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  • 20 May 2015 6:00 PM | Michael Keaveny (Administrator)

    Irish Network Colorado (INCO) and the Celtic Connection are hosting a meet and greet reception in honor of our new Irish consul general on Wednesday, May 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Katie Mullen's Irish Restaurant at 1550 Court Place in Denver.
    Consul General Adrian Farrell was appointed to the Consulate General of Ireland, Austin, Texas in September 2014. He is eager to meet the Irish-American community and those with an interest in Ireland and will make brief remarks at the event.

    So please come out to join us in extending Colorado's Céad Míle Fáilte to CG Farrell! A reservation is required via this event on our website.

    Appetizers provided, cash bar
    $5 INCO Members, $15 Nonmembers, $5 Students


  • 28 Oct 2014 9:24 PM | Michael Keaveny (Administrator)

    On October16 the Irish Network Colorado hosted a Euro Networking event title "Laughter, Dance and Song, A Night of Irish Culture" at Katie Mullen's in downtown Denver.  Representatives from the World Trade Center, the German American Chamber of Commerce, the French American Chamber of Commerce, the Italian American Business Association and others were treated to comedy from Kevin Stanton, an Irish dance and a fine ballad from the Network's own Alan Groarke.  Honorary Irish Consul Jim Lyons, whose book Peace Meets the Streets about the N. Ireland peace accords is now available on Amazon, welcomed fifty guests to a wonderful night of excellent networking and entertainment.  Euro Networking events are coordinated through the World Trade Center Denver and bring together the international business organizations on a regular basis.

  • 05 Jun 2014 2:06 PM | Michael Keaveny (Administrator)

    The next US Ambassador to Ireland will be Kevin F. O’Malley, a St. Louis attorney. His appointment took 18 months, following the departure of Dan Rooney. The long delay was criticized by leading Irish Americans, most recently by Congressman Joe Crowley, himself a leading Democrat.

    O’Malley is also an officer in the Army Reserve and had ten years of service as a federal prosecutor. He is an ex-seminarian and prominent parishioner in the St. Louis diocese.

    He is a second-generation Irish American and a highly respected community leader in St. Louis. His grandfather was from Mayo and O’Malley held dual citizenship until he was tapped to become ambassador. He is married with a son.

    O’Malley is a lawyer in practice at Greensfelder Attorneys at Law in St. Louis, MO. He is a well-known figure in Democratic Party circles and recently attended the Obama state dinner for French President Francois Hollande.

    He has more than 35 years of trial experience and his practice primarily focuses on complex litigation involving medical negligence, federal white collar criminal defense, and product liability defense.

    Earlier in his career, O’Malley served as a Special Attorney of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section at the Department of Justice, as well as an Assistant United States Attorney in St. Louis.

    He is continuously selected for inclusion by the editors of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

    In 2009, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed O’Malley as the only non-physician member of the Missouri Board of Healing Arts, the state’s licensing and disciplinary body for physicians.

    O’Malley is the senior author of the nine volume treatise "Federal Jury Practice and Instructions." He is a prominent parishioner of the St. Louis Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. He received a B.A. and J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law.

    Obama insiders say O’Malley is a respected leader in the Irish American and religious community in St. Louis, where he has been a leading supporter of the Catholic Student Center at Washington University in St. Louis.

    In 2013 the Lawyers Association of St. Louis presented him with the Award of Honor for his professional and public service. He also serves as Vice President of the St. Louis Inns of Court, which mentors young trial lawyers.

    Kevin O’Malley served as a Legal Instructor for the American Bar Association’s Central and East European Law Initiative and teaches at the Washington University School of Law.

  • 25 Oct 2012 2:18 PM | Adam O'Leary
    Government officials. Important dignitaries. Fortune 500 CEOs.

    Irish Network Colorado (INCO) resumes its impressive business programs through their monthly Discovery Lunch series in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood. This month’s installment, hosted at Strings Restaurant, was lead by Steve Hochhauser. Mr. Hochhauser is an experienced CEO of multinational companies who had the opportunity to work with Warren Buffet and former Irish Taoiseach, John Bruton, among many other notable figures. He has more than 25 years of global experience as a leader for high-performing multi-national corporations, including: Ingersoll Rand; Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company; AlliedSignal/Honeywell International; United Technologies; and Rockwell International.

