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  • 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 | Administrator (Administrator)

    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 | Administrator (Administrator)

     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:

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021 8:16 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    NEW YORKER FESTIVAL:   SOME VERY FUNNY LADIES Sunday, October 9, 2021, 4-5 P.M. E.T. 

    This event is virtual only.

    The 22nd annual edition of the New Yorker Festival will take place October 4 to 10, and will be a largely virtual affair this year. 

    IBO member Liza Donnelly, the author of “Very Funny Ladies,” joins Roz Chast, Liana Finck, and Amy Hwang to celebrate the history of women cartoonists at The New Yorker. Moderated by Emma Allen. This is a free community event.

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 3:44 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    The CenterPieceNY podcast, hosted by our very own Paul Finnegan, is back for another season! You can listen to a chat about the podcast between Paul and one of Ireland's premier comedians, Colm O'Regan, and also catch the first full episode of Season Two, dropping Thurs September 30th, featuring the legendary, the notorious, the amazing Adrian Flannelly, the godfather of Irish talk radio in New York. 

    Tune in at: (

  • Friday, September 17, 2021 4:49 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    On both sides of the Ocean, this has been a pretty challenging 12+ months. Many people are seeing this as an opportunity to reflect and consider new possibilities. Join us on this programme, presented by two Award Winning Career Coaches, who will guide you as you begin to create the future you want. 

    This engaging & interactive 6 week online programme beginning 27th September at 9.00 EST, which I’m offering with my colleague Niall Heenan, will give you an opportunity to Revive, Renew and Restart!

    You will leave the programme with:

    • really knowing your own strengths and values - and what may be holding you back
    • tips & tools to manage yourself and your time more effectively
    • some easy and useful strategies to add to your resilience toolkit
    • having visualised the future you want and created an action plan to achieve it
    • feeling yourself move forward with ease towards the future you want  

    IBONY members can avail of the discounted fee using SAVE100
  • Sunday, September 12, 2021 11:17 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Aisling Irish Community Center in Yonkers will be running a 6 Week to 6K Walk/Run Challenge in partnership with Clann Health!

    Starting on Monday, September 13, you are invited to log on and join from anywhere in the world for this fun and exciting health challenge. Once registered, you will be given expert training, guidance, and support to help you reach Week 6 successfully!

    All proceeds will support the redevelopment of the Aisling Center.

    Join the Challenge

  • Friday, September 10, 2021 2:51 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    In Case You Missed It: Our IBO 1st VP Paul Finnegan and his Centerpiece NY podcast were featured in this Irish Echo article this summer by Peter McDermott:

  • Friday, September 10, 2021 1:36 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    HOPe Annual Dinner - October 12, 2021: join former IBO President, Attracta Lyndon, Eileen Collins, and Dolores Walsh at the October 12th HOPe dinner at the Manhattan Manor featuring the Celtic Spirit Award honorees and updates on HOPe projects in Latin America. RSVP

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