“Sláinte,” an Irish expression used as a toast among friends, punctuates celebrations and spreads good cheer.

Slainte! Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dan Rooney is a day-long symposium celebrating one of Duquesne University’s most notable alumni, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Daniel M. Rooney.

Duquesne University and The Ireland Funds are honored to host Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States, as the keynote speaker, along with noted event moderators and panelists including:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
  • NFL Today Analyst and former Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher
  • Former CIA and NSA director General Michael V. Hayden
  • Worldwide Ireland Funds President and CEO Kieran McLoughlin
  • NFL Vice President and General Counsel Jeff Pash
  • Former Steelers players Charlie Batch and Rocky Bleier.

As a co-founder of The Ireland Funds, and an alumnus of Duquesne University, Dan Rooney’s support for each organization and their missions was unwavering. This invitation-only event will feature spirited discussion, treasured memories and scholarly commentary as we explore Rooney’s impact on Pittsburgh, Ireland, the Catholic Church and the National Football League.