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Welcome to the IBO!

IBO May Evening Event

Wed., May 12 at 6:30 PM
with guest speaker

Mike Farragher 

Co-Founder, Career Letters

Executive Personal and Professional Branding | Resume Writing | Writing Services | Career Coaching

With the Member's Moment from Dee Nolan

music by Seamus Kelleher!

Seamus Kelleher


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  April Networking Breakfast
Tues., April. 27 at 8:00 AM ET


 Mark Redmond

 Mark Redmond

Chief Executive 

Mark Redmond was appointed Chief Executive of the American

Chamber of Commerce Ireland in March 2014. The American

Chamber of Commerce Ireland is the leading international business

organization in Ireland. 

Join us for virtual networking, introduce yourself to members and guests, and hear a great speaker! 


Recent event--Wed., April 14 

IBO April Evening Event 


IBO Fast Funny Women

 Two of our own Fast Funny Women contributors Eileen Scully and New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly joined Fast Funny Women editor Gina Barreca telling stories of life’s most unnerving, challenging, illuminating, desperate, and hilarious moments.

IBO Executive Board Secretary Mairead Rogan moderated

COVID-19 Responses & Resources

vaccination information

In response to the needs of our members and fellow New Yorkers, the Irish Business Organization has aggregated effective ways to book an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination in the greater New York City area.


 March Networking Breakfast
Tues., Mar. 30 at 8:00 AM ET


 Garry Connolly

Stubborn Digital Optimist, Impatient Learner, Enthusiastic Beginner, Holder of a Degree in Common Sense, and...


Host in Ireland

St. Patrick's Day

Thanks to all for a great

IBO St. Patrick's Day OPEN HOUSE


Colm O'Regan
award winning author, comedian, and broadcaster 


Sheena Mullan, singer

Will Woodson, flute, uilleann pipes & Caitlin Finley fiddle

Gabriel Donahue, singer 

Brian Fleming, bodhran

Next IBO Events:

IBO Business Networking Breakfast:

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM ET


IBO February Evening Event

Wed., Feb 10 at 6:30 PM ET

guest speaker

Aileen Leonard Dibra 
Executive Director, Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers


Irish singer Sheena Mullan


IBO Virtual Breakfast

The 2020

Sean McNeill Award

goes to

Paul Finnegan

longtime leader in service to NY's Irish community

Thanks to our recent IBO speakers!

Brian Nolan
IBO Past President, proprietor of Galway Walks


Ciarán Madden
Consul General of Ireland in New York


Tori J.E. Reily

Vice President, Saratoga Economic Development Corporation


Ian McLernon

Ian McLernon

President and CEO Americas at Rémy Cointreau


Shane Finn

Shane Finn

Endurance athlete & motivational speaker


Shana Moran

Transformational Coach for Fast-Growing Distributed Companies at Operate Remote


Samantha Kelly 

Social Media & Networking Expert at 

Women's Inspire Network

IBO Virtual Networking Evening with Enda O'Doherty

Many thanks to Enda O'Doherty for his inspirational

keynote addess at our June Evening Event!


IBO supports NYNB

The IBO was proud to sponsor this annual international business conference. Several IBO members spoke virtually during this online event. 

IBO COVID-19 Response: Business Resources & Advice for Members

During the current health crisis, the IBO is posting links to resources relevant to members and businesses coping with the impacts of the coronavirus.

We also also supporting:

Irish-American Meitheal In Support of Healthcare

Find out more at the IBO COVID-19 Resonse & Resources page HERE.

A St. Patrick's Day unlike any other: IBO President's Letter

Dear IBO members and friends,

At about this time today, many of us would be turning the corner to begin our march up Fifth Avenue behind IBO Grand Marshal Niall O’Leary in the historic St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and then stroll a few more blocks for our festive post-parade party that our volunteers had been readying for our arrival.

Big plans laid low by something too small to see.

It’s not too often that we say on St. Patrick’s Day, “these are sobering times.”

I want to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day regardless and know we can all find our own “pot of gold” on this special day.

How about at 6:00 p.m. this evening we all raise a glass, a pint, or a cup of Barry’s Tea and offer a toast to all our IBO friends wherever you are, wherever they are.

Send us a selfie of your virtual toast and we’ll post it on IBO social media!

