The Irish American Partnership
Supporting our Irish Heritage Assisting Irish Education & Job Creation Annual Campaign 2013-2014
“I acknowledge the generous contribution of Irish American Partnership benefactors to Irish education over the decades. Ireland looks to the members and supporters of The Irish American Partnership to assist us in building the special relationship between Ireland and the United States and strengthening our ties into the future.”
Ruiari Quinn, TD Ireland’s Minister for Education & Skills “The Wishing Hand” by sculptor Linda Brunker located in the Department of Education & Skills in Dublin, Ireland.
The Partnership was created in Dublin, Ireland, by Irish academic, business, and government leaders and seed-funded by the Irish Parliament in 1987 with the mission to support education and economic development in Ireland, North & South. Both the Irish and British governments have endorsed the efforts of the Partnership. The Partnership has hosted leaders across all sectors, both in the United States on delegation visits, and through missions to evaluate programs in Ireland. Continued dialogue is an important cornerstone of the Partnership’s mission. Early Partnership leaders in the U.S. - Chairman Emeritus General P.X. Kelley, USMC (Ret.) and Former Partnership Spokesman and Speaker of the House of Representatives Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill.
Today, 25 years later, the Partnership has provided over $20 million dollars in assistance to Ireland, North & South. More than 350 primary schools, higher educational institutions, and hundreds of community organizations have received assistance due to Partnership supporters throughout the United States. We thank you for your support and invite you to join us this year.
The Partnership Board of Directors meets with political and community leaders at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, August 2012.
Our Focus... education
Ireland’s educated workforce is a pivotal part of its economy. As one of Ireland’s central natural resources, the Irish population and its indigenous industry serve to sustain the country and promote capabilities for the future. Education plays an important role in developing young people, and through them, building and growing Ireland’s economy. With science, technology, engineering, and math as focus areas of growth, educators and the Irish government are increasing their campaign for these subjects.
Scoil Naisiunta Mhuire in Belcruit, County Donegal. This school represents a typical image of many rural primary schools that the Partnership supports.
The Partnership supports investment in education - from the outdoor science lesson in the 3rd grade to technical lab training in university - building students’ skills and mindset for future success. For 25 years, the Partnership has sponsored science training programs for teachers, and a library program that brings new books and cutting-edge technology to rural primary schools. Job training programs for the unemployed and underemployed help to pull individuals into stable, high-tech positions.
By supporting a Partnership program, Irish Americans honor their Irish heritage by giving back in a productive, meaningful way. Irish Americans may think of their roots and consider Ireland and its people as they make their philanthropic decisions. We are convinced that Partnership involvement and support of the children and people of Ireland, North & South, without regard for politics or religion, contributes positively to society. The Partnership is a sound investment in Ireland’s future.
“The Irish American Partnership has a great track record in supporting worthy causes in Ireland, particularly in the area of education. I thank the members of the Partnership for everything they do to promote and support the great connection between Ireland and the United States.” Taoiseach Enda Kenny Prime Minister of Ireland “Through the encouragement of the Partnership’s Primary School Science project, our students in Sylane have begun to be visibly enlightened and empowered by the wonders of science.”
Principal Sinead Cleary Sylane National School Sylane, Tuam, Co. Galway
Students use stethoscopes to learn about heart beats per second at “Science Week,” a collaboration between six different primary schools in County Limerick and the Partnership.
Teachers in the Partnership sponsored - Mary Immaculate professional development workshop learn about ecology in Curraghchase Forest Park and Peoples Park in County Limerick, providing a hands-on learning environment.
Children at Scoil Realt na Mara in County Kerry are pleased with the picture books and reading materials now accessible in their own library.
Partnership-Sponsored Concentrations: Primary Schools in Ireland, North & South
Library and science materials for schools The Partnership has been supporting individual schools in Ireland through the Primary School Library Program for the past 25 years. Small schools are granted funds to be used for the promotion of reading and writing comprehension, and science and math skill development. In Northern Ireland, the Partnership supports schools of all traditions, including Integrated, Transformational, Catholic, and Protestant schools.
With Partnership funding, Mary Immaculate College hosts children from local schools and teaches them how to build their own fire extinguishers in celebration of the “Year of Chemistry.”
Primary Science at St. Patrick’s College and Mary Immaculate College Workshops in science for pupils and teachers
Two teachers from South Kerry receive diplomas in primary science education, pictured with Dr. Paula Kilfeather, Director of the Science Dept. at St. Patrick’s College and Dr. Pauric Travers, President of St. Patrick’s College.
Particularly in rural areas of Ireland, science resources and knowledge are not as easily accessible. The Partnership works to enhance the teaching and learning of primary science in these areas through professional development workshops for teachers and students. Primary school teachers in Counties Kerry, Galway, Mayo, Donegal, and Limerick participate in week-long training through Mary Immaculate College or St. Patrick’s College. The cohort classes form a community that share best practices and stay connected through the Partnership’s quarterly “Connecting with Science” newsletter.
Access Scholarships at Universities for Disadvantaged Students
Scholarships for students with declared need Access programs open the door for students who would not otherwise be able to attend university. Coming from backgrounds without resources or the push to consider third-level education, Access students gain opportunity through scholarship assistance and remedial support, including tutoring from peers and direct mentorship from Access university staff. In year 2013, the Partnership renewed its commitment by supporting three students from Dublin City University and one student from Trinity College Dublin, and formed a new collaboration with University of Limerick.
Masters Degree Scholarships at Universities
Scholarships for students with declared need The Partnership currently supports Masters Degree students at National University of Ireland Galway, the Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin, and Cork Institute of Technology. Each student receives a scholarship to pursue independent research and submit a dissertation report to the Partnership. Moving forward, the Partnership envisages funding students from each Irish university, in particular within the fields of science and engineering.
A faculty member at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Dublin shares her research and future aims with the visiting Partnership delegation in August 2012.
Job Training at Fastrack to IT (FIT)
Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese awards diplomas to three graduates of FIT’s trainee program.
Training program for unemployed & underemployed Marginalized job seekers, either unemployed or underemployed, participate in FIT’s programs which provides a fast track to marketable technical skills. Through technology-based programs, trainees receive education and skills that directly apply to the growing information technology and software sectors in Ireland. FIT collaborates with the private sector to find long-term, supportive placements for its trainees, and provides mentoring and back-up support in the years after completion of the course. 3
Primary Science Education Across the Counties
he Partnership has been supporting science education through a number of initiatives. With the Irish Government’s focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the Partnership has joined the effort to educate students in the basic principles of science and to develop their curiosity at a young age.
Part of the Western Seaboard Science Program, Scoil Roisin National School in County Donegal incorporates use of laptops and other technology to explore the wonders of science.
Facilitating children’s interest in science is not only found in resource availability, but perhaps most importantly, through the methods of teaching. As such, the Partnership supports many major initiatives that give teachers ways to engage and exchange best-practices, thus helping enable a better learning experience for students.
Collaborating with St. Patrick’s College, Dublin, and Mary Immaculate College in County Limerick, the Partnership has worked on three initiatives that organize teacher networks, particularly within rural areas, which often lack accessibility to new developments and applications of science for teaching. Over a decade ago, the Partnership established a professional development program in science education for teachers in Counties Kerry, Galway, Donegal, and Mayo, under the direction of Dr. Greg Smith and Dr. Paula Kilfeather of St. Patrick’s College, Dublin. The initiative, called the Kerry and Western Seaboard Science Program (WSSP), trained many teachers and brings them together at a skills-training workshop each year. In addition, each teacher remains connected throughout the year by the Partnership co-produced and funded “Connecting with Science” newsletter. The newsletter has now taken on a wider distribution to include any school that receives a grant from the Partnership. Recently, Dr. Smith published an evaluation of these programs in his article, “An Innovative Model of Professional Development to Enhance the Teaching and Learning of Primary Science in Irish Schools,” which was accepted into the Journal of Professional Development in Education. The Partnership is pleased to find that his study shows the WSSP initiatives have led to positive changes in the way teachers instruct on science, resulting in their students becoming more motivated and interested to learn about science. Upon request, the Partnership would be delighted to forward a copy of the completed research report to any interested parties.
Dr. Gregory Smith and Dr. Paula Kilfeather of St. Patrick’s College, Dublin, met and discussed Kerry and Western Seaboard Science Programs with the Partnership Leadership Mission to Ireland in August 2012.
