BIBA President Speaks Aboard the LÉ Samuel Beckett

More than 2,500 people flocked to the Charlestown Navy Yard this weekend to visit and tour the Samuel Beckett. The Irish Naval Service patrol vessel docked Thursday, October 3rd and stayed in Boston until this past Monday, accompanied by events, speeches and celebrations.

BIBA’s President, Laura Hamilton, spoke aboard the ship during the Irish Consul General Laoise Moore’s First Friday event, following speeches by EU Ambassador, Stavros Lambrinidis, and Kildare delegation leader, Allan Shine, of the Kildare Chamber of Commerce. Hamilton briefed the crowd on BIBA’s upcoming trade mission to Ireland in November.

She announced the trip would kick off in Belfast, alongside Boston Mayor Marty Walsh who will be leading the celebration of the Boston - Belfast Sister City relationship. The weekend includes a range of business events as well as the Friendship Four Ice Hockey Tournament (featuring Northeastern, UNH, Colgate and Princeton). From there, they’ll be traveling through Derry, Donegal, Dublin and Cork to connect with business leaders and elected officials across the island of Ireland.

“It was an honor to be invited to speak onboard the Samuel Beckett and share the exciting developments at BIBA. We’re so thrilled to be returning to Ireland for our first trade mission in ten years. Delegations from Ireland often visit us and this is our way of reciprocating and showing our commitment to our mutual business interests,” says Hamilton.

Following Friday’s events, more tours and celebrations ensued over the weekend. During a speech Saturday evening, Mayor Marty Walsh declared October 6th Samuel Beckett day in the City of Boston to honor the ship’s humanitarian contributions.


BIBA announces Primark as the winner of its Economic Impact Award

The Boston Irish Business Association (BIBA) is proud to announce that Primark, one of Europe’s leading fashion retailers, will accept the organization’s Economic Impact Award at BIBA’s annual Awards breakfast on October 9, 2015. Primark was founded in June 1969 in the Republic of Ireland and announced in early 2014 that they would open its first US store in Boston. On September 10, 2015 Primark opened in the newly restored Burnham Building located in Downtown Crossing following a ribbon-cutting celebration led by Mayor Martin J. Walsh with over 1,900 in attendance.

In a relatively short time, Primark has made a huge impact on Boston’s economy in creating over 600 local jobs with more planned. The store’s opening is an important step in the continued revitalization of Downtown Crossing with increased economic activity in the area expected.

Join BIBA on October 9th to celebrate Primark and our other honorees at the 2015 BIBA Awards!


About Boston Irish Business Association

The Boston Irish Business Association (BIBA) is a non-profit business organization 501(c)(6) dedicated to promoting the business interests of its members and member organizations located in Massachusetts and abroad. BIBA is committed to fostering economic and professional growth among its progressive network of business and political leaders, while retaining and strengthening their connection to Ireland and Northern Ireland.

BIBA consists of a diverse membership comprised of small and medium size business owners, government officials, as well as executives from multi-national corporations. BIBA hosts networking events for its membership throughout the year as well as an ongoing monthly speaker event series. BIBA's program schedule offers members the ability to network with other like-minded individuals, and grants them the opportunity to further develop their professional skills in a social setting.

About Primark:

Primark is one of the largest clothing retailers in Europe, offering customers quality, up-to-the-minute designs at Value-for-money prices. It has 292 stores and employs over 62,000 people in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, France and the US. Primark, which is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods, plc, was founded in June 1969 in the Republic of Ireland. In 2006, Primark opened a store in Madrid, Spain, its first in Continental Europe, and now operates 11 million square feet of selling space across ten countries. Primark has been ranked a Leader by the UK’s Ethical Trading Initiative since 2011, and in 2014 Greenpeace’s Detox campaign recognized Primark as a leader on the issue of chemicals management.

For more information, visit or follow @Primark on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.