And when you are making your toast be sure to add a special wish to our IBO stalwart Niall O’Leary. Niall had to head home to Ireland due to the illness of his father Dan, who sadly passed away yesterday.  We all look forward to offering our condolences to Niall in person when he returns.

The pandemic we are living through is impacting everyone greatly, but some more than others. We pray all our members stay healthy, but we know many will be coping with severe business impacts.

With that in mind, we are working on two ways to help:

RESOURCES: Our COVID-19 resource page provides links to information sources for businesses and employees in managing this crisis. If you know of any website, information sources, or business articles that would be of value to IBO members, please send them to so we can update our list.

PROMOTION: Members, let us know if we can promote your business on Twitter.

  • Perhaps you are offering a service relevant to the crisis, you have good news to share, you’ve launched a new product, offering a discount or are holding a webinar. Email the details in about 280 characters, include relevant web addresses and hashtags if you know them and we’ll post them on the very active IBO Twitter feed...or post yourself and tag @IrishBusinessNY so we can retweet.
  • Or perhaps you’d like to tweet a brief 20-30 second video of yourself about your business, what you offer, what you need, that we can retweet on the IBO Twitter feed

The description of that video sounds a lot like what we do each month at the IBO Business Breakfasts, which will unfortunately be cancelled this month.

Finally, we were planning a big membership push timed to St. Patrick’s Day. We hope as many members as possible rejoin along with many new members, but we recognize that many of our loyal members are under economic stress and hope they will rejoin us when they can.

I know IBO members will form a community of support around our most impacted members…let your IBO Board know how we can help.


John Lee
President, Irish Business Organization of New York

St. Patrick's Day

Governor Cuomo Announces St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration Committee Has Agreed to Postpone 2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade

3/11/20 ...This evening, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration Committee has agreed to postpone the 2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade, which draws approximately 250,000 marchers and 1 to 2 million spectators to Manhattan.

"Today I had several conversations with the organizers of the St. Patrick's Day Parade to determine whether the parade should move forward in light of the evolving coronavirus situation and increased case count in the New York City area," Governor Cuomo said. "Following those conversations, I recommended and the parade's leadership agreed to postpone this year's parade due to the high density and the large volume of marchers and spectators who attend. While I know the parade organizers did not make this decision lightly, public health experts agree that one of the most effective ways to contain the spread of the virus is to limit large gatherings and close contacts, and I applaud the parade's leadership for working cooperatively with us. While the risk to New Yorkers remains low and we want to avoid social and economic disruptions, we have an obligation to take action to contain the spread of this virus."

Sean Lane, Parade Committee Chair of the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration Committee said, "We thank Governor Cuomo for his decisive leadership in this challenging time. We look forward to celebrating the 259th St. Patrick's Day Parade with the entire city of New York at a later date."

Earlier today the IBO announced that it would postpone it's Post-Parade Party with plans as well to celebrate the holiday at a later date.

Congratulations to Niall O'Leary, the IB0 Saint Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal

Niall O'Leary
Architect, Irish Dancer
IBO Past President


Thanks to 

Sean Lane 

Chair, Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Board

for Keynoting our March Evening Event



March Networking Breakfast


Guest Speaker

Michael Brady
Executive Director

Third Avenue Business District

A great way to start your business day!


Run with TEAM IBO for a great cause!

Join TEAM IBO in the Concern Run in Central Park, Sat., April 4, 9 AM in as hundreds of runners, walkers, and supporters who band together to raise funds for Concern’s life-changing, life-saving programs in 23 of the world’s most vulnerable countries. 

Sign up for TEAM IBO HERE!

February Evening Event Highlights

Member's Moment
Andre Archimbaud

Making Sense of the Census 
Brian Andersson

--Keynote Address--
Elaine Brennan, Northwell Health

IBO 2020 Parade Grand Marshal Named
Niall O'Leary

January 2020 Evening Event

Swearing in of IBO 2020 Executive Board 

Peter Quinn, Keynote Speaker

December 2019 Business Breakfast

April 2019 Women's Networking Lunch

The IBO Mission

Network - Communicate - Reciprocate

Our mission is to enable our members to Network, Communicate, and Reciprocate.  We help professionals make new and lasting business connections.

