NY NB conference hailed a major success

By Irish Echo Staff

The future relationship between New York and Belfast was studied, discussed, and outlined in some detail last week at a two day conference in Manhattan during which U.S. Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, Declan Kelly, provided the keynote address during a luncheon hosted by the Irish Echo at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Battery Park City.

"There are many areas of activity where I see opportunities for New York and Belfast to work together," Kelly told a packed room in a speech that also emphasized the need for both cities to remain on the cutting edge so as to progress through the current challenging times.

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The conference incorporated the unveiling of the annual Irish Echo Index of 30 leading U.S. companies doing business in Northern Ireland and several executives from Index companies were honored at the luncheon.

The conference opened Wednesday evening at the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus in midtown where those attending were formally welcomed by Fordham president, Fr. Joseph McShane. The conference continued Thursday at the Ritz Carlton.

In tandem with the conference, an exhibition organized by the Linenhall library in Belfast was opened at the American Irish historical Society.

For full coverage of the conference, please turn to the four page supplement in the print issue beginning on Page 20. [Photo: Jersey City's Mayor Jerramiah Healy was presented with his award by Stella O'Leary of the Irish-American Democrats.]