A St. Patrick’s Day Message

A St. Patrick’s Day Message

I hope this note finds you in good health, adhering to the difficult, but necessary protocols that have been established to help combat the spread of COVID-19. 

Though we are certainly not marking today the way we expected to, and indeed many of the celebrations that we not only look forward to have been cancelled, it is still St. Patrick’s Day.

Taking a step back from the onslaught of media reports of testing, social distancing, incubation periods, and all the other phrases that now roll off our tongues way too easily, I am reminded that for us, celebrating our Irishness is something we do 365 days a year.

Whether it’s gathering together for a networking event, welcoming an author to a book signing, assisting a delegation of Irish business leaders visiting the US to plant new roots, supporting a J1 student in their effort to get the most of their time in the US, enjoying the performance of a great Irish playwright or musician, or any of the dozens of other activities our chapters, and other like-minded organizations engage in regularly, strengthening Ireland’s bonds with the Global Irish is happening every day.

The phrase Ni neart go cur le cheile comes to mind during these challenging days, and indeed we can be confident that not only are better days ahead, but that we will get to those days together.

I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that when the day finally comes when COVID-19 is no longer the top news story, our bonds to Ireland will still exist, and with the continued support and commitment of each of you, be stronger than ever.

Better days are coming soon, and, if we want something to really look forward to, I am proud to offer a reminder that our 8th annual national conference will be held this year in Cleveland, and start on September 17. It takes only a quick look at the calendar to note that the day we will convene together again also marks the halfway point to St. Patricks’s Day.

You can be sure that we will make the most of it.


Steve Lenox

President, INUSA

Announcing INUSA ’17

Announcing INUSA ’17

The agenda for INUSA ‘17 in Chicago is beginning to take shape.  This year’s conference will take place from September 14th to 17th at the historic Drake Hotel.  We’re looking forward to a program packed with engaging speakers, high impact networking, workshops, and social events.  But don’t just take it from us.  Here’s what Taoiseach Enda Kenny had to say about iNUSA ’17:


“Irish Network USA’s inclusive and diverse approach to membership and chapter building has been an important part of Government’s efforts to engage our Global Irish community,” stated Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “I wish them the best for continued success and am confident that their 5th Annual Conference will yield more great results and lead to increased opportunities for investment in Ireland.”

Tickets are now on sale at special early bird rates.  Be sure to take advantage of the reduced rate before July 14th.  You can purchase your INUSA ‘17 tickets here.   

New agenda items and speakers will be announced as they are added.  Discounted room rates at the Drake Hotel will be available for booking shortly.

Also, please participate in a short survey about what topics you would like covered at the INUSA ’17 workshop sessions. You can take the survey here.

P.S. don’t forget to “Konnect” with Irish Network USA by joining our new online networking platform, KonnectAgain, where you’ll find exclusive content and networking opportunities.  


An Inside Look at Ireland Rugby Exclusively on KonnectAgain

Padraig Power, Commercial and Marketing Director for the Irish Rugby Football Union,  joined INUSA to provide an insider’s look at the state of Irish Rugby, Ireland’s upcoming summer tour to the US and Japan, and Ireland’s bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.  If you didn’t catch it the first time around, you can listen to the whole conversation exclusively on KonnectAgain.  To listen to the conversation, get other exclusive content, and member-to-member networking opportunities, sign up for your invitation today: http://chicago.irishnetwork-usa.org/konnect-again-sign-up

INUSA at the Global Irish Forum & More

Irish organizations from across the globe will gather from May 4th-5th at the  Global Irish Civic Forum, in Dublin.  The Forum offers these organizations a platform to discuss their efforts to engage the Diaspora.  Over 220 individuals from 150 organizations globally will be in attendance this year.  For our part, over half a dozen Irish Network USA chapters will be represented at the Forum.

We are proud to have grown to become a significant part of the conversation around engaging the Diaspora in the United States and are looking forward to having a strong presence at the Forum.  You can follow along on Twitter and Facebook.

Strengthening the Digital Connection Between the Global Irish

As you may have heard, we are working hard to implement KonnectAgain, a new platform that will allow Irish Network members to interact, connect, and network more effectively online.  KonnectAgain is an Irish startup that provides technology for companies and organizations to develop their own internal social network.  During the Forum our delegation will be meeting with KonnectAgain to discuss our partnership. We are in the early stages of implementation, but are pleased to announce that we are opening a waiting list for access to the platform.  If you are interested in becoming an early adopter, please click here.

The 2017 INUSA National Conference

We are also excited to announce that this year’s Irish Network USA National Conference will be held in Chicago. We’re looking forward to building on the successes of our past conferences in the Windy City.  In the coming weeks, we will be releasing more details.  Stay tuned!

As always, the success of Irish Network USA depends on the hard work and dedication of our members and officers.  Thank you for helping to be a part of something big!

