Speakers and Panelists

Keynote Speakers

Ambassador Anne Anderson

Irish Ambassador the United States


Anne Anderson took up duty in Washington DC in August 2013.  She is Ireland’s 17thAmbassador to the United States, and the first woman Ambassador.

Ambassador Anderson was born in Ireland (Clonmel, Co. Tipperary) in 1952.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Politics from University College, Dublin, and a Diploma in Legal Studies from Kings Inns, Dublin.  She entered the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1972.

Following a range of assignments at home and abroad, she took up her first posting as Ambassador in 1995. Prior to her current assignment in DC, she has served as Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2009–2013); Ambassador to France (2005-2009); Permanent Representative of Ireland to the European Union, Brussels (2001-2005); and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, Geneva (1995-2001)

During her Washington assignment, the Ambassador is particularly focused on further strengthening Ireland-US economic, trade and investment links; highlighting Ireland’s interests in relation to reform of US immigration legislation; supporting US interest and engagement on key issues still to be fully addressed in Northern Ireland; and further deepening the vibrant cultural connections between the two countries.

Ambassador Anderson has undertaken a wide range of responsibilities in her assignments to date. Highlights of her multilateral work have included chairing the UN Commission on Human Rights (1999) and heading the Irish team in Brussels during Ireland’s EU Presidency in 2004 (she was awarded European Voice “Diplomat of the Year” in recognition of her Presidency role). During her New York assignment, she oversaw a review of the UN Peace-building machinery and was tasked by the President of the General Assembly with facilitating preparations for the 2013 UN Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals.

Ambassador Anderson’s particular focus at the UN was on development/human rights/gender equality issues. From her assignment in Brussels, she retains a keen interest in EU Affairs.  As a former Ambassador in Paris, her involvement with France also continues – she returns regularly and speaks fluent French.

A strong believer in public diplomacy, Ambassador Anderson regularly engages as a lecturer, moderator and panelist in academic, think tank, and business settings.  During her New York assignment, such engagements included Fordham University, Columbia University, International Peace Institute, UN Association of New York, Academic Council of the United Nations.  Since taking up her current assignment, she has addressed think tanks both in DC (including Brookings; The Wilson Centre) and around the country (including the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; the Atlanta Council on Foreign Relations) as well as speaking at a wide range of universities, Chambers of Commerce, and other business networks.

Ambassador Anderson was awarded a Doctor of Laws (Honorary) by the National University of Ireland in December 2011. 


Mark Redmond

Chief Executive American Chamber of Commerce Ireland  

B2ROCJxL.jpegMark Redmond was appointed Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland in March 2014.

The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland is the leading international business organisation in Ireland. Representing the 700 US companies located in Ireland its mission is to be the voice of US companies and position Ireland as the global location of choice for US investment.

The American Chamber works to enhance the business environment for US companies operating in Ireland, with the aim of improving the positive impact of these companies who already employ over 130,000 people.

Mark directs the significant work programme of the Chamber which is focused on key areas of priority including trade and investment between the EU and the United States; progressive economic and social policies that maintain Ireland’s position as the location of choice for US investment and the enhancement of Ireland’s Research, Development & Innovation framework to further grow investment in Ireland.

Mark was Chief Executive of the Irish Tax Institute, a position held from 2004. He led a reform programme that transformed the Institute into one of Ireland’s most respected representative organisations. Prior to this Mark was a Director with PwC.

From Wexford, Mark is a graduate in English and History from Trinity College Dublin, and holds a Professional Diploma in Accounting (DCU), an MSc in Education and Professional Training (DCU) and a qualification in Comparative Tax Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Mark was appointed by the Minister for Finance to the board of the Investor Compensation Company Ltd. He has previously served on the National Council of Ibec and the Governing Authority of University College Dublin.



Speakers & Panelists 

Aoife Butler

President Emeritus, INUSA

 Aoife_Butler_-_Headshot.jpgAoife Elizabeth Butler, INUSA President Emeritus, is an intellectual property attorney in the New York office of Alston & Bird, working on various contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters.Aoife has been honored as one of the Irish Legal 100 and one of the Top 40 Under 40 Irish/Irish Americans, was selected to the Super Lawyers 2013, 2014, and 2015 New York Metro Rising Stars lists, and has been featured in Fortune® 50 Most Powerful Women Women Leaders in The Law 2013 and 2014.

Aoife hails from Co. Roscommon and has lived in Chicago and New York, and been involved with the Irish Networks in both cities, culminating in the founding of INUSA. Aoife currently serves on the Boards of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center and the New York Friends of the Childrens Medical Research Foundation (Crumlin Hospital).

Ashlinn Marron

IN Bay Area/Stitch Fix

 2._Ashlinn_-_Marron_-_Headshot.jpgAshlinn, originally from Cork, moved to San Francisco in 2010. She currently works at Stitch Fix with their Creative department on marketing campaigns, product launches and operational initiatives.

Earning an honours degree from University College Cork, in Commerce and Italian, Ashlinn specialized in marketing, consumer behavior and choice analysis. While completing her degree, she spent an Erasmus (Year Abroad) in Bologna, Italy, studying at the prestigious Università di Bologna. Ashlinn attended UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School to achieve her Masters, and holds an Msc in Marketing Practice, commercially known as the Marketing Development Programme.

Prior to Stitch Fix, Ashlinn worked at Yahoo with their Brand Creative Group on international marketing campaigns and high-profile events like CES and SXSW. While in Ireland, she worked for Ballymaloe Foods on their marketing initiatives and new product strategies. Ashlinn has a strong passion for progressive education, having volunteered as a teacher in the Chhan school, Cambodia. Here in the Bay Area, she regularly volunteers with organizations that focus on youth development, empowerment and education.




