IABN Updates – Oct 2018

                                                                                Oct 2018

Ireland Week!

Special thanks to IABN’er Deirdre O’Neill for giving us a heads up about this great event going on November 1st.  AND to sweeten the deal for our members we have been givne a discount code for admission/tickets. Please use IRISHAMBUSNET for the discount.

Below is a number of guest speakers to appear, and I have highlighted in green those who happen to be IABN members..  Great event, make sure you try and attend.

IrelandWeek Announces Return of IRELANDCON in Los Angeles, Nov 1st 2018

Speakers include a who’s who of film, TV, tech, and trade on November 1 in Silicon Beach  

LOS ANGELES, CA / DUBLIN, IRELAND (October 12, 2018) –IrelandWeek (www.IrelandWeek.com) is proud to announce the return of IRELANDCON Thursday, November 1 in Los Angeles, California. With a key focus on celebrating innovation in tech, trade, entertainment and cultural ties between Ireland and Los Angeles, this year’s flagship conference is moving right into the heart of Silicon Beach to LMU’s new Playa Vista campus. A portion of the all-day conference features film, TV and animation industries, those establishing themselves in Los Angeles, and those that offer the great opportunity and tax incentives to make productions in Ireland. Limited Early Bird tickets are available here.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irelandweek-presents-irelandcon-the-ireland-conference-lmu-playa-vista-campus-silicon-beach-tickets-50422771868

Through a myriad of events covering live music, theatre, visual art, film, TV, sports, tech, trade and animation, IrelandWeek’s focus is to bring Ireland to the world, and the world back to Ireland.

Speakers for this year’s IRELANDCON include:

John Corser – Vice President of Production, NBC Universal Cable Productions

Stephen Cheung – President, World Trade Center

Robbin D. Crabtree, Ph.D. – Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at LMU

Marianne Grant – Senior Vice President, Motion Picture Association Of America

Nina Hachigian  – Deputy Mayor of International Trade, City of Los Angeles

Kieran Hannon – CMO, Belkin

Skarpi Hedinsson – CTO, LA Stadium & Entertainment District

John Houlihan – Senior Vice President of Music, 20th Century Fox

Conor Houston – Strategic Business and Government Advisor

Mick Kiely – CEO and Founder, Xhail Technologies

Mary McKenna – Tech entrepreneur, Learning Pool Co-founder

Michelle Loughran – IDA Ireland, VP Biz Dev Emerging Technologies/High Growth Companies

Dr. Brian Moore – CEO and Co-founder, Orreco

Brian O’Leary – Senior Vice President, Tax Counsel, NBC Universal Cable Productions

Nora Ryan -Chief of Staff, Epix

Kirsten Sheridan – Writer, Director, Producer

Jacinta Tobin – CMO, Hustle

More speakers to be announced soon

Conference Highlights at this year’s IRELANDCON include:

The New World Order: Doing international business in a rapidly changing environment and exploring GDPR/Privacy, Brexit, and international trade

Location Ireland: The growth of TV and film production and the effect on tourism and the Irish economy

Doing Business the SoCal Way: Tips from the local experts

Think Big: Startups, funding

The Innovation Journey from Ireland to LA: Success stories & challenges facing Irish companies and executives navigating the US market

Women Paving The Way In Entertainment: Meet some of the women who are shaping the industry

For more information on IRELANDCON, please visit https://www.irelandweek.com/events/.

This weekend!

Director Tony Mitchell will now be in attendance at the Los Angeles premiere of Grace & Goliath

Join us for the L.A. premiere of this charming, Northern Irish, family film.

A Hollywood big shot, (and he knows it!) Josh Jenkins sweeps into Belfast to make a movie, but before long his world crashes and he loses everything. Lily (a hotel cleaner) invites him to stay with her crazy family and gradually the people of this ‘strange’ city touch his heart, forever. A powerful story of how one man’s GOLIATH ego is brought down by one single blow…of GRACE!

For a full range of Irish feature and short films this weekend (Oct 26-28), check out:


 “Castles of Ireland Extravaganza 2019”

If you’re looking for a unique way to tour Ireland. Look no further..

IABN’er and Greater Cincinnati Co-President Mai Hernon has announced the latest offering from Secret Ireland Tours. She only takes 12 people, so if you want to be part of this totally unique tour, just contact Mai through the website which is www.SecretIrelandToursLLC.com. Check out the rest of the tours too. Discounts for IABN’ers available.!!


Do NOT miss the 1st ever IABn Dublin Meetup!

