The following article was printed in the March 7th issue of the Irish Emigrant-Boston and appeared on Irish Central's website http://www.irishcentral.com/culture/community/Five-minutes-with-irish-Network-Boston-President-Sean-Moynihan.html It is re-printed here with permission.
Five minutes with Irish Network Boston President, Séan Moynihan
The Irish Emigrant | @IrishEmigrant | March 12,2015 | 12:30 PM
How have you enjoyed your role as President of IN Boston?
Your thoughts on the year ahead for Irish Network Boston
I am very excited about 2015 for several reasons. First and foremost, we turn 5 years old this year! The organization is still very young but it is nonetheless remarkable that 5 years have passed by.
Second, Boston will play host to the annual Irish Network USA National Conference in November of this year. This will be a great opportunity to showcase our incredible city to members of Irish Networks throughout the country - of which there are currently 20. Over a 3 day period, we will meet with our colleagues, Ambassador Anne Anderson, our Consul General Breandán O'Caollaí and many of our city’s leaders in business, government, education and the arts. Among some of the highlights will be a signature event in celebration of our 5 year anniversary where our members and guests can celebrate with their colleagues from our sister city Irish Networks. I have already spoken with colleagues from places like Seattle, Washington, DC and Chicago and they are very excited about coming to Boston.
Finally, we will be re-launching our website this year. The site is actually live now and members will get a sample of it when renewing membership and/or registering for the St Patrick’s Day party but we plan a formal launch for April/May time period. The site will have significant more content for members to enjoy and there will be an active “community” section where members can network virtually. We will have other fun content like Irish historical facts and a Member of the Month selection. We will be sending members a formal announcement soon on the website re-launch.
What can people expect from this year's IN Boston St. Patrick's Day Celebrations on March 13?
We are excited this year to have two Irish craft brews for guests to sample. Dingle Brewing Company of Dingle, County Kerry will provide samples of their new craft brew – Crean’s (which will be distributed by one of our long time and generous sponsors Burke Distributing) and Carlow Brewing Company of Bagenalstown, County Carlow will provide sample’s of their stout O’Hara’s.
As always we will have our signature Guinness beef stew and our mashed potato bar – which was the brainchild of our first President Dave Greaney. This year we will be entertained by trad Irish band Hogan’s Goat and the Brady Kenny O'Brien Irish Dance Academy.
Purchase your tickets for this year's Irish Network Boston St. Patrick's Day Party or learn more about Irish Network Boston at www.irishnetworkboston.net