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  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022 7:34 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Our friends at Irish American Writers & Artists invite all to join them in honoring the musical, literary, and theater legend Larry Kirwan: 


    Larry Kirwan will receive the 2022 Eugene O'Neill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish American Writers & Artists on Monday, October 24, 2022 at the beautiful Skylight Room, upstairs at Rosie O'Grady's in the heart of Manhattan.

    Purchase tickets now for this festive celebration of Larry Kirwan, founder and lead singer of the rock band Black 47, author, political activist, and Tony Award nominated playwright (Paradise Square).

    Cocktail reception includes hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, and open bar. Tickets for $175 include one year of membership with the Irish American Writers & Artists.

    Buy tickets on Eventbrite

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022 7:12 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Our friends at Irish Network send us news of their raffle to benefit Concern Worldwide:  

    Irish Network New York Raffle and Summer Party

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022 AT 6:30 PM at Stone Street NYC
    Open bar, free for Irish Network NYC members, $45 for non-members.

    You don't need to be present to win!

    Hosted by Irish Network NYC to benefit Concern Worldwide, this raffle is offering the chance at the memory of a lifetime! One lucky winner will win a trip to Ireland for two worth $5,000, which includes round-trip tickets, two high-quality hotel stays, and a luxurious shopping trip!

    And even if you don't win our grand prize, there are still thousands of dollars worth of other Irish goodies you could win, including charmed 7th Heaven jewelry, premium alcohols, and much more. There will also be many more prizes available on event night, so prepare for an incredible time! All proceeds from the raffle will benefit Concern Worldwide's life-saving programs around the world.

    Click the link to enter the raffle and win big!

    From the above site: 

    Enter the raffle for a chance to win one of our amazing prizes! Prizes include...

    A "Fly, Shop, and Stay in Dublin" package worth $5,000, featuring a round-trip flight with Aer Lingus, an exciting shopping trip with Brown Thomas, and an overnight stay at two incredible hotels: The Westin Dublin and the Powerscourt Hotel Resort Spa.

    A beautiful jewelry set from Connemara Marble with a warm blanket and scarf

    An incredible bundle of eyelashes and supplies from Lash Star Beauty New York

    A gorgeous scarf and jewelry set from 7th Heaven

    A high quality package from Act + Acre (skin care for your scalp)

    A box containing gin and accessories from The Shed Distillery

    Two scrumptious gift boxes from The Paddy Box, featuring some delicious snacks

    A 12 pack of carefully crafted Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey

    Two Finca Skin Organics bundles containing top tier skincare products

    A gift certificate for a wonderful meal or drinks at The Dead Rabbit

    A mouthwatering 6 pack of Shanky's Whip Black Whiskey from Shanky & Shireman

    A journey full of fragrances with high quality perfumes from Memo Paris

    Peggy Rain rescues your washing from the rain, made in Ireland

    An assortment of super supplements from Revive Active to help you look and feel healthier

    A desirable bottle of gin and a delectable bottle of whiskey from Glendalough Distillery

    With many more prizes available during the night!

  • Friday, June 24, 2022 9:56 AM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    The Consulate will again march in New York City Pride this year!

    The 53rd NYC Pride March will begin at noon on June 26th from 25th Street and 5th Avenue. Marchers will proceed south on 5th Avenue before heading west through Greenwich Village and dispersing in Chelsea at 16th Street and 7th Avenue.

    All are welcome to take part in this special day by walking with the Irish parade group and with our Ireland float, taking in the fantastic atmosphere, and enjoying music by renowned Irish DJ Fiona Walsh.

    We welcome LGBTQI+ and allies alike, as well as anyone with an interest in or affiliation with Ireland. Spread the word! The Irish theme at the New York march – “Amach le Chéile – Out Together” – reflects the inclusiveness of the modern nation which Ireland has become. Please find more details on the event, and register here: We are restricted on the number of marchers this year, so do register promptly if interested! 

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022 1:12 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Our friends at Irish Network NYC are running an event that IBO members may be interested in. 

    Effective Networking in New York City

    by Irish Network NYC

    Thursday, Jun 23, 2022, 7:00 PM EDT at the Bank of Ireland Hub

    This is an exciting event for folks newly arrived to the City and looking to meet people in their industries and build their network or existing New Yorkers looking to develop their professional networks. The evening will include a speaking program with seasoned professionals across different many industries (Law, Finance, Science, Hospitality, etc.), breakout sessions, and an informal mixer before and after the program.

    See all the details and get ticket on the event's Eventbrite page. 

  • Monday, May 30, 2022 8:38 AM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Members might be interested in the following - but act fast! The sale ends June 1 at 6:59 pm Eastern time.

    Aer Lingus Flash Sale Save $100 off

    JFK to Dublin and Shannon

    Newark to Dublin

    JFK to Manchester

    Travel June 1 – September 30, 2022

    Hurry! Book by June 1st at

    Roundtrip including taxes and fees. T&C’s apply

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022 8:44 AM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    A play by IBO member John Kearn will be featured in the New York Theater Festival in June!

    After a successful run in the 1stIrish Theatre Festival at Ryan's Daughter pub in this winter, Boann and the Well of Wisdomdirected by Glory Kadigan and starring Annalisa Chamberlin and Gary Troy, is moving to the 75-seat Latea Theatre (107 Suffolk Street, NY, NY) as part of the New York Theater Festival! 

