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You can combine ads or add 1/4s to make 1/2 or whole if you wish.

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  • 01 Mar 2012 3:46 PM | Irish Network Colorado (Administrator)
    Monica Bennett - Keller Williams RealtorMonica Bennett grew up in the west of Ireland in the town of Tubbercurry, County Sligo, with her parents, a brother, and two sisters. She was educated by the Marist nuns from the age of four to 18.

    After qualifying as a teacher at the age of 21, Monica returned to Ballina, 20 miles from home to teach in a two-teacher school, Rathnamagh (Rath Na mBeach) or Ford of the Bees, a much prettier name in Irish. Two years later, she moved closer to Dublin and went back to school to get her M. Ed. degree.

    Having spent a summer on a kibbutz in Israel, she was smitten with a love of the Middle East and looked for some way to return. Al Nouri English School was outside Fahaheel, close to a Bedouin camp and in need of a first grade teacher and she got the position. To say that was a happy time in her life is an understatement. Monica met her American husband there and after two years in Kuwait, returned with him to the United States. They moved to Sacramento, California where she continued to work in education and in 1995, they moved to Denver. It was a good move.

    For the first nine years in Denver, Monica worked at Red Rocks Community College. It was during that time that she first started taking groups to Ireland to share the beauty and the character of Ireland with people who had never been there. This is what Monica does for fun! Her next trip is coming up in September 2012.

    In addition to the Ireland trips, for the past six years, Monica has been a realtor with Keller Williams. Her passion is helping people move on to a new and better life. She loves to ease life transitions by demystifying the process of buying and selling homes. She keeps her clients educated every step of the way, and truly relishes being an advocate and negotiator for her clients. To that end, she keeps her own education up- to-date. Their son, Gus, is now 20. It is exciting to see him become an independent young man. It also leaves more time for Monica to become involved in community life.

    Monica is very grateful to The Irish Network, Colorado for opening so many doors for her business. She has come to know a group of both beginning and seasoned entrepreneurs, full of charisma and energy. Every time she attends an Irish Network event, she comes away renewed and excited about her business. She also gets practical help. This group, more than any other she has been involved with, is intensely focused on growing business by referral to group members. She is so grateful to have discovered this network and intends to stay and contribute what she can for the future and for her colleagues.

    Visit Monica's Website




  • 14 Feb 2012 10:24 AM | Adam O'Leary
    Exciting News!

    The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade said Monday it is now promoting European trade from a Dublin office.

    OEDIT said its new European Trade and Investment office in Dublin is a partnership between the state of Colorado and Holme Roberts & Owen Solicitors, which was established in 2009 as a law office of Denver-based Holme Roberts & Owen LLP.

    See the entire article here.
  • 08 Dec 2011 10:24 AM | Adam O'Leary

    By Rodger Hara, Contributing Writer

    In January 1919, Michael Collins of Sam’s Cross, Clonakilty, West Cork, helped newly-elected President Eamon de Valera escape from a British jail.  President de Valera returned to Dublin and then made his way to the States where he embarked on a fund raising trip that brought him to Denver on July 2, 1919.  Here, he made an appeal to the ex-pat Irish community for money to help fund the struggles (and, legend has it, to search for the grave of his father, who may have died here of tuberculosis – but sin scéal eile – that’s another story).

    In November 2011, His Excellency Michael Collins of Dublin (no relation to The Big Fella but also a tall man), Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, visited Denver and displaying a keen wit and grasp of Irish history noted that it only took another 92 years to get Michael Collins to Denver after Dev’s visit. 

    On November 3rd and 4th, Mr. Collins and his wife Marie, accompanied by Consul General Gerry Staunton and with Irish Network Colorado Board President Ciaran Dwyer as an able guide, was shown as much Colorado Irish hospitality, culture, economics and education as could be accommodated in 48 hours.

    A graduate of Blackrock College, Dublin (the same college attended by President de Valera) Mr. Collins has been a career foreign services officer since 1974 and has served in embassies in Rome, Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic.  From July 2001 to July 2007, he was Second Secretary General in the Department of the Taoiseach with responsibility for International and European Union Affairs and particularly the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

    In the series of events hosted by Irish Network Colorado with support from members of the Irish and Irish-American communities, Mr. Collins met with Mayor Michael Hancock, staff at the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, Regis University, Metropolitan State College and CU Denver.  He spoke at a public gathering in the law offices of Rothgerber Johnson and Lyons, had dinner with members of the community at Strings, the Capitol Hill Denver restaurant owned by Noel Cunningham, visited the facilities at Covidien, an Irish-owned company with facilities in Boulder, lunched with students and faculty at the British and Irish Studies Center at CU Boulder, took a backstage tour of Red Rocks Amphitheater with Barry Fey and attended a reception in his honor at the Governor’s mansion where he met Governor Hickenlooper and his wife Helen Thorpe and spoke to the invited guests.

    The primary focus of his remarks at the various events was that the economy in Ireland is well on the road to recovery from the effects of the worldwide Great Recession.  He noted that even with the losses suffered in Ireland, conditions have never reached the level of the beginning point of the run-up to the height of the roaring of the Celtic Tiger and that the economy is expected to show modest growth rates of one percent this year and two percent next. “The last three years have been difficult,” he said.  “We were hit by a perfect storm, if that’s the correct phrase, of a banking crisis and a housing crisis.  It affected us very deeply.”  He went on to stress that “Ireland is very much open for business.  We are definitely on the road to recovery.” He also said that a recent  United Nations study showed that Ireland is the seventh most developed country in the world and emphasized the strong economic ties between Ireland and the US, with 9% of US investments in Europe going to Ireland – and 5% of the US’ global investments in Ireland as well.  He made special note of President Obama’s trip to Ireland earlier this year and referenced the value in the connectedness of the 60 million people of Irish descent around the world with the 5 million who still live there.  “If you’ve been there”, he said, “come back.  And if you haven’t been there, come.”

