2014 Winter Meeting in Palm Beach Showcases Major Irish Arts Project in New York
Details of a planned $50 million cultural center in New York were discussed at the
Ireland-U.S. Council’s 2014 Winter Meeting held February 12-14 in Palm Beach. Speaking
at a luncheon meeting of the organization this weekend, James J. Houlihan, Chairman
of the New York-based Irish Arts Center said that $37 million of the targeted $50
million has been committed so far. Mr. Houlihan is a Palm Beach resident and is
President of New York-based real estate investment company Houlihan-Parnes. He is
also a Board Member of the Council.
The Center, founded in 1972, is a New York-based arts and cultural center dedicated
to projecting a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America for the 21st Century,
building community with artists and audiences of all backgrounds, forging and strengthening
cross-cultural partnerships, and preserving the evolving stories and traditions
of Irish culture for generations to come.
Seen at the Council luncheon meeting at The Beach Club in Palm Beach, FL were (from
left) James J. Houlihan; Ireland's Consul General in Atlanta, GA Hon. Paul Gleeson,
who was a Guest Speaker at the event, Council President Brian W. Stack and Roy Adair,
Chief Executive of The Belfast Harbour Commissioners who also addressed the gathering.
Council's 2013 Holiday Season Member-Guest Reception
The Ireland-U.S. Council's 2013 Holiday Season Member-Guest Reception was held in
Dublin December 11. Seen at the event were (from left) Declan Kearney, Director
of Communications, Aer Lingus, a Council sponsor; Dr. Michael Somers, President
of the Ireland Chapter of the Council; Guest Speakers at the event Stuart Dwyer,
Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin & Simon Coveney TD, Ireland's
Government Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine and Kevin Tuck, Managing
Director of Alltech in Ireland was a co-sponsor of the event.
Simon Coveney TD, Ireland's Government Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine
spoke at the reception.
Council's 51st Annual Dinner held in New York on October 30
Ireland's Minister for Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation Richard Bruton TD seen with
the Council's Recipient of the 2013 Award for Outstanding Achievement Thomas
J. Moran, Chairman, President & CEO of Mutual of America with Dennis Swanson and
Brian W. Stack, newly-elected Council President.
Dennis Swanson with Congressman Peter King (R-NY) the recipient of the Council's
2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Ireland-U.S. Council Midsummer Gala Dinner, June 2013 in Ireland
The Ireland-U.S. Council Midsummer Gala Dinner, Guest Speaker Mr. Donard P Gaynor
Launch Reception for Council's 51st Annual Dinner held in New York
A reception was held in New York to share plans for the Council's 51st Annual Dinner
scheduled to be held at The Metropolitan Club in New York on Wednesday, October
30, 2013. Seen at the Council event were: Noel Kilkenny, Ireland's Consul General
in New York; Council Dinner Chairman Bill Finneran; Brian W. Stack, Council President-Elect
and Dennis D. Swanson, President of the Council.
Council's 2013 Ireland Golf Day Held Under Sunny Skies In Co. Wicklow
Roddy Feely Council Executive Director in Ireland (center) pictured with the sponsors
of the Council’s 2013 Ireland Golf Day Barry Jackson of United Airlines (left) and
Liam Butler of Northern Trust Bank in Ireland.
Council's 2013 New York Golf Day
At the Council's 2013 New York Golf Day held at Rye Golf Club in Rye, NY on July
29, one of our 2013 Student Work Experience Scholarship winners was presented
with his citation by Council Board Member and Scholarship Fund Benefactor Bill Finneran
(left) with Council President-Emeritus Mike Gibbons. Craig O’Connor (center) is
a native of Dungarvan, County Waterford and is a student at University College Cork
where he is pursuing a degree in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. He is working
in New Jersey on his work assignment at Council member-firm Merck & Co.
Council’s MidSummer Gala Dinner held Friday, June 28 in Dublin
Ireland-U.S. Council Member Donard Gaynor was the Guest Speaker at the Council’s
MidSummer Gala Dinner held Friday, June 28, 2013 in Dublin. He boasts an impressive
track record in closing business deals on both sides of the Atlantic, including
the 2012 acquisition by Beam Inc. of Cooley Distllery for almost $100 million. That
purchase gave Beam control of Cooley’s growing whiskey brands - Kilbeggan, Connemara,
Tyrconnell and Greenore. His well-received remarks focused on, among other things,
the need for “re-invention” in post-financial-crisis Ireland.