Brian Boland

IN Atlanta 


In late 2014 Brian started reaching out to contacts to gauge interest in the formation of a networking chapter for Irish people in Atlanta. Knowing there was a large population across the sprawling city of Atlanta and already an Irish presence through sports and established groups that formed after the '96 Olympics, there was a clear need to develop a platform for the new wave of young Irish coming to the city. The intent was not to compete with or take-over these existing groups but rather enhance what was already in place. He initially met with a small group along with INUSA President Steve Lenox who kindly offered his time to assist with forming this new group. That small group with the addition of a couple of others has since formed the working group of INATL.

Over the course of the last year, Brian and PRO Jessica Houghton have been driving this working group, and Brian has spent time to meet with the other Irish groups and learn more about what they do in an effort to set up INATL in a complimentary way where all can benefit. Our first event was the Saint Patrick's Day Breakfast with Taoiseach Enda Kenny which was a fantastic start for us. We have also held social mixers and attended our neighboring network's events (GAA fundraisers). With the help of Jessica's expertise, we have been very active over social media in recent months and will launch officially in partnership with the HBSA in March 2016. 


Bridget Hester

Senior Leadership Giving Officer, MIT


Bridget Hester Fantini is a Senior Leadership Giving Officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since joining MIT's Office of Resource Development in 2009, Bridget has been major gift fundraiser working to further the Institute's philanthropic initiatives with key constituents in New York. Prior to joining MIT, Bridget served as the Regional Director at The American Ireland Fund in Boston where she oversaw fundraising and development for the New England region.
Hester began her career in financial services with Putnam Investments where she spent a number of years working in consultant relations and marketing before moving onto the start-up, WorldStreet Corporation, managing their strategic account with Deutsche Bank. Bridget is a founding member of the IN Boston and also represents Boston on the national board of the Irish Networks (INUSA).





Cathal Conlon
Vice-President of Marketing, 
New England Revolution


Cathal Conlon is entering his eleventh season with the Revolution and his second in his current position after being promoted to Vice President of Marketing in December 2014. Conlon oversees and directs all aspects of the Revolution's marketing initiatives, including advertising, grassroots campaigns, promotional activities, fans' in-stadium experience and the team's overall branding efforts, in addition to over-seeing the team’s digital media efforts. In February of 2014, Conlon also assumed responsibility for the club’s Charitable Foundation, and all community programs and initiatives. He will also be the team's primary point of contact for the team's supporters groups, working with the organizations to increase membership and enhance the groups' involvement with the club.

Conlon joined the Revolution in 2006 as an Account Executive on the ticketing staff, and during his time with the group, helped build and develop the club's newly-created service team. He spent the 2007 season as the ticket staff's Workflow Coordinator, a position in which he created an enhanced customer service program and also managed the ticketing staff's activities on game days, including staffing and on-field activities. One season later, he was promoted to Customer Service/Inside Sales Manager, where for the last two years he managed the expanded, dedicated customer service staff and its programs, trained and oversaw the staff's Inside Sales Representatives, and also became the team liaison to the club's supporters groups. In 2010, Conlon was promoted to Director of Marketing, a position he held for five seasons.

Conlon began his career in the golf industry, with positions at Brae Burn Country Club in Newton, Mass., and Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club in Kenmare, Ireland. At Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club, Conlon managed all aspects of the resort's golf operations and also oversaw retail operations and marketing efforts with local hotels and businesses. He returned to the U.S. to become the Outside Services Supervisor at Warwick Country Club in Rhode Island, where he managed events at the club, as well as the golf and service staff, before joining the Revolution.

A native of Ardee, Ireland, Conlon attended Liverpool John Moores University and earned a degree in sports science in 1999. He and his wife, Noreen and son Oliver, live in South Boston. Conlon is the Treasurer of Irish Network Boston and in 2012, was named to the Irish Echo Top 40 under 40, Irish American Young Leaders.



Catherine Conway

Assistant Coach, Women's National Team, Ireland Lacrosse

A 2012 graduate of Boston College, Conway filled the role as assistant coach at Manhattan College and then Iona College. She became Co-Director of the Top Side Snipers elite club lacrosse program in Westchester County, NY in 2013, and now runs the program full time. Conway served as both Assistant Coach and Sports Information Officer for the Irish Women's National Lacrosse Team in the 2015 European Championships.

Caitríona Perry

Washington Correspondent, RTE


Caitríona Perry is an award-winning Irish journalist.  She's worked as a broadcast news correspondent since 2000 and is currently Washington Correspondent for Ireland's national public service broadcaster, RTÉ. She has reported on major news stories from three continents for RTE, travelling across Europe but also to Australia, Canada, Haiti and most recently Cuba . She is based in Washington DC but travels right across America reporting on American and Irish-American news for RTE's television, radio and online output.

She has significant editorial experience and has previously worked as a news anchor, presenter,  documentary maker, producer, programme editor and news editor.  She has won awards for her television and radio reportage, including most recently a National Justice Media Award for TV News in June 2015, and this year also received an outstanding alumni award from Dublin City University. She speaks French, German and Spanish to varying degrees and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in International Relations. Caitriona lives in DC with her husband. When not reporting the news, she can be found running, cooking or cheering on the Washington Wizards.


Christina Noble, OBE 

Founder, the Noble Foundation


Christina Noble OBE, is an exceptional, inspiring person. She has, by her own effort and example and with an unselfish willingness to serve, shown the world that streetchildren are a vital part of humanity - that the abuse and maltreatment suffered by
children can be stopped. By providing love, and by giving back dignity to over 700,000 of these special children and their families in Mongolia and Vietnam, she has shown us that they can be empowered to fulfill their proper role in society. They can, and will be their countries’ future. Since 1991 Christina Noble and her Foundation have established over 120 projects/programmes in Vietnam & Mongolia. Today the work of the Foundation impacts the lives of over 20,000 children and their families annually. Born in Dublin, Ireland, on December 23rd 1944; daughter of Thomas & Anne Byrne.
Christina Noble is a child of the impoverished Liberties of Dublin during the 1940’s–1950’s...Christina endured a childhood of loss, isolation & tragedy. After the early death of her mother, Christina was separated from her five siblings and committed to an abusive state institution. Christina escaped several times and later in 1962 flees to England only to find herself trapped in a violent and destructive marriage. In 1971 Christina had a dream that eighteen years later would lead her to Vietnam, to begin her work amongst the forgotten street children (Bui Doi–Dust of Life) of Vietnam.

