“Irish American organizations in the U.S. and friends of President-elect Barack Obama in Ireland are gearing up for what are expected to be historic inauguration celebrations next week. Attorney Brian O’Dwyer of the O’Dwyer and Bernstien law firm in New York, along with members of the Council on American Ireland Relations, is putting together the final preparations for their Obama celebratory brunch on Monday, January 19 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“The idea of the lunch is to bring together prominent Irish Americans, union officials, people from the community and government elected officials to celebrate the Obama victory and to keep the ties between the United States and Ireland going throughout the new administration,” O’Dwyer told theIrish Voice.
According to O’Dwyer the brunch, which will be attended by members of the Friends of Ireland in Congress, including the group’s chair, Congressmen Richie Neal, and Congressman Joe Crowley of New York, will afford an opportunity to members of the Obama administration to get to know people and renew ties they have had with Irish people and the Irish community in the past. Irish Consul General in New York Niall Burgess and Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn will also attend the luncheon. “Many more dignitaries will be in attendance at the brunch and we are looking forward to it very much,” said O’Dwyer. “With Obama it’s the beginning of a new era.”
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