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Irish American Business Chamber Honors Northern Irish Company

For the first time in its 16-year history, the Philadelphia-based Irish American Business Chamber and Network gave its top award—the Ambassador’s Award—to a company founded in Northern Ireland. The ceremony took place on Friday, February 26, at The Union League in Philadelphia with more than 400 people in attendance

The IABCN honored Almac, a pharmaceutical and health care development company with North American headquarters in Souderton, where it employs more than 1,000 people. The company was founded by Sr. Alan McClay in Craigevon, Northern Ireland.

Also honored were IACBN founder, Bill McLaughlin and his wife, Natalie, who run McLaughlin & Morgan, a business and development firm in Philadelphia (the Taoiseach Award) and Msgr. Michael Doyle, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Camden whose work has led to many improvements in the city’s waterfront area.

The awards were presented by Irish Consul General for New York, Barbara Jones. Ambassador Anne Anderson sent a recorded message to the group from Hollywood where a number of Irish actors and productions were up for Oscars this year.

Norman Houston, director of Northern Ireland Bureau, the diplomatic mission that maintains a small presence in Washington, DC, also addressed the crowd, remarking on the close relationship that’s formed between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic in recent years. Northern Ireland has even dropped its corporate tax rate to 12.5 percent, the same as its southern neighbor, to make doing business “on the island of Ireland” even more appealing to foreign investors.

Below are some of