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  • Sunday, February 26, 2023 9:38 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    We've mentioned Craicfest on these pages and we've been sent particular notice of one of the featured films, which might be of interest to members - 

    IBO members and friends are cordially invited to the NY premier of a movie called Lakelands showing next Sat March 4th @ The Village East Cinema 181-189 2nd Ave at 3pm.  Written & directed by Robbie Higgins & Patrick McGivney both from Granard, Co. Longford who will be attending the screening Q&A afterwards.   The Movie has a GAA Theme about a player who gets hurt and actually won the Galway Film Fleadh last July: It’s a very exciting time for Irish movies in general!

  • Sunday, February 26, 2023 9:33 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    We've had word about a special concert at Carnegie Hall - and IBO members can get tickets at a discount.

    From the organizers:

    The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland presents an exclusive one-night-only concert in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday March 17, 2023 at 7pm. Led by the internationally acclaimed conductor Greg Beardsell, the youth orchestra’s 140 players will be joined by the 100-voice Fairfield County Children’s Choir, and the Xaverian High School pipe corps of Brooklyn. The concert is the culmination of an 18-concert tour of Ireland marking both the 28th anniversary of the Orchestra, and the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland upon its signing on April 10 1998.

    We are pleased to offer IBO members a discount code of 15%  on tickets for this special one-night only performance; Please use Code IRE39945 at checkout:

    he event is being backed by the Irish Consulate, the British Consulate, and the Northern Ireland Bureau. Mayor Adams and a number of Irish dignitaries will attend. 

  • Sunday, February 26, 2023 9:21 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    We've been sent word of this impressive event taking place on the evening of Tuesday, February 28th. From the notice: 

    We would like to warmly invite you to our showcase and networking event in the New York Irish Centre on the evening of February 28th.

    US Influence on the Good Friday Agreement -- Cancer Research Across Borders

    This event has been organised to highlight the developing All-Island Cancer Research Institute (AICRI; and also explore the opportunities presented by this exciting initiative to further promote collaborative interactions between the US and Ireland in the area of cancer research. The event will also talk in a significant way about the legacy of the Good Friday Agreement, which this year marks its 25th anniversary. 

    The Ireland America Science Forum, University College Dublin Alumni, Queen's University Belfast Alumni and Consulate General of Ireland, New York, join AICRI as event co-hosts. The format of the evening will be largely based on our recent successful event in Boston, where we brought various leaders in medicine, science, industry, business and other areas together.

    We anticipate a similar interesting evening of discussion and networking, with a stellar panel including Prof Mark Lawler (QUB), Dr Róisín O'Cearbhaill (MSKCC) and Dr John Greally (Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Montefiore Medical Centre), with Dr Geraldine McGinty (Weill Cornell Medicine) acting as chair.  

    The AICRI Team would be delighted to have IBO members join, as we are keen to widen the scope of our networking base to also include leaders from outside the scientific arena. 

    Find further details on the event registration page

  • Monday, February 20, 2023 8:42 AM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    The film fans among us will be delighted to hear that the Oscar-Nominated and multi award winning Irish Language film The Quiet Girl (An Caílin Ciúin), written/directed by Colm Bairéad will be released in theaters in New York  San Francisco, LA and Chicago on February 24th and expanding to select theaters throughout the US from March 3rd.

    Here in NY, there will be three special Q&A's with Colm Bairéad and cast members Catherine Clinch, Carrie Crowley and Andrew Bennett

    • Thursday, February 23 7pm— Theatrical advance screening Q&A - Angelika Film Center

    • Friday, February 24 7.40pm — Theatrical screening Q&A - Angelika Film Center OPENING DAY

    • Saturday February 25 7.40pm — Theatrical screening Q&A - Angelika Film Center

    Tickets are available NOW


  • Sunday, February 05, 2023 1:23 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Our friends over at CraicFest have sent word of CraicFest 25, kicking off on February 24th with a Craic Concert at Rockwood Music Hall. 

    From their press release: 

    Twenty-five years ago, the CraicFest began with a vision from Oscar Nominated director Jim Sheridan (In the Name of The Father, My Left Foot, The Field) and native Irish New Yorker Terence Mulligan. Jim met Terence while working as a doorman at Club Macanudo in 1999. Craic Fest is the brainchild of Mulligan, but it was Sheridan who helped shape the cultural identity of the festival over the past 25 years.

    Sheridan still serves on the board member along with Liam Neeson, Denis Leary and Aidan Quinn.

    On Friday Feb. 24th, the Craic Music Fest will host an all-star lineup of Irish and IrishAmerican performers. The concert will be a star - studded lineup of actors, performers, comedians and musicians. MC/Host John Connors (Love/Hate), comedian Siobhan Fallon Hogan (SNL, Seinfeld, Men in Black, RUSHED), musician Brendan O’Shea and local comedians Craig Geraghty & Katie Boyle. More special guests TBA.

    Craic Film Festival, on March 2nd, will feature the NY premiere of The GHOST OF RICHARD HARRIS. Oscar nominated director Jim Sheridan and acclaimed actor Jared

    Harris will host the screening with Q&A to follow. Director Adrian Sibley will be in attendance. The Friday March 3rd Craic Fest Gala will host the NY premiere of SHELTER IN SOLITUDE written by Siobhan Fallon Hogan and starring Robert Patrick (The Terminator, Yellowstone 123), Peter Macon (Orville) and Fallon Hogan. Fallon Hogan and cast will be at the Q&A to follow the screening.

