In 2011 the Gaelic Players Association initiated a project in the United States to develop a
network of supporters for the GPA, promote the work of the players’ body and increase the
profile of Gaelic games.
A GPA US Advisory Board was established in New York in 2011.
New York 2016 Dinner Committee
Michael J. Brewster
Michael J. Brewster was born in Ireland and graduated from Athlone IT and Thomas Edison State College, now lives in New York. He joined Credit Suisse Private Banking USA as a managing director in 2008 and was recognized in 2010 and 2011 as one of Barron’s Top 1,000 Advisors.
Anthony P. Callaghan
Anthony Callaghan who is a native of Donegal, is a commercial litigator who practices in the federal and state courts of New York and New Jersey, in addition to various alternative dispute resolution tribunals. Anthony primarily focuses his energies on the American Ireland Fund, an organization harnessing the wealth of the Irish Diaspora to focus on peace and reconciliation at home through support for education, the arts, culture, and community development.
Eddie Dowling was born in Dublin before emigrating to New York in 1986 and ten years later he purchased The Padded Wagon, a company that has branches in New York City, New Jersey, Florida, California and Northern Ireland. Eddie Dowling serves as Director Treasurer and is on the Board of Trustees at Irish Educational Development Foundation, an organization that raises funds in the United States for Maynooth University in Ireland.
Michael J. Feeney
John P. Fitzpatrick
John Fitzpatrick, Chairman and CEO of the North America Fitzpatrick Hotel Group, relocated to New York from Ireland over a decade ago and gained a significant reputation in hospitality in one of the most competitive cities in the world. A board member of The American Ireland Fund and the Ireland-US Council, he has received numerous awards including the Ellis Island Medal of Honour in 2002.
Mary Beth Glaccum
Mary Beth Glaccun is a Business Development Consultant with Global Risk Management Advisors. Mary Beth is very involved in The Ireland Funds, a philanthropic network that supports worthy causes in Ireland and around the world. She is also the Chairwoman of Jersey Shore GAA.
Michael P. Higggins
Michael Higgins is a native of Mayo and is managing director and head of Real Estate Finance at CIBC World Markets. CIBC is a leading financial institution and one of the largest in North America. Michael earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from National University of Ireland, Galway, where he serves on the Foundation Board.
Born and educated in Dublin and at Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York, Diarmuid Hogan has made the US his home and is president and CEO of insurance/investment firm Global Excess Partners. Diarmuid and his partners own the long-running and highly successful television show Out of Ireland, which is the largest Irish-American media outlet in the US.
Paul Hurley left Dublin for the United States in the mid-1980s and now owns a portfolio of bars and restaurants in New York. The name PD O'Hurley's is a staple of the New York restaurant and bar scene.
Adrian Jones hails from Roscommon and now lives in New Jersey. He a managing director in the Principal Investment Area (PIA) of the Merchant Banking Division (MBD) of Goldman Sachs in New York, where he is co-head of the Americas Equity business and a member of the Global Investment Committee. In addition to representing GS Capital Partners on a number of corporate boards, Adrian serves on the boards of Autism Speaks, The American Ireland Fund and the Galway University Foundation. In 2012, Irish America hounoured Adrian as a Wall Street 50 keynote speaker.
Martin, who is originally from Co Wexford and was educated at Trinity College Dublin, has over 25 years of experience in the financial sector. After graduating he moved to PwC in New York, where he qualified as a certified public accountant and became a partner with the firm in 1996. He has become an influential member of the Irish American community in New York
Eoin Moriarty is a native of Kerry who emigrated to New York where he built up a successful business and is also involved the Kerry NY GAA Club. He is the nephew of Kerry football legend Mick O’Dwyer.
John W. Neary
John W. Neary, Irish financial executive in New York originally from Naas in Kildare. He served with the US Marine Corps in the 60’s. John is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Accountants and the National University of Ireland Club. He is involved in New York Athletics.
Cillian O’Bradaigh from Dublin is a 17-year Lehman Brothers veteran who has changed careers and is now an Executive director at Morgan Stanley. He is also involved in the restaurant business in New York. Cillian is a board member of both The Ireland-US Council for Commerce & Industry and The Paul Chester Children’s Hope Foundation.
Niall O’Dowd is an Irish journalist and author from Tipperary living in Tipperary. He is the co-founder of Irish America magazine as well as the founder of the Irish Voice Newspaper and Irishcentral.com and publishes Home and Away, a successful weekly freesheet. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College Dublin for his work on the Irish peace process which was a subject of a book Daring Diplomacy and a PBS Special An Irish Voice. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University journalism school.