Ireland Day New York

The Ireland Day NYSE Leadership Breakfast took place on Tuesday, March 13th 2018 at the New York Stock Exchange.


On March 13th 2018, Ireland INC hosted the eighth annual Ireland Day at the New York Stock Exchange. This series of C-suite international business discussions was attended by a unique group of global business and political leaders to develop clear strategies to build on the economic and cultural ties between Ireland and the US.

Ireland INC has, over the last eight years, increased economic ties between Ireland and the US. Last year’s Ireland Day represented our most exclusive gathering to date as we welcomed a collection of international business people and political figures to attend the Ireland Day NYSE Leadership Breakfast. 

The summit hosted more than 100 executives from leading US and Irish corporations including Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms, entrepreneurial start-ups, policy makers, as well as financial and sciences organisations from the US, Ireland and around the world.

Participants and Speakers at the Leadership Breakfast event included Paul Marchant (CEO Primark), Congressman Richard Neal, Congressman Brendan Boyle, Anne Heraty (CEO, Cpl and then-president of Ibec), Martin Shanahan (CEO, IDA Ireland), Terence O’Rourke (chairman, Enterprise Ireland), Mark Redmond (American Chamber of Commerce Ireland), Thomas Farley (CEO, NYSE) and US Embassy Dublin Chargé d’Affaires Reece Smyth.

Previous attendees at Ireland Day include An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Senator George Mitchell, Wilbur Ross, Denis O’Brien, former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, Herb Kelleher and Liam Neeson, to name but a few.

Dubbed by many as the ‘Irish Davos’, Ireland Day offers an unrivalled platform for economic engagement and thought leadership exchanges.

Ireland Day NYSE represents a truly unique opportunity for companies to participate in high-level discussions with global CEOs from Ireland and the United States to discuss key issues affecting the growth and success of our businesses in addition to mutual collective interests.

The Leadership Breakfast is an important occasion to mark what is to be a defining moment in global politics, global business and international relations. The intention of the Breakfast is to further facilitate the enrichment of Irish – US cultural, professional and political connections.

As business and political leaders from Ireland, the US and around the globe gather for Ireland Day, the underlying goal of these interactions is to map creative strategies to increase the number of Irish companies operating across the US and to expand the number of US companies operating in Ireland – with over 700 US companies investing over $343bn in Ireland through direct employment of 150,000 people, and Irish companies employing over 125,000 people in North America, the value of our economic relationship has never been stronger. There are now 700 Irish companies in the US operating in all 50 states across 2,000 locations.

The event has been extensively covered by media outlets including Bloomberg, the Financial Times and NBC News – including 200 million global viewers watching the market-opening ceremony in 2016 in which Ireland INC rang the opening bell.