The Ireland Fund Young Leaders will host their Spring Party in Dublin on Friday, April 26, 2013 where they will honour, Dessie Farrell, CEO of the GPA with their 2013 Young Leader of the Year Award.

Over 150 young professionals will gather in The Odeon for this key event on the Young Leader calendar.  Together with other Ireland Fund Young Leaders around the globe, they have raised over $1 million for the philanthropic work of The Worldwide Ireland Funds and their Promising Ireland Campaign, which aims to raise $140 million by the end of 2013, to help charities in Ireland and around the world.

 The Ireland Funds Young Leaders Society is made up of professionals from around the world ages 25-40. Paving the way for the future, the Society cultivates an emerging generation of philanthropists while providing a networking forum and a connection with modern Ireland. The Young Leaders are delighted to present Dessie with the 2013 Young Leader of the Year Award for his constant support of The Ireland Funds over the last few years, as well for as his outstanding contribution alongside the GPA, to various organizations both home and abroad.

The Ireland Funds and the Gaelic Players Association have recently worked together on various efforts. The Gaelic Players Association and Headstrong - the National Centre for Youth Mental Health came together to form a new mental health partnership. The two organisations were introduced by The Ireland Funds, who have provided grant funding in support of the initiative. Abroad, members of the GPA rolled up their sleeves to help the Irish-American community of Breezy Point after the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. The Ireland Fund Young Leaders were delighted to be working alongside the players during these ‘Irish Days of Action’ and the Young Leaders in Ireland and the US held fundraisers to assist the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

The Spring Party will take place at 7pm in the upstairs Lounge of the Odeon Bar and musical entertainment on the night will be provided by We Banjo 3, winner of The Irish Times Album of the Year. They provide banjo-based tunes that combine Irish music with old-time American and blue grass influences.

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