David Greaney

Founder and President, Synergy Investments


David Greaney is the founder and president of Synergy Investments, a Boston based real estate investment & management firm. Synergy is one of the largest commercial landlords in Boston owning and operating 30 buildings and providing a home to over 400 companies. A graduate of University College, Dublin, and a CPA in Massachusetts, he has previously held positions in the investment management groups of Harvard University and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In addition, to his real estate activities, he regularly invests in early stage companies here in Massachusetts and in Ireland.  

David is active in the Irish-American business community and has received the Entrepreneurial Award from the Irish Chamber of Commerce and was named one of Business & Finance Magazine’s “Most Influential US-Irish Business Leaders.”  David is a board member of the MA chapter of NAIOP, the Downtown Business Improvement District and Downtown North Association. He also serves on the boards of the Restaurant Investment Group and Acquire. He actively supports a number of charitable causes, including the American Ireland Fund, Catholic Charities and the Claddagh Fund, the charitable foundation of the Dropkick Murphys.


Dawn Morrissey

Director, Irish Film Festival Boston


Originally from Co. Kildare, Dawn has a BA in Film from Emerson College, Boston and a Masters in Business from Boston College. Dawn is a founding member of IN Boston. She produced the Irish film festival in Boston from 2003 and co-founded the non- profit BIFF Productions, with Peter Flynn, in 2008. In 2009 she became the festival director. Under Dawn’s directorship, the festival was included in Moviemaker Magazine’s list of top 20 Coolest Film festivals in the World and has increased its standing internationally. The Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, also awarded Dawn an official citation for her work as the director of the Irish Film Festival in 2012 and her contributions to the Arts.

As a film producer, Dawn has worked on several feature films in both Ireland and the USA; she has worked on local Boston Indies (one of which was a Sundance Finalist) and was awarded both the regional and national awards from the Alliance for Community Media for her short films. Dawn has worked with the Discovery Channel as a consultant and co- produced the short film Green Grass, about illegal immigration, which screened at the LA Film Fest. Dawn executively produced the documentary Blazing the Trail; The O’Kalem’s in Ireland 2011 which screened at over 20 film festivals worldwide and was commission for broadcast by RTE in 2013. She judged the Short docs at the Galway Film Fleadh 2014 and will  be on the jury for the short film program at the Cork International Film Festival this November.



Deirdre Woodbyrne 

Executive Director, INUSA

 1._Deirdre_Woodbyrne_-_Headshot.JPGDeirdre Woodbyrne is a media consultant, and Principal of Dolmen Strategies, LLC.  In November 2013, she became Executive Director of Irish Network USA. She has managed political campaigns and has served in County Government in Bergen County. Prior to moving to New Jersey, she was a television producer for the U.S. Senate Republican Conference. She served as Deputy Press Secretary/Speechwriter for then U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) where she worked with national media covering the Foreign Relations and Banking Committees.

While completing a Masters Degree in Irish Studies, Deirdre worked in Dail Eireann for Eoin Ryan, T.D.  Prior to her time in Ireland, she worked for WJLA News 7 in Washington, D.C. and spent several years working in the news room for Radio Marti, Voice of America, the US Agency broadcasting to Cuba.

She was a founding member of the National Assembly of Irish-American Republicans on Capitol Hill.  She participated in the International Visitors Programme of the European Union.  As one of only 24 individuals chosen from the US, Deirdre studied the impact of the media on foreign affairs and culture of various EU member states.

Deirdre graduated from The Catholic University of America with Masters Degree in Irish Studies and a BA in Political Science and Spanish.  She also trained at The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in Washington, D.C. and does voiceover and television work. She serves as a Member of the Ramsey Planning Board;  and Media and Public Affairs Coordinator for the Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County.  A dual citizen, Deirdre spends time between Ramsey, and the family home in Tramore, County Waterford.



Eugene L. O'Flaherty

Corporation Counsel, City of Boston


Attorney Eugene L. O’Flaherty was appointed to the role of Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston in January 2014. Prior to his appointment, Attorney O’Flaherty served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for seventeen years and has been practicing law for twenty years.  Elected to the Massachusetts Legislature in 1996, Mr. O’Flaherty served on the Education, Arts and Humanities Committee and as Vice-Chairman of the Banks and Banking Committee before being appointed to serve as the Judiciary Chair in 2002. During his twelve-year tenure at the helm of the Judiciary Committee, Attorney O'Flaherty was responsible for the drafting, implementation, review and strategizing associated with the largest number of legislative proposals before the Massachusetts Legislature. He was the chief architect of the overhaul of impaired driving statutes, court reorganization legislation, stronger sex offender statutes, tougher penalties for violent habitual offenders, CORI reform and human trafficking while also repeatedly defeating attempts to reinstate the death penalty in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Attorney O’Flaherty oversaw the legislation and led the discussions required for the implementation of the Goodridge decision, which legalized gay marriage, making Massachusetts the first state in the United States of America to do so and served as the House of Representative’s lead negotiator on a number of complex and high profile conference committee negotiations with the Senate and Executive Branch.  In addition to his position as Judiciary Chairman, Mr. O’Flaherty served as a member of the House Leadership Team for more than a decade and under three successive
Speakers of the House. He played a pivotal role in the advising, advocacy and polling of the 160 member House body on a large spectrum of issues facing the Commonwealth such as transportation reform, education, revenue, economic development, health care and gaming, being honored several times for his excellence in these endeavors.  
Mr. O’Flaherty graduated from Malden Catholic High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Suffolk University. He was awarded a Juris Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Law and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1994 and the Federal bar in 1995.

Fionnula Quinlan

Consul General of Ireland to Boston


Fionnuala Quinlan was appointed Consul General of Ireland to Boston in September 2015.

