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IBO honors Siobhan Dennehy with inaugural Sean McNeill Award

Siobhan Dennehy and her husband, Dan

By Irish Echo Staff

The Irish Business Organization of New York will bestow its first Sean McNeill Award on Emerald Isle Immigration Center executive director Siobhan Dennehy at the IBO Christmas Party on this Thursday, December 12.

Named for the three-term IBO president who passed away this summer after a brief illness, the Sean McNeill Award celebrates people who, like Sean, best exemplify the IBO mission to “Network, Communicate, Reciprocate,” said an IBO release.

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“Sean McNeill touched so many people through his friendship, humor, and quiet effort to help others in need.

“It’s a fitting tribute to his memory that the first recipient of the Sean McNeill Award is Siobhan Dennehy. Siobhan exemplifies everything that Sean believed in and she was a friend whom he greatly admired,” IBO president Nicholas Malito said.

Soon after Siobhan Dennehy joined the Emerald Isle Immigration Center in 2002 she was named its executive director.

According to the IBO release, Dennehy initiated a period of dramatic growth serving clients from a broad spectrum of nationalities.

“For her tireless efforts in the Irish community and beyond, she was named as a Top 50 Women of Influence by the Irish Voice and earned the John F. Kennedy Medal from the National Boards of the A.O.H and L.A.O.H among many other honors,” the release added.

The IBO Christmas gathering is set for O’Lunney’s Times Square, 145 West 45th Street in Manhattan. It will get underway at 7 p.m.

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