AROUND THE WORLD NEW YORK connect 2018 • 64 December, 2017 The Ireland Funds hosted its final event of the 2017 Women in Leadership Series. Guest speaker was Ireland’s recently-appointed Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason. Ambassador Byrne Nason was joined by Jason Kelly, Bloomberg’s New York Bureau Chief who moderated the discussion. Kieran McLoughlin, Worldwide President & CEO of The Ireland Funds welcomed guests to the event. Cliona Doyle, Projects Manager of The Ireland Funds America, introduced Ambassador Byrne Nason and Jason Kelly. The theme of the conversation was women in politics, peace and power. The Ambassador discussed the current situation in Ireland including Brexit and Ireland’s role in the United Nations. The evening ended with closing remarks from Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman Emeritus of The Ireland Funds America. December, 2017 The New York Young Leaders gathered for their annual Celtic Christmas tradition in the loft at Tribeca Grill to celebrate a great year of fundraising and to recognize Young Leader of the Year, Dan Flynn. Pat Tully, National Director of The Young Leaders, welcomed the guests, including The Ireland Funds America Chairman John Fitzpatrick. Pat introduced 2016 Young Leader of the Year, Brendan Kenny, who shared why he and his Young Leader peers unanimously voted for Dan Flynn, who went above and beyond the volunteer call of duty to be an ambassador for The Ireland Funds. Dan then accepted his award, spoke about his proud Irish heritage and encouraged people to learn more about the work of The Ireland Funds. Pat Tully led a spirited live auction and the festive atmosphere continued from there as guests moved to the after-party at Ken McCoy’s Ward III in Tribeca. Special thanks to Delta Airlines, Jameson Irish Whiskey. New York Women’s Group with Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason New York Young Leaders Celtic Christmas Celebration 1 1 2 3 3 1 Diane McEnroe, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Anne Falvey 2 Amb. Geraldine Byrne Nason in conversation with Jason Kelly 3 Amb. Geraldine Byrne Nason Photos: Jim Higgins 1 Brendan Kenny, John Fitzpatrick, Dan Flynn 2 Pat Tully, Suzanne O’Sullivan, Tara McCabe, Dan Flynn, Brendan Kenny, Bernadette McCabe Kelly, Tom Kennedy, Jen Barry 3 Elle Edwards, Patrick Clark, Dan Conley & Kristina Conley Photos: Paul Cunningham 2