From: Drew McGinty
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships?
Date: Thu Jun 26 12:02:14 MDT 2014
June 26, 2014
Clinton International Summer School
Each summer, the Clinton International Summer School brings together accomplished university students from underserved communities around the world to promote entrepeneurship business leadership and community engagement. Drawing on Northern Irealnd as a model for economic progress in a post-conflict society, emphaiss is placed on acquiring the practical knowledge and real-world skills needed to reutn home and make a concrete, measurable economic and social difference. Learn more.
New Centre for Democracy and Peace Building Launched
The Centre for Democracy and Peace Building was launched today at the Ulster Museum in Belfast as part of Community Relations Week. Chairman, John, Lord Alderdice, Directors, Jeffrey Donaldson MP and Liam Maskey, and CEO Eva Grosman, are bringing together the substantial international work they have each been doing separately to jointly offer a more thoughtful exploration of the Irish Peace Process for those from other conflicts who want to hear the Northern Ireland story. Read story.
The International Fund for Ireland
The International Fund for Ireland is an independent international organisation which was established by the British and Irish Governments in 1986. Financed by contributions from the United States of America, the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand; the Fund promotes economic and social advance, and encourages contact, dialogue and reconciliation between nationalists and unionists throughout Ireland. Learn more.
New online records

The Ulster Historical Foundation has been busy getting more than 27,000 records ready to add to their website! These records have been transcribed from Church of Ireland burial and marriage registers in Counties Antrim and Down. The earliest records they are adding date from the 1660s from Blaris (Lisburn) CI and from the 1680s from Comber CI.  Learn more .
2014-15 Victory Scholars Announced
On June 18th,  Sport Changes Life announced the 2014-2015 Victory Scholars at The Union League of Philadelphia.

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Derry yacht wins home leg
The Derry-Londonderry-Doire yacht has won the home leg of the Clipper Round the World yacht race.  The 2,800 mile leg from New York to Derry was the 14th stage in the 16 series race.  Read story .
'Game of Thrones' fans flock to Northern Ireland
Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland's folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version — on the sets for the hit TV show "Game of Thrones." But rather than spells and destruction, they're bringing an economic boost to this British province still healing from its past of political violence. Read story.
What's your Irish County? County Tyrone
Common Surnames in Tyrone: Loughran, McGurk, Grimes, Monahan, Heagney, Skeffington, O'Neill, Harte, Clarke, McCusker, Quinn, Mullan, Kelly, Donnelly, Gallagher, McKenna, Campbell and Hughes.  Learn more.
The 8th Dandridge
Scots-Irish Festival

Pipe Bands, Celtic Entertainers, Athletics Demos, Dance Demos, Food & Merchandise from the British Isles.

September 27, 2014
Dandridge, Tennessee

Irish / Scots-Irish American Candidate Spotlight
Shaughnessy Naughton
John P. Cahill
PA's 8th Congressional District
New York State Attorney General

Obama Chief of Staff defends choice of new Irish ambassador
Warren Buffett names Irish American Chuck Feeney as his hero
Cultural ambassador role for local history graduate
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has defended President Obama’s choice of St. Louis lawyer Kevin F. O’Malley as the next US ambassador to Ireland. Read story.
Warren Buffett has named Irish American philanthropist and former billionaire Chuck Feeney as his hero and says he is Bill Gates’ hero too.  Feeney, a New Jersey native, was deeply instrumental in the American role in the Irish peace process and has given over $ 1.5 billion to Irish educational institutions and charities through his foundation Atlantic Philanthropies. Read story.
A young historian from Carrickfergus [County Antrim] is to represent the borough as a cultural ambassador during a trip to the United States this autumn.

David Robinson, 25, was selected to carry out the role in Carrick’s sister city of Danville, Kentucky.

History graduate David, who is also a keen drummer with Henry Inglesby’s Fife and Drum Corps, hopes to bring a greater understanding of the Ulster Scots connection to his American hosts.

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Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships
When Shelby and I arrived to Ireland last August, we decided to record a short video every day to capture the highlights of our year as Victory Scholars at Trinity College, Dublin with Sport Changes Life. After 11 months of adventures, this is the result. It has been an amazing year and we are both excited to see what adventures next year has in store!! Watch video.
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The event, which is now in its tenth year, will take place at Peatlands Country Park [County Tyrone] on Sunday 27th July and attracts competitors from all over Ireland. Learn more.
Liberty Mutual buys NI broker
Northern Irish Connections
The Unsinkable Molly Brown: An Irish American hero
Northern Ireland is a "great place to invest", according to one of the bosses of Liberty Insurance as it announced the multi-million acquisition of broker Hughes Insurance. Read story.
Northern Irish Connections enables our diaspora to strengthen links with the homeland create networks, identify opportunities, build partnerships and reap the benefits of a shared heritage. Learn more.
Those who manage to do so, to overcome their hurdles and blaze a trail, deserve remembrance and celebration. One such example, the daughter of two Irish parents and an American treasure, is the Titanic’s Unsinkable Molly Brown. Read story.
Game of Thrones Northern Ireland Location Index
Let us introduce you to the locations in Northern Ireland where HBO’s Game of Thrones creates a fantasy world worth dying for… Learn more.
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