Prime Minister of Ireland, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and U.S. Speaker of the House Headline The Ireland Funds’ National Gala on March 15

9th March, 2023 : Washington D.C.

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Prime Minister of Ireland, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and U.S. Speaker of the House Headline The Ireland Funds’ National Gala on March 15, 2023

Washington, D.C. (March 9, 2023) – The Ireland Funds, a global philanthropic network supporting Irish-related causes, will host its 31st Annual National Gala on the evening of Wednesday, March 15, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will be honored. An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, TD Prime Minister of Ireland, will attend and speak as part of a St. Patrick’s Day visit to the United States.

  • WHEN: Wednesday, March 15; Reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; Program begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: National Building Museum, 440 G St., NW, Washington, D.C.
  • EMCEE: Kaitlan Collins, anchor and chief correspondent for CNN This Morning
  • PERFORMANCE: The Irish Tenors, acclaimed Celtic singing trio

The Annual National Gala generates support for the work of The Ireland Funds as the organization is one of the largest private grant makers to the nonprofit sector in Ireland. In 2022, The Ireland Funds worldwide provided grants totaling more than $18 million to roughly 300 non-profits.

“The Ireland Funds’ Annual National Gala has become a spotlight event every March in Washington, D.C. We are honored to have both the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader joining us as well as the Taoiseach visiting from Ireland,” said Caitriona Fottrell, President & CEO of The Ireland Funds. “It’s a night to come together, thank our donors, and celebrate the deep connections that have been formed between the United States and the island of Ireland.”

This year’s Gala will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, the historic peace agreement reached in 1998 to end the decades of conflict in the Northern Ireland. Peace and reconciliation have been a core tenet for The Ireland Funds since its founding and the organization has supported hundreds of Northern Ireland-based organizations through its history.

All media must RSVP in advance for on-site coverage as space is limited.
Please email Sean O’Leary, to secure media credentials for the event.


The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education, and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and Irish-related causes around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has raised over $600 million for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3,200 different organizations.


Sean O’Leary
Susan Davis International