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First and foremost, before you read and view recent media coverage of Failte 32 and ‘Opportunity Ireland’, we always kindly request that you try to help our new arrivals (see requests immediately below). Everything helps, a job referral, some advice etc. As always, we thank you for your kind support.
Our thanks go to the following for their help with our recent Failte 32 appeal on behalf of an IWT J-1 visa holder who’s visa was about to expire: Paul Finnegan, Executive Director of the New York Irish Center (www.newyorkirishcenter.org
), John Kavanagh Rockland County, Jim Heneghan Manager of the Iron Monkey (www.ironmonkey.com
), Liz Kenny former Executive Director of the New York Irish Center, and Meabh Manager at www.opendoornyc.com
Requests from our new arrivals:
Hi, my name is Alice Mc Loughlin. I am a BA International graduate of English and French and have worked in the finance department for an American company in Ireland for the past four years.
I am hoping to move to New York City. I am eligible to apply for the USIT Professional Career Training Visa which can last for 12-18months but I need to find a company to provide me with a trainee position and sponsorship.
If anyone knows of a company that has been involved with this scheme before or is willing to sponsor me, please contact me at my email address below or on this site:
Any help is very much appreciated.
I have recently discovered your organisation through the EIC, and I
think you may be able to help me.
I am currently seeking a host organisation to obtain the Professional
Career Training Visa. I am not looking for a visa or sponsorship from
a company only experience. The aim of this program is for the trainee,
me, to develop their skills from a qualification and professional
experience and the host’s organisation to diversify their workplace.
It is a win/ win situation for both.
The area I would like to work in, is the online media sector. I have a
BA (Hons) in Creative Multimedia and Communications. I have nearly
three years professional experience in creative media, working as a
Video Content Specialist, Graphic designer, Digital Content Engineer,
Freelance Video Editor and in General Administration. After a year
spent travelling abroad, I am currently working in wealth management
in a well-known bank in Dublin, Ireland as a data entry administrator.
This is a great distance away from where I want to be and
unfortunately due to Ireland recession it is extremely difficult to
gain employment here in a creative workplace. I have a wide range of
skills that I can offer any company and I am very keen to develop my
skill set even further so I can go forward and work with the industry
I am qualified in.
I hope Failte32 can help make this happen for me, as it is something
that can really be the making of me And I can gain so much from it. If
you would like to content me, you can on firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, my name is Caroline Reilly and I just arrived in New York last
week. I have a one year working visa and am hoping to find work in
law, technology or governance as this is what my Masters Degree is in.
If you could offer me any assistance or point me in the right
direction, I would greatly appreciate it. I can be contacted by email,
email@example.com or by phone on 917-992-0337
Re. our recent Failte 32 jobs appeal to the community on behalf of Brian, an IWT J-1 visa holder who’s visa was about to expire, we received 5 positive job referrals from the Irish Community that could possibly have provided a solution for Brian. The Irish community continually demonstrates how helpful it can be in assisting our new arrivals find employment, particularly during these types of urgent appeals.
We are very grateful to the IIICenter (www.iiicenter.org
), in particular Mr. Jude Clarke, who very kindly gave us the opportunity to try to assist Brian before his visa expired. Brian decided however to head back to Ireland to explore other options. It’s a great thing when organizations like the IIICenter very positively engage with other community organizations such as Failte 32, and allow us to complement their efforts and play our small but vital part. This is the true spirit of the Irish community on all levels working together.
The IIIC has a great record of helping many young Irish people coming to the U.S. over the years, be that on the J1IWT program, the summer J1 program, or in other ways.
According to the IIICenter, “The J1 Irish Work and Travel (J1IWT) visa program is a wonderful program as it provides the most amazing opportunity for young Irish students and graduates to gain vital work experience in their field of study (and in another country). This will always be of great benefit to them in terms of having that experience on their CV/Resume and in providing a great foundation for their careers, that is why we at the Irish International Immigrant Center hold the visa program in such high regard.
But ultimately the visa is about working, and working within your area of study, and in our experience we can see that approx 90% of who come on the visa do actually find work within their area of study and enjoy a successful and rewarding program. This is due in no small part to the direction that we steer them from the outset, from our initial contact with them, through when they find work and through to when they return home after the visa ends. Therefore the visa works for the vast majority.”
Failte 32 couldn’t agree with them more.
A fundraiser in aid of Pauline Fitzpatrick, aged 44, daughter of Eamon (Antrim) and Tessie (Monaghan), will be held on Sunday 22 April 2012 from 2:30pm to 8:30pm at St. Barnabus High School Cafeteria located at 413 East 241st Street, Bronx, New York 10470.