    Mr. Hochhauser is a mentor and friend to INCO President and 3t Systems CEO, Ciaran Dwyer.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Hochhauser has established a proven track record of developing and executing successful global business strategies that have turned around businesses and enabled strong-performing companies to excel – achieving record returns on investments and delivering superior shareholder value. He shared a portion of his experience with lunch attendees focusing on leadership, changing business environments and some interesting stories working with Warren Buffett and General David Petraeus.

    Mr. Hochhauser conveyed many pieces of advice included his views on change. He said change in business is inevitable and certain. The key to successfully working with change is learning how to make change an advantage while making it work for you. In addition, he touched on what traits make up a good leader or CEO. One of his most emphatic talking points was that leaders create favorable environments for people to excel while knowing how to communicate with their employees. “We all want to be the smartest person in the room,” Mr. Hochhauser said, “but the smartest person in the room is the person who knows how to ask the right questions.” Sage advice for the group of business-minded Irish Network members.

    Mr. Hochhauser finished his presentation by appealing to the GAA club members in the audience saying, “Be safe, do great things and bring another hurling title back to Denver.” With an emphasis on the pride of one’s work in business and sport, the Denver Gaels take the calling seriously coming from such a respected individual.

    “It’s wonderful to see INCO’s influence penetrating all aspects of the Colorado Irish community, including our great Denver Gaels,” said Shay Dunne, INCO member and founding member of the Gaels.

    In addition to the luminous lunch program, INCO members met with representatives of Enterprise Ireland (EI) who were in town promoting their organization and its mission. They are responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. They work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. EI hosted a happy hour at an INCO member pub, Katie Mullen’s. Several topics were discussed that included how INCO can assist EI in attracting Irish companies to Colorado. Governor Hickenlooper’s office of Economic Development was also involved giving further assistance to a possible trade mission of Irish companies to Denver in the spring. 

    The Irish Network continues its Discovery Lunch program this fall with some great speakers. Registration is available at www.irishnetworkco.com. Upcoming speakers include:

    Bob Rohde, President and CEO of the Dumb Friends League Nov. 1, 2012

    Joseph A. “Bud” Ahearn, Senior Vice President Human Capital Initiatives, CH2MHill Dec. 6, 2012
  • 28 Sep 2012 9:44 AM | Adam O'Leary
    Uptown Denver had a special taste of Northern Ireland this month. Friday September 21st during the Irish Network’s Discovery Lunch program, this month held at renowned Uptown favorite, Strings Restaurant, Northern Irishmen Caoimhin Mac Giolla Mhin and Dr. Frank Costello spoke to the INCO crowd about a topic close to their hearts - linguistics and the Irish language. An Ciste Infheistiochta Gaeilge is a fund set up to help promote and expand the Irish language in the province of Ulster and all of Northern Ireland. Mr. Mac Giolla Mhin and Dr. Costello were visiting Denver on the last leg of their American promotional tour after stopovers in New York, Boston and Washington, DC.

    The ultimate goal of Ciste is to establish the physical infrastructure in Northern Ireland communities to support the advancement of the Irish language. They have been granted a capital investment fund of £8 million from the British government and continue to look for donations from private parties, corporations or other organizations. It is a very challenging task, but the passion and drive shown by Mr. Mac Giolla Mhin and Dr. Costello was evident during the duration of their presentation dispelling any doubts. Northern Ireland ex-pats in the audience really fed off of Mr. Mac Giolla Mhin’s enthusiasm engaging him with a wide range of questions and anecdotes. It was obvious these attendees fully supported Ciste’s mission and were happy to see government support of the Irish language, which is so crucial to the Irish identity. There have been Irish language classes taught here in Denver, but they seemed to have faded in the past several years, which is unfortunate.