Award for Outstanding Portraiture Presentation
Seen at the presentation of this year’s Ireland-U.S. Council Award for Outstanding
Portraiture at the Council’s Midsummer Gala Dinner on Friday, June 28, 2013 in Dublin
were (from left): Council Ireland Chapter President Dr. Michael Somers; Declan Kearney,
Communications Director at Aer Lingus, sponsors of the event; the winning artist
Mick O’Dea; Caroline Faulkner who manages Prudential Financial's operations in Ireland
and John Mulcahy, Editor of The Irish Arts Review.
The award, which is an important part of the Council’s program to support the arts
and arts education in Ireland, is presented in Ireland to an artist whose work is
judged to be of outstanding merit. Mr. O’Dea was presented with the Council’s €5,000
Euro ($6,500) award bursary for his winning portrait which was on display at the
Council’s 2013 Student Work Experience Scholarships Awards Luncheon
Seen at the Council’s 2013 Student Work Experience Scholarships awards luncheon
held at The Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, June 13 were (from left)
Council Board Member, Diarmuid Hogan, Chief Executive of Global Excess Partners;
Guest Speaker at the lunch Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino; Council President
Dennis D. Swanson and Noel Kilkenny Ireland’s Consul General in New York.
Some of this year’s Council’s Scholars.
US firms paid an average tax rate of 8% profits in Ireland
U.S. corporations paid an average tax rate of 8% on their company profits in Ireland
based on an analysis of tax returns examined by the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.
Council Hosts 2013 Spring Corporate Lunch in Dublin
Seen at the Ireland-U.S. Council’s 2013 Spring Corporate Lunch held in Dublin at
The Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, April 12 were (from left) Council Board member
Alan T. Ennis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Revlon, Inc.; Alan Shatter,
Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform and Minister for Defence; Senator Catherine
Noone of Seanad Éireann; and the Council’s Dublin-based Executive Director, Roddy
The Ireland-U.S. Council Spring Corporate Lunch 2013
Guest Speaker Alan T. Ennis - President & CEO, Revlon Inc.
Michael J. Roarty
Former Marketing Chief at Anheuser-Busch
and Past-President of the Ireland-U.S. Council
Monday, March 18, 2013: It is with the greatest regret and deepest sadness
that we have learned of the death of Michael J. Roarty, beloved former President
of the Ireland-U.S. Council. He died Saturday March 16, 2013 in St. Louis, MO and
was 84. He served as a distinguished leader of the organization for nine years from
1993 through the end of 2002 when he was Executive Vice President Marketing at Anheuser-Busch
Companies. He succeeded Daniel P. Tully, Chairman & CEO of Merrill Lynch &
Co., who had served as Council President for the previous four years.
Mr. Roarty was an extremely-popular and well-known personality in international
business circles and helped build Anheuser-Busch brands into international powerhouses.
He was renowned as a public speaker for his wit, insight and command of language.
The son of immigrants from Mayo and Donegal, he was born in Detroit, MI, in 1929.
He was inducted into America’s prestigious Advertising Hall of Fame and
served on the Taoiseach's Economic Advisory Board in the United States.
Flashback 1999 Student Scholarships Program Memory Lane: Then-Council President Michael J. Roarty pictured with the
1999 Council Scholars at the Awards Lunch which was held at The 21 Club in New York.
Dennis D. Swanson, President of Fox Television Stations Group and current
President of the Ireland-U.S. Council, said “We have lost a true friend
with the death of Mike Roarty. He was a leading supporter of economic partnership
between the United States and Ireland. He spearheaded the St. Louis company's involvement
in business ventures in Ireland - including the development of a licensed brewing
agreement with Guinness, resulting in the brewing and distribution of Budweiser
in Ireland. He also helped to maintain Ireland's world ranking in thoroughbred horse-racing
by directing Anheuser-Busch's sponsorship of the Budweiser Irish Derby,
making it among the most important of the classic horse races in the world.”
In his career at Anheuser-Busch, Mr. Roarty managed what many people believe was
one of the most colorful, creative and effective marketing programs in world industry.
During his tenure, Mr. Roarty helped Anheuser-Busch, America's largest brewer, in
more than doubling annual sales volume of beer products, taking annual output from
35 million barrels in the 1980's to over 80 million barrels in the 1990's. During
his tenure, the company's market share soared by more than 20 share points.
