April 11, 2022 11:28 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Calling all IBO members.

    The IBO and Emerald Isle Immigration Center (EIIC) are embarking on a collaborative project to provide job seekers in our community with the strategy, mentorship, networking and interview skills that they will need in their search.   EIIC has provided frontline services to the Irish community and many other immigrant communities in New York since 1988, and has grown to be a model non-profit for others to emulate. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer in this exciting project by emailing:

  • Sunday, April 10, 2022 7:50 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    If you haven't seen them yet, check out our set of photos from the parade and afterparty as captured by our photographer Paul Cunningham. You can download and order printed copies in a variety of fun formats - and even have the photos printed on keepsakes like magnets and mugs. 

    Visit the photo site

    Plus check out the IBO-NY Facebook feed for more fun snapshots and memories of the day. (If that link doesn't work, simply log into your Facebook account and search for ibonewyork.)

    And if you haven't seen the video of the parade, it's available on Youtube - the IBO is featured at at about the 3 hour, 12 minute mark. Watch the video on Youtube.

  • 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: 

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