    For students and young children, Saturday March 4th, Kids Fleadh will host the best of Irish shorts and Irish step dancing. We will have the NY premier of LAKELANDS directed & written by Robbie Higgins and Patrick McGivney.

    Also there’s a special screening of documentary AMERICONNED by Irish filmmaker Sean Claffey who will be present for Q&A. Closing night, Saturday March 4th, hosts the NY premiere of BLACK GUELPH written by and starring John Connors (Love/Hate & Cardboard Gangsters) Q&A to follow and closing reception.

    Festival Director/founder Terence Mulligan commented: “The impetus of the festival was at the Galway Film Fleadh in 1999 over a pint with Jim Sheridan. Jim was the one who suggested that we focus on the New Irish Cinema and Irish New Yorkers would embrace a festival like this every March. Jim also opened the door to our first sponsor, Fitzpatrick Hotel, who has been with us since 1999. After 25 years we are still pushing the envelope. The concert has a stellar lineup with a few surprise guests. Film fest is going to be very special as well with John Connors, Jared Harris and Jim Sheridan in attendance."

    See all the details at

  • Sunday, February 05, 2023 12:56 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    We've had a query in from a journalist at a new Irish-American news outlet seeking to profile Irish people working in NY - she thought our members would be interested and surely some of us would be! The request is simple, with just an email q and a - if you're interested, drop a line to and we'll forward it on. 

  • Saturday, January 28, 2023 11:15 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    We've launched a new monthly email to connect J-1 Visa Holders with job opportunities - if you're on our list you should have received the information below. The 1-Year Graduate USA Visa Program is designed for Irish passport holders recently graduated from an Irish college. J-1 Visa Holders have 90 days after arrival in the U.S. to find employment anywhere in the country.

    Given the IBO’s extensive network of professionals across an array of industries, we believe we can be of assistance to J-1 Visa Holders currently looking for employment.

    Please review the list of J-1 Visa Holders below, which has their credentials and the industry/sector that they are interested in.

    If either you or someone you know has an opening within this industry that you believe would be appropriate for a J-1 Visa Holder with these credentials, please let us know by emailing us at

    We can then make the introduction between yourself and the student and let the dialogue go from there.

    Degrees/Accreditation: MSC, International Business, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School; Bachelor Degree, Commerce International with French, University College Cork
    Industry/Job Desired: Marketing, Digital Marketing, Advertising

    Degrees/Accreditation: Bachelor of Business Administration Exchange, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin; BA in International Business, University of Limerick
    Industry/Job Desired: Business/Finance

    Degrees/Accreditation: B.S. in Computer Systems, University of Limerick
    Industry/Job Desired: Technology

    Degrees/Accreditation: DCU, BSC Biotechnology
    Industry/Job Desired: Healthcare

    Degrees/Accreditation: BSC Biology and Bioprocessing, DCU
    Industry/Job Desired: Healthcare

  • Monday, January 16, 2023 12:15 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Our friends at Sober St. Patrick’s Day® are partnering with the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. to launch Rediscovering St. Patrick’s Day™ Livestream Book Club. 

    The run up to March 17th is a great time to learn about the life of St. Patrick and what he did for the “isle of saints and scholars. This new, free book club will help you do just that — it is designed for participants to learn more about the saint and grow both intellectually and spiritually. 

    The Letters of Saint Patrick – a Historical New Translation by Marcus Losack has been recommended by Dr. Tim Campbell, Director, Saint Patrick Visitor Centre, Downpatrick, NI, one of a number of experts on the life and legacy of St. Patrick. The book is 100 pages and in large print.

    In-person Zoom meetings @ 2 p.m. in NYC and 7 p.m. in Ireland on (3) Sundays: January 22nd, February 5th, and March 5th

    Venue for in-person meeting is 33 Club, 323 East 33rd, NY, NY 10016.

    All registrants will receive a Zoom link.

    Sign up to receive book club registration details and Zoom link for online participants here:

    Purchase the The Letters of Saint Patrick hard copy and/or Kindle version on amazon here:

  • Monday, December 05, 2022 1:33 PM | Colleen Berry Conway (Administrator)

    My Ireland presents a factual and descriptive account of Ireland in the 1950s from the perspective of the author and IBO Member Margaret Connor looking back on her early life in the country of her birth. My Ireland is a historical and cultural walk down memory lane. It is more than a memoir. Rather, it is a loving and earnest conversation with Ireland’s rural past and its people.

    Margaret Connor grew up on a small farm outside the town of Ballina in County Mayo. She left home as a teenager to work in Dublin in the hotel business. From there, she immigrated to the United States where she earned a B.A. from Harvard University followed by an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. This led to a career in Silicon Valley as a finance officer in the technology industry. Margaret currently lives in Greenwich, CT where she remains involved in her profession by consulting with early-stage ventures.

    My Ireland is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.  Click here for a link to purchase:

  • Sunday, November 27, 2022 5:25 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    With Giving Tuesday coming up, members might consider giving supporting the Irish Business Organization of New York (IBO), by supporting us in one or more of the following ways:

    The IBO is an entirely voluntary organization, and we have considerable operating expenses - everything from the hosting of our membership platform, to storage fees, to the professional services that all organizations need. We've been in existence since 1973 and we're gearing up for our 50th anniversary celebrations next year.

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