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COVID-19 Responses & Resources
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.
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
Irish singer Sheena Mullan
Sean McNeill Award
longtime leader in service to NY's Irish community
Thanks to our recent IBO speakers!
Tori J.E. Reily
Vice President, Saratoga Economic Development Corporation
President and CEO Americas at Rémy Cointreau
Endurance athlete & motivational speaker
Transformational Coach for Fast-Growing Distributed Companies at Operate Remote
Social Media & Networking Expert at
Many thanks to Enda O'Doherty for his inspirational
keynote addess at our June Evening Event!
The IBO was proud to sponsor this annual international business conference. Several IBO members spoke virtually during this online event.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update our list.
PROMOTION: Members, let us know if we can promote your business on Twitter.
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.
President, Irish Business Organization of New York
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
Chair, Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Board
for Keynoting our March Evening Event
March Networking Breakfast
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
Making Sense of the Census
IBO 2020 Parade Grand Marshal Named
January 2020 Evening Event
Swearing in of IBO 2020 Executive Board
Peter Quinn, Keynote Speaker
November 2019 Evening Meeting
October 2019 Business Breakfast
May 2019 Business Breakfast
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:
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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
October 2019 Evening Meeting
September 2019 Evening Meeting
September 2019 Business Breakfast
May 2019 Evening Meeting
June 2019 Business Breakfast
April 2019 Business Breakfast
Guest Speaker André Archimbaud
Global Membership Now Available
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.
March 2019 Evening Meeting
February Women's Networking Lunch2019
November 2018 Women's Networking Lunch
April 2019 Evening Meeting
Guest Speaker Roger Clark
January 2019 Evening Meeting
October 2018 Evening Meeting
February 2019 Business Breakfast
November 2018 Evening Meeting
September 2018 Women's Networking Lunch
November 2017 Evening Meeting - Photos
September 2017 Business Breakfast - Photos
Business Roundtable with Congressman Brendan Boyle
May 12, 2017
Mark Little - Founder Storyful
September 9, 2015
Past IBO Featured Speakers
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