b'NEWSGlobal Irish Economic Forum brings Diaspora to DublinDirectors of The Ireland Funds gathered in October to discussthe support of Irelands recovery.The Global Irish Economic Forum in October, 2011 was hosted by Irelands Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and Tnaiste (deputy Prime Minister). It broughttogether 300 leaders from Irelands diaspora around the world to discuss what they could do to support and assist Irelands recovery. The American Ireland Fund was represented by its Chairman, Loretta Brennan Glucksman; President & CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds, Kieran McLoughlin;Director of The Ireland Funds Caitriona Fottrell and some 40 AIF Board Directors and supporters. Prior to the event opening, participating Directorsof The Ireland Funds gathered to discuss shared concerns and proposed solutions.Loretta Brennan Glucksman sat on the closing panel with formerUS President Bill Clinton, the Taoiseach, the Tnaiste, Bono and American Ireland Fund Board Director Declan Kelly. She spoke of the importance ofphilanthropy in addressing Irelands needs, especially in the area of education. The meetings were a great success and practical solutions were discussed.The Funds had the largest representation at the event of any group and will play their part in implementing these ideas and delivering the support ofthe Irelands diaspora.The American Ireland Fund Marks the 9/11 Anniversarywith the World Premiere of TermonIrelands solidarity with the United States and the tragic loss of almost 3,000 lives on9/11over one third of whom were of Irish descent was marked with the world premiere of a poignant Irish lament in Dublin on the anniversary of 9/11. Performedby the Irish Chamber Orchestra in front of a distinguished audience at an event hostedby US Amb. Dan Rooney, the unique composition, titled Termon,was commissioned byThe American Ireland Fund from renowned Irish composer, MchelSilleabhin.Derived from the Gaelic word tearmann meaning place of sanctuary, Termon featured the uniquely Irish wind instrument, the uilleann pipes. One month later, theUS premiere of Termon was held at Lincoln Center in New York City as part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Irelands year of Irish arts in America. It marked the firsttime the full 38 member Irish Chamber Orchestra appeared in the US and was part oftheir 8-venue tour across the country.connect 2012 | 56'