The Partnership and Mary Immaculate College at the University of Limerick formed two initiatives to invigorate primary science education and push forward innovative methods. First, the Partnership has funded the development of a “Science School” at Mary Immaculate College, which operates hands-on interactive workshops for students every Saturday. The workshop allows young students to explore outside the formal,
The “Science School” at Mary Immaculate College also offers professional development opportunities for teachers to experiment with innovative lesson plans, so that they can gather feedback, and implement them in their normal, full-time classroom. Named “Sherlock Bones” by students
Teachers in Counties Clare, Cork, and Limerick attend two-hour, interactive workshops sponsored by the Partnership and Mary Immaculate College, that allow them to carry out scientific investigations for classroom application. Here, they are pictured making preparations for an egg-drop experiment.
Similarly, in the Munster area, the Partnership sponsors continuous professional development workshops coordinated by Mary Immaculate College.
at Scoil Ronain in County Galway, this skeleton is a new teaching device purchased through a 2013 Partnership grant. The school was also able to enhance its materials to include magnet and bridge building kits to instruct on physics and magnetism.
Partnership-funded Masters Degree Scholarships Provide In-depth Research on Ireland - United States Economic Relationship
The Partnership has funded five students in Masters Degree research scholarship programs at the National University of Ireland Galway, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin, and the Cork Institute of Technology. Each student analyzes different aspects of Ireland - United States industry interaction and provides insight on future opportunity, particularly in the areas of business, technology, and innovation. The Partnership desires to fund Masters Degree students at all Irish universities, funding opportunities are available from $8,000 - $25,000 in year 2013-2014. At National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), the scholarship supports a student pursuing a Masters Degree program in the College of Engineering and Informatics. Under the direction of Dr. Frank Barry, the student completes research on the medical device sector in Ireland and the United States. Ms. Emma Wickham, originally from County Wexford, Ireland, was selected for the 2012-2013 NUIG Scholarship. With a background in science and a specific interest in the industry, Emma pursued a Masters Degree at NUIG. After a year of research, she successfully submitted her findings in the report, “The Medical Device Clusters of Galway and Massachusetts and their Technology Transfer Activities.”
Ms. Emma Wickham
Her research found that both the Irish and U.S. economies benefited greatly from the local clustering of medical device companies. Galway is a young cluster that is expanding and could look to the technology-sharing initiatives between private, public, and academic institutions in Massachusetts. Ireland remains an attractive place to invest with its low tax incentives, educated workforce, and growing R&D focus.
At the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin, the scholarship supports a student undertaking an MSc in Business at the Smurfit Graduate Business School. Under the direction of Dr. Jacob Eisenberg, the student conducts research on Ireland as a catalyst for U.S. economic links with Europe. Ms. Linh Nguyen successfully completed her research on “The role of Ireland in the Export Platform Strategies of U.S. Multinationals in the Information Technology Industry, 1990-2010.” Her research objective was to examine the impact of host-government investment incentives on subsidiary development in Ireland. Using data from chief executive officers of U.S.-owned Irish subsidiaries in Dublin, her research found that U.S.-Irish owned subsidiaries now place a higher value on Irish government subsidies when compared to 5 years ago. She also found that government subsidies encouraged internal competencies, thereby giving the subsidiary more bargaining power when in discussion with its parent group in the U.S. Ms. Mai Vu, the 2013 Smurfit Scholarship recipient, recently published her research entitled “A Pretest for the new Instrument to Assess the Knowledge Transfer within Multinational Companies (MNCs) in the Knowledge Intensive Business Services Sector (KIBS).” Mai developed the model of a questionnaire to assess the transferability of knowledge within multinational companies. At Cork Institute of Technology, the scholarship supports a student undertaking research on “The History of the Electronics Industry in Ireland.” The student, Ms. Sarah Davis, is being mentored by Professor Larry Polland and is under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Kenny of the Hincks Centre of Entrepreneurship Excellence in CIT’s School of Business. We anticipate that Ms. Davis’ research paper will be available in late 2014. 5 Upon request, the Partnership would be delighted to forward a copy of completed research reports to interested parties.
Comprehensive Support for Disadvantaged Students An Opportunity to Attend University
inding the motivation and resources to transition from second to third-level education in Ireland can be hard to achieve alone. With the recession still impacting many communities, the enthusiasm to pursue additional study can drop off when compared to immediately entering the workforce. Access programs work to lessen qualms - whether financial or the fear of the unknown and provide a range of supports to enable students to reach their full potential. In 2013-2014 academic year, the Partnership supports a total of four students in the Access programs at Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin. At Dublin City University (DCU), more than 760 students are participating in the Access program this year. The DCU Access program provides two unique ways of support that starts during the first year and extends throughout students’ time in university. A 3.5 day orientation program takes place at the beginning of September which all first-year Access students attend. At orientation, Access students live together, learn about campus resources, and meet with their advisor and peer mentor, who both provide one-on-one support for the entire year.