Donations to the “Friends of Pauline Benefit Fund” can mailed to 21 Fairview Avenue, Box #526, Tuckahoe, New York 10707.
Our prayers and best wishes go out to Pauline!
Cathy Hogan – Officer United Irish Counties Association of New York (www.uicany.org
Origin Theatre, one of the great stories to come out of the Irish American community in recent years, founded by the very talented George Heslin, is pleased to announce that application forms are now available for 1st Irish, New York’s annual festival of Irish theatre. See end of newsletter.
Failte 32 was very proud to be a Gala Partner of the recent NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Gala Cocktail Reception held at the prestigous New York Athletic Club near Central Park.
The event introduced a new demographic to the Parade community, and certainly complemented the amazing work done by the Parade Committee, in particular Hilary Beirne, Cathy Miceli, and of course the Parade Chairman John Dunleavy. Under John Dunleavy’s leadership over the past 16 years or more, the Parade has become the greatest Parade in the world. Did you know that the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade brings in anywhere from 200-500 million dollars (estimates vary) in revenue for the City of New York, and that’s for ONE day!
Frank McGreal, Michael Doorley, Brendan Lynch and the rest of the committee have to be commended for putting on such an amazing event. It will certainly be heralded as the St. Patrick’s Day ‘must go to event’ from now on. You had to be there…..it was MC’d by Greg Kelly Fox News co-anchor, who’s Dad also showed up, Commissioner Ray Kelly, and was attended by high profile business people, Govt. officials, community leaders…the list goes on.
It’s very important that you connect with the above organizations and all other Failte 32 affiliated organizations (http://www.failte32.org/affiliations/
) when searching for employment, as this is how you will meet, face to face, decision makers in companies related to your field of study. A one or two minute face to face meeting with a company executive during a networking or community event is the most efficient way to find employment, and takes very little effort on your part. All you have to do is tell the employer in 30 seconds what you can do for them, so make sure you have your 30 second ‘elevator speech’ prepared. Please ask us if you need any assistance.
Failte 32 Committee
|Origin Theatre Company
Artistic Director George C Heslin
application forms are now available for
New York’s annual festival of Irish theatre
September 3rd to October 1st 2012
to download application form
APPLICATION DEADLINE APRIL 10TH 2012
Give Me Your Hand Through April 1st
W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre
CRITIC’S PICK! ”Crowley is endearing and passionate, conveying love for the artwork. Molloy delineates serious and comic characters so distinctly and in so many accents that that they jump off the canvas. Even standing behind lecterns and reading from scripts, THE ACTORS’ CHEMISTRY IS PALPABLE… Durcan the poet, as muse to Crowley and Molloy, provides us with A MOST AMUSING EVENING.” - Backstage
I ♥ Alice ♥ I
An unflinching and astonishingly personal love story that spans six decades.
New York Critics love I ♥ Alice ♥ I
“Sweeter than marmalade…humorous, affecting, and quietly empowering.”
“A lovely Irish import arriving just in time for St Patrick’s Day…Beautiful, wonderfully played, with touching warmth and humor…there’s little doubt
that you’ll heart ‘Alice,’ too.”
ORIGIN THEATRE COMPANY 2011-12 SEASON
NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
NYC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
IRISH CONSULATE NEW YORK
DEPARTMENT OF ARTS,HERITAGE AND THE GAELTACHT
THE ARTS COUNCIL OF NORTHERN IRELAND
THE NORTHERN IRELAND BUREAU
THE AMERICAN IRELAND FUND
MUTUAL OF AMERICA
MCVICKER & HIGGENBOTHAM
THE IRISH ARTS COUNCIL
THE WALES INTERNATIONAL CENTER
NYU GLUCKSMAN IRELAND HOUSE
THE IRISH EXAMINER
THE MARK A BRADLEY FUND
THE BRITISH CONSULATE NEW YORK
THE WB YEATS SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
THE NEWMAN FAMILY FUND
GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ORIGIN PATRONS
Board of Directors
Enrico Ciotti, Cassie S Farrelly (Chair), Tina Santi Flaherty, Brendan Gilmartin, JaniceGormley, George C Heslin, Kate Kennon, John Lyons, Gregory Moore, Sean Noonan, Aisling Reidy and Antonia Reilly
Eva Brune, Robert Dunn, Sharon Fogarty,Sheenagh Gillen,Colette Morris
and Aisling Ryan