Prior to this, she was Director of Press Relations at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin, where she managed the Department’s engagement with traditional and new media.

She joined the Department in 2009 as Press Adviser for Irish Aid, the Government’s overseas aid programme, and travelled extensively through Africa and Asia in that role.

Before joining the Department, Fionnuala worked as a journalist and editor in Ireland and abroad for almost 15 years. She was Features Editor at the Irish Examiner, with responsibility for daily features, Weekend magazine and columnists; Deputy Features Editor, Health Correspondent and Senior News Reporter.

She has also worked as a journalist at Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and was News Editor and reporter for the The Evening Echo in Ireland.

She was a frequent contributor to Radio France Internationale, having lived and worked in France for more than two years.


Gary Hanley 

Senior Vice President – Americas  Invest Northern Ireland

 Screen_Shot_2015-10-28_at_11.41.55_AM.pngGary is the head of American operations for Invest Northern Ireland, a branch of the Northern Ireland government responsible for growing the economy of Northern Ireland.

Under Gary’s leadership, Northern Ireland has added new investors such as the New York Stock Exchange, CVS Caremark, Dow Chemical, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the largest law firm in the world - Baker McKenzie as well as local Boston companies NaviNet, Q1 Labs (IBM), Merchant Warehouse, Rapid 7 and Cayan.

He and his team were instrumental in Belfast becoming the number one city on the world for Financial Services Technology Development according to the Financial Times and the number one city in Europe for Software Development and Technical Support. 

Gary holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Limerick as well as a Master of Business Studies from the National University of Ireland at Galway.  

He resides in Milton, Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters and a son.



Ian Power


 Ian_power.jpgIan Power's debut short BUSKERS collected awards at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Cork Film Festival, and the Foyle Film Festival before a successful run on the international festival circuit which culminated in a TCM Classic Shorts Nomination.

Since then he's made a number of other award-winning short films which include the Warner Bros. distributed THE WONDERFUL STORY OF KELVIN KIND, winner of Best Short Drama at the Celtic Film and TV Festival, and DENTAL BREAKDOWN a comedy musical which won a Remi Award at the Houston Film Festival, the Award of Excellence at the LA Film Awards, and Best Short Comedy at the Fastnet Film Festival.

His first feature length film is THE RUNWAY, starring Oscar nominee Demián Bichir ('A Better Life'), Kerry Condon ('Better Call Saul'), and James Cosmo ('Braveheart'). 'The Runway' is inspired by the true story of a South American pilot who crashed his plane in Co. Cork in 1983. Against all odds, the locals came together to build a runway to get him home.

THE RUNWAY premiered at The Galway Film Fleadh in 2010 where it picked up the award for Best Irish Feature. It had its European Premiere at the Rome Film Festival, and its US Premiere at the Palm Springs Film Festival where it was selected for Best of Fest. Since then THE RUNWAY has won seven awards from International Film Festivals and has secured theatrical distribution in the USA, as well as Spain, France, Middle East, Mexico, and China, among others.

THE RUNWAY was selected for the Director's Guild of America's Finders Series in conjunction with the SDGI and enjoyed a successful screening at their headquarters in Los Angeles.

Ian has been directing commercials since 2001 when he was featured in Shots 'Newcomers' section and has also won awards for his work in this field. Previous clients include BTThe National Lottery, TV3RTEAxa, Invest NI, and Three Mobile.

In 2014 Ian directed THE GUARANTEE, a TV Drama about the night of Ireland's bank guarantee in 2008 adapted from Colin Murphy's Fishamble play 'Guaranteed'. Filmed in only six days, THE GUARANTEE received a nationwide theatrical release in Ireland.

Dr. Íde B. O'Carroll


 OCarroll_Headshot.jpgÍde B. O'Carroll, PhD, is a social researcher/writer (www.ocainternational.com<http://www.ocainternational.com), currently Visiting Scholar, Ireland House, NYU, author of Models for Movers: Irish Women's Emigration to America (Cork Uni Press, 2015) and a companion volume, Irish Transatlantics (forthcoming 2017), that brings the story of Irish-US migration up to the twenty-first century.  She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts where she is Co-Chair of Cumann Gaelach Amherst/Amherst Irish Association.




Jean McCluskey

Manager Golf & Group Travel Marketing
Tourism Ireland

Jeans_Photo_Head_Shot.jpgTourism Ireland is responsible for marketing the island of Ireland overseas as a holiday and business tourism destination. We devise and deliver marketing programmes in over 20 markets across the world, reaching an audience of up to 200 million potential visitors each year. Targeted marketing activity includes advertising online, on TV and outdoor sites, in cinemas and in newspapers and magazines, e-Marketing, overseas publicity, co-operative marketing with carriers and other partners and promotions to the travel trade and consumers.







Joanna Murphy



Joanna Murphy is the Chief Executive Officer of ConnectIreland – an incentivised referral programme appointed by IDA Ireland to deliver the Succeed in Ireland Initiative. 

A business development specialist, Joanna has advanced ConnectIreland’sbrand engagement and extended its reach through partnerships with leading global organisations, such as GAA, DAA and many more. 

She has a wealth of entrepreneurial experience and prior to joining ConnectIreland founded and ran two companies in the construction and civil engineering space. 

Joanna leads ConnectIreland’s international marketing growth and has worked on countless successful marketing campaigns since joining the ConnectIreland leadership team in 2013, initially as Project Manager before subsequently taking up the position of Chief Operating Officer. In July 2015 she was appointed as Chief Executive. 

Joanna holds a first class honours degree in business studies from the Irish Management Institute. 

John Cunningham

Northeast Divisional Board Vice Chairperson, GAA


John Cunningham was born and raised in Donegal before emigrating to Boston in February 2000, where he works in the Construction industry. In 2009 after retiring from playing Gaelic football he was elected on to the Northeast Divisional board as Vice Chairperson. In 2013 he was elected as Chairman of the Northeast Divisional board a position he enjoyed greatly which also gave him the opportunity to promote Irish Culture through our sports. He is very familiar with I.N Boston and believes it's a terrific way to meet new people and provides fun, yet effective, network opportunities.






John Foley

Immigration Attorney, Foley Law Offices


Searching for a lawyer for immigration in Boston? Our principal attorney, John Philip Foley, is the grandson of an Irish immigrant who arrived on American shores in 1903 with 25 cents in her pocket. Like all immigrants, she overcame enormous challenges so her children and grandchildren could have a brighter future. At Foley Law Offices, we help people attain legal resident status or become citizens through the naturalization process.

John has been a lawyer since 1990 when he graduated from New England School of Law in Boston, MA. His area of focus is immigration law.

John is an active member of the New England chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association.

As the grandson of immigrants, John takes great pleasure in assisting new immigrants to reunite with family members and assisting them in becoming US citizens. John understands the apprehension and fear some individuals feel when dealing with US immigration authorities so he, or an attorney from his staff, personally goes on all adjustment of status and citizenship interviews. John's goal is to provide a level of personal hands on legal service that cannot be surpassed.

As a dual citizen of Ireland, John holds a European Community passport. He also lived in London, England for four (4) years where he was the editor of a weekly newspaper for lawyers.

Living in a foreign capital, John met and represented a number of clients who wanted to relocate to the US or just wanted to enter for a visit. When he returned to the US, John created Foley Law Offices and opened an office in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace section of downtown Boston. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a short walk to the John F. Kennedy Federal Office Building, the center of immigration law in Massachusetts.

John has experience in dealing with all types of immigration visas and issues and has a track record of success. He offers hands on, personal and professional legal service.


Larry Naughton

Partner Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP

Larry Naughton is a Partner in the Business & Technology Group at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, a 175-attorney U.S. law firm in Boston. His clients include growth companies in a wide range of industries, venture capital firms, private equity firms, and
investment banks. As counsel to U.S. and European-based companies ranging from early-stage start-ups to publicly-traded companies, he frequently advises on strategic business decisions, financings, mergers-and-acquisitions, licensing arrangements, and corporate governance.
He had deep expertise working with Irish clients in connection with their activities in the U.S., including companies such as The Now Factory, Norkom Technologies, ThirdForce, Similarity Systems, Qumas, SteelTrace, The TAS Group, and InishTech. He is listed in _Best Lawyers in America _and has been listed on multiple occasions in each of The Legal 500 for middle- market mergers and acquisitions work, Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the areas of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, and in Boston Magazine as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.



Laurence McCarthy

Associate Professors of Management, Seton Hall University


Larry McCarthy is an Associate Professor, in the Department of Management at the Stillman School of Business, at Seton Hall University, New Jersey.  He teaches in the sport management program and his research focuses on sport marketing. His work has appeared in the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Marketing Quarterly and the European Journal of Sport Management.  He co-authored the text “Sport Promotion and Sales Management” with colleagues William Sutton and Richard Irwin.  He is Director of the Institute of International Business at the Stillman School.  He is a founding members of the Sport Marketing Association and is a former Chairman of New York Gaelic Athletic Association. 




Professor Liam Kennedy

Director, Clinton Institute at University College, Dublin


Professor Liam Kennedy is Director of the Clinton Institute at University College Dublin. He has diverse research and teaching experiences, spanning fields of American Studies,media & communications, and international relations. He has published widely in these fields and is the recipient of major research awards in the UK, the US and Ireland. He is currently researching and writing on media and international conflict,including the role of diaspora networks on conflict transformation. He is the co- author of Supporting the New Generation of the Irish Diaspora (2014), a research report for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Senator Linda Forry
Massachusetts Senate
Senator Linda Dorcena Forry is the first woman and person of color to represent the Commonwealth's 1st Suffolk District which include Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan and South Boston. For almost two decades, Senator Forry has dedicated her professional life to a career in public service, working in both state and local government.  As a first generation Haitian-American, Senator Forry gained from her parents a strong work ethic and recognized the value of civic engagement from an early age.

Elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2005 for the Commonwealth’s 12th Suffolk District, Senator Forry chaired the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, where she quickly became an authority on the concerns facing small businesses. Currently, Senator Forry chairs the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, the Joint Committee on Housing and the Special Senate Committee on Housing.  She serves as a member of the Joint Committee on Transportation; Joint Committee on Education; Joint Committee on Mental Health & Substance Abuse; and Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.  Additionally, she serves as the Senate Vice-Chair of Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators.  Senator  Forry continues to play a leadership role on immigration issues at both state and federal level. In her capacity as State Senator representing South Boston, she produces  the traditional St Patrick's political breakfast each year,  a legendary Boston tradition that toasts and roasts  Senator, Members of Congress, Boston Mayors and other state and local government elected officials. In 2014, Senator Forry  welcomed to the breakfast Ireland's Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, the first time a sitting Irish government leader has attended the historic event. Reporting on the breakfast, the Irish Times described her at the "New star of Irish America."

Senator Forry holds a bachelor's degree from Boston College Carroll School of Management and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  Senator Forry and her husband, Bill, live in Dorchester Lower Mills with their four children.