INUSA 2017 Regional Vice Presidents

INUSA 2017 Regional Vice Presidents

As INUSA has continued to grow, so to have our efforts to improve communications between our chapters and among our members. In the coming weeks and months we’ll be sharing exciting new ways Irish Network USA plans on meeting our mission of connecting Irish, Irish Americans and “friends” of Ireland all across the United States.
One important step we took recently, with a view towards drawing on the diverse strengths of our members, was to reorganize Irish Network USA’s leadership structure. Those changes included the creation of Regional Vice Presidents.
Those elected to fill these positions will be responsible for serving as another critical link between Irish Network USA and our chapters. It is with great excitement that we introduce to you our 4 members that have been elected to serve in these roles for their respective regions:

( Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Atlanta) 


Eadaoin Waller is a partner in the corporate group of Andersen, Tate & Carr. Originally from Bettystown, County Meath, she did her undergraduate work at Queen’s University of Belfast. Shortly afterwards, she moved to Athens, Georgia where she graduated from the UGA School of Law in 2005. While attending law school, Ms. Waller competed in various Moot Court competitions and mistakenly thought that she wanted to be a litigator. Since then, she has seen the light and enjoys a transactional practice providing corporate and employment advice to her business clients.

Ms. Waller resides in Watkinsville. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, and, most recently the IN-USA Atlanta. She always been a supporter of and participant in Irish cultural life in the South, and has been honoured to held found the Atlanta Chapter of the Irish Network, and witness the growth of a vibrant and successful Irish community in Atlanta.

When she is not helping her clients to avoid Department of Labor audits and EEOC investigations, she loves cooking and running (in unequal measures), and returning home to show her children around Ireland.

(Chicago, Cleveland, Michigan, Minnesota)


Mark Owens is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Skylight Financial Group responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives within the organization. He works to develop areas such as marketing communications, including advertising, market research and social media. Mark leads the firm’s community outreach in both Northeast Ohio and the Columbus/Dublin region.

Originally from Derry City, Mark was offered a Business Studies scholarship in Cleveland at John Carroll University in 1998, before making NE Ohio his permanent home in 2001. A founding member of IN Cleveland, Mark has been instrumental in the success of our chapter there.

He continuously encourages efforts to engage the “Global Irish” in the Ohio region. Mark is married to Maria and they two children Lillian and Eamon.

(Phoenix, Houston, Austin, Colorado)


Brendan O’Sullivan, is first generation Irish-American, born in Southern California to Irish Immigrant parents, Martin and Nancy O’Sullivan, both from County Kerry, Ireland.

Brendan began his career in the Oil & Gas Seismic Exploration industry where he worked for 15 years, which eventually brought him to Texas (Houston) in 1986. It is there where he met his wife Faith. They were married in 1989 and have two beautiful daughters, Katherine and Christina who were both born in Houston. Brendan left the Oil & Gas industry, in 1992 and began a career in manufacturing where he was the Sr. Electronics Component Buyer for Syntron Inc., in Houston. In 1996 Brendan was enticed to jump to the other side of the procurement desk and started his career in high tech sales with CompTech Sales. Brendan transferred to Austin with CompTech in July of 2000 to cover Dell. In 2003 Brendan accepted a position with ON Semiconductor as the Dell Global Account Manager. In 2010 Brendan began his career with Dell as an IT Project/Program Manager. Brendan is still with Dell today and has recently moved to the Dell Services team as a Senior Project Manager.

Brendan has been involved with the Irish in Austin since moving here and helped found the Austin Rose of Tralee in 2004 as part of the Celtic Cowboy’s Cultural side of the club. He has been involved ever since and is currently the Chairman of the Austin Rose of Tralee, now in its 12th year, as well as the sitting Cultural Chairman for the Celtic Cowboy’s Sports and Social Club. Brendan also helped found the Irish Network, Austin Chapter in 2013. Brendan is currently the sitting Network Executive Officer of IN ATX and the proud father of the 2016 Texas Rose of Tralee, Katherine O’Sullivan.

(Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Nevada, Portland)


Sean McGuinness is a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, practicing out of their Reno, NV; Las Vegas, NV and Denver, CO offices. He is licensed in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa and Mississippi and his practice focuses primarily on gaming law. Sean received his J.D. from Drake University Law School in 1989. Sean is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and recently co-chaired a gaming law conference in Dublin, Ireland (October 2016).

He is a founding board member of Irish Network Nevada in 2013 and has been a participant at each of the Irish Network USA conferences (Washington, DC; Austin, TX, Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA). Sean’s Irish roots hail from Counties Cavan, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath.

Eadaoin, Mark, Brendan and Sean represent some of the very best of the Global Irish here in the US, and we are excited and honored that they have volunteered their time to serve in these positions.
As always, we look forward to working with all of you to find new ways to encourage investment in Ireland through business, culture, education and sport.
Thank you.