During his tenure as President of the Ireland-U.S Council, membership support in
the organization sustained strong growth, a viable and active Ireland Chapter was
established and the Council’s range of program initiatives was significantly expanded
under his enthusiastic guidance. Mike Roarty is survived by Lee, his wife of more
than 58 years; a son, Sean Roarty, of St. Louis; a daughter, Mary Santiviago, of
Washington, DC; and four grandchildren.
The Ireland-U.S. Council is the premier transatlantic business organization that
encourages and promotes business between Ireland and the United States. It was established
in the Fall of 1962 by American and Irish business leaders in preparation for the
visit of President John F. Kennedy to Ireland in the Spring of 1963, as a measure
to build institutional form around a structure to improve business, economic and
commercial relations between the two countries. The organization assists in the
exchange of information, views and opinions between the two countries. Through its
various membership activities, the Council provides a platform to meet and communicate
for representatives from business, Government and other key policy makers from both
sides of the Atlantic.
Council Marks 2013 St. Patrick’s Festivities with New York Lunch Event
Quinnipiac University President and Council Member John Lahey (left) delivered the
keynote address at the Council’s St. Patrick’s Lunch in New York. He spoke on Ireland’s
Great Hunger Museum, recently inaugurated at Quinnipiac’s campus in Hamden, CT.,
which represents an important contribution to education, scholarship and research
on this seminal event in Irish history. Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Energy
and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD also addressed the lunch with Greetings from
Ireland. Our two speakers were photographed at the event with Council President
Speeches and ceremonies from the St. Patrick's Lunch
Positive Economic Outlook in Ireland Forecast At Council's
2013 Winter Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida
Bank of Ireland Investor and Wall Street Titan, Wilbur Ross, Chairman & CEO of W.L.
Ross & Co. which is a leading investor in a group that purchased a 35% stake in
Bank of Ireland Group for $1.5 billion, was a guest speaker at the Council’s 2013
Winter Meeting held mid-February in Palm Beach, Florida. In his remarks at a Council
lunch there, he predicted a positive economic outlook for Ireland. Also seen at
the meeting were Council President-Emeritus Michael J. Gibbons; Paul Gleeson, Ireland’s
Consul General who also spoke at the meeting; Wilbur Ross; and Council President
Dennis J. Swanson.
Ireland's Economy & Banking Crisis, An Update One Year Later With Wilbur Ross Part
Ireland's Economy & Banking Crisis, An Update One Year Later With Wilbur Ross Part
Wilbur Ross bullish on Irish economy
Read an article in the Palm Beach Daily News about Wilbur Ross's speech to
the Council during the Winter Meeting. Read article. View as PDF
Council's 2012 Award for Outstanding Achievement
The Council's 2012 Award for Outstanding Achievement was presented at the
Council's 50th Annual Dinner in New York to Dr. T. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President
of Alltech, Inc. by Council President Dennis D. Swanson with Noel Kilkenny,
Ireland's Consul-General in New York.
Musical entertainment from the Ireland-U.S. Council Midsummer Gala Dinner in Ireland
held on Friday, June 29, 2012 at Dublin Castle.
Dr. T. Pearse Lyons profiled in The Irish Times
Dr. T. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President of Alltech, Inc., and the recipient of
this year's Ireland-U.S. Council Award for Outstanding Achievement was recently
profiled in The Irish Times. The award will be the centerpiece of the Council’s
50th Annual Dinner to be held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday,
November 8, 2012.
The Lyons share just keeps on growing
PEARSE LYONS starts his day at 3.50am in Lexington, Kentucky, and one of the first
things he does is put in a call to the European headquarters of his company, Alltech,
in Dunboyne, Co Meath.
His assistant there, Mary, is ready to brief him on emails that came in overnight.
It’s almost 9am in Ireland, which gives Lyons a five-hour head start back in Kentucky.
The Gathering Ireland 2013 – Council Lunch in New York
The Council hosted a lunch September 26 in New York at The Metropolitan Club
to celebrate The Gathering Ireland 2013, an innovative tourism initiative.
Seen at the event were Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons
with Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar TD, Mark Mortell and Tourism
Ireland’s Executive Vice President in the United States, Joe Byrne.