The IBO can help to expand your professional and personal horizons. Our active membership has grown to become an extremely effective business networking organization with countless benefits that include:

  • Networking, meet with new people from businesses and social environments
  • Growing your business through new contacts and resources
  • Enhancing your Career - or finding a new one!
  • Finding new customers, suppliers, and markets
  • Giving back to the community by contributing your knowledge and resources
  • Engaging with the greater Irish & Irish-American community while promoting your business or services

Upcoming IBO Events


Join or renew HERE!

Congratulations to the 2020 IBO Executive Board

IBO 2020 Executive Board

President - John Lee

First Vice President - James Frawley

Second Vice President - Joseph Cieplinski

Secretary - Anne Marie O'Dea

Treasurer - Maralyn Dolan

Membership Officer - Tami Ellen McLaughlin

Communications Officer - Bridget O'Brien

Community Events

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Katie Molony, January Breakfast Speaker

Co-CEO of Irish Studio

April 2019 Business Breakfast

Guest Speaker André Archimbaud

Co-host/Co-producer of the hit podcast - LOCALiQ's "Growth Lab Show" by USA TODAY. Sr. Digital Marketing Consultant at ReachLocal

Global Membership Now Available

   Join Us Today! 

Sean McNeill, R.I.P.

We sadly share the news that our friend and past president Sean McNeill passed away peacefully on July 26, 2019.  He was surrounded by his loving family, and close friends Anne and Kieron.  Sean's life will be honored and celebrated at The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral at 263 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012 on Wednesday July 31st 2019 at 10:00 AM.  Sean's remains will be repatriated home to Castlerea where he will be reunited with his parents and niece at St Joseph's Cemetery in Castlerea Co. Roscommon.  Please visit here to read Sean's obituary.

Past Events

March 2019 Evening Meeting

Guest Speaker James F. Haggerty

Installation of IBO Grand Marshal
Attracta Lyndon & Aides for the
258th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

February Women's Networking Lunch2019

Eileen Scully - Founder, The Rising Tides
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

November 2018 Women's Networking Lunch

With Kate O"Neill - CEO of KO Insights,
Keynote Speaker, Author and Consultant

October 2018 Breakfast Meeting

with Brigette Hyacinth, Leadership Expert and Author

April 2019 Evening Meeting

Guest Speaker Roger Clark
NY1 Reporter and Musician

January 2019 Business Breakfast

Paddy McCarthy - Publisher of the Irish Examiner USA Newspaper

January 2019 Evening Meeting

Mike Greenly - Business Writer, Speech Coach, and former Fortune 500 Marketing/Communications Vice President

October 2018 Evening Meeting

with Sheila Murphy - Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at MetLife

October 2018 Evening Meeting Photos & Video

February 2019 Evening Meeting

Speed Networking
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February 2019 Business Breakfast

Brigadier General (Ret.) Loree Sutton, MD - Commissioner for New York City’s Department of Veterans’ Services
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

November 2018 Business Breakfast

With Kevin Tuohy Founding Partner of The Shoeshine Guild

November 2018 Evening Meeting

With Rob Walsh - Special Advisor to
Manhattan College President, 1010 Wins Radio Host, and former NYC Small Business Commissioner

September 2018 Evening Meeting

September 2018 Women's Networking Lunch

with Laurie Fabiano - 
President of the Tory Burch Foundation

April 2018 Women's Luncheon - Photos

257th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade with IBO Grand Marshal Dolores Walsh - Photos

February 2018 Evening Meeting - Photos

January 2018 Business Breakfast

November 2017 Evening Meeting - Photos

October 2017 Evening Meeting - Photos

September 2017 Evening Meeting - Photos

September 2017 Business Breakfast - Photos

Summer Party 2017 - Photos

June 2017 Evening Meeting - Photos

Business Roundtable with Congressman Brendan Boyle
          May 12, 2017

Mark Little - Founder Storyful
          September 9, 2015

September - IBO Evening Meeting

May 2018 Evening Meeting - Photos

April 2018 Evening Meeting - Photos

St. Patricks Day Party - Photos

Past IBO Featured Speakers

March 2018 Evening Meeting - Photos

January 2018 Evening Meeting - Photos

May 2017 Evening Meeting - Photos

April 2017 Evening Meeting - Photos

March 2017 Evening Meeting - Photos

256th NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade with IBO Grand Marshal Kevin FitzGerald - Photos

February 2017 Evening Meeting - Photos

January 2017 Evening Meeting - Photos

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