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  • 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!

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022 5:36 PM | Anonymous
    IBO Member and NY Irish Centre Executive Director George Heslin brings us the exciting news that the The New York Irish Center will host the second Battle of the Orgs! Table Quiz on Thursday, February 24, 2022, from 7-9 pm.

    The Battle of the Orgs! Table Quiz will put to the test all of New York's Irish organizations to see which ones will reign supreme. Sign up your organization for an evening of trivia, banter, and bragging rights. Solace House won the first Battle of Orgs and will be looking to defend the title!

    See for more. 

  • Friday, January 21, 2022 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    IMBOLG - St. Brigid's Day 2022 

    IBO-NY is pleased to share the following local community IMBOLG - St. Brigid’s Day events: 

    • Monday, January 31, 2022 @ 6 pm Nollaig Na mBan NY Celebration join Maura Mulligan and Mary Courtney for an in-person celebration of St. Brigid and the start of the spring season in Ireland at The Landmark Tavern 626 11th Ave ( between 48th & 49th St.) PDF attached 
    • Save the Date: Sunday, February 22, 2022 for IBO Women’s Networking St. Brigid event! 

  • Monday, January 17, 2022 9:56 PM | Anonymous

    It Is What It Is author and IBO Women’s Networking Committee Member Maureen Edwards kept busy writing last summer and entered the Mentoring Writers Summer 2021 Writing Competition.

    A panel of independent judges chose two of Maureen’s Chick Lit and three Contemporary Fiction short stories were selected as “best of the best” :

    • Hot Date
    • Boys at the Beach
    • In Trouble Again
    • Habits Die Hard
    • Pandemic Picnic

    Congratulations Maureen!

    Order your copy today locally from Golden Lab Bookshop | Queens, NY. Also enjoy a curated collection of diverse and inclusive novels in person at:

    Side B
    36-12 34th Ave
    Astoria, NY 11106

    Mentoring Writers 2021 Short Story Book (Paperback) | Golden Lab Bookshop

    Learn more about Maureen’s mentee experience with Ann Brady of Mentoring Writers: In Conversation With... Dr Maureen Edwards on Youtube.

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022 10:30 PM | Anonymous

    Wednesday, January 26, 2022 @ 7:00 PM 

    IBO Global Member MacDara Ó Conaola, a singer and seanchai from the Aran Islands, will perform in conjunction with the Irish American Heritage Museum Currach exhibition, bringing the history to life through traditional stories and songs. 

    Register for the Zoom today!

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022 10:19 PM | Anonymous

    Build Your Dream Network author Kelly Hoey is true friend of the IBO and former guest speaker in 2018 — IBO Women’s Networking inaugural year. Back then, Kelly treated IBO Women’s Networking to some of her networking gems, explained how she is rebranding the essential soft skill, and shared how her network-building advice is relatable, instilling confidence with actionable insights and practical information. 

    Fast forward to January 2022, #BYDN celebrates its 5th birthday and second #CovidBirthday, and Kelly is giving the gifts: a free 70-page Build Your Dream Network Book Bonus

    Kelly interviewed IBO Women’s Networking’s and Sober St. Patrick's Day® Executive Director Tami Ellen McLaughlin  — who had started with SSPD just about two months into the pandemic in 2020 — to do a #BYDN checkup.

    Read more on LinkedIn!

  • Tuesday, December 14, 2021 5:23 PM | John Lee

    The Irish Business Organization of New York (IBO) has named Ted Smyth its 2021 Sean McNeill Award honoree. A former diplomat and corporate executive, Smyth is a leader in the Irish American community through his writing, his board service to key Irish organizations, and his support of the mission of the IBO and other organizations. 

    The award annually celebrates people who exemplify the values of three-term IBO president Sean McNeill: his extraordinary generosity, his commitment to community, and his support of the IBO “Network, Communicate, Reciprocate” ethos.

    “Every year the IBO executive board considers an impressive list of Sean McNeill Award possibilities, but for 2021 Ted Smyth was the perfect choice,” IBO president John Lee said. “After his stellar diplomatic and corporate career, Ted applied his talents to supporting key Irish and Irish-American initiatives. He was a regular contributor to our many IBO events, an outstanding speaker for us and a valued sounding board for me personally.”

    After growing up in rural County Westmeath, Smyth earned a BA in History and Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin. He served as an Irish diplomat from 1972 to 1988 in Portugal, Geneva, the United States, and the United Kingdom in a career highlighted by his work on the Northern Ireland peace process. Moving to the U.S., he became a senior executive at two Fortune 200 companies and served in multiple board positions.

    Smyth is now Chair of the Advisory Board of the Clinton Institute at University College Dublin and President of the Advisory Board of Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, where he also earned an MA in Irish Studies.

    “I am truly honored to receive this award named for someone who personified the grace, generosity, and inclusion of the Irish Business Organization and the Irish American community in general,” Ted Smyth said. He continued, “The IBO, led by its dedicated President and Officers, has made a huge difference in terms of networking for business opportunities in the Tri-State area, including stepping up to combat the isolation of Covid measures.”

    Ted Smyth will receive the 2021 Sean McNeill Award at an IBO event early in 2022.

    Founded in 1973, the Irish Business Organization of New York works to promote, foster, and advance the business interests of Irish and Irish Americans in the tri-state area and beyond through its networking events, speakers’ program, online communication, and community engagement.

  • Tuesday, November 09, 2021 8:34 AM | Deleted user

    Sustainable Irish Design, Sculpture & Painting @ New York Design Week 2021 November 14-15 

    IBO Member and Rhyme Studio founder Claire McGovern is thrilled to invite IBO Members to an exhibition of design works and fine art at Wanted Design / ICFF at Javits Convention Center on November 14-15. Select Irish wool carpet and tapestry designs from four collections will be presented, alongside the New York City premiere of stone sculptures by Helen O’Connell and storm chaser oil painter Ian Sheldon. A new Irish wool textile and home decor collection will also debut. For our complimentary trade pass click here and more information here. Founder Claire McGovern will also share the stage with notable sustainable design experts for a discussion of Wellness & Healthy Materials on Sunday November 14 at 2.30pm

  • Wednesday, October 06, 2021 8:51 AM | Deleted user

     IBO-NY’s Dolores Walsh and Tami Ellen McLaughlin attended the October 2021 First Friday at the Consulate and were welcomed by Helena Nolan, US Consul General in New York. Consul General Nolan took up assignment in September 2021 and is one of 13 female senior management head of mission appointments. Learn more about her #VisibleWomen initiative here:


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