Award for Outstanding Portraiture Presentation
Council’s MidSummer Gala Dinner at Dublin Castle on Friday, June 29
At the Council’s MidSummer Gala Dinner at Dublin Castle on Friday, June 29, an artist
from Northern Ireland, Ian Cumberland, was presented with the Award for Outstanding
Portraiture which is sponsored in conjunction with the Royal Hibernian Academy
and The Irish Arts Review. It is presented in Ireland to an artist whose
work is judged to be of outstanding merit. The Award is an important part of the
Council’s program to support the arts and arts education in Ireland. Seen at the
presentation were (from left) Michael Somers, President of the Council's Chapter
in Ireland, Dennis Swanson, Council President, Ian Cumberland and Brendan Howlin
TD, Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform.
Council Awards Lunch June 14 in New York
2012 Student Work Experience Scholarships Presentation
Seen at the event with two of this year’s student scholars were (from left) Dennis
Swanson, President of the Ireland-U.S. Council; Ciaran Breen who hails from Lurgan,
County Armagh and is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science
and Risk Management in Queen’s University Belfast. He will work at Prudential Financial
in Jersey City; Siobhan Murphy, a native of Abbeyfeale, County Limerick, is studying
for a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (Biological and Chemical Sciences)
at University College Cork. She will work with Pfizer, Inc. in New York City; and
Noel Kilkenny, Ireland’s Consul-General in New York.
Energy a Hot Topic at Council Spring Corporate Lunch held in Dublin
Featuring Powerful Double-bill Guest Speaker Program
Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte,
TD was a Guest Speaker along with U.S. businessman and Council Board Member Gerald
C. Crotty, President of Weichert Enterprise, LLC, a private equity investment
firm and Chairman and CEO of Mayo Renewable Power, sponsor of a proposed
€150 million ($200 million) new, state-of-the-art bio-mass electricity generating
station in Mayo. Seen at the event held in Dublin's Four Seasons Hotel, were from
left P.J. Rudden of event sponsor RPS Group; Bob Schumacher of United Airlines
who also sponsored the occasion, Minister Pat Rabbitte; Gerald C. Crotty and President
of the Council's Ireland Chapter, Dr. Michael Somers.
Council’s 2012 St Patrick’s Lunch Honors Ireland’s Minister for Social Protection
Joan Burton TD and Parade Grand Marshal Frank Comerford
The Council’s 2012 St. Patrick’s Lunch was a sold-out affair and was held at the
Metropolitan Club in New York City on March 16. The Guest Speaker was Ireland’s
Minister for Social Protection, Ms. Joan Burton, TD. Also speaking at the
event was the Grand Marshal of the 2012 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade,
Frank Comerford, Chief Revenue Officer of NBC Television Stations.
Seen at the event (above) were Council President Dennis Swanson and Minister Burton
while below Frank Comerford is presented with the traditional crystal apple by President
Swanson and Council President-Emeritus Mike Gibbons.
Welcome to the website of the Ireland-U.S. Council. Our
mission is to build business links between America and Ireland. This site contains
detailed information on the organization's programs
and activities in both the United States and in the Emerald
We value your interest in the mission of the Council and always welcome
new members. We hope that you find the answers here to any questions you
may have about us. If not, please contact us and we
will be happy to tell you more.
Ireland and America:
Challenges and Opportunities in a New Context
The Embassy of Ireland in Washington D.C., has published a Strategic Review of Relations
between Ireland and the United States (Ireland and America: Challenges and Opportunities
in a New Context). Our Council made a considered submission on the matter
as part of the review process that was conducted by Ireland's Ambassador to the
U.S., Michael Collins and Ambassador/Consul General in New York, Niall Burgess.
The document makes for interesting reading and contains important recommendations
which, if implemented, will enhance the relationships between America and Ireland.
It was back in 1962 that, in preparation for the visit of President John F. Kennedy
to Ireland the following year, two organizations were created as a measure to build
institutional form around a structure to improve the relations between America and
One was dedicated to cultural relations - the American Irish Foundation, which has
since merged into the American Ireland Fund. Your Council was the other and was
aimed at building business bonds between America and Ireland.
We cherish the shared commitments that connect us to our Council mission. During
the past year, the Council has enjoyed outstanding support from members and from
many benefactors, patrons and sponsors. On behalf of the Council's Board and the
entire membership of the organization throughout the United States and in all parts
of Ireland, we offer thanks for the support we continue to receive.
Ireland-U.S. Council President
The Ireland-U.S. Council Welcomes Decisions To Expand Work Visa Programs Between
Ireland and the United States
The Ireland-U.S. Council welcomes the decisions of both the Irish Government and
the United States Administration to implement a substantial liberalization of visa
rules allowing for U.S. citizens to work in Ireland and for Irish citizens to work
in the United States for up to a year. Read More ...