Wednesday November 14th, 6pm

Toner’s – 139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2

At this inaugural meetup IABN Dublin Co Presidents Jen Condon and Jimmy O’Connell will be setting the course for our Dublin flock’s future and agendas. It’s a great opportunity to get involved from an early stage and help drive what is sure to be a vibrant and active group, as well as to help establish ties to America based businesses and contacts.

Contact Jen msjennifercondon@gmail.com

or Jimmy msjennifercondon@gmail.com

On how you can get involved with the group!

And Not To Be Outdone.. The Next Belfast Meetup!

The Belfast Crew… One of our fastest growing and most active chapters is announcing their next meet up.  Details are still being ironed out, but you can save the date of Thursday, November 29th, at their usual haunt Revolucion de Cuba (pictured).

For details or to be notified of the group’s future activities contact:

Tom Mulhern –  thomas.mulhern@citi.com

Or Damian Sweeney – sweeneydamian@gmail.com

And Speaking of Belfast

The Belfast College Basketball Classic!

Thursday 29th November to Saturday 1st December

Our friends at Sport Changes Life Foundation is hosting this very competitive college basketball tournament in Belfast this winter.

About Sport Changes Life:

Sport Changes Life foundation has been developed to support young people on both sides of the Atlantic. They have created the most fantastic Scholar Athletic program for American Athletes who have just graduated from schools within the NCAA. In addition they have created a youth engagement strategy called eHoops. They have developed fantastic partnerships who help us identify and support the young people we work with. Sport Changes Life is changing the system and therefore changing the way they deal with the young people in our society today.

For more information about the tournament please visit: http://www.belfastbasketballclassic.com/


Gerrard Watson has come up with some great travel packages for those US based college hoops fans who may want to make a trip out of the tournament.

For details on these great packages please visit: https://collegesportstours.com/belfast-classic-2018-travel-packages/

Help a Brother Out

In another addition of H.A.B.O. we feature IABN Brother Ryan West.

Ryan West

Ryan, a member of the IABN in Southern California is seeking a career path change.

A bit about Ryan:

He is a highly disciplined, consistent, result-driven and profit-oriented Sales Professional with over 8 years of stable work history in a variety of industry (Mortgage, Automotive, Fitness, and Outdoor). He has always been recognized as a Top Performer by the upper management in a metrics-driven setting. For example, as a Loan Officer, He was awarded the Top Submission Trophy and ranked as NO.6 in 60-Day Lead Conversion at AAG. He has also broken the First Month Submission Record of the whole Division within less than 2 weeks at PRMG HECM division. Strong interpersonal skill gained through multicultural experiences and extensive martial art background.


He is  currently licensed in 10 states selling the most complex loan the market has to offer (Reverse Mortgage), and it has been treating him well but he is looking for a new opportunity where he will be able to provide more solutions/products to customers. He would love to stay within the mortgage industry if he is given the opportunity to sell a variety type of loans, but would also be open to other industries.

Here are the top things he is looking for: salary + commission, benefits, supportive upper management, opportunity for growth, quality leads, mixed sales cycle, and solid sales backup support.

You can contact Ryan directly at: ryan.west206@gmail.com

And for the kids…well maybe not the kids..

A Timeline Of Halloween History

Rooted in multiple traditions and observed in countless ways, Halloween is a beloved celebration across much of the world. We provide a timeline of the holiday’s inception and evolution:

7000 B.C.

Native Americans first cultivate pumpkins while searching for a foyer adornment that would go well with dried corn stalks


Celtic tribes celebrate end of harvest season by getting drunk on a Tuesday night


First appearance of nurse-of-ill-repute costume


Candy corn somehow weasels its way into this thing


Industrial Revolution gives way to thriving cheap rubbery mask sector


German, French, and British soldiers lay down their weapons to trick-or-treat together between the trenches


First and only razor blade inserted into apple


Haunted houses are legalized under the landmark Supreme Court ruling State Of Ohio v. Count Dracula’s Spooky Screamatorium


After pulling a rigorous all-nighter, a triumphant Bobby Pickett rhymes “mash” with “smash”


Sixth-grader Kelsey Adams finally old enough to trick-or-treat without adult supervision


An eighth fucking installment of the Saw franchise

IABN Instagram Photo Contest

For those who didn’t know.. You can find us on Instagram at irishamericanbusinessnetwork .

Starting on Saturday 11-27, follow us and post your or your kids’ consutmes on our page. We will pick a couple of winners that will receive the always coveted IABN Green Shirt. Winners will be annouced later next week, and will appear in the next updates.

That’s all for now.

John Richards

Irish American Business Networks


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