Over the past two days members of nine Irish Network USA chapters joined over 200 delegates from 17 countries in Dublin for the inaugural Global Irish Civic Forum.
Hosted by Minister Jimmy Deenihan and the Department of Foreign Affairs this forum was an opportunity for leaders from within the Irish community around the world to come together to speak about engaging the Irish Diaspora which is estimated to include 70 million people worldwide.
Panel discussions focused on topics such as Irish identity and heritage, reaching out to Irish citizens abroad, and challenges facing new emigrants. With several members asking questions from the floor, Steve Lenox moderating one of the panels that also included Nancy Wormington from Irish Network Kansas City and members playing key roles in the afternoon workshops, INUSA was front and center throughout this important event.
This forum was a great opportunity for INUSA to network and build relationships with organizations, from across the US and the globe, which share a common mission to engage the Irish community. The time in Dublin also gave us an opportunity to spend considerable time with decision makers in the Government to share our successes and to discuss our plans for future growth. INUSA was reassured that our relationships with the Irish Government and with the Irish Embassy and Consulates across the US are stronger than ever!
Finally, the Forum gave us an opportunity to invite our counterparts from around the globe to join us in continuing these conversations at our annual conference which will take place November 5-8 in Boston.