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December Newsletter

News about Ireland

The executive actions on immigration reform announced by President Obama were welcomed by Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, and Ireland’s Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan. The measures have the potential to be transformative for thousands of undocumented Irish in the US. The Consulate has published a list of Irish immigration centres in the US which are supported by the Irish Government and which are well-placed to advise on the implications for Irish people who believe they may be impacted.

Irish immigrant and businessman Billy Lawless introduced President Obama at an event in Chicago on immigration reform. He spoke with RTÉ as he prepared for that occasion.

Irish Central reported on International Famine Commemorations in New Orleans, while Global Atlanta interviewed Minister Humphreys during her Atlanta visit about the idea of the arts as a gateway to business and tourism.`

The New York Times took a look at things to do in “36 hours in Dublin”. It also advertised a “Northern Ireland Peace Process” tour.

A consultation phase has commenced in the development of a new strategy for the International Financial Services sector in Ireland. You can find out more and share your views here.

The Dublin Web Summit attracted 20,000 tech delegates from around the world to Ireland.

And Atlanta sales and digital marketing firm N3 chose Dublin as its new European location in a move welcomed by the Taoiseach.

Upcoming Events

The founder of the Irish Hospice Foundation, Mary Ussher, will visit the US south-east this month to speak about her book “The Pink Ribbon Path”, a series of personal reflections on fighting breast cancer. Mary will speak at the Cathedral of Christ the King Media Center in Atlanta at 6.30pm on Monday, December 8, and at the College of Charleston Education Center in South Carolina at 6.30pm on Wednesday, December 10.

The famous Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert will take place at the Rialto Theatre on Saturday, December 20, and Sunday, December 21. A star-studded line-up this year includes Grammy-nominated Irish musician John Doyle; renowned fiddlers Jamie Laval and Leah Calvert; and Irish step dance duo Claire Shirey and Damon Griffin. You can find tickets and more information here.

The Emmy Award-winning version of this Concert, arranged by James Flannery, will air once again on Georgia Public Broadcasting on Sunday, December 21, at 4pm and on Monday, December 22, at 11pm.

Atlanta’s GAA club, Clan na nGael, will hold its AGM in Rí Rá on Friday, December 5, from 7.30pm; all supporters of Gaelic games are welcome to attend.

The seventh annual Celtic Kid’s Christmas in Atlanta will take place at Rí Rá on Sunday, December 14, from 2pm – you can register to attend here.

And for Irish Christmas cards, handmade in Atlanta, take a look here.

Happy Christmas everyone!

If there are Irish events you’d like us to highlight in future newsletters, please let us know.

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December 2014