Louise Corrigan 
Attorney & Founder Louis M. Corrigan & Associates/Founder IN-Dublin
Louise is a dual qualified lawyer admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland, the US District Court and the New York State Bar. She practiced as a litigator and immigration specialist in Manhattan for 6 years before returning to Ireland in 2014 to set up her own practice, Louise M. Corrigan & Associates. Louise also works Of Counsel for New York-based firm O’Malley & Associates, specializing in US Immigration law. While in the US, Louise was awarded the Irish Echo Top 40 Under 40 Award 2014 and the Irish Voice Most Influential Women Award 2011. Louise was the 2014 Honoree of the Irish Arts Center in New York, where she performed with one of their resident Irish dance companies. She is a native of Co. Kildare and graduate of University College Dublin. Louise is a former Chair (2013-2014) of INNYC and the current Ch
air and founding member of INDublin

Marcelle Murray

Director, Founding Board Member, Irish Network Boston


Marcelle has an extensive background in event management, project and business administration, marketing, and training. As a senior consultant, she has been responsible for the planning and execution of campaigns and events for a wide variety of clients and projects in advertising, biopharma, entertainment, and IT industries. An Irish native, Marcelle has lived, worked, and studied in Dublin, London, and Sydney. She has been living in Boston for over a decade and works for a global provider of storage and information management services with over 67 million sq.ft. of real estatein 36 countries on 5 continents. Marcelle is a founding and current board member of Irish Network Boston. She recently joined the J1 Advisory Board of the Irish International Immigrant Center, after having been a past member of their Solas Committee for several years. She enjoys live entertainment, traveling, running, hiking, and sailing. Her hopes for IN Boston: “That we remain an inclusive network and conduit for business, social, and cultural bonds in Boston, throughout New England, and across to the Island of Ireland – and back again.”

Maggie Cardosi

Eastern Regional Representative University College Dublin North America Global Charter


Maggie Cardosi is Eastern Regional Representative for University College Dublin’s North America Global Center .  Based in New York City, Maggie promotes UCD’s programs and the benefits of Irish education to students and their families across the United States and Canada, along with helping to strengthen institutional partnerships between UCD and American universities.  Maggie received her undergraduate degree in English and History from Xavier University in 2010 completed a Masters degree in Irish and Irish-American studies at NYU in 2015.   Before joining UCD in January 2014, Maggie worked with the Irish Business Organization of New York, as well as the NYU Glucksman Ireland House.




Mark Campbell
Senior Manager, Randox
Mark Campbell is the Senior Manager at Randox Laboratories.  Randox are an all-Ireland company focused on blood-science diagnostics to enable the early and accurate diagnosis of disease.  Such diagnosis  leads to better patient outcomes and reduced burden on healthcare services.  Randox are regarded, globally, as a highly innovative company with extensive R&D programmes in the life sciences and engineering areas, and with exports to 145 countries.  Significant expansion plans have recently been announced for R&D facilities in  Dungloe, Co Donegal, Antrim, Co Antrim and in the US.  Mark has travelled extensively in his current role where his focus is on  developing strategic partnerships  and enabling Randox’s ambitious growth plans.   Born and raised in Co Tyrone, Mark is very much looking forward to the INUSA National Conference!





Matt Krayton
Founder & Principal, PubliticsPR+Digital
Matt is the Founder of PubliticsPR+Digital. He has consulted on campaigns at the local, state and federal level as well as has served clients in the private and public sector through delivering goals-driven communications and media strategies.
Prior to founding Publitics, Matt worked at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind Poll and later taught freshman seminar for political science students and in the Law in the Liberal Arts program as an adjunct instructor. In his role at Publitics, he is frequently asked to present digital media and communications seminars to a variety of organizations including chambers of commerce, nonprofit and business organizations. 

Noreen McCormack
Founding Board Member, IN Seattle & VP of HR at Entercom Communications Corp
Noreen is first generation Irish from Montana, her parents were born
and raised in Co. Mayo. She is a founding Board member of IN Seattle, a founding Board member of IN USA and a former Board member of the Irish Heritage Club.
She also serves on the City of Seattle Sister Cities (Galway) Coordinating Council. Noreen is Vice President/Human Resources for Entercom Communications Corp, one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, a position she has held for 17+ years.

Oonagh Desire
Director of Public Affairs and Advance Abbey Theatre
Oonagh Desire is Director of Public Affairs and Advancement for the Abbey Theatre, the national theatre of Ireland. She is responsible for the sales and customer service, press and marketing, fundraising, and education and outreach areas of the business. Oonagh is from Belfast, and is a French and German graduate of Nottingham University. She began her career in Edinburgh working with the founders of the Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust before joining the Development Office of the Royal Shakespeare Company. 
She moved to Dublin and the Abbey Theatre in 2008 from the British National Theatre in London, where she was Deputy Director of Development. Oonagh sits on the Culture, Arts, Sports and Tourism Committee of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, and recently finished her term as Chair of the Development Managers’ Forum (the network of Irish arts fundraisers). She has just about come to terms with Ireland’s exit from the Rugby World Cup.

Pat Doab
President, IN ATX

West Limerick native Pat Doab moved to Austin, Texas in August 2003, initially employed as Sales Engineer for construction manufacturer Extec, Doab is now Co-Owner of Crushing Tigers, an Austin based construction equipment distributor, with focus on the mining, quarrying, recycling & material handling industry.

Doab has had an avid interest in sports all his life, competing at a high level in a number of sports, including Hurling, Gaelic Football, Soccer & Athletics. From a young age he showed a keen interest in coaching & has a wide selection of certifications, including UEFA B Soccer License, Level 2 G.A.A. Tutor Certification and a National Certificate in Exercise & Fitness from the University of Limerick.

 Upon his arrival in Austin, Doab setup the Celtic Cowboys Sports & Social club in early 2004, today he continues to drive the club in his role of President. The club, in tune with traditional Irish ethos, (where sports are the cornerstone of the community), focuses on providing fun & friendship for the entire family across a variety of sporting & social activities for its 500+ membership. 

Identifying a need to add a Business Networking aspect to the growing community, he setup IN ATX in 2012, as President he oversaw the very successful IN USA National Conference in Austin last September. 

His sporting focus in the recent years has been the further development and growth of GAA in Austin & Texas in general, additionally Doab was appointed Southwest GAA Chairman for 2015. Testament to this focus, Gaelic sports has grown significantly in Austin in the past 3 years, where the club now boasts three men's teams & two ladies football teams, this year the Celtic Cowboys were selected as the host club for the 2015 GAA/GPA Opel Hurling All Stars Tour, in addition to hosting the North American County Board convention on the same weekend in December.  


