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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.

  • Monday, February 28, 2022 8:58 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    If 2022 is already feeling stressful and challenging, considering joining Tipperary based member Kathleen Fanning on her next Mental Fitness Booster Programme starting 8th March. Feedback from recent participant: 

    The Mental Fitness Booster Program has given me some great tools and resources to get through busy and often hectic days. I have learned how to step back from stressful and/or negative situations and reframe them into a more positive mindset. And, I now have a toolbox of exercises to help me maintain this mindset. They are quick, efficient and easy to practice! I can't say enough about the group calls led by Kathleen during the program... so much added value! Thank you! JH

    Link to register: - and there is a $200 savings for IBO members!

    Read more about Kathleen on her website at, where you can also sign up for her bimonthly newsletter on on topics such as Managing Overwhelm, Building Resilience and Cultivating the Kind Workplace. 

  • Saturday, February 19, 2022 5:16 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO member Maura Clare of Smuggling Nun Irish Poitin has been nominated for a Connecticut Entrepreneur Award - and you can help her win!

    See all the details and vote on the Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards website.

    A few excerpts from her nomination:

    Maura Clare founded Long Arm Distributing to fulfill her dream of producing, importing and marketing premium Irish poitín--one of the world's most ancient liquors and the hippest, new spirit around. LAD's high standards are evident not only in the finest-tasting poitín, but reflected in superior package design, uplifting marketing messaging and innovative distribution practices. This has allowed LAD to punch above its weight in a market dominated by large corporations.

    Although she only moved back to the area 18 months ago, Maura has jumped wholeheartedly into the CT entrepreneur community. Within this short time she has launched her exciting new spirit Smuggling Nun, the best on the market of the ancient Irish 'moonshine' poitin, has become an active and enthusiastic member at District CoWork and an inspiring member of the local Irish-American community. Her enthusiasm, spirit, along with her knowledge and dedication make her an extraordinary entrepreneur.

    Good luck, Maura! 

    Vote for Maura Clare on the Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards - votes accepted through March 6.

    Follow Maura Clare on LinkedIn.

  • Monday, February 07, 2022 4:27 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    The NYC St Patrick's Day Parade has announced an event on Sunday, February 27 in Queens to install the Grand Marshall and Aides. Here's the scoop, from their website:

    The 2022 Grand Marshal and Aides Reception

    Despite recent challenges, we are moving forward in planning the 2022 NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade. We, therefore, cordially invite you to join us for the Grand Marshal and Aides Installation Reception!

    Sunday, February 27, 2022
    Antun’s 96-43 Springfield Boulevard
    Queens Village, NY.

    This is the only event on the Parade calendar that offers an opportunity to honor both the Aides to the Grand Marshal and the Grand Marshal, James T. Callahan for the historic 261st NYC St Patrick’s Day ParadeTM.

    We look forward to an afternoon that will include a buffet dinner, open bar, and music by Gerry Finlay and the Cara Band.

    Visit their website to RSVP. 

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022 7:03 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    The Irish Echo is calling for nominations for its 2022 40 Under 40. From their website: 

    The Irish Echo is proud to present the 15th annual Irish Top 40 Under 40 Awards, which will take place on Friday, February 25, 2022.

    This hugely popular event is a celebration of Irish and Irish Americans who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of work before reaching the age of forty.

    We will be honoring the up and coming personalities of Irish America from every walk of life, and from every part of the nation.

    Our Top 40 Under 40 will spotlight the up-and-coming leaders of Irish America from around the nation who work in a variety of fields and occupations.

    NOMINATE for 2022

    DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS – Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    See the Irish Echo website for more information.

    We have no doubt there are potential nominees among our membership! If you nominate a member, do note their IBO membership on the nomination form. 

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022 6:55 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Several Irish women in New York have organized a run/walk in memory of Aisling Murphy, the young woman murdered earlier this month in Tullamore. The walk will take place in Central Park on Sunday, January 23 at 4 pm, followed by a gathering at Avoca House


    The event will begin at the Boat House in Central Park at 4 pm on Sunday, and there will be a gathering in Avoca at 1678 1st Avenue afterward for refreshments and raffles. There is a suggested donation of $30 to participate in the event, with 100% of proceeds going to Women's Aid Ireland, which works to stop domestic violence against women and children. Sign up online.

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022 5:50 PM | Anonymous

    Kathleen Fanning sends along two bits of interesting news, all the way from Tipperary! 

    On 27th January, I will be hosting a free Mini-Workshop entitled ‘Make the Most of 2022 - Boost your Mental Fitness’. I’ll be co-facilitating with Florida Executive Coach and EQ Trainer, Dr. Doni Landefeld who will share insights and tips on Cultivating Optimism. Come along - and/or share with a friend - and learn how to find the Gift or Opportunity in everything that happens in the coming year. Sounds like a stretch but it works!!

    January 27 | 10 AM EST | 3 PM Irish time.

    Register for this free mini-workshop on

    Also, my new Journal: Fill Your Well - Your 30 Day Journey of Resilience is available on US or It’s a great gift for yourself or someone you care about!

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