Irish Education Minister and Tralee Lady Norma Foley recently visited Philadelphia and New York as part of the Government’s St. Patrick’s Day events. The Minister attended several events and met with various leaders in the business sector, including Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, IBEC, UNICEF Ireland, and SelectUSA. She also visited Yonkers Montessori Academy and met with students and toured the school facilities.
In New York, Minister Foley participated in the 11th annual ‘Ireland Day’ Opening Bell Ceremony and attended the Ireland Day Leadership Breakfast at the New York Stock Exchange where she discussed the Windsor Framework with Special Envoy Joe Kennedy and Congressman Richie Neal. She also had engagements and consultations with internationally renowned educationalists.
Prior to her New York visit, the Minister held engagements in Philadelphia, representing Ireland at the St. Patrick’s Day parade and participating in a roundtable discussion on Irish-US education and sports and culture initiatives.
Minister Foley highlighted the importance of Ireland’s partnership and trade links with the United States and emphasized the Irish Government’s support for the Windsor Agreement. She expressed her appreciation for the warm welcome and open hearts of the Irish communities in Philadelphia and New York and the opportunity to meet with the Kerry diaspora and former Rose of Tralee contestants.