Paul Maguire
Founder, Maguire Hegarty, LLC/Member INPhiladelphia
Paul has over thirty years’ experience in providing consulting, taxation, and accounting services to U.S. and international clients. Having previously worked with Deloitte, he started his own accounting and consulting firm in 1987, now Maguire Hegarty LLC. In addition to offering accounting and tax services the firm has assisted clients in obtaining both private and public funding, creating innovative financing opportunities for them including in-house leasing programs, and debt restructurings.
Paul’s experience has also included, bank debt negotiations, corporate workouts, due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, corporate divestitures and the provision of outsourced chief financial officer services. His industry experience includes real estate development, construction, capital equipment, fitness clubs, retail vending, restaurants, and the life sciences.  He has represented many international clients ranging from Europe to Australia, engaged in such arenas as life science, software development, heavy equipment, real estate investment, and marketing. Services have included the provision of USA based chief financial officer services, handling international taxation matters including tax return prep aration, nexus analyses, and transfer pricing policies.
Paul works with several nonprofit boards, and is the Chairman of the Friends of the
Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary, www.kuns.org, and the Philadelphia Trinity College Dublin Alumni Association. Currently he serves on the North American Advisory Board for Trinity College. He received a BS in Business Studies from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in 1980, with a MA in English Literature in 1985, and qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in 1982.
He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Irish Network Philadelphia.

Paul Savage
Web Programmer & IT Consultant
Paul Savage runs a number of websites, including Dogs.ie, http://vpn.ie, http://learning.ie
He's a web programmer & IT consultant who's just moved to the US this year after spending 11 years in Germany. Paul has been involved with the Irish Business Network in Germany since its inception in 2007 and help re-launch their web presence in 2014.

Dr. Robert Mauro
Director, The Global Leadership Institute and Irish Institute at Boston College
4._Robert_Mauro_-_Headshot.jpgDr. Robert M. Mauro, Executive Director, serves as Director of the Global Leadership Institute and Irish Institute at Boston College. He completed his PhD (The Practice of Ideology, 2009) in Political  Science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the  State University of New York in Albany.  Before coming to Boston  College he undertook a post-doctoral research fellowship in the  Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) at University College  Dublin (UCD). While there he worked on a project, titled -Breaking the Patterns of Conflict: The Irish State, the British Dimension, and the  Northern Ireland Conflict, a comprehensive oral history of policy  makers involved with Northern Ireland peace process from the Sunningdale Agreement to the St. Andrews Agreement.

In addition, to being an experienced academic, Dr. Mauro has extensive experience in university administration and a deep interest in entrepreneurial practices. During the past four years as Director of  the Irish Institute, Dr. Mauro designed and implemented professional education programs for developing and senior leaders in Ireland and Northern Ireland. These programs hosted over 600 participants from  fields as diverse as business and innovation, policy, science and technology, and bureaucracy. In addition, Dr. Mauro developed and continues to led an active alumni association allowing past participants to continue to share, learn, and advance through Irish Institute programming. In addition to his work at Boston College, Dr. Mauro is active in ensuring that the university is well connected to the community. He is past-President of Irish Network Boston, a Director of the Wild Geese Network of Irish Scientists, a board advisor to both The Frederick  Douglass- Daniel O’Connell Project the Gaelic Players Association New England. Dr. Mauro received a “Top 40 Under 40” in Irish-America award in 2013. And the Top 100 Irish Academics award in 2015.

Ronnie Millar
Director, Irish International Immigration Center
Ronnie Millar leads the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston–a Welcome Center for immigrants from Ireland and from 120 other countries. The IIIC works towards a society where all are welcomed and valued, and enjoy equal opportunities and protections. Ronnie has worked in social justice and community development for the past 15 years, as the Director of the Corrymeela Center in County Antrim–Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation center–and with the South Boston Boys and Girls Club. Ronnie immigrated to the United States in 1993 with Digital Equipment Corporation, w here he worked as an engineer
and manager for 14 years.
As a graduate of the College of Public and Community Service at UMASS Boston, Ronnie has extensive experience in community work as a mediator and facilitator. He serves on the boards of several community projects and is married to Kelly Matthews, a professor of English and Education at Framingham State University. They have two sons, Rory and Andrew, who are both Tottenham Hotspur supporters.

Ryan McDermott
Consultant Insight Insurance Agency, President Boston Irish Business Association
Ryan currently serves as a consultant with Insight Insurance Agency. Insight Insurance Agency is the insurance arm of Insight Performance – an award winning Human Resource Consulting firm. His day to day responsibilities largely involve meeting with entrepreneurs, financial executives, and human resource professionals to develop awareness of Insight’s capabilities to meet their employee benefits, insurance and human resource needs. His experience and existing practice also includes providing insurance planning to individuals, families and closely held businesses who are looking to accumulate, protect and distribute wealth.

 Ryan is also the President of the Boston Irish Business Association (BIBA). In his work with BIBA, he’s had the opportunity to travel as a delegate to Ireland on trade missions with the goal of building and strengthening trade relationships and diplomacy between Massachusetts, Ireland and Northern Ireland. During Ryan’s tenure as President of BIBA, the organization launched a new program initiative focused on the Trade Relationship between Ireland and Boston. Called the “Global Growth Series”, the initiative aims to educate entrepreneurs on the finer details of Global expansion while drawing a spotlight on the merits of Ireland and Boston/Massachusetts as important regions to consider when expanding. In 2012, Ryan was honored by the Irish Echo News Paper – the largest and most widely-read Irish-American weekly in the US – with a 40 Under 40 Award.

In addition to his work with Insight and BIBA, Ryan participates in a number of local, regional and international initiatives related to his interests in Entrepreneurship, Economic Development, Arts and Culture. Residing in the town of Dedham, MA, Ryan is an elected Town Meeting Member and also serves as the Vice Chair for the Town’s Master Plan Implementation Committee.

