In the months following the successful Irish Network USA National Conference in November, 2015, a specially created subcommittee developed a plan designed to support our anticipated future growth.
The discussions centered mainly around how Irish Network USA could best continue to achieve our mission of being the premier organization committed to connecting the Global Irish across the United States through business, culture, education and sport.
You will continue to hear more some exciting changes to INUSA:
· increasing opportunities to strengthen our Network regionally
· Launching a national fundraising plan to help fund continued growth
· Implementing a more structured approach to launching new chapters
First, we are excited to introduce you to our newly elected Board Officers:
Steve Lenox – President
Steve splits his time between New Jersey and Cork where, along with his wife Aoife, he is raising three boys, Conor, Cian and Dylan.
Since Steve was first elected in 2012, Irish Network USA has grown to 21 chapters, hosted three national conferences and grown their web presence significantly. During this time, Irish Network USA has become the standard bearer for efforts to engage the “Global Irish” through business, culture, education and sport.
Among the highlights of his time in this position are attending chapter events in cities across the US including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and Cleveland, speaking at the inaugural Global Irish Civic Forum, attending the third Global Irish Economic Forum and connecting to “so many great leaders across the US, and the globe, all proud of their connections to Ireland.
Steve is the President of Lenox Consulting, a full service strategic communications firm providing public affairs, government relations and business development services to a variety of clients in both the US and Ireland. Representative clients include William Fry and Ecanvasser, as well as the NJ State FMBA and Jersey City POBA.
Sean Moynihan – Vice President
Attorney Sean P. Moynihan is the founder and principal of The Moynihan Group, LLC, a Boston based law firm specializing in government relations, corporate law, and transatlantic ventures.
He is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Providence College and a 2001 cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School’s evening division program. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in January of 2002.
He spent over a decade working in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as Counsel to the House Ways and Means Committee and Counsel to the House Majority Leader.
His firm builds and executes strategies for companies and organizations in need of government relations and public affairs counsel by encompassing legislative, regulatory, procurement and business development advocacy. The firm also represents Irish companies and organizations seeking to establish or expand operations in the United States including legal and compliance services as well as relationship facilitation within the business, government and academic arenas. Likewise, the firm represents American companies seeking to establish or expand operations into Ireland and Irish companies and organizations working to identify targets of foreign direct investment.
Attorney Moynihan is a current board member and past President of Irish Network Boston (IN Boston) and is currently Vice President of Irish Network USA (IN USA). He also serves on the
Irish International Immigrant Center’s (IIIC) Internship Advisory Panel working to identify employers for the J-1 visa holders. In the past, he served as Vice President for Global Partnerships of the Boston Irish Business Association [BIBA], a “Connector” with the former Boston World Partnerships (BWP) non-profit organization and as a trustee of the Irish Pastoral Centre in Boston.
Maura Clare – Treasurer
Maura Clare is originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, where ancestors from Counties Clare and Cavan (and France and England) settled. Now a resident of Boulder, Colorado, Clare is a communications and event management consultant.
Over the last 20 years, she has shepherded a wide variety of memorable, distinctive events, including international conferences attended by thousands, keynote addresses, musical and dramatic performances, receptions honoring dignitaries, intimate private celebrations, educational forums, and political programs.
In 2010 Maura help establish Irish Network Colorado and has been a driving force behind its continued growth. During this time Maura has served as Vice President and President of IN-CO and has also represented the chapter on the National Board of INUSA. Through her leadership, considerable networking skills and organizational prowess, Maura has helped Denver welcome several high profile guests including Ireland’s Ambassador to the EU, Daniel O’Sullivan, Ireland’s past Ambassador to the US, Michael Collins, and former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.
Rachel McCormac – Secretary
Rachel McCormac is a native Dubliner and has been involved with IN Chicago for the past 12 years. She became President of Ireland Network Chicago in May 2015. Rachel came to Chicago in 2003, at the height of the Celtic Tiger economic boom in Ireland. She left her role as Marketing Director at Douglas Newman Good to come to Chicago and live the American Dream. Over a decade later and she is helping others to “Build Dreams” through Artane Construction, the company she operates with her husband which specializes in general contracting, project management and design.
On arriving in Chicago, Rachel focused herself on creating a social and business network in Chicago. Rachel believes that to create a successful and happy life in a foreign country, you must make a concerted effort to become involved both in the local and the Irish communities.
Rachel is a born organizer and was President of the Old St Mary’s Parents Council where she directly contributed to the fundraising and organizing of their Gala Ball raising over $150,000.
Rachel is a keen runner / walker and has completed the 39 mile Avon walk for Breast Cancer twice.
Rachel returns to Ireland every year to visit family and visit parts of Ireland that she has never been to before. She takes a keen interest in the economic and political situation in Ireland.
Rachel lives in Bridgeport, Chicago with her husband Simon and son James.
“IN Chicago is a business network of both suits and boots, a network of Irish, Irish American and those with an affinity to Ireland. It’s not all about business, it’s a link to Ireland, a support network to the new Irish and the old Irish, an opportunity to embrace our Irish heritage and use it to our best advantage for our business and social networks” said Rachel at their Annual Black Tie Ball in February 2016 which was attended by over 340 Irish and Irish Americans from Chicago.
We are delighted to have our 2016 INUSA official board of Executive Officers up and running. There is no doubt that Steve, Sean, Rachel and Maura will do an excellent job in their new positions and we are excited to have this fantastic group lead INUSA in 2016 and indeed for our annual Conference in September.
INUSA Welcomes IN Michigan
Irish Network USA is proud to announce that the Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce (MIACC) will now join in their efforts of connecting the Global Irish across the USA through business, culture, education and sport. MIACC will now be known as Irish Network Michigan (IN Michigan) and will be INUSA’s 21st chapter.
“Irish Network USA and The Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce (MIACC) already have a shared mission of offering our members tangible ways to ‘invest’ in Ireland,” stated Steve Lenox, President, Irish Network USA. “We are glad that the Board of MIACC has agreed to raise our banner and to give their members an opportunity to network with Irish, Irish Americans and ‘friends’ of Ireland across the US, and beyond.”
The Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce (MIACC) began almost four years ago with Irish American business and legal leaders within Metro Detroit with the intent to bring a forum for businesses within the Irish community. The chamber has evolved from a local networking group to an influential statewide Irish American business organization while advancing the culture, education and civic welfare of our state who are of Irish descent. MIACC is a member of the Council of Ethnic Chambers, a unique collaboration amongst many Michigan ethnic chambers which pools enormous economic resources to foster regional growth for the state’s economy and global exports and imports.
“I believe MIACC joining the Irish Network USA further expands our reach within the US and abroad to Ireland for the benefit of our members and our state’s economy. We are excited to partner with the other 20 chapters across the US for the benefit of over 3000 united members represented with Irish Network USA.” Dave O’Connor, MBA – President, IN Michigan.
“We’re delighted to see the Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce (MIACC) join Irish Network USA as IN- Michigan,” stated Orla McBreen, Irish Consul General. “The Irish Network has been going from strength to strength across the United States and has been an integral part of our efforts to engage with Irish and Irish Americans across the US. I’m very pleased as Ireland’s 21st Consul General to Chicago and the Midwest to welcome IN Michigan as the 21st member of IN USA.”
Irish Network USA is the national umbrella organization integrating the Irish Networks that exist in various cities across the United States. The mission of INUSA is to bolster business opportunities and economic development between the United States and Ireland, to support and encourage Irish Arts and Culture through film, literature, theater, dance, and language; to encourage and promote Irish sports through the States; to support the efforts of local Irish organizations and associations; and to serve as a conduit between newly arrived Irish immigrants and their communities in member cities and states.
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20th Chapter in Atlanta, Georgia, will integrate the US Southeast with community of Irish,
Irish Americans and ‘friends’ of Ireland across US.
(Atlanta, Georgia) – Irish Network USA is set to officially launch its 20th chapter on March 5, 2016, with an event for Irish Network Atlanta at The Druid Hills Golf Club. Ticket includes a Black Tie Ball at Druid Hills Golf Club with dinner and entertainment, followed by a VIP afterparty at Ri Ra Irish Pub – Atlanta for the Conor McGregor World Title fight.
“Irish Network Atlanta brings new energy, perspective and talent to Atlanta’s Irish community,” stated Shane Stephens, Consul General of Ireland, Atlanta. “I believe it can play a strategic role in further integrating our family of Irish organizations and facilitating collective action. I look forward to attending the network’s formal launch on March 5th and collaborating with it on a range of upcoming projects.”
