Co-operation Ireland Chairman Dr. Christopher Moran and Chief Executive Mr. Peter Sheridan OBE traveled to Washington, D.C. and New York to represent Co-operation Ireland in annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Among the events Dr. Christopher Moran attended were the Friends of Ireland Luncheon hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, United States House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in honour of His Excellency Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister of Ireland, and The White House’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day Reception hosted by President Donald J. Trump, wherein a traditional shamrock bowl is presented to the President of the United States by An Teoiseach. 

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Pictured: Dr. Christopher Moran, Chairman of Cooperation Ireland with (L-R) Drew Harris, Garda Commissioner of the Republic of Ireland; The Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster MLA; and George Hamilton, Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland attend the Friends of Ireland Lunch with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and joined by President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence

Additional programs Co-operation Ireland leadership attended in Washington, D.C. and New York were:

  • Welcome by Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau, Consul General of the United States Consulate, Belfast and Reece Smyth, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America, Dublin at James Hoban’s Pub (Washington, 13 March)
  • The Ireland Funds 27th National Gala: A Celebration of Visionary Women, held at the National Building Museum (Washington, 13 March)
  • Ambassador’s Reception hosted by Ambassador Daniel Mulhall and Mrs. Greta Mulhall on the occasion of the visit of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T. D. (Washington, 14 March)
  • British Ambassador’s Breakfast hosted by the British Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch at the British Ambassador’s Residence (Washington, 15 March) 


Speaking after the event, Co-operation Ireland's Chief Executive Peter Sheridan said the role the annual celebrations play in delivering The Agreement was hugely important and Co-operation Ireland was keen to help maintain these strong transatlantic links.

“Our charity is active in the United States and we have a very active US Board led by Jim Clerkin. Their efforts over the years have supported our vital peace building work in Ireland and we are pleased to be able to use this opportunity to update them on what we are doing to strengthen relationships between Dublin, Belfast and London.”