    Highlights from his visit were many.  A few that stand out include his warm welcome by Jim Lyons, Honorary Consul of Ireland in Colorado and recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster in recognition of his hard work in helping with negotiations around the Northern Ireland peace process; his recognition of Mike Sullivan, former Governor of Wyoming and former US Ambassador to Ireland, another major player in the signing of the Good Friday accord and the man who introduced the Stetson hat to Ireland; his visit to the Boulder facility of Covidien, the Irish-owned international medical equipment, supplies and pharmaceutical company with $10 billion in annual sales; his tour of the British and Irish Studies Center at CU Boulder where he spoke to the faculty and staff about his hands-on experiences during the Northern Ireland peace process; the backstage tour of Red Rocks Amphitheater he was given by Barry Fey, the concert promoter who brought U2 to Denver and introduced them onstage when their famous Under a Blood Red Sky music video was made – Barry told Mr. and Mrs. Collins that it’s his voice on the video introducing the band.  Mrs. Collins asked if the video was on YouTube.  Barry replied, “What – you can’t buy a copy?”  Mrs. Collins reminded him that there’s a recession going on; at the reception at the Governor’s mansion, Ciaran Dwyer thanking Horan McConaty Mortuary and Casey O’Connor for providing the transportation for the Ambassador’s visit and got a laugh noting that it wasn’t a hearse; presentations to Mr. Collins of a Michael Collins Pipe Band polo shirt by Jay Leasure and Jim Murphy, a Denver Gaels jersey by Shay Dunne, Kyle Shane and Eamonn Ryan and a letter of welcome from members of the Michael Collins Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; finally, Governor Hickenlooper’s recognition of  Colorado’s strong ties to and connections with Ireland and his making special note of his personal ties through his wife, Helen Thorpe, who was born in England to Irish parents who emigrated to the States when she was an infant – and that Helen, a writer, spent six months doing research for Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer for a film about the life of Veronica Guerin, the Sunday Independent journalist whose stories on the drug trade in Ireland led to her murder in 1996. 

    Mr. and Mrs. Collins, Consul General Staunton and the several hundred in attendance at the reception enjoyed the fine food and drink provided by Noel Hickey of the Celtic Tavern, John Elliott of Scruffy Murphy’s and Diageo North America and mingled until Mrs. Collins reminded Mr. Collins that they had need to retire as they had to be in New Orleans the next day for the opening of the 17th Irish Network chapter – and that the Governor and his wife couldn’t leave until they did – and young Teddy Hickenlooper was waiting at home for them.

    Mr. Collins closed his remarks at the public presentation and the Governor at the private reception with the same quote from William Butler Yeats poem The Municipal Gallery Revisited:

    You that would judge me, do not judge alone
    This book or that, come to this hallowed place
    Where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon,
    Ireland's history in their lineaments trace,
    Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
    And say my glory was I had such friends.

    Photographs and videos of Mr. Collins visit may be viewed at the Irish Network Colorado website, http://www.irishnetworkco.com, the Celtic Connection website, www.CelticConnection.com  or the Celtic Connection facebook page.

     

     

     

  • 24 Nov 2011 7:31 AM | Alan Groarke
    Luncheon for the Irish Ambassador to the United States hosted by the British and Irish Studies Center in the University of Colorado,
    Boulder, Colorado - November 4th, 2011


    Todd Gleeson - Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in CU



    H.E. Michael Collins - Irish Ambassador to the United States


  • 09 Nov 2011 12:25 PM | Alan Groarke

    >The Irish Network Colorado (INCO) welcomed His Excellency, Ambassador Michael Collins to Colorado to meet with Irish American Businesses and increase economic exchange between Ireland and Colorado.

    Below are some photos from the different functions during his visit, as well as videos taken at a special reception held for the Irish Ambassador at the Governor's Mansion in Denver.


    Ambassador Collins Visit - Images by Don Murray


    H.E. Ambassador Michael Collins


    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper


    INCO President Ciaran Dwyer

  • 26 Sep 2011 11:29 AM | Adam O'Leary

     Eamonn De Valera. Mary McAleese. And now: Michael Collins.

    The Irish Network Colorado (INCO) is bringing His Excellency, Ambassador Michael Collins to Colorado who is following in the footsteps of Ireland’s first President as well as the current one. As an emerging force in the Colorado business scene, INCO resumes its mission to provide beneficial programs and events to the Irish and Irish American community here in the Rocky Mountain region.

     The Ambassador’s visit is taking place November 3rd - 4th, 2011. Although this visit will have its political component, INCO also is incorporating goals of reaching out to the local Irish and Irish-American community, enhancing educational links between Colorado based institutions & Ireland and increasing economic exchange between Ireland & Colorado.

     

    Several events have been planning which include:

    ·         Visit to local Irish businesses

    ·         Public speaking event

    ·         Tour of higher education facilities

    ·         Dinner with local business leaders

    ·         Reception for the Ambassador with invited Irish Community leaders

    INCO encourages the entire Colorado Irish community to come show your support! Although not all events will be open to the public, there will be opportunities for everyone to get involved.

    We are working out the details for the events so, check back here soon for a full schedule!

    Email us at colleagues@irishnetworkco.com for more information and for volunteer opportunities.

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