    Ciste was brought to Denver by INCO members Dennis Gallagher and Seamus Blaney. Blaney is a Belfast native and childhood friend of Mr. Mac Giolla Mhin, reconnecting when Mr. Mac Giolla Mhin started planning this trip. Ciste also met with officers of Regis University and the local GAA club, the Denver Gaels.

    Mr. Mac Giolla Mhin left by providing with a great thought.

    “Bíonn anam úr agat le gach teanga a labhraíonn tú. Muna bhfuil ach teanga amháin agat, ní bhíonn ach an t-aon saol agat.”

    “You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you only live once.”


    The Irish Network continues its Discovery Lunch program this fall with some great speakers. Upcoming speakers include:

    Steve Hochhauser, Former CEO Johns Manville Oct. 4, 2012
    Bob Rohde, President and CEO of the Dumb Friends League Nov. 1, 2012
    Joseph A. “Bud” Ahearn, Senior Vice President Human Capital Initiatives, CH2MHill Dec. 6, 2012
  • 21 Aug 2012 6:32 PM | Adam O'Leary
    Irish Network Colorado (INCO) kicked off the first community service program at Rocky Mountain PBS on August 19th in Denver. The non-profit, public television station provides free programming to the residents of Colorado encouraging them to discover provocative and inspiring local, national and international programming. Twelve INCO members staffed the phone banks during a donation drive that occurred during a live broadcast featuring a performance from Clannad, an Irish folk rock group. Clannad features new age and Celtic sounds while incorporating other jazz elements to produce a unique sound that has garnered them a large following. The program was a prelude to a Denver concert on October 23rd at the Paramount Theater and will be replayed several times over the next six weeks.

    It was evident that all INCO members enjoyed themselves while coming together to help a great organization such as RMPBS. Several brand new members sat side-by-side with INCO veterans and shared a laugh or two between broadcasts. “As a new member, I was happy to find such a positive and welcoming group at the PBS pledge drive,” said Carly Bacon. “I am very much looking forward to participating in upcoming events and meeting the rest of the INCO members.”

    In addition to the PBS event in August, members of the Colorado Rapids made a surprise visit to INCO’s Happy Hour on August 8th at Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub. President Tim Hinchey, Marketing VP Jeff Johnson and Assistant Coach Paul Caffrey all mingled with INCO members and new-members alike. Caffrey, a Dubliner, chatted with attendees about his football career, his path to Denver and the strategies of the Rapids season going forward. Although he couldn’t reveal extensive details about the season, he did chat about the positives they have seen this season with some young players as well as challenges faced due to injury. Although the season isn’t going as they have hoped, the Rapids coaches and front office were very transparent about the state of the club, where it’s going and how they want to get it there. It was a pleasant surprise to welcome them and INCO members were happy to accommodate such wonderful company.

    Upcoming Events:

    Discovery Lunch: September 21: 11:30-1:00 p.m. Strings Restaurant

    Caoimhin Mac Gill Mhin and Dr. Francis Costello will speak on An Ciste Infheistíochta Gaeilge, the fund set up to help develop Irish language capital projects within the expanding Irish-language sector. The emphasis is on the development needs of the Irish language in Northern Ireland and they will speak on the program, its successes, challenges and goals. What a great topic!

     

    Register today at irishnetworkco.com.

  • 26 Jul 2012 4:06 PM | Adam O'Leary

    The Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria Campus hosted the presentations of CU Graduate Students who just returned from Ireland to study leadership and entrepreneurship. Course professor Jan Rutherford, an INCO member, has championed this initiative by planning the trip to the Emerald Isle while setting up meetings with successful entrepreneurs in Ireland.

     

    Students had the opportunity to work closely with Irish companies and their executives in addition to preparing business cases for the firms. These business cases were integral to the companies by providing business intelligence and research on issues such as competitive environments, economic challenges and corporate culture. The students’ reports provided valuable insight to participating companies on how to expand their businesses overseas (including the U.S.), how to better interact with staff and provided real-world research that could apply in a variety of business scenarios.

