New Speaker: Laura Kelley

New Speaker: Laura Kelley

Laura D. Kelley, is an immigrant and ethnic historian at Tulane University and the Program Director of Tulane’s Summer in Dublin Program. She is also the section editor for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities KNOWLA Project and has published articles in Louisiana History as well as online collections. Her book,The Irish in New Orleans, was the winner of the bronze medal in the Regional Non-Fiction category of the Independent Publisher Awards- IPPY- as well as a finalist for the INDIEFAB award.  She is the recipient of numerous grants which have supported her research examining immigrant and ethnic communities in New Orleans. Additionally, she has organized several international conferences and symposiums highlighting these topics.  She is currently completing her second and third manuscript on the Irish, “Erin’s Enterprise”  and “The Greening of New Orleans”.   For more information please visit www.lauradkelley.com

Ambassador Dan Mulhall Announced as Speaker

Ambassador Dan Mulhall Announced as Speaker

Daniel Mulhall took up duty as Ireland's 18th Ambassador to the United States in August 2017. He was born and brought up in Waterford and undertook his undergraduate and post-graduate studies at University College Cork where he specialised in modern Irish history.

Ambassador Mulhall joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1978 and had his early diplomatic assignments in New Delhi, Vienna (OSCE), Brussels (European Union) and Edinburgh where he was Ireland's first Consul General, 1998-2001. He served as Ireland's Ambassador to Malaysia (2001-05), where he was also accredited to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. In 2005, he was conferred with an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland for his work in connection with the Asian tsunami. From 2009 to 2013, he was Ireland's Ambassador to Germany.

Before coming to Washington, he served as Ireland's Ambassador in London (2013-17). During his time in Britain, he was a regular speaker on political, literary and historical topics at Universities all over the country, including at Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Durham, King's College London and the London School of Economics. He also spoke at the Oxford Literary Festival, the Newbury Festival, the Liverpool Literary Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He was a regular speaker at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Irish Studies and is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute. Before departing for Washington, he was made a Freeman of the City of London in recognition of his work as Ambassador.

During his diplomatic career, Ambassador Mulhall has also held a number of positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including as Director-General for European Affairs, 2005-2009. He also served as a member of the Secretariat of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation (1994-95) which was set up in 1994 in order to promote political dialogue between different political traditions in Ireland. From 1994-98, he was the Department's Press Counsellor and in that capacity was part of the Irish Government's delegation at the time of the Good Friday Agreement 1998.

Ambassador Mulhall maintains a keen interest in Irish history and literature. He is the author of A New Day Dawning: A Portrait of Ireland in 1900 (Cork, 1999) and co-editor of The Shaping of Modern Ireland: A Centenary Assessment (Dublin, 2016) and has made numerous contributions to books, newspapers and journals published in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Britain.

A keen advocate of public diplomacy, Ambassador Mulhall makes regular use of social media in order to provide information on the work of the Embassy, to highlight Ireland’s achievements and to engage with Irish communities and those with an interest in Ireland. During his time in Washington, he will provide daily updates on Twitter @DanMulhall and through regular blogs to be posted on the Embassy's website.

Daniel Mulhall is married to Greta and they have a daughter and a son.

Announcing Our First Speaker

Announcing Our First Speaker

We're excited to announce our first speaker for INUSA '18, Samantha Kelly.  

Samantha is a leading social media strategist, speaker and trainer.  Samantha owns and operates Tweeting Goddess and the Women’s Inspire Network. With the support of her team, Samantha plans and delivers effective social media strategies to businesses and entrepreneurs, harnessing the power of social media and the online community.

She is passionate about teaching businesses how to leverage social media effectively and add real value to their business. She works with clients to progress brand growth, defining social media strategy with clear and precise targeting. Ultimately, increasing the correct audience reach for business.

She is a dynamic and engaging speaker and trainer, and has been sought after to deliver training courses to many businesses including Hewlett Packard, HSE and Microsoft. She has spoken in New Zealand, USA and Hong Kong.

Samantha is the founder of Social Media Summit Ireland.  This is an annual conference which brought together leading Social Media Professionals, both nation and international, to highlight the importance of incorporating social media into your marketing strategy and demonstrating how it can add real value to your business in terms of revenue and business growth.

Samantha is also the founder of the Women’s Inspire Network, a support network which connects and empowers female led businesses. It’s an online support network, which supports Women who work from home building their empires! Women’s Inspire Network now hosts bi-annual national conferences for female entrepreneurs and female led businesses.  

INUSA is Coming to New Orleans

INUSA is Coming to New Orleans

The Irish Network USA 6th Annual National Conference is scheduled for October 18th-21st in the Big Easy - New Orleans, LA at the Le Meridien Hotel.  

Save the date to join us for:

  • High Level Networking
  • Top “Global Irish” speakers
  • Visit the Irish Cultural Museum
  • Explore the best of Irish New Orleans in the historic French Quarter 
  • Enjoy Irish Food with a New Orleans flare
  • Annual INUSA mini film festival 
  • Chapter Development 
  • and More!

Registration and booking for special room rates at the conference hotel- the four star Le Meridien, will be available.  Stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks!