On Friday June 2, The Ireland Funds hosted a Leadership Forum breakfast in Chicago with Former United States Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Kevin O’Malley.
Ambassador O’Malley served as the U.S. Ambassador from 2014-2017. During his time as Ambassador he visited every county in Ireland, engaged with the peace process in Northern Ireland and strengthened the relationship with the country where his grandparents were born.
Ambassador O’Malley has left what he hopes will be a lasting legacy. From the day he took on the role of Ambassador he was determined to expand support for Creative Minds, a favorite project of his. The original aim of the Creative Minds Series was to invite prominent US artists, writers, filmmakers, digital culture innovators, musicians and medical people to share their experience with young Irish audiences. The series of collaborations between prominent American cultural and business innovators and their young Irish counterparts has been a tremendous success.
Ambassador O’Malley also spoke to Ireland Funds’ supporters about the business opportunities in Ireland, Brexit, the political process and the upcoming changes in Ireland’s leadership. He ended his remarks expressing his great admiration of the leadership of An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and his impact on Ireland.
The breakfast was hosted by Tom Meagher, GCM Grosvenor, and was attended by board members of The Ireland Funds America along with several key supporters.