     

    The Irish Network Colorado was well represented at the Annual Colorado Irish Festival in July. Working closely with CUIS, the Festival’s board, INCO participated in the “Cultural Village” portion of the grounds with the theme of The Beauty of Ireland. INCO members passed out travel information about Ireland to guests while also promoting the group. “We received some great interest from guests to our booth and several people signed up,” said Maura Clare, INCO Vice President. “We also formed several new business relationships, which we are thrilled about!”

     

    INCO continues to increase its footprint in the Colorado Irish Community and looks forward to growing the collaboration between Irish & Irish American businesses, groups and individuals.

     

    Upcoming Events:

    Irish Network After-hours

    August 8, 2012 6:00 PM • Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub

     

    INCO Family Picnic

    August 25, 2012 4:00 PM • Aurora Reservoir- Plaza Gazebo

  • 11 Jul 2012 10:26 AM | Adam O'Leary

    Etai Baron, Co-CEO at Udi's Foods, joined INCO members at Strings Restaurant in the Uptown neighborhood of Central Denver. As President and owner of Udi's Handcrafted Foods, an affiliation of 8 separate food companies based in Denver with common ownership and brand identity. Udi’s was founded in 1994 by Mr. Baron’s father, Udi Baron, and currently employees more than 500 people.

    Etai spoke on the many challenges Udi’s has encountered over the years and the actions the business has taken in order to diversify product lines and grow the Udi’s brand. Along those lines, Mr. Baron spent several minutes of his lecture to discuss the recent sale of the Udi’s Healthy Food brand to New Jersey based Smart Balance.  Udi’s Healthy Food makes gluten free products such as breads and granola. The $125 million deal closed the week before Mr. Baron’s INCO presentation.  Social media allowed Udi’s to connect with people looking for gluten free products around the country and to tailor products based on direct customer interaction. 

    As a condition of the deal, Udi’s well-known area restaurants will be required to change their name. Etai reflected that the company’s decision to include a diverse product line under the Udi’s brand initially helped support new product initiatives, but also created a challenge to the re-brand the remaining restaurant business. 

    INCO members arrived in force for the Colorado Rapids match on June 20, with a networking reception prior that featured Jeff Jacobson, VP of Marketing for the team. Attendees received food, drink and a special soccer scarf with their ticket prices while a portion of the proceeds was donated to the local charity, Denver Active 2030. Denver Active works to raise money for underprivileged children and is known for it’s premier fundraising event, the Denver Polo Classic.

    Although, the Rapids didn’t get the result they wanted (losing 2-1 to San Jose), attendees had a great time eating, drinking and enjoying the match. “I really enjoy these events that we put on,” says Seamus Blaney. “INCO members are a great bunch to hang out with.” INCO have a great relationship with the local soccer club since it’s President, Tim Hinchey, is a member and supporter.

    INCO has a great upcoming event when INCO member, Jan Rutherford returns from Ireland with CU graduate students. The graduate students traveled to Ireland to study leadership and entrepreneurship, and will present their findings via team presentations at the July 11th event at the Tivoli Student Union. INCO invites you to attend and lend support to budding Colorado entrepreneurs, and to learn about trade possibilities with Ireland.

  • 01 May 2012 2:15 PM | Adam O'Leary
    Irish Network Colorado (INCO) hosted another popular luncheon on April 5th at Strings restaurant.  The guest speaker was Jim Lyons whose presentation was entitled  “Where Peace Meets the Streets.”  Mr. Lyons detailed the role of economic and community development in Northern Ireland in support of the peace process, the Good Friday Agreement and its aftermath.

    Jim Lyons, Honorary Consul of Denver, is a prominent local attorney and a partner in the law firm of Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons LLP. In 1993, Mr. Lyons accepted a Presidential appointment by former President Bill Clinton to serve as a US Observer to the International Fund for Ireland (IFI).  The IFI is an independent international organization established to promote economic and social advancement while encouraging reconciliation between nationalists and unionists throughout Ireland.

