We are delighted to have been invited to visit the Irish Ambassador’s Residence, as the guests of Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason. This event is limited to Harvard Club members and their guests.
About the Ambassador:
Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason assumed her role as Ireland’s 19th Ambassador to the United States in August 2022. Prior to her arrival in Washington, she was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations in New York (2017- 22). Ambassador Byrne Nason has also served as Ambassador to France (2014-17), Ambassador and Ireland’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU (2005-11)), and Director of the National Forum on Europe (2004-05). As Second Secretary-General in the Department of the Taoiseach from 2011-2014, she was the highest ranking female public servant in Ireland. At that same time, she also was Secretary General of Ireland’s Economic Management Council.
While in New York, Ambassador Byrne Nason led Ireland’s successful campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, and led the New York Security Council team for the 2021-2022 term. Ambassador Byrne Nason was Chair of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for 2018 and 2019. She has also co-chaired high-level political negotiations on the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela and on the ‘Samoa pathway’ for Small Island Developing States.
A native of County Louth, in 2020 Ambassador Byrne Nason was awarded the Freedom of Drogheda, the town’s highest honour, just the third woman to receive the award of its 35 recipients. In 2014, she was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s highest academic honour. Ambassador Byrne Nason holds an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Maynooth University as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Literature from Saint Patrick’s College in Maynooth (NUIM).
Program of events:
6:30 pm Registration
6:50 pm Remarks by Ambassador Byrne Nason
7:30 pm Reception featuring drinks and hors d’oeuvres
How to get there: N2, N4, N6 buses. Nearest Metro station is Dupont circle, 1.2 miles away. Essentially no parking. We strongly suggest using public transportation, taxis, or ride shares.
For logistical reasons, sales of these tickets will close on Monday, October 23rd.
Our special thanks to Joseph McCarthy GSE ’83 EDM ’90 EDD ’91 and Marina McCarthy EDM ’86 EDD ’90 for their assistance arranging this event.