February 2020 Women's Networking Lunch
Guest Speaker: Treasa Goodwin-Smyth, broadcaster
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Irish Consulate, 345 Park Ave, New York, NY 10154
Please join the Irish Business Organization of New York Women’s Networking Committee for a very special HerStory Ireland 2020 St. Brigid’s Month Networking Lunch on Thursday, February 20, at Noon!
The event will feature fireside chat with a very familiar face and voice in the Irish American community - Treasa Goodwin-Smyth, Radio Broadcaster at Ireland Calls Radio Show and co-host of the St Patrick’s Day Parade broadcast for WNBC.
Treasa is the first woman to host both the senior hurling and football All Ireland finals on WFUV , has done so for over 25 years and will host the finals again this year.
An expert on the history and groups that march in the parade, she joins her husband ESPN’s Tommy Smyth and together they provide viewers with a fun and informative look at parade’s rich history, narrating the live broadcast to millions of homes in the tri-state area and streamed worldwide.
Treasa will be interviewed by our very own IBO Communications Officer Bridget O’Brien, founder of Bridget O’Brien PR and Events and head of social media for New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They’ll discuss Treasa’s early life and career in Ireland, her sports and television broadcasting career in America, and the importance of St. Brigid’s Day and celebrating women.
IBO 2020 Member – $20.00
IBO 2020 Member & Non-Member Guest – $50.00
Non-Member – $40.00
Non-Member & Non-Member Guest – $80.00
NOTE: Attendees must RSVP by no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
Treasa Goodwin-Smyth, broadcaster
Treasa was born in Ballard Cobh Co. Cork a twin, one of ten children to Patrick and Teresa Coffey. She attended St Mary’s national school in Cobh and continued her education in Cobh Vocational school. It was there she learned her love for sports especially playing camogie. Treasa played camogie with the Cobh Camogie club team. From there she was selected to play with Imokilly county divisional team Cork. Her Cork reign was short as Treasa received a scholarship to Gurteen Agricultural College in Tipperary. From there she perused a career in Farm Management and Accounting.
Treasa immigrated to New York in the mid-eighties. In New York she earned her degree as a New York State Registered Professional Nurse, and has worked in many different areas of nursing during her nursing career. Her favorite being Labor & delivery and the Operating Room.
After arriving in New York, Treasa joined The New York Young Irelands Camogie club. As a player she lined out with the club for many years, and was part of the team that won many North American senior Championships. Off the field she became involved in the running of the club. She first held the position of PRO and then moved onto becoming its President. A position she was honored to hold for 12 years, and saw great progression within the club and sport.
In 2008 when Cumann Camogaiochta na nGael celebrated its 100th year anniversary, Treasa was selected as the US liaison by the US Camogie Association Ireland, and traveled to Ireland with the US team. Camogie was not the only love she played soccer with Doyles Corner. Monaghan was her adopted GAA football club. On the youth side she was a member of the NY Celtic Gaelic football club and proudly served as PRO and corresponding secretary.
This past year Treasa returned to Camogie as a Coach, to the Queens-based Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Club and enjoys sharing her knowledge and game skills with the younger players.
On the broadcast end of things, over 27 years ago Treasa became the first woman to be involved in the broadcast of the All Ireland Finals. Treasa in conjunction with the New York Gaelic Association has provided the pre-game, half-time, and post-game shows for both the Senior All Ireland Hurling and Football Finals on WFUV 90.5 FM radio.
In addition to all of her accomplishments Treasa continues to host her own radio show Ireland Calls, every Saturday and is heard worldwide on WVOX.COM 1460am. Ireland Calls Radio Show has been part of the American Irish Fabric for more than 50 years. Ireland Calls radio show keeps up to date with current and local events, music, interviews and the news from Ireland.
Ireland Calls was inducted into the Irish Radio Hall of fame in 2015.
Treasa opens her mike! To the local community, and gives a platform to chat about many topics including organizations, musicians, events and updates each week.
In recognition of her accomplishments, Treasa has been the recipient of many awards including:
Aide to Father Colm Cambell, when he was Grand Marshall of the Brooklyn St Patrick’s Day Parade. In 2003 she was Grand Marshall of the Queens County Saint Patrick’s Day parade in the Rockaways. In 2010 she was named Cork women of the year by the New York County Cork B.P.&P. Association. In 2012 in Ireland Treasa again was named Cork women of the year by the Cork Association.
Treasa was President of the New York County Cork B.P.& P. Association in 2017 and 2018. And has been a member for over 25 years.
2008 saw Treasa take her spot in the WNBC commentary booth for the famous Saint Patrick’s day parade on 5th Ave in New York. That year Treasa did the talking as her husband Tommy did the walking as he was chosen the Grand Marshal. Once again this year as everyone marches up 5th Ave, Treasa’s distinctive Cork accent, along with her husband will be heard around the world as she describes this great day for the Irish, and Irish Americans and all their decedents.
Treasa has always held a close relationship with her family in Cork and Louth and loves to visit whenever she gets a chance. Treasa has always loved sports and in her spare time, she is a runner and helps coach runners with Team Aisling Queens. Treasa has run 13 Marathons all over the world including New York and Ireland, Scotland. She is the very proud mom to Anthony and Lisa and is married to sportscaster Tommy Smyth from county Louth.
This series is open to IBO members and their guests, including our male members and friends. We happily extend our real business connections and Irish hospitality to all.
This quarterly initiative provides additional networking events and opportunities for professional women and is part of IBO programming designed to connect with professionals from different parts of the Irish and Irish-American community and to learn about some of the great work being done across a variety of sectors. Inspiring female thought leaders and speakers are selected by the IBO and invited to educate, inspire, and motivate attendees. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to dynamic speakers, network and engage with attendees during these lunch meetings.