Hi everyone


From time to time, Failte 32 likes to give a plug to worthy causes (the underdogs!) including those in Irish literature and film such as the film ‘The Pier’ by Dollena Campbell.


Written and Directed By: Gerard Hurley

Executive Producer: Jim Stark

“Among other pictures drawing positive notice was Gerard Hurleyʼs beautifully composed, gorgeously acted The Pier. It tells a common story in Irish literature and film: the returning emigrant confronts what has changed and what has remained the same. The director plays a man who, told his father (Karl Johnson) is dying, travels from New York to Cork to discover the old codger looking a little healthier than expected. An amusing, touching battle of wills then develops. The picture never comes close to striking a bum note.”

Donald Clarke – The Irish Times Film Critic



THE PIER is an award winning film that has played at over 30 (yes 30!) International Film Festivals but still struggles to get distribution funds in order to show it on the big screen where it belong. Please help us to raise funds for THE PIER’S U.S premiere. Thanks so much for your consideration! We hope you like the trailer and please support by grabbing a reward.


For more information, click on this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1610111536/the-pier





Following the announcement earlier this week by a group of Senators on an agreed road map for immigration reform, Barack Obama made a high-profile speech in Las Vegas on what he has planned.


But what does it all mean? Failte 32’s immigration attorney, Caro Kinsella lays out the facts for you below:







HaloCard Update:


The CEO of HaloCard really had a terrific response from everyone that he met with in New York last week, and is looking forward to the product launch in the next 60 days or so.


Those of you on board before then can benefit from being part of the HaloCard PR campaign being rolled out shortly. If you are a non profit 501(c)3 or a company, consider being a part of the HaloCard project (www.halocardproject.com).


What exactly is HaloCard? In a nutshell, and in general, when you, as a credit card holder buy something with your credit card, a transaction charge of approx. 3% is built into the price. You don’t see this 3% and it’s the cost you pay for using your credit card.


With a HaloCard (visa credit card), you can donate 1% of this 3% to the charity of your choice. So effectively you’re giving to a charity of your choice money that would otherwise be used up in your credit card transaction costs. Therefore, there are no out of pocket costs to you (and donations are tax deductible!). What a revolutionary idea!


If you’re a non-profit ( and either a HaloCard non-profit recipient or affiliate), you can benefit from receiving this 1% as a donation from cardholders who designate you as their beneficiary (you will never pay a fee or commission on the amount donated on your behalf by cardholders). This would seem to be a no brainer for non profits…. 





New strategic Partner:


We are delighted to announce that GOAL (www.goal.ie) is now a Failte 32 Strategic Partner. GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor. It is a non-denominational, non-governmental and  non-political organisation. Its U.S. operations are being spearheaded by James Kelly, who  has successfully developed GOAL USA over the past two years.




A good one, courtesy of Liam Moffatt…


After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year in New York City,
American scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years. The New York Times reported that the scientists had come to the conclusion that American ancestors already had an advanced telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Americans, in the weeks that followed, an Egyptian archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet.  Shortly after, a story in the Cairo Daily News read: “Egyptian archaeologists report finding 200 year old copper wire.  They have concluded that our Egyptian ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the Americans.”

One week later, the Irish Times newspaper reported the following: “After digging as deep as 30 feet in a vacant lot just outside of Dublin, Paddy Murphy, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Paddy has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, Ireland had already gone wireless!”

It is stories like this that really make a person proud to be Irish!




Consider joining us, as part of Failte 32’s inter-Diaspora reach out efforts, at NTD’s superb Lunar New Year Banquet!


Dear Friends,

Come Celebrate Lunar New Year and get health and beauty advise from a leading traditional Chinese doctor.  Enjoy a sumptuous 10-course dinner in one of the best restaurants in Manhattan’s Chinatown. And support New Tang Dynasty Television!

Get limited VIP seats at Dr. Jingduan Yang’s table.

NTD Lunar New Year Banquet
Thursday, Feb 21,
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Golden Unicorn Restaurant
18 East Broadway, New York City

$128 pp/$1200 table
$500 pp (VIP)

To order Tickets: 
[email protected]  212-378-6799

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Just One Stop From Grand Central on the #7 Train!
“You Are Home”
The New York Irish Center presents
in aid of the Irish cities tour of the play “For Love” this April.
 Friday February 8th at 8pm
Cocktail hour 7-8pm

Tickets: $25 – on the door
 Our host for the evening: the very sultry, Actress Jo Kinsella
It’s the tried and trusted Blind Date formula: one contestant poses revealing questions from behind a screen to 3 contestants on the other side, who will only hear voices.The winner will be chosen based on the most appealing answers…or maybe by just the sound of their sexy voice…

The happy couples will choose their dream date from 3 envelopes.  The prizes include a romantic gondola ride, a night at the movies, a shopping spree & many more…

Blind date is open to everyone.  Contestants are being lined up, including some celebrities, but you can still jump in!  If you’d like to be a contestant, or to nominate someone, call or email:
Jane McCarter at the New York Irish Center
P: 718-482-0909
E: [email protected]

>>Support the April Irish Cities tour of ‘For Love’ directly<<

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Failte 32 Committee

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