- Published: 24 July 2017 24 July 2017
Each month we spotlight a Club member. This month, we introduce you to Hannah Kiely CEO of Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture:
We were delighted to welcome Hannah to our Club on Thursday night, July 20th. Hannah Kiely was visiting on the Cape with friends and members, Helen and Jerry Niedermeier, whom she met in Galway in October 1999 and she has continued with this great friendship ever since. Hannah was happy to meet so many officers, volunteers, and members of SOECC during her evening at the Club.
Hannah is a native of Waterford on the South Coast of Ireland and has been living in Galway for many years. A well-established business woman, Hannah was previously President of Galway Chamber of Commerce, a director of many organizations, with extensive experience in Ireland and the UK, and the recipient of many awards including Business Woman of the Year. Hannah is involved in many charitable, community and cultural organizations.
Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, has been designated European Capital of Culture for the year 2020. Hannah, in her address to the members here, outlined what this means for Galway, Ireland, and the Irish abroad. The European Capital of Culture is a designation by the European Union for a period of one year, in this case 2020, during which the city and county organizes a series of cultural events which bring about a great opportunity to generate considerable economic, social, and cultural benefits, and raises the image of Galway City and County on an international scale.
Hannah extended the hand of friendship to all the members of the Sons of Erin, Cape Cod and thanked the President, John Flaherty, for his invitation to speak at the Club. She stated that she hoped this would be the start of a strong connection between SOECC and Galway 2020. Hannah will create links with the Club on her return from vacation here on the Cape through the good offices of President Flaherty. If you want more information, consult www.galway2020.ie.
Hannah sees this appointment as, “an amazing opportunity to do something truly transformational for Galway City, County, the wider region and Ireland,” and she concluded, “My head has always been in business but my heart in the arts”.