“The launch of Irish Network Atlanta is another significant step forward for Irish Network USA, and we are proud to celebrate this milestone with them” stated Steve Lenox, President, Irish Network USA. “Their committed approach to coordinating efforts with already existing and successful organizations in their area, the support they have received from their local Consulate, first under Paul Gleeson and now under Shane Stephens, and the strategic importance of Atlanta as a foothold into the US Southeast in efforts to engage the Global Irish to ‘invest’ in Ireland, combine the ingredients for a perfect recipe of success for future growth and success! ”
Irish Network Atlanta will work within the framework of Irish Network USA to bolster business opportunities and economic development between the United States and Ireland, to support and encourage Irish Arts and Culture through film, literature, theater, dance, and language; to encourage and promote Irish sports through the States; to support the efforts of local Irish organizations and associations; and to serve as a conduit between newly arrived Irish immigrants and their communities in member cities and states.
Board member, Brian Boland is “delighted to be finally launching Irish Network Atlanta after 18 months of careful planning, which involved meeting and forming alliances with other Irish groups in the city, traveling to meet other networks across the U.S., and exploring strategies to engage the younger Irish diaspora. We feel it’s a great time to be launching here in Atlanta, and I am honored to bring together a fantastic new board to start the latest chapter of Irish Network USA in our great city, which can hopefully form a platform for other networks across the Southeast. ”
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Irish Network USA is proud to announce that Mark Redmond, Chief Executive, American Chamber of Commerce Ireland will be a keynote speaker at their third annual National Conference to be held November 5-8 in Boston, MA. Mr. Redmond will address delegates during the plenary session on Friday, November 6, on the continued efforts to drive trade and investment between Ireland and the US in both directions. Mr. Redmond will also formally introduce Irish Network USA to the American Chamber’s “World of Talent in Ireland” initiative and participate in a Q&A with those in attendance.
This conference will be the third hosted by INUSA, with the first two being held in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas respectively. These conferences provide an opportunity for INUSA members to hear from a variety of speakers on topics related to INUSA’s mission of encouraging “investment” in Ireland. Other speakers confirmed for this year’s conference include Ambassador Anne Anderson, Christina Noble, Founder, The Noble Foundation, and Joe O’Brien, Project Manager, Crosscare Migrant Project.
“One of the pillars on which Irish Network USA has been built on is supporting the efforts of US companies seeking to do business in and through Ireland,” stated Steve Lenox, President, Irish Network USA. “Within our ranks we have countless members with the education, skills and desire to fill many of the roles that are being created in Ireland by American Chamber member companies. It is fitting that we would work with the American Chamber to achieve this goal, and we are honored that Mark Redmond would take time out of his schedule to join us at what we know will be a memorable conference.”
The American Chamber is the leading international business organization in Ireland. It represents the interests of the 700 US companies in Ireland who employ 140,000 people. In May the Chamber in partnership with IDA Ireland launched the World of Talent in Ireland campaign. The initiative promotes strength of the career opportunities that now exist in Ireland, targeting third level graduates of Irish universities.
Speaking about the event Mr. Redmond said “I am delighted to be participating in this great initiative. The key to the strength of Ireland’s relationship with the United States is the enduring commitment of leaders from business and cultural communities. IN USA is a great example of this commitment, I am looking forward to addressing the delegates on how to grow the relationship now and into the future.”
“Irish Network Boston is looking forward to welcoming INUSA members from across the country to our city in November” stated Sean Moynihan, President, IN Boston. “Many Boston companies have chosen Ireland as their European HQ, and the work of the American Chamber to make them feel right at home have led hugely to the success of their efforts. It is an honor for us locally to welcome Mark!”
With 20 chapters across the United States, and local efforts underway in an additional 7 cities/regions, Irish Network USA has the broad mission of connecting members of the “Global Irish” living in the United States by bolstering business opportunities and economic development between the United States and Ireland; supporting and encouraging Irish Arts and Culture through film, literature, theater, dance and language; encouraging and promoting the mission and expansion of Irish sports, throughout the United States; supporting the efforts of local Irish organizations and associations; and serving as a conduit between newly arrived Irish immigrants and their communities in Member cities and states.