Sean P. Moynihan
Founder and Principal, The Moynihan Group, LLC
1._Sean_Moynihan_Headshot.pngAttorney Sean P. Moynihan is the founder and principal of The Moynihan Group, LLC.  Attorney Moynihan is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Providence College and a 2001 cum laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School’s evening division program.  He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in January of 2002.  He has a dynamic record of professional experience in the public, financial services, and non-profit sectors of the economy.  

The Moynihan Group builds and executes strategies for companies and organizations in need of government relations and public affairs counsel by encompassing legislative, regulatory, procurement and business development advocacy.  The firm also represents Irish companies and organizations seeking to establish or expand operations in the United States including legal and compliance services as well as relationship facilitation within the business, government and academic arenas.  Likewise, the firm represents American companies seeking to establish or expand operations into Ireland.  

Attorney Moynihan spent over a decade in the public service arena.  He served in various positions within the Massachusetts House of Representatives including Counsel to the House Ways and Means Committee, Counsel to the Office of the House Majority Leader, andLegislative Director.  During his time in the Ways and Means Committee and the Office of the House Majority Leader, Attorney Moynihan worked on a myriad of significant public policy issues – in particular - energy and the environment, life sciences/biotech, education, labor, and the administration of justice in the Commonwealth.  

Attorney Moynihan serves as Chairman of Irish Network Boston (IN Boston) and as Vice President for Global Partnerships of the Boston Irish Business Association [BIBA].  He also serves on the Irish International Immigrant Center's (IIIC) Internship Advisory Panel.  His past volunteer efforts include serving as a "Connector" with the former Boston World Partnerships (BWP) non-profit organization and as a trustee of the Irish Pastoral Centre.

He is a past Chairman of the Northboro Democratic Town Committee of Northboro, MA.  He has managed and worked on numerous municipal, state legislative, congressional, and presidential campaigns.  In February of 2009 he was named one of the Irish Echo’s top 40 under 40 award recipients and was recognized as 1 of 5 to receive the "Outstanding Young Leader Award" from the Irish Echo and the Presidents' Club of Belfast, Northern Ireland.  In 2012, The Moynihan Group, LLC was named to the "Irish Small Business Top 50" by the Irish Echo.  

Attorney Moynihan resides in Hingham, MA with his wife Lynn and their children Maeve and Declan. He can be reached at [email protected].  

Sister Conchita McDonnell
Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary
Sister Conchita McDonnell is a member of the Congregation of the Missionary sisters of the Holy Rosary. She was born in Ballina County Mayo and has lived in all four provinces of Ireland.  She was educated by the Dominican Sisters, pursued her undergraduate studies in University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast. She completed her postgraduate studies in Pastoral Counseling in New York. As a Missionary sister, with the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary which she joined in 1959, she has worked in Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Brazil in the fields of Education, Counseling and Pastoral ministry. She was President of the Conference of Religious of Ireland 2008- 2012.  Currently she is a key member of the team leading the Sisters charitable drive in the USA, www.knuns.org.

Steve Lenox
President INUSA/Lenox Consulting
2._Steve_Lenox_-_headshot.JPGSteve has served as President of Irish Network USA since 2011. During this time Steve has had the opportunity to make some great friends in cities across the US and is excited by how much we've accomplished together, growing to 20 chapters and becoming a key part of the Irish government's efforts to engage the "Global Irish".

In addition to serving as President of INUSA,  Steve is also the Founder and President of Lenox Consulting, a US and Ireland based strategic communications firm. Lenox Consulting represents a variety of clients, providing business development, public affairs, and media relations services. The types of clients  Steve works with include William Fry, one of Ireland’s most respected corporate law firms, and the NJ FMBA, the union that represents over 5,000 active and retired firefighters/EMTs/ dispatchers in New Jersey.

Steve is a dual citizen, and has also built an extensive network of government and business leaders in Ireland where his wife Aoife owns and manages a successful small business and they are raising their three sons, Conor, Cian and Dylan

Steve Novak
Associate Athletic Director, Development, Boston College

Steve Novak currently serves as Associate Athletic Director for development at Boston College.  He has spent 14 years at BC and heads the fundraising operation interacting with the department's alumni, parents and friends to build the philanthropic support for BC Athletics.  He is a member of BC's Steering Committee for the 2016 Aer Lingus Football Classic and serves on the department's senior staff.







Stewart Matthews
First Secretary, Northern Ireland Bureau
Stewart Matthews was appointed as First Secretary and Head of Administration at the Northern Ireland Bureau in October 2012. Stewart's primary role includes helping Northern Ireland Departments and Ministers by promoting NI interests in the US and Canada and building relationships of mutual benefit. He also monitors policy developments in the US and Canada and supports inward visits by Ministers and officials as well as visits to Northern Ireland by American and Canadian contacts. Stewart also has responsibility for heading up the Bureau's administration arrangements, including business planning and corporate governance.

Victoria Denoon
Co-Director, Center for Irish Partnerships University of Massachusetts 
Originally from Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, Victoria Denoon is currently the Co-Director of the Center for Irish Partnerships at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The Center for Irish Partnership fosters collaborations and partnerships with educational institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland across an interdisciplinary spectrum and embraces faculty exchange and joint research ventures and workswith partners to create a dynamic model for Cross-Atlantic collaboration.

Victoria has been actively involved since 2010 in the Irish-American Heritage Archaeological Program, a collaborative project between UMass Lowell and Queen’s University Belfast. Irish Archaeologists lead students from both universities on an excavation of artifacts in Lowell and Northern Ireland to better understand the lifestyles of the early Irish who immigrated to the U.S. in the 19th century.

In addition, Victoria is the Administrative and Special Projects Coordinator for the Office of Provost at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. 

In 2012, Victoria received an Irish Echo 40 Under 40 Award at a ceremony in New York City.

These awards spotlight up-and-coming leaders of Irish America from around the nation who work in a variety of fields and occupations. She is also the recipient of an Anam Cara Award from the Lowell Irish Cultural Committee. 

Victoria has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University Belfast, and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from UMass Lowell. 


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