Ms. Karen Kuras Origin: County Monaghan Study: Enterprise Computing
“Along with the financial support I received, being an Access scholarship student helped develop a belief in myself I didn’t have before. There are so many supports offered to you. The entire Access program developed my confidence and pushed me to continue to try and reach for the unimaginable.” Vicky Kavanagh DCU Access Scholarship Recipient Since 2008, DCU has hosted a Student Advice Center specifically for Access students, which acts as a ‘go-to’ resource hub for information and guidance for academics, health and wellbeing, and extra-curricular activities.
Mr. Philip McMahon (Caffrey) Origin: Ballymun, County Dublin Study: Education and Training
From 2011-2013, the Partnership has supported nine students in the DCU Access program, providing full-year scholarships for each student to study within their chosen field. Beside, three of these students are featured. Ms. Karen Kuras, originally from County Monaghan, is the first in her family to go to college. She studied for a Bachelor of Science in Enterprise Computing. Mr. Philip McMahon (Caffrey), hailing from Ballymun, County Dublin, says he came from an area with “less opportunity and very little belief,” but the Access program gave him the support needed to find a successful future. He studied for a Bachelor of Science in Education and Training, while also playing for the DCU football team. Ms. Vicky Kavanagh, originally from Donaghmede, studied for a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, was highly involved in DCU’s campus newspaper, The College View, and participated in the Washington Ireland Program.
Ms. Vicky Kavanagh Origin: Donaghmede, County Dublin Study: Journalism
At Trinity College Dublin, the Trinity Access Program (TAP), over its 20 years of existence, has made significant advancements in supporting students before, during, and after their university experience. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the Partnership is pleased to support Mr. Kevin Sewell, a junior freshman, who is studying for a Bachelor of Science in Theoretical Physics. Mr. Sewell is passionate about studying math and physics, as well as, playing the bodhrán, tin whistle, and traditional flute. Just in his first semester, he credits the TAP as essential to his success thus far.
Encouraging Dialogue in Northern Ireland, Moving Integrated Education Forward
he greater divides of Northern Ireland’s past have since lessened with time, but work still remains to be done. The Partnership supports many programs that aim to promote better understanding of differences and create sustained dialogue between those with varying views. People of all ages and backgrounds - young and old, Catholic, Protestant, or other faiths - can find a mutual vision for the future. Among many initiatives, one of the most significant is Integrated Education. Proven to be one of the most successful programs in Northern Ireland, that both Irish and British governments and the international community have championed, Integrated Education serves as a model for an enriching, co-educational environment. In this setting, resources and teachers are needed to teach all traditions. The Partnership has been proud to support numerous schools in the growing network of integrated schools in Northern Ireland. Most recently, funding has been granted to enhance library and multimedia materials that reflect religious and cultural diversity, and/or funding for an additional teacher that can span all sides in their teaching curriculum.
Partnership grant recipients for Integrated Education have included: Ballycastle Integrated Primary School Ballymoney Integrated Primary School Cliftonville Integrated Primary School Crumlin Integrated Primary School Glengormley Integrated Primary School
Groarty Integrated Primary School Fort Hill Integrated Primary School Park Hill Integrated Primary School Round Tower Integrated Primary School Blackwater Integrated College
Children at Glengormley Integrated Primary School raise the American flag on a day learning about the United States. The Partnership is pleased to support Glengormley’s “Growing Pains” Initiative, which funded an additional teacher at the rapidly expanding school.
R.G. McVeigh, Principal of Ballymoney Integrated Primary School, writes...
Pictured above is the Partnership supported school, Round Tower Integrated Primary School located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
“Please pass our thanks to The Irish American Partnership for the generous donation which has enabled us to purchase books to assist with our journey of integration. With the supply of new reading materials, the children’s minds will be further enlightened, so that not only they, but their friends and families, will have a bright future to look forward to.”
An Opportunity for Donor-advised Gifts The Board of Directors of The Irish American Partnership welcomes donor-advised gifts. If you would like to make a gift to a specific school, organization, county, or townland, please contact us. The gifts are processed efficiently, insuring that all conditions are met. In order to qualify for IRS tax consideration, the donor may not personally benefit from the gift and, for the Partnership to accept and transfer the funds, the gift must be part of our general mission.
