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  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022 9:32 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Rebound Live Webcast

    Tues, May 3, 8:00 AM

    IBO member and guest speaker Brian Moran will join the interactive Rebound Live Webcast next Tuesday, May 3, at 8:00 am ET. Led by the All-American basketball player from Long Island Matt Doherty, the webcast features industry experts sharing knowledge that will help any growth-minded leader.

    Link:, Meeting ID: 436 993 0577 Passcode: Rebound

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022 9:20 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO Member Colleen Berry Conway of Ogham Art is proud to be the featured presenter at the Gaelic-American Club of Fairfield, CT on May 1, 2022 at 2 p.m. She'll be giving an informative and interactive lecture, "The Ogham Alphabet: Past & Present"

    Select unique creations by Ogham Art will be available for purchase at the event including art, jewelry and home decor.

    Ogham was used in Ireland and parts of England, Scotland and Wales between the 2nd and 6th centuries. Though its actual origins remain a mystery today, it is believed the Celts desired a cryptic alphabet that could not be deciphered by Roman Britain. Represented as a series of perpendicular and intersecting lines, this ancient script is thought to be influenced by the Latin alphabet using 20 characters. It is most commonly written vertically and is read from bottom to top. When presented horizontally, it is read from left to right. Ogham was carved into stones to mark land boundaries or to commemorate a member of the community. Today there are roughly 400 surviving stones featuring proper names, ancestral and tribal affiliations, and Latin words.

    SOUTHINGTON, CT-011520JS10- Artist Colleen Berry Conway, who specializes in Ogham Art, with some of her work in her home studio in Southington. Ogham is a medieval alphabet used primarily to write the early Irish language. Jim Shannon Republican-American

    The lecture will begin with a concise history of the Celts and an outline of the Celtic languages. A thorough presentation of the Ogham alphabet will be followed by a lesson for the attendees to write their names in Ogham. Also included are visuals and reference materials for those with a keen curiosity about a relatively unknown chapter of Irish history! Select unique creations by Ogham Art will be available for purchase at the event including art, jewelry and home decor.

    Sunday May 1st at 2PM in the Carolan Room GAC
    Tickets – $5.00 (Students with ID $2.00)
    Send check payable to Féile, Inc. to:
    Mary Adams-Arroyo, 221 McGrath CT, Stratford, CT 06615
    Subject: Irish History Lectures – Phone: 203-377-2346

    Contact Information: Mary-Ellen Vollemans | Email

    See more information.

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022 8:32 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Some of our members may be aware of the Tangible Ireland series, the global Irish leadership gatherings hosted by Raymond Sexton. Raymond is bringing Tangible Ireland to NY via Zoom on May 5 at 5 pm New York time.

    All IBO members are invited to participate. If you'd like to join in on the session of "Inspiration, Leadership, Project Reviews, Success Analysis, Outcomes, and Networking", you're more than welcome! The event is free but donations to support the work are welcome. Reach out to for the Zoom link, and visit Tangible on Facebook at

  • Monday, April 11, 2022 11:53 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Dublin fashion designer Jennifer Rothwell is inviting IBO members to attend her New York Fashion Showcase. Rothwell promotes Irish culture and heritage through contemporary fashion, and she creates gloriously colored silk dresses, ties, and scarves, as well as accessories in rich Donegal tweed. See her website at

    Rothwell's New York Fashion Showcase takes place on April 21 upstairs at the Churchill, 45 East 28th Street. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP with guest names to

  • Monday, April 11, 2022 11:28 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Calling all IBO members.

    The IBO and Emerald Isle Immigration Center (EIIC) are embarking on a collaborative project to provide job seekers in our community with the strategy, mentorship, networking and interview skills that they will need in their search.   EIIC has provided frontline services to the Irish community and many other immigrant communities in New York since 1988, and has grown to be a model non-profit for others to emulate. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer in this exciting project by emailing:

  • Sunday, April 10, 2022 7:50 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    If you haven't seen them yet, check out our set of photos from the parade and afterparty as captured by our photographer Paul Cunningham. You can download and order printed copies in a variety of fun formats - and even have the photos printed on keepsakes like magnets and mugs. 

    Visit the photo site

    Plus check out the IBO-NY Facebook feed for more fun snapshots and memories of the day. (If that link doesn't work, simply log into your Facebook account and search for ibonewyork.)

    And if you haven't seen the video of the parade, it's available on Youtube - the IBO is featured at at about the 3 hour, 12 minute mark. Watch the video on Youtube.

  • Monday, April 04, 2022 4:08 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Members may be interested in attending the Eithne and Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Golf Tournament on May 16 in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

    The event is a fundraiser for the Eithne and Paddy Memorial Fund, set up by the well-known hotelier John Fitzpatrick in memory of his late parents, Eithne and Paddy. The Memorial Fund works to raise funds in support of a diverse group of worthy organizations across the island of Ireland that focus on a range of much needed initiatives including expanding educational opportunities, helping families and children affected by serious illnesses, delivering social services to the elderly and fostering peace and understanding between people in troubled areas.

    More details available at or use the registration form.

  • Saturday, April 02, 2022 9:06 AM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO and Women's Networking Committee Member Tami Ellen McLaughlin, who is also Executive Director of Sober St Patrick's Day, writes with an update about that event: 

    Sober St. Patrick's Day® had a super and soggy day with our first march in the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, followed by our Post Parade Celebration at Old St. Patrick's Youth Center, and our second YouTube Premiere for our digital diaspora.

    Several IBO members leant their support: Shelley Ann Quilty Lake, Eileen Scully, Carolyn Walsh Parry, Bridget O'Brien; Jim Frawley and Samantha Kelly hosted the in-person party and YouTube Premiere!

    Read all about it in the latest Sober St. Patrick's Day Newsletter here:

    Enjoy the second annual Sober St. Patrick's Day YouTube Premiere here: 

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022 9:38 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    The Irish Business Organization of New York features in an article in the Irish Echo, written by IBO President Paul Finnegan. The article traces the history of the organization as we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary next year. 

    Read the article on

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022 8:53 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO Member and New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly will speak about her latest book, "Very Funny Ladies" at the 92nd Street Y on Friday, March 25 at 7 pm. 

    Get in-person or virtual tickets on the 92nd Street Y website. Here's the description: 

    Very Funny Ladies: Roz Chast, Amy Hwang, Emily Flake in Conversation with Liza Donnelly

    Roz Chast, Amy Hwang, Emily Flake, Liza Donnelly

    Everyone reads The New Yorker for its cartoons. What some might not know is that the magazine has published cartoons drawn by women since the very first issue in 1925.

    Liza Donnelly explores these women in her new book, Very Funny Ladies (with foreward by David Remnick and Emma Allen) that celebrates the increase in gender, racial and ethnic diversity among cartoonists today at The New Yorker. Female cartoonists Roz Chast, Amy Hwang, Emily Flake will talk — and laugh — with Liza about their work and the importance of diversity in the field of humor.

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