Archive for December 1st, 2017

Weekly Comment:
The Best of the Irish Diaspora Honored in Dublin

Ten members of the global Irish diaspora, including Irish America’s own editor-in-chief Patricia Harty, received Ireland’s top honor for civilians living abroad for service to the Republic of Ireland. The ceremony, held November 30 at Áras an Uachraráin, the official residence of the president of Ireland. In addition to Patricia Harty, three other U.S. residentsRead more..

The American Dreamer

With tenacity, focus, a lot of hard work, and an ability to inspire others to dream big, Bill McDermott rose to the top job at SAP. But, never one to rest on his laurels, he is always on to the next achievement. Could he be a future President?  ℘℘℘ B ill McDermott’s expansive Manhattan office,Read more..

2017 Irish America Business 100 Awards

Now in its fourth decade, the Irish America Business 100 has Now in its fourth decade, the Irish America Business 100 has a long history of providing recognition to a fundamental core of American business. It can be easy to assume that the Irish in America and their descendants are a monolithic bloc, but as this list hasRead more..

First Word:
American Dreamers

“Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.” —The definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams, 1931 ℘℘℘ Congratulations to our Business 100 honorees and our Keynote Speaker Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP. You exemplify our culturalRead more..

Gerry Adams Announces Retirement

Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Féin and one of the most formidable figures in Irish nationalist politics for nearly 50 years, announced at the Sinn Féin party conference in November that he plans to retire in 2018, ceding control of the party he has led for 34 years, and making way for a new generationRead more..

LinkedIn Launches New HQ in Ireland

LinkedIn officially opened its new Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters in Dublin in September, revealing a new $100 million premises on the Grand Canal Dock. The headquarters was built to meet the needs of LinkedIn’s growing workforce in Ireland, which has ballooned from three employees in 2010 to 1,200 today. It marks the company’sRead more..

New Irish Embassies and Consulates to Open in 2018

In October, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney announced the opening of six new Irish diplomatic missions as part of the government’s 2018 budget package. New embassies in Chile, Colombia, Jordan, and New Zealand will assist in promoting trade and investment. A new consulate in Vancouver, British Columbia, will benefit the Irish diasporaRead more..

More than 100 Syrian Refugees at Home in Roscommon

Ballaghadereen is a small town in County Roscommon of about 2,000 people, and since March, locals have been working hard to welcome more than 100 Syrian refugees living on the grounds of the defunct Abbeyfield Hotel. Recently, local barbershop owner Sajjad Hussain, who is also involved in the local Islamic Cultural Centre, began by organizing aRead more..

Slane Castle Open for Whiskey Touring

After eight years in the making and two years of building and renovations, a new distillery has opened on the historic grounds of the 18th century Slane Castle Estate, 30 miles north of Dublin. Much of the distillery is located in the estate’s Georgian stables, dating to the 1750s, which have been completely retrofitted andRead more..

Irish Passport Service Wins World Class Civil Service Award

The Irish Passport Service was recognized for its outstanding achievement with the World Class Civil Service award at the Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards at Dublin Castle in November. The award was made in respect of the Online Passport Renewal Project, which saw launch of the online passport application system in March. The service means thatRead more..