    A team of lighting, costume, and sound designers are working to bring the show to the next level on the large stage at the Latea Theatre. You have three chances to see Boann and the Well of Wisdom in its new incarnation: 

    * Wednesday June 1 @ 6:30 PM
    * Friday June 3 @ 4 PM
    * Sunday June 5 @ 1 PM 

    Boann and the Well of Wisdom is a poetic, two-character drama based on the myth of Boann (the Irish goddess of poetry). The young, spirited Boann and her father, Nechtan, run the White Cow pub atop a forbidden well in pre-Christian Ireland. Boann wants to innovate while Nechtan wants the pub to remain as it is. 

    Tickets: BOANN AND THE WELL OF WISDOM - New York Theater Festival

    Boann and the Well of Wisdom also has a tax-deductible fundraising campaign for the production. If you can make a donation, there are whiskey bottles and books as incentives:

  • Sunday, May 01, 2022 3:00 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    From our friends at the NY Irish Center: there will be an evening dedicated to the memory of Páraic Feeney on Saturday, May 7 at 5 pm. 

    As many of you may know, one of New York Irish Center's dedicated volunteers and board members, Páraic Feeney, passed away in Ireland in early March. New York Irish Center will host an evening of remembrance for Páraic on Saturday, May 7 at 5pm. All are welcome to attend.
    You can listen to an episode of the CenterPieceNY podcast dedicated to the Saturday Computer Club, and
    Páraic's influence and dedication to the program, on

  • Sunday, May 01, 2022 2:40 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Tipperary-based member Kathleen Fanning would love to connect with members to get to know you and to build professional connections and referrals. She is offering complimentary 30 minutes to  ‘pause and reflect on your goals and intentions for the rest of 2022.’

    If you just want to connect for a ‘get to know you chat' - that’s fine with her too! Click here to set up a time to meet:

    For more information, see her website at 

    And she's got a bi-monthly newsletter you can sign up for here, if you’re interested in topics such as Managing Overwhelm, Building Resilience and Cultivating the Kind Workplace:

    Her new journal, Fill Your Well - Your 30 Day Journey of Resilience is available on Amazon.

  • Sunday, May 01, 2022 2:28 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO member Claire McGovern, of, is a sustainable interior designer, art advisor and manufacturer, whose recent work uses Irish wool as its basis.

    Her latest collection, Báinín, Irish wool tapestry and design, debuts in New York City May 17-20. See more info on

    Claire is also the centerpiece of the latest episode of IBO President Paul Finnegan's podcast,

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022 9:35 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO Member Bill Lee writes to say his company has an event coming up that may be of interest to other members: 

    My company is sponsoring a webinar on private foundations, public charities and DAF's.    This webinar will provide one free Continuing Education Credit for attorneys, accountants, and CFP's.   If you are interested, let me know and I will send you the details to register.

    Bill Lee
    cell: (516) 330-9437

    Details are below: 

    We are pleased to invite you to a webinar on private foundations, public charities, and DAFs, presented by Northwestern Mutual’s Advanced Planning team. One FREE continuing education credit is available for attorneys, accountants, and CFP® practitioners. No state insurance credit will be offered.

    Advanced Planning Presents:
    Private Foundations, Public Charities,
    and DAFs, Oh My!

    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    12:00-1:00pm CT (1:00-2:00pm ET; 11:00am-12:00pm MT;
    10:00-11:00am PT; 8:00-9:00am HT)

    SUMMARY: While everyone agrees that charitable giving is a good thing, the rules differ greatly for public charities, private foundations, and donor advised funds. Learn the different rules for the entities as well as donors. 

    One FREE continuing education credit for attorneys, accountants, and CFP® practitioners. No state insurance will be offered.


    • Jennifer L. Urban, Esq, Attorney for Nonprofits - Legal for Good PLLC
    Jenn Urban is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. After graduation, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Peggy L. Bryant, Tenth District Court of Appeals for the State of Ohio. Before transitioning to private practice, Jenn served four years as an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Ohio Attorney General in the Charitable Law Section. Jenn learned the importance of protecting charitable assets through investigation and enforcement. While an Assistant Attorney General, Jenn also regulated Ohio’s healthcare and nonprofit organization structures through the review of merger and acquisition transactions; mediated complex healthcare disputes and separations; lead an enforcement team; represented the State in administrative hearings regarding charity gaming license suspensions and revocations; and executed/upheld settlement agreements.

    Jenn also honed her nonprofit business acumen while serving as the Executive Director of a Minnesota nonprofit with business operations in three (3) states. She is currently active in the Minnesota and Ohio legal communities, enjoys teaching and speaking at legal education seminars, is an adjunct professor leading the nonprofit law clinic at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and is a member of numerous prominent local legal organizations. Jenn is dedicated to providing each of her clients with education, creative solutions, and reliable advice.

    Education: Ohio State University of Wisconsin – Madison (bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations) Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Business.

    • Patrick J. Horning JD, CLU®, CFP®, Senior Director – Advanced Planning, Northwestern Mutual
    Patrick Horning worked in a boutique law firm specializing in business and real estate law for four years before joining Northwestern Mutual in 2000. Patrick is a regular presenter at many of Northwestern Mutual’s schools and seminars, including Advanced Planning Presents. He is also a national speaker at industry conferences and estate planning councils. He frequently consults with Northwestern Mutual Financial Representatives and other professional advisors on estate, business, retirement and income tax planning and nonqualified employee benefits.

    Patrick’s professional memberships include the American Bar Association, Wisconsin Bar Association, Milwaukee Bar Association and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

    Education: Marquette University (bachelor’s degree in history and political science); Marquette University Law School.

    Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame logo), which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. Legal for Good, PLLC  is not a partner of or affiliated in any way with Northwestern Mutual. For more information please visit

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