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  • Wednesday, March 09, 2022 9:48 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO Parade Marshal and member Niall O'Leary, an Irish dance instructor, tells us that one of his most talented students will be appearing in this fantastic upcoming show: "One of my most famous dance students, Jake James, currently plays fiddle, bodhran and dances in this show!"

    Trinity Irish Dance Company

    MAR 15-20

    “Sophisticated and commanding” (Los Angeles Times), the Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) is the birthplace of progressive Irish dance, an innovative movement genre that “ushered in a new era for Irish step dance” (Chicago Tribune).

    Through a blend of percussive power and aerial grace, TIDC sends a clear message of female empowerment. Their St. Patrick’s Day week run celebrates Founding Artistic Director Mark Howard’s unique vision to fuse vibrant Irish traditions with ever-evolving American innovation. The program features Howard’s classics including Soles, a tribal and timeless rhythmic study; Push, an explosion of virtuosic footwork; and Johnny, the early work that altered the Irish dance landscape. New York City premieres include An Sorcas (The Circus), a colorful comment on the battle between substance and spectacle choreographed by Howard and Associate Artistic Director Chelsea Hoy, and American Traffic, a hybrid of Irish step and American tap that plays at the intersection of rhythmic sensibilities and rebellious histories, choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Melinda Sullivan.

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    Trinity Irish Dance Company | MAR 15-20

    Experience the artistry of Trinity Irish Dance Company in this sneak peek clip "where women make the form their own" (Boston Globe).

    The Joyce Theater's Health & Safety Protocols

    The health and safety of our audience members, artists, and staff are the utmost importance and we are writing to provide updates of our protocols for a safe return to The Joyce.

    In accordance with the health and safety guidelines of our local officials, The Joyce Theater will continue to require vaccinations for our staff, audience members, and performers. Masks will continue to be required at all times for visitors inside the theater, until further notice. All visitors are encouraged to consider receiving booster shots, to bolster preventative measures against new variants.

    In adherence to this policy, all audience members attending any performance at The Joyce will be asked to show proof of full vaccination status (two weeks following receiving both of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine), and will be checked upon entering the theater on day of show, either by a front-of-house employee or security staff. 

    Under the new vaccine eligibility protocols, children ages 5-11 who have reached full vaccination status (two weeks following receiving a two-dose vaccine) are welcome to attend our performances. Following the guidance of our local officials, we will continue to notify our Joyce patrons of additional details and updates to our visitation policies. 

    Audience members must provide proof in one of the following forms: physical immunization card, photo of immunization card, or a digital vaccine card (e.g. regional passes such as Excelsior in NYC) as well as proof of identity (for example: driver's license, non-driver's government issued ID card, passport, school or work ID card). Acceptable proof must show receipt of full COVID-19 vaccination.

    The Joyce's policies regarding masks and proof of vaccination will continue to evolve and may be relaxed or extended at a future date. We are committed to the safety of our visitors, and will continue to update our policies as necessary. Please visit our Health & Safety Protocols page for more information. 

  • Wednesday, March 09, 2022 9:09 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    A spectacular and memorable evening of Irish music, song and dance!
    National Heritage Fellow Mick Moloney in performance with his famed group The Green Fields of America, showcasing Irish America's finest traditional artists

    Tuesday March 15, 7pm-9pm

    The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan

    Tickets: $40

    Register in advance (required!) by emailing Doris at

    Payment can be made by cash or check at the door. There will be a cash bar open two hours before and two hours after the show where you can hang with the performers!

    This is the Green Fields' historic first ever appearance at The Players, colloquially known as The Players Club, and Rosemary Cooper will be joining him onstage for some high-energy Irish dance!

    All are welcome, but registration is required in advance...Read on for more info...

    Players was founded by actor Edwin Booth in 1888. Luminary members have included Mark Twain, George M Cohan and hundreds of the most prominent stars of theater, vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley. The building designed by Stanford White is absolutely magnificent and indeed breathtaking in its visual connection with the artistic and cultural life of New York City over the past 130+ years. This event is produced by Players J.C. Mills and Doris Meyer.