In year 2013, designated gifts have been made to many educational institutions and organizations: 174 Trust American Friends of Wexford Opera Aran Islands Gaelic Athletic Association Club Cork Institute of Technology Foynes Flying Boat Museum Kylemore Abbey Education Center Northern Ireland Trust
Pushkin Trust Shannon School of Hotel Management Ulster-American Folk Park UCD School of Engineering UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School Willowfield Parish Community Association
Our work in Ireland - Thank You Through your support, large and small, the Partnership has been able to make a real impact in Ireland. Throughout the year, teachers, students, and community leaders voice their appreciation for your support of their programs, and thanks in honoring your heritage in such a tangible way. Your gift would enable these important programs to continue to strengthen Ireland and its future.
The list below represents schools the Partnership has supported over the past four years. Antrim Avoniel PS Ballymoney Model School Cliftonville Integrated PS Colaiste Feirste Crumlin Primary School Fort Hill Primary School Glengormley Integrated PS Park Hill College Round Tower Integrated PS St. Mary’s Christian Bros. Grammer School St. Louise’s Comp. College St. Mary’s PS Tullycarnet PS Armagh St. Mary’s PS
Kilkenny St. Joseph’s Girls NS Seanan Boys NS SN Naomh Padraig, Strangmills NS Leitrim Annaduff NS St. Patrick’s NS
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel National School, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon
Clare Ballycar NS Fanore NS (St. Patrick’s) Stonehill NS SN Cluain Muinge SN Na Maighdine Mhuire Cork Cullen NS Derryclough NS Gaelscoil Dr. M U Shuilleabhain Kilcrohane NS, Bantry Millstreet Convent NS SN Chnoc na Grai Scoil Chaitigherin Derry Groarty Integrated PS Donegal Gaelscoil Bhun Chrannacha Meenagown NS Scoil Chroine, Dungloe Town Scoil Iosagain Scoil Roisin, Maghery SN an Aingil Choimeadai SN Mhuire St. Mary’s NS St. Oran’s NS St. Patrick’s NS Down Blackwater Integrated College
8 Lisselton National School Lisselton, Listowel, Co. Kerry
Galway Carnageehy NS Eglish NS Kilconly NS Milltown NS SN Ard Carna SN Caomhain, Inisheer Aran SN Eoin Pol II SN Inis Meadhoin, Inishmaan Aran SN Ronain, Inishmore Aran St. Brendan’s NS St. Patrick’s NS Sylvane NS
Kerry Ballincrossig NS Ballyduff CS Boheshill MXD NS Cahir NS Clogher NS Drumclough NS Gap of Dunloe NS Kilgarvan CS Killury NS Lauragh NS Lisselton NS Portmagee NS Scoil an Fhaill Mor Scoil Eoin XXIII Scoil Iosagain Scoil Naomh Michael Scoil Realt na Mara SN Cillin Liath SN an Ghleanna SN Phroinnsais Naofa SN Muire Gan Smal St. Clare’s NS Tulloha NS
Limerick John F. Kennedy Memorial School Scoil Chriost Ri B St. Nessan’s Community College St. John’s Convent Louth Faughert NS Mayo Ballintuber NS Ballycushion NS Ballyvary NS Barnacogue NS Bekan NS Belcarra NS Breaffy NS Carrowmore NS Clogernagh NS Coogue NS Cornanool NS Crimlin NS Culleens NS (St. Joseph’s) Culmore NS Currane NS Errew NS Glenisland NS Kilasser NS Kinaffe NS Knock NS Leitir NS Manulla NS Parke NS Roxboro NS Scoil Mhuire St. Columba’s NS St. John’s NS St. Joseph’s NS, Derrywash St. Joseph’s NS, Killala
Mayo, Cont’d St. Joseph’s NS, Swinford St. Treasa’s NS The Holy Family School The Neale NS Tourmakeady College Tourmakeady NS Roscommon Our Lady of Mt. Carmel NS Tipperary Burncourt NS Waterford Whitechurch National School Universities & Colleges Cork Institute of Technology Dublin City University Mary Immaculate College Nat’l University of Ireland, Galway Nat’l University of Ireland, Maynooth Queen’s University, Belfast Shannon College of Hotel Management St. Patrick’s College Trinity College Dublin University College Cork University College Dublin, Smurfit Graduate Business School University of Limerick
The 350+ schools, primary through university, that the Partnership has supported over the past 25 years forms a strong network of education & development across Ireland.
The Irish American Partnership
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