“For our members ‘investing in Ireland’ means a lot of different things”, stated Deirdre Woodbyrne, Executive Director, Irish Network USA. “Whether it’s business, culture, education, sport, or anything else that drives one to want to connect with Ireland, we aim to provide that vehicle. In essence, we are a one stop shop for the ‘Global Irish’ to connect with Ireland in a tangible way.”
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Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea, OH
Ireland is Calling You … to Cleveland. The 33rd Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival takes place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio July 24, 25, & 26, 2015.
Live More Life; Be More Irish ~ Over 100 singers, dancers and performers on three indoor and five outdoors stages will fill 117 acres, with entertainers from Ireland, Canada and across the U.S. highlighting the rich and varied Irish heritage.
The festival offers a wide range of music from traditional to Celtic Rock. Headliners include Ronan Tynan, of the Irish Tenors; Carbon Leaf, the first ever Coca-Cola Best Unsigned Band in America winner; Frances Black, renowned singer of the famous Black Family, and The StepCrew, like Riverdance, only faster! Returning favorites include The High Kings, Cherish the Ladies, Celtic Rockers Seven Nations and Marys Lane and Rory Makem.
Marys Lane, Carbon Leaf, Seven Nations and The StepCrew Rock-n-Reel their way from your toes right into your heart; great workout all around, so bring your dancing shoes, your energy, and your friends. Live More Life; Be More Irish, and dance like no one is watching.
Cherish the Ladies are back! The groundbreaking group of immensely talented and fun musicians and singers pack virtuoso performance with humor, heart and happy fans. The New Barleycorn, Patrick O’Sullivan, Brigid’s Cross and James Kilbane will also be performing.
First time appearances include singer Ashley Davis, Runa, and Ennis, and the first solo appearance by Rory Makem, Others on stage include Dennis Doyle, Guaranteed Irish, Dermot Henry, and The Kilroys. Things will happen! as Barleycorn’s Alec DeGabriel always says!
Presenting the very best of Ireland doesn’t stop with the music. The festival showcases championship dancing and pipe bands, and award-winning drama. Authentic Irish food vendors include Claddagh Irish Pubs, Sully’s Irish Pub and Winston’s Import Catering, and plentiful American fare for kids and adults alike is also available.
Things New to the festival this year include Online Admission and ticketing for the Friday and Saturday Whiskey Tastings; craft beers; Online Merchandise sales; a Local Irish band Showcase, featuring Ballinoch, The Roundabouts and Mad Macs; Irish Road Bowling and so much more.
Expanded at the Festival this year is Temple Bar & Museum – Modeled after the world famous entertainment district in Dublin city centre, our Temple Bar & Museum has loads of singing, dancing, sessions, carrying on, lessons, workshops and exhibits. Walk thru our beautiful hand painted Irish village storefronts to Temple Bar, have a pint of our new craft beers, a traditional Guinness, Harp or Smithwicks, or a pop, have a listen or share a song, a story, or a set dance lesson; you’ll find all the tradition of an Irish pub in our Temple Bar & Museum.
We are proud to host the U.S. launch of Connemara Whiskey at the festival! The Irish Beer Garden backs the Temple Bar, with tables for sitting, sharing and enjoying the Art of Conversation.
There are fourteen breeds of dogs native to Ireland, and they will all be at the Fest; the popular Dogs Native to Ireland are back! There are over 50 Irish vendors with everything from Aran knits to delicious Irish chocolate, T-Shirts, Jewelry, music and that special gift, calling you home.
The Tir Na nOg (Land of Our Youth) children’s area features continuous activities and live performances, T-Shirt painting, inflatable’s and much more.
Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival has given over $750,000 to local and national charities. The U.S. has been so generous in welcoming the Irish to this blessed country, and we love paying it forward, in thanks. Festival proceeds benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Holy Family Home and ten other local and national charities. Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival has donated more than three quarters of a million dollars to charities since its inception in 1983.
Festival hours are 5:00 to 11:00 pm Friday; 1 to 11:00 pm Saturday; and 1 to 10:00 pm Sunday. Sunday’s outdoor mass starts at 11:30 am. General admission is $12.00. Children under 10 are free. Weekend passes are available online only, at www.clevelandirish.org, where you can also get additional details, band bios, entertainment schedules, purchase online admission, Whiskey Tastings tickets or Festival Merchandise at Get Your Gear.
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