    Hope you can make it!

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  • Monday, March 07, 2022 8:23 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    It is with great sorrow that the IBO has learned of the passing on Sunday of a former member, Patrick (Páraic) Feeney, in St. Vincent's Hospital in Dublin, having lost his battle with cancer. 

    With a career in banking in New York spanning over 20 years, Patrick was an active member of the IBO during his years here, before being posted to Dublin by his employer in 2014.  A native of Glenamaddy, Co. Galway, and Queens resident, the popular Patrick was well-known to many in New York's Irish community, being involved with many social and cultural organizations, especially the New York Irish Center in Long Island City. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and loved ones in New York.

    The funeral mass will be livestreamed on Wednesday morning, March 9th, at noon in Ireland (7am in New York).

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022 2:43 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    A fantastic atmosphere prevailed at the Bank of Ireland Innovation Lab on February 23, as the Irish Business Organization of New York gathered together in person for the first time in 2022. The meeting was held as a hybrid occasion, broadcast live as a Facebook event. (View it on Facebook.)

    On the agenda were some celebratory moments. Former Irish diplomat and senior corporate executive Ted Smyth was presented with the 2022 Sean MacNeill Award, and former IBO president Niall O’Leary was given the sash of the IBO Grand Marshall in the St Patrick’s Day Parade. 

    Paul Finnegan, the new president for 2022 opened proceedings, acknowledging special guests in attendance, including former Irish Ambassador to the US Anne Anderson and several of the organization’s past presidents.

    Next was the introduction of Ted Smyth by historian Kevin Kenny, Director of Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, who noted the many hats worn by former Irish diplomat and senior corporate executive Smyth in “his three worlds - diplomacy, business and ideas”. Smyth is President of the Advisory Board at Glucksman Ireland House, among his many other Irish community activities. 

    In his remarks accepting the Sean McNeill Award, Smyth noted that it was “named for someone who personified the grace, generosity, and inclusion of the Irish Business Organization and the Irish in America generally”. He cited community, empathy and caring as “three words that capture these lessons of being Irish at home and abroad”, noting that they complement the IBO’s values of “Network, Communicate, Reciprocate, helping people to make their way along the difficult road to success in business and self-sustainment.” 

    He closed his remarks quoting Seamus Heaney: “Hope is not optimism, which expects things to turn out well, but something rooted in the conviction that there is good worth working for.”’

    “And that’s what we all try to do, a good worth working for,” Smyth concluded.

    New York’s Irish Deputy Consul General Seán Ó hAodha added to the accolades, presenting Smyth with a decades-old photograph depicting Smyth as he was serving at the consulate in the 1980s. 

    The night also included a presentation to immediate past IBO President John Lee in recognition of his work over the last two years, an update from Turlough MacConnell over the efforts to save the Great hunger Museum of Quinnipiac College, and comments on emigrant voting and diaspora engagement from Hilary Beirne, the chair of the New York City St Patrick’s Day Parade. 

    The event concluded with the long-awaited installation of former IBO President Niall O’Leary as IBO Parade Marshall- delayed two years by the pandemic. IBO member Dolores Walsh presented O’Leary with the sash. O’Leary invited all watching to march in the parade and attend the IBO’s afterparty on St Patrick’s Day. 

    See more pictures on this Dropbox page. (On that page, click on the three lines on the top right and hit "grid" to see the images arrayed for easy viewing.)

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022 11:11 AM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Member Tami McLaughlin of our IBO-NY Women’s Networking Committee sends along news of the Sober St Patrick's Day Celebration on their 10th anniversary:

    Sober St. Patrick's Day® 10th Anniversary Year Culminates with Invitation to March in NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade 

    Frequently heralded by the Irish American press as “The Best Entertainment in New York City on St. Patrick’s Day,” Sober St. Patrick's Day has even more to offer people searching for the perfect "family friendly, alcohol-free event.” As well as a live in person party, a digital celebration will be streamed for followers around the world. 

