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Announcing: The Tip O’ Neill International Summer School Mallow 2021

Announcing: The Tip O’ Neill International Summer School Mallow 2021

 Launch of Policy Document to establish: 

The Tip O’ Neill International Summer School Mallow in County Cork,

Ireland at a weekend date between July & September 2021. 

Issued by the Irish in Europe Association in Brussels on 4th July 2020.

To whom it may concern,

We are pleased to inform you, to mark 4th July – Independence Day, the Irish in Europe Association (International) aisbl (IEAI) have issued a policy document to establish the Tip O’ Neill International Summer School – Mallow. 

Please see the Policy Document Below:


The main aim of the Summer School will be “Strengthening the Irish Bridge between the United States of America & Europe.

The policy document details the aims, philosophy and roadmap set out for the Tip O’ Neill International Summer School Mallow for your perusal.

This School will not be one weekend end event, it will be an ongoing process to grow relations between Mallow & North Cork with Rathmullan/Buncrana & Inishowen in Donegal, relations between Cork, Derry, Boston and  Leuven in Belgium and also relations between the Capitals; Washington, Dublin and  Brussels and later extending to other areas in the USA and Europe.  It will a join-up our Irish in Europe Networks with the Irish American and other Diaspora networks in the USA.  We would have preferred to have all the above-mentioned Stakeholders present at an inaugural Memorial Address/ Lecture & press conference to launch policy document to establish Summer School launch. This was unable to take place due to logistics to comply Public Health Regulations.

It will build on the work over the past thirty years of the Tip O’ Neill Committees in Mallow and Donegal, on the work done by Mallow Heritage Committee of the Mallow Partnership, the former Mallow Urban District Council, Kanturk Mallow Municipal District,  Cork County and City Councils, Universities, Libraries, the O’ Neill Family and many other individuals. It will also complement the work of the different groups in the USA that commemorate the life and work of Tip O’ Neill.

It will start small; it has been well thought out and it will help Ireland to be an important bridge between the USA and the EU. The Summer School are planning to have the conference weekend between July 2021 and September 2021. This gives them enough time to plan and muster the necessary support. The launch of the Summer School has been welcome in many quarters as a very exciting-and timely-initiative.We know it is going to be a big challenge, but we all must step up to the plate to help with the recovery in Ireland and bring more people from all walks of life together to help strengthen relations between USA and Europe.

The first President of Tip O’Neill International Summer School-Mallow Committee is Michael O’ Neill and a relative Tip O’ Neil.

The Irish in Europe Association will act as promoters and the European Partners for the Summer School.

Persons of all nationalities are most welcome to join the different Summer School support groups in Ireland, USA and Europe  as they are established by contacting Michael O’ Neill at  tiponeillsummerschoolmallow@gmail.com

We cordially invite any public representative, or agency, embassy, or institution or indeed any individual to issue a press statement to welcome the launch of the Tip O’Neill International Summer School-Mallow with press embargo 4th July. Please be so kind to put tiponeillsummerschoolmallow@gmail.com in copy.

Any help or suggestions to advance this international project will be greatly appreciated,

Have a Covid19 free summer – Wash Your Hands, Maintain Social Distance & Wear Face Covering to protect the vulnerable in public places.

Best wishes,

Denis J. Buckley

International President


Policy Document issued on July 4th 2020 by the Irish in Europe (international) Association aisbl  (IEAI)from their Office in Brussels. 

Contact, Denis J. Buckley at:

 info@irishineurope.org    or      patricks.day.parade@gmail.com


All media inquiries and for radio & TV interviews should be directed to:

Mr. Michael O’ Neill, President of Tip O’ Neill International Summer School Committee-Mallow.

Tel:   +353 863 762 212

Email:   tiponeillsummerschoolmallow@gmail.com

Facebook:  @tiponeillinternationalsummerschoolmallow/

Postal Addresses for the Tip O’ Neill International Summer School-Mallow

Dublin:  C/O 3 Faiche, an tSráidbhaile, Bóthar Rathfearnáin,Baile Átha Cliath,14.EIRE.

Mallow:  C/O Mallow Heritage Committee, M.D.P, Floor 3, Mallow Parish Centre Building,27/28 Bank Place, Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Brussels: C/O IEAI, International Association Centre, Rue Washington 40,1050 Brussels, Belgium.

IEAI, International Association Centre, Rue Washington 40,1050 Brussels, Belgium

Non Profit International Association –Registered in Belgium – Enterprise Number 835467433

www.irishineurope.org  tel:32 (0)488 860 707  info@irishineurope.org

Fermoy Glass Commemoration Bowl

Fermoy Shamrock Glass Bowl


Glass Bowl presentation to the City of Brussels, on the occasion of the Brussels Saint Patrick’s Day Parade of the Nations & Regions, Sunday 15 March 2020 at the City Hall in the historic Grand Place in the EU Capital.