    Any topic on peace in Northern Ireland is bound to generate a wide range of interest, and Mr. Lyons did not disappoint the audience at Strings.   He chronicled the role of economic and community development in Northern Ireland, and he spoke passionately about how the IFI worked at the local level in Northern Ireland across the sectarian divide.  One initiative was the creation of Aspire, a micro loan fund established to help local entrepreneurs secure loans for new business creation.  The relationships forged between local banks and the community helped to create a partnership that did not previously exist which in turn helped to foster trust across the political divide. The IFI is responsible for the creation of over 31,000 full-time permanent jobs in Northern Ireland and the border counties of the Republic of Ireland.

    Mr. Lyons also spoke about the current revitalization efforts taking place in Belfast including the opening of Titanic Belfast, an interactive Museum that has opened in time for the 100th anniversary of the birth of the world’s most famous ship. The Front Street shipyard area is undergoing an extensive makeover, which will help to spur future economic growth.

    Attendees at the presentation ranged from members of the local Denver business community, to former residents of Northern Ireland and the Republic including a family from County Monaghan who was vacationing in Denver.   Kathy Lingo, a partner in Denver-based Avenue L Architects commented that the presentation was “really inspiring.”  INCO member, Lisa Switzer, said, “Hearing Jim speak about his personal and professional commitment to the peace process in Northern Ireland was very powerful.”

    Jim Lyons has served as a Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State for Economic Initiatives in Ireland and Northern Ireland from1996 thru 2001.  He has also worked in support of business-to-business relationships between Belfast-based and Denver-based companies, particularly in the technology and bio-medical sectors. 

    The Irish Network also had two other successful events in April, which included a night of Irish storytelling and song at the Irish Snug. Three Irish performers put on a great performance for an audience of over one hundred people. The INCO Education Series continued its success as well with CSU Professor Dr. Mark Lee speaking about the importance of Social Media and how to implement it in business. “We have been very lucky to have some great performers and speakers at our events,” said Adam O’Leary, INCO Marketing Chairman. “We have some other great events coming up as well, so we hope to continue to put on events that people enjoy and find enriching.”

  • 06 Mar 2012 10:11 AM | Adam O'Leary

    A networking opportunity, a delicious meal and a warm, Irish welcome were what awaited attendees of the Irish Network Colorado’s (INCO) “Discovery Lunch” event. INCO launched two new programs in February, starting with a lunch & learn event, featuring Tim Hinchey, President of the Colorado Rapids. “To have the President of the Rapids kicking off this new program is very exciting for us in INCO and represents the calibur of presenters to be expected at future events,” says Tess Julian, Marketing Committee member. “We really think these types of luncheons not only provide a great networking opportunity, but can assist business people by sharing real life practical solutions to the challenges that we all face in our businesses every day. These are some very inspiring and interesting stories.”  Discovery Lunch is held at Strings Restaurant on the first Thursday of every month. It features prominent business leaders presenting topics of interest to the local business community.

     

    Tim Hinchey’s presentation included a short history of the soccer club while highlighting the goals for the upcoming season and beyond. Being two seasons removed from a championship season, Mr. Hinchey is inspired to replicate that season and has made some changes in the organization to accomplish that goal. “The focus of this club is to win a championship every year,” Tim says, “but we also want to make sure our supporters are having an experience that is fun and exciting. We have made a few changes that I think will accomplish both those goals this coming season.” The Colorado Rapids will be chasing those goals starting March 10 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

    INCO launched another program in February: the Education Series. This series of seminars features guest speakers who present topics that are integral to businesses and the local business community as a whole. Attendees are able to walk away from the presentations with real world knowledge to implement in their businesses.

    INCO was fortunate to book Dave Joly, FBI Public Affairs and Community Outreach Officer for Colorado and Wyoming. David spoke about identity theft, fraud prevention and cyber terrorism among other topics.  Attendees walked away with practical knowledge about how to protect their intellectual property and their business. “Dave gave me some great tips on how to protect myself from criminals out there who are looking to get my credit card and bank account information. I had never heard about some of the ways they can take your identity and in turn, ruin your life,” said Andy Fitzgerald, attendee and INCO member.

     

    INCO will be hosting several other exciting events in April. The Discovery Lunch  will feature Jim Lyons, Ireland’s Consul General for Denver. CSU Professor Mark Lee is presenting a seminar in April entitled “Social Media and Business: How to implement it successfully.”
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