    For more information, please email Tami Ellen McLaughlin, Executive Director, Sober St. Patrick's Day® Foundation, Inc. at

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022 10:32 AM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    Member George Heslin sends along this invite to join our friends at the New York Irish Center on St Patrick's Day. 

    40 Shades of Green - All Day Celebration

    See all the details.


    Book on the website.

  • Monday, February 28, 2022 8:58 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    If 2022 is already feeling stressful and challenging, considering joining Tipperary based member Kathleen Fanning on her next Mental Fitness Booster Programme starting 8th March. Feedback from recent participant: 

    The Mental Fitness Booster Program has given me some great tools and resources to get through busy and often hectic days. I have learned how to step back from stressful and/or negative situations and reframe them into a more positive mindset. And, I now have a toolbox of exercises to help me maintain this mindset. They are quick, efficient and easy to practice! I can't say enough about the group calls led by Kathleen during the program... so much added value! Thank you! JH

    Link to register: - and there is a $200 savings for IBO members!

    Read more about Kathleen on her website at, where you can also sign up for her bimonthly newsletter on on topics such as Managing Overwhelm, Building Resilience and Cultivating the Kind Workplace. 

  • Saturday, February 19, 2022 5:16 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    IBO member Maura Clare of Smuggling Nun Irish Poitin has been nominated for a Connecticut Entrepreneur Award - and you can help her win!

    See all the details and vote on the Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards website.

    A few excerpts from her nomination:

    Maura Clare founded Long Arm Distributing to fulfill her dream of producing, importing and marketing premium Irish poitín--one of the world's most ancient liquors and the hippest, new spirit around. LAD's high standards are evident not only in the finest-tasting poitín, but reflected in superior package design, uplifting marketing messaging and innovative distribution practices. This has allowed LAD to punch above its weight in a market dominated by large corporations.

    Although she only moved back to the area 18 months ago, Maura has jumped wholeheartedly into the CT entrepreneur community. Within this short time she has launched her exciting new spirit Smuggling Nun, the best on the market of the ancient Irish 'moonshine' poitin, has become an active and enthusiastic member at District CoWork and an inspiring member of the local Irish-American community. Her enthusiasm, spirit, along with her knowledge and dedication make her an extraordinary entrepreneur.

    Good luck, Maura! 

    Vote for Maura Clare on the Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards - votes accepted through March 6.

    Follow Maura Clare on LinkedIn.

  • Monday, February 07, 2022 4:27 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    The NYC St Patrick's Day Parade has announced an event on Sunday, February 27 in Queens to install the Grand Marshall and Aides. Here's the scoop, from their website:

    The 2022 Grand Marshal and Aides Reception

    Despite recent challenges, we are moving forward in planning the 2022 NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade. We, therefore, cordially invite you to join us for the Grand Marshal and Aides Installation Reception!

    Sunday, February 27, 2022
    Antun’s 96-43 Springfield Boulevard
    Queens Village, NY.

    This is the only event on the Parade calendar that offers an opportunity to honor both the Aides to the Grand Marshal and the Grand Marshal, James T. Callahan for the historic 261st NYC St Patrick’s Day ParadeTM.

    We look forward to an afternoon that will include a buffet dinner, open bar, and music by Gerry Finlay and the Cara Band.

    Visit their website to RSVP. 

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022 7:03 PM | Noreen Bowden (Administrator)

    The Irish Echo is calling for nominations for its 2022 40 Under 40. From their website: 

    The Irish Echo is proud to present the 15th annual Irish Top 40 Under 40 Awards, which will take place on Friday, February 25, 2022.

    This hugely popular event is a celebration of Irish and Irish Americans who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields of work before reaching the age of forty.

    We will be honoring the up and coming personalities of Irish America from every walk of life, and from every part of the nation.

    Our Top 40 Under 40 will spotlight the up-and-coming leaders of Irish America from around the nation who work in a variety of fields and occupations.

    NOMINATE for 2022

    DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS – Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    See the Irish Echo website for more information.

    We have no doubt there are potential nominees among our membership! If you nominate a member, do note their IBO membership on the nomination form. 

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