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Boston Friends of the GPA CEO Champions 

Luncheon


The GPA Champions Lunch takes place on Friday, November 16th in Boston Harbour Hotel. 

Keynote Speaker on the night is Dr. David Torchiana, M.D, President & CEO of Partners HealthCare Systems. Special Guests include 2018 GPA All Star Players and Players from the 2018 All-Ireland Championship .

In association with the 2018 Super 11’s Fenway Hurling Classic on Sunday November 18th


Inaugural Boston Dinner

The Gaelic Players Association’s Inaugural Boston Dinner will be held on 7th April 2017 in State Room, Boston.  
 
The event, which will be MC'd by RTE's Marty Morrissey will honour All Star players and legends of Gaelic games.
 
This event has been organised with the support of the Boston Friends of the GPA.

For more information contact Karen Thorpe of the GPA - tel. +353 1 681 4251 or karen@gaelicplayers.com. Alternatively you can contact Therese Murphy, tel. 617-723-2707 or therese@irishap.org.  
 
Bookings can be made through: https://www.irishap.org/gpadinner.

Fourth annual Gaelic Players Association's Gala Dinner

The iconic New York Plaza Hotel will once again host the event which this year will honor Irial Finan Executive Vice President and President Bottling Investments, The Coca-Cola Company and Michael Madden, Chairman Teneo Capital and Restructuring.
 
The dinner committee will be co-chaired by Michael Brewster, Managing Director Credit Suisse Securities (USA), Hugh Gordon, The Coca-Cola Company and Ciaran Murray, Chief Executive Officer ICON PLC.
 
The event, which will be MC'd by RTE's Marty Morrissey will also honor All Star players and legends of Gaelic games.
 
The Ireland-U.S. Gaelic Heritage Awards and Gala Dinner are designed to celebrate and acknowledge the deep historical and cultural ties between the two countries, recognizing a shared ancestry of which Ireland’s unique Gaelic sporting heritage is an intrinsic part.
 
For more information contact Carla Capone of the Carla Capone Company - tel. 212-213-1166 or gpa@carlacapone.com alternatively you can click here to download the commitment form.

Third annual Gaelic Players Association's Gala Dinner

The third annual Gaelic Players Association's Gala Dinner will take place in New York on October 2nd. The iconic New York Plaza Hotel has been confirmed as the venue for the third annual event which will honor Tom Moore of Kramer, Dillof, Livingston and Moore along with Mike Brewster of Credit Suisse as recipients of the Ireland-US Gaelic Heritage awards for 2014.

The dinner committee will be co-chaired by Adrian Jones, Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, John W. Neary an Executive Director of Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP and also Carmine Rubino, Partner in Kramer, Dillof, Livingston and Moore. The event, which will be MC'd by RTE's Marty Morrissey will also honor All Star players and legends of Gaelic games.

The Ireland-U.S. Gaelic Heritage Awards and the dinner gala are designed to celebrate and acknowledge the deep historical and cultural ties between the two countries, recognizing a shared ancestry of which Ireland’s unique Gaelic sporting heritage is an intrinsic part.

For more information contact Carla Capone of the Carla Capone Company - tel. 212-213-1166 or gpa@carlacapone.com alternatively you can click here to download the commitment form.

Gaelic Heritage Awards 2013 Review

MAKING a real difference to the lives of others was a central theme at the GPA’s second annual Gaelic Heritage Awards gala event held in New York Thursday, 14th November.

Two incredible Irish success stories were celebrated as a star-studded line-up of current and former GAA players along with a full attendance of sponsors and guests paid tribute to respective honourees Niall O’Dowd and Ciaran Murray.

Mr O’Dowd, who was honoured for his numerous achievements on both sides of the Atlantic, spoke of his great admiration for the work of the Gaelic Players Association but none more so that the Association’s decision to give back to the community in New York’s Breezy Point earlier this year.

He hailed the pioneering spirit of the GPA in forging a new identity for Gaelic games and Gaelic players in the US and paid special tribute to the work of the players’ body in assisting players with their off-field lives at home while also making a significant contribution to Irish society.

Mr Murray, who received the Spirit of Ireland Award, honouring his exceptional achievements as Chief Executive of successful Irish global research company ICON, spoke of the importance of cherishing our Irish identity in a global environment.

ICON support the GPA through a life sciences scholarship program for players and Mr Murray explained how both organisations shared the values of leadership, excellence and a commitment to developing people.

GPA Chief Executive Dessie Farrell paid personal tributes to both honourees and told how Niall O’Dowd had first welcomed the GPA to the US had had helped chart a course for the organisation in America.

He also referenced a number of recent personal stories highlighting how the work of the GPA can make a difference such as support for critical bypass heart surgery for Meath footballer Shane McAnarney.

The annual GPA event in NY is designed to celebrate and acknowledge the deep historical and cultural ties between the two countries, recognising a shared ancestry of which Ireland’s unique Gaelic sporting heritage is an intrinsic part.

Other speakers on the night included Consul General Noel Kilkenny, Ireland Funds CEO and President Kieran McLoughlin and master of ceremonies and dinner chairman Ciaran Staunton.

Special tribute was also paid to the players present on the night including footballer of the year Michael Darragh MacAuley of Dublin and Clare teenager Tony Kelly who scooped the hurler of the year accolade this year aged just 19.

The GPA also marked the event by launching its ‘Sponsor-A-Scholar' campaign aimed at generating further support for the players’ education programme.

Educational support is a key part of the GPA’s Player Development Programme. Since its inception in 2010, the GPA has distributed over 1,900 scholarships to county players both at undergraduate and postgraduate level along with support for up-skilling and further education programmes.

Through the 'Sponsor-A-Scholar' scheme, donors are being asked to commit $3000 (€2000) to sponsor an individual player for a year or commit to multi-annual support. Sponsors can choose a county to which they wish to donate.

The GPA also made two $10,000 donations on the night to the New York GAA squad development program and to the Breezy Point relief effort respectively.

For further information about the GPA’s 'Sponsor-A-Scholar' Campaign, contact Siobhan Earley at Siobhan@gaelicplayers.com

GPA Ireland - US Gaelic Heritage Awards 2012 Review

 

In 2012 the GPA hosted its first major event in Manhattan, the inaugural Ireland-US Gaelic Players Awards where US corporate icon Don Keough, founder of the Keough-Naughton Centre for Irish Studies in the University of Notre Dame, was honoured.


GPA & Breezy Point

 

And it was through this work in the US that the GPA received the inspiration to spearhead a charitable mission to New York’s Breezy Point early in 2013 where a work party made up of players and tradesmen, and supported by Aer Lingus, travelled to help the Irish-American community rebuild their local sport and youth facilities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. An effort that was recognised by, no less than, President Obama himself, when he acknowledged the work of the Gaelic Players who had assisted the community of Breezy Point.

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