This handcrafted glass bowl has been specially commissioned to mark the 75th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War and in recognition of the biggest sacrifice of any Irish-born family who gave their lives in battle during the war. Also, to acknowledge the Irish contribution to the liberation of Belgium and Europe.


The glass bowl honours the memory of the five Sheehan brothers who were born in the heart of Fermoy town. Their home was a family bakery overlooking the banks of the beautiful river Blackwater in north Cork. The Sheehan family emigrated to Vancouver, Canada. Three of the Sheehan brothers, Harry, Frank and Edward died fighting for the Royal Canadian Air-force and are buried in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Two more brothers, Michael and Thomas who fought with the Canadian Army and Navy, survived.

The five green threads running through the design represent the five Sheehan Brothers.  Woven from the same fabric, sharing the threads of family, childhood, emigration, war and honour.

The organic wave shape is inspired by Fermoy and the beautiful Blackwater Valley with its rolling hills and flowing river.

Brussels Saint Patrick’s Europe Day Parade of Nations & Regions

Brussels Saint Patrick’s Europe Day Parade of Nations & Regions

The 17th of March is the national holiday of Ireland and is celebrated in almost every country in the world. Due to the coronavirus, we have rescheduled our Parade that was due to take place on Sunday 15 March to Saturday 9 May (Europe Day)  subject to public health regulations on the day. We have re-titled our parade name to Brussels Saint Patrick’s Europe Day Parade of the Nations & Regions. This is the last practical day for us to hold a rescheduled  parade this year. Our aim now is to have small but symbolic parade  to not only fly the Irish Flag but also the EU Flag in Europe.

Europe Day held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman declaration‘. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.

His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

The Parade now takes this unique opportunity celebrate Europe Day in the  EU Capital.

On Saturday 9 May 2020, the Irish in Europe Association (International)aisbl organise their 12th annual Brussels Saint Patrick´s Day Parade of the Nations & Regions in the historic City Centre for the third time.  This is now feasible as a result of the decisions of the Brussels City Council to allow more of its historic streets in the city centre to be pedestrianised, safer and more event and visitor friendly.

In recognition of Brussels being the capital of  Belgium, Flanders and the European Union, we aim to have our Parade, as in New York, to be  truly  a ´Melting Pot´ Parade of many cultures that the Irish bring together for one day in the year, invite everyone  to ´´Wear the Green´- the symbolic colour of Ireland ´and be Irish on the day. It is for this reason that our multicultural Parade in Brussels aims to be a Parade of the Nations & Regions. Having the Parade in the City Centre for the third time will allow us to grow our small Parade into the biggest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Continental Europe in the years ahead.

Ireland´s relationship with what is now Belgium dates back to 563 AD that marks the beginning of the Irish missionary and scholastic period in Europe which laid the foundations of the university system in Europe as we know it today. The Irish in Europe Year Theme for 2020 is

”Remembering the Irish Contribution to Peace, Democracy & to the Liberation of Europe”

In 2019, we remembered the Irish Diaspora regiment – Irish Guards as part of the Armoured Guards Division that liberated Brussels in September 1944.   This year, we mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the liberation of Europe.

Ireland was neutral during WW2, however some 70,000 Irish enlisted in the various Allied Armies. More Irish were killed in military uniform than Belgians in military uniform in WW2.

We have nominated Fermoy in County Cork in Ireland as our partner town for 2020 in recognition of the biggest sacrifice of any Irish born family in Ireland that were killed during the Second World War. They were the Fermoy Sheehan brothers fighting for the Royal Canadian Air Force. The brothers were Harry, Frank and Edward. Two more brothers Michael & Thomas who fought with the Canadian Army and Navy survived.

We intend to also recognise the 100th anniversary of Belgium hosting the Olympics in 1920 and the Irish who participated under different flags.

Our Parade Grand Marshal this year is Hungarian and we will for the next 12 months commemorate the Irish-Hungarian Relationship and the Brussels connection.

Our Parade will again be a historical stroll of discovery that will not only celebrate Irish culture but also help promote the architectural heritage of Brussels. Many people in Belgium and around the world will learn, from the Parade publicity about the Brussels of the past and present, its little-known side-streets and cobbled squares bedecked by its century’s old monuments. Along the Parade route, we will embrace the stories of the past, the local customs and the traditions of the historic streets. As an evolution of these stories, we will weave in the Irish story to create new Irish traditions and ceremonies that will become the Brussels stories of tomorrow and for generations to come.

This year, we again will continue to promote Brussels as a retail centre. More shopping arcades will be illuminated in green over the weekend and more shops and restaurants will have Irish Green Window displays along the route of the Parade.

The completion of street works in one part of Boulevard Anspach allows us now the option subject to funding of extending the Parade of crossing part of Rue Neuve and by Passage du Nord.

We had hoped that the renovation works at the Bourse and Boulevard Anspach street works would be completed.

