Tag: Friends of Ireland

5 Photos to Help Put You in the Irish Spirit

March 17, 2017

Yesterday, the Friends of Ireland luncheon continued under another Irish speaker whose own family traces their roots to the potato farms of Kilkenny. Read More

You Are Invited to an Irish Tradition

March 15, 2017

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan and Speaker Tip O'Neill began a St. Patrick's Day tradition that continues to this day: the Friends of Ireland luncheon. Tomorrow at noon ET, President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Prime Minister Kenny of Ireland will all be attending this bipartisan event in the Capitol, hosted by Speaker Ryan—an Irishman in his own right. And you are invited to join them. Read More

How an Irish Speaker Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Read More

Speaker Ryan Hosts Annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon

March 15, 2016

Today, Speaker Ryan hosted President Obama and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at his first Friends of Ireland luncheon, a tradition dating back to 1983 that signifies America’s bipartisan commitment to peace and security in Ireland. Below are Speaker Ryan’s remarks as prepared for delivery: Read More

Speaker Ryan Announces Date of Annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon

March 08, 2016

“Our friendship with the Irish runs so deep that it dates back to before America was even a country,” Speaker Ryan said. “I am honored to continue a tradition begun by Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, and I hope to do it justice with good stories and not-so-good jokes.” Read More

The Speaker’s Day: Friends of Ireland Edition

March 18, 2014

Last week, Speaker Boehner welcomed Irish prime minister Enda Kenny, President Obama, and Vice President Biden to the Capitol for the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon. Read More

The Speaker's March 2012 in Photos

April 03, 2012

Last month, Speaker John Boehner welcomed foreign leaders - including Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu - to the U.S. Capitol, and led a coordinated push to address rising gas prices and hold the president accountable for his anti-energy policies.   Read More

Speaker Boehner Addresses the Annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon

March 20, 2012

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today welcomed Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny of Ireland, President Obama, and Vice President Biden to the Capitol for the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon. Read More

Continuing the Friends of Ireland Tradition

March 20, 2012

Click here for a high resolution version of the photo above. Earlier today, Speaker Boehner welcomed Irish prime minister Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala Kenny to the Capitol for the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon.  They were joined by President Obama, Vice President Biden, and members of Congress.   Read More

Speaker Boehner’s Remarks at the Annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon

March 17, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) welcomed Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny of Ireland to the Capitol today for the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon marking St. Patrick’s Day. Read More