Irish American Partnership Breakfast

Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne with students at the RDS Primary Science Fair in Limerick. (Photo: Sean Curtin True Media)

By Irish America Staff
April / May 2018

Bernie Brennan, president of the Royal Dublin Society, will deliver the keynote address at a business breakfast in New York in April hosted by the Irish American Partnership. The breakfast, to be held April 19, will provide an introduction to the partnership’s work and a networking opportunity for members of the Irish and Irish American community.

The Irish American Partnership has a longstanding relationship with the RDS, one of the world’s oldest philanthropic organizations, having sponsored the RDS Primary Science Fairs since their inception. Together, the partnership and RDS expanded the fairs in size and geographic scope, hosting annual events in Dublin, Limerick, and Belfast for 7,000 students.

The RDS was founded in 1731 to support Ireland to thrive economically and culturally. Funded by the organization’s commercial operations, the RDS continues this mission today through its philanthropic work program that spans across science, the arts, agriculture, business and equestrianism.

The Irish American Partnership works to empower the next generation of Irish leaders by supporting educational initiatives and community development programs in Northern Ireland and the Republic through direct grants to primary schools, science teacher training, university access scholarships, and employment learning programs. The partnership has given direct grants to over 400 Irish primary schools, promoting literacy, numeracy, and science on the island. The Irish American Partnership also provides forums for visiting leaders from Ireland to speak in the U.S., connecting Irish Americans with their heritage and promoting economic development through tourism, trade, and mutual exchange. ♦

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