We have deferred our plans to enter in the Guinness Book of Records to have the only Saint Patrick’s Day Parade outside of Ireland  on an Irish surface  and /or longest Irish surface (Kilkenny Stone owned by Belgian Company) until next year when all the street works are completed to allow the city to get the maximum promotion worldwide  for the  urban works. Because of the uncertainty of the Brexit negotiations until December 2019 and not having the guarantee of having frictionless trade to ship Irish goods via UK to Belgium, it was not feasible to plan our Saint Patrick’s Markets on a big scale this year.  It is better for us to wait until 2021 to have the frictionless trade resolved and streets works completed together with Guinness book record event.  We also believe that these combined activities and completions of street works, would then justify having the retails outlets to open specially and or move the first Sunday opening in March to the Parade Sunday in 2021.

The 2018 Parade was the coldest Parade in its 10-year history. It was minus 4 with the wind-chill factor. Many young children from the dance groups did not participate and also musicians had difficulty in playing their instruments due to frozen fingers.

Hence again for the 2020 Parade, we have decided to submit two route options to allow for weather conditions and other factors affecting the Parade. The short route same as last year. The completion of the street works at Boulevard Adolphe Max allows us to have a longer route  via the little used street rue d’ Argent to pass Place des Martyrs  to cross  Rue Neuve via or to Passage du Nord.

We continue  the following ceremonies:

Parade though  Galeries Royales and Galerie Anspabach and Passage du Nord for the first time..

Brussels for Good Luck Irish Ceremony at Everard t´Serclaes   Monument

Review of Parade at Grand Place – Presentation of Shamrock in glass crystal bowl to Bourgmestre ,Playing of the Irish, Belgian and European Union National Anthems,plus the Hungarian in honour of the Parade Grand Marshal and the Canadian in memory of the Sheehan Brothers.

Door of Welcomes Ceremony

Annual Irish Toast to the health of the Bourgmestre

We have three new ceremonies, a moment of reflection of Place des Martyrs   and another moment of reflection at the Grand Place.

We will have a special moment of silence for all those who died from the coronavirus.

The Irish in Europe Association (International) aisbl (IEAI) was established in Belgium in 2011 with its European HQ in Brussels. It incorporates the organisational Committee of the Brussels Saint Patrick’s Day Parade of the Nations & Regions that organised the first Parade in 2009 in Parc du Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark.

The main function of the Irish in Europe Association is to support Irish emigrants, connect and engage with the world-wide Irish Diaspora living and working in Europe and to promote Irish culture, inter-state trade, community-building and micro-integration through a network of Chapters in Europe. It also manages the Irish in Europe Cultural Exchange programme between Ireland and Belgium. It has three exhibitions of Brussels on tour in Ireland in association with the Paul Hankar Institute of Brussels: Brussels Like a Tree, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. These exhibitions of Brussels not only assist in the promotion of Brussels as a holiday destination but also help to grow cultural and trade relations between Ireland and Belgium.

Invitation to Participate in Cork Multicultural Day

Invitation to Participate in Cork Multicultural Day

Invitation to Participate in

Cork Multicultural Day

19 May 2018

The Official Cork Multicultural Dayis taking place at Cork City Halls Millennium Hall on Saturday the 19th of May from 2.00pm and it promises to be something very special.


On the back of last years success the event is fast becoming a key annual event on the city and county social calendar with considerable public, business and media interest in this years celebration.
Backed by both City and County Councils, sponsored by Diageo, The Gallery Kinsale and supported by the Creative Ireland Programme , an all- of-government five year initiative from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy this event is sure to be a resounding success and enjoyable spectacle. Media partner for this years event is local radio station Red FM who will have plenty of reports and updates on this years celebration.

An event for all generations it is also an opportunity to enhance cultural awareness and to remind people of the similarities and differences among cultures.
A not for profit event with the support of Cork Volunteer Centre and Cork Chamber of Commerce, the day is a full days activities of cultural presentations commencing at 2pm followed by food and music for the evening.

Each cultural group is invited to give a demonstration or performance of something related to their heritage/culture, be it a song, dance, reading, traditional dress or what ever they wish. After the performances the judges cast their votes on the various categories followed by the awarding of prizes and then a complimentary Diageo bar with music into the night.

Co-orgainisers of the event, CorkEvents.ie along with The Irish in Europe Association have been running the event for the past seven years in recognition of the contribution of the various communities to Ireland. They are delighted to see all these key stake holders give recognition and support to these new and existing communities and their contribution to Cork as well as Ireland.

Speaking of the event, event organiser Cordelia Oseh said “Every nationality living here in Cork has something to bring to the table. Multiculturalism is evident in Ireland and Cork is playing a huge part by organising Africa day and other such events promoting positive integration”

Cordelia went on to say “Cork has the second largest concentration of immigrants in Ireland and we are trying to bring them together with the Host Country under one umbrella by means of organising this multi- cultural event”.

If you are part of a cultural / national group or part of any other group or even just an individual that feel you could represent your country or culture and would like to be part of this years event or for any other information send an email to info@irishineurope.org