Nevertheless, the presence of McGuinness and Robinson in America together is an extraordinary achievement and a sign of very changed times. Let's hope the media gets the message in the next week before they arrive.
Time in U.S.
GALWAY University has become the latest third level Irish institution to establish a permanent presence in America.
Sarah Kelly has been named as its liaison and representative officer based in New York, working with its U.S. foundation board which was established last year under the chairmanship of Declan Kelly, president and CEO of Financial Dynamics.
Sarah Kelly has a long established relationship with NUI Galway, having formerly worked at the University for two years in her capacity as director of development.
In her new role, which is solely development-related, she will be responsible for working with the U.S. board on a series of awareness-raising and fundraising projects in the U.S., as well as maintaining a permanent office in New York for ongoing outreach to and liaison with the Irish American community. She may be reached at 347-623-3866 and at sarahekelly@ earthlink.net.
NUI Galway is in the midst of an ambitious *400 million development campaign, launched at the end of last year in the U.S. and Ireland last year by President Iognaid O'Muircheartaigh. The role of the U.S. foundation board is to raise awareness for the ongoing academic work and expansion plans which are envisaged at the University as a result of that development program.
Board Chairman Declan Kelly said, "We are delighted with the progress we have made in a short period of time and are planning a series of interesting events in the coming months to continue our awareness building program, highlighting the great work that is being done at NUI Galway in so many different fields.
"The establishment of a full time representative office here in New York is another very important milestone in our development and a sign of our commitment to participating in a meaningful way, long term, in the Irish American community."