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Failte 32 co-founder honored by the New York State Senate LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION upon the occasion of his designation as a Deputy Grand Marshal of the 37th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 3, 2012
Failte 32, an initiative designed to help Irish J1 visa holders (and holders of other types of work visas) find employment in the U.S., was organized by members of the Irish American community in New York, and is supported by a network of affiliated Irish American organizations and Strategic Partners. It has been featured on Morning Ireland, Ireland Calls Radio (Treasa Smyth’s 1460AM/WVOX.com 6pm Saturday), in the Irish Examiner (Ireland), Irish Examiner USA, New York Daily News, Epoch Times, and on local and national radio stations on both sides of the Atlantic. It was even given mention on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show.
We are very thankful for the support we received from the Irish Consulate, in particular the former Consul General, Hon. Niall Burgess, who supported Failte 32 from the beginning which helped get the initiative off the ground.
The idea developed after an article was published in the New York Daily News about the very difficult time young Irish people were having finding employment in the US, in particular a young Irish woman who had to return to Ireland penniless because she could not secure a job here in the U.S.
A committee was formed that included the heads of the main influential Irish American organizations in New York, to discuss how they could best support our newest arrivals. The result was Failte 32, a voluntary non-profit initiative, where all the organizations in attendance agreed to affiliate under the Failte 32 umbrella and to collectively use their resources to help J1 visa holders find employment in the tri-state region and beyond. We are very grateful for the support we receive from our affiliated organizations and strategic partners. To view each affiliated organization and their board members, please click on the ‘Affiliations’ tab above. To view our strategic partners, please click on the ‘Strategic Partners’ tab above.
Failte 32 was formally launched by the then Consul General, Hon. Niall Burgess, in May 2010, and shortly thereafter a televised (Channel 11) post-launch meeting/party was held at O’Casey’s Bar and Restaurant which included a large number of J1 visa holders, some of whom were interviewed on the day.
Its progress was featured in one of the newsletters of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC).
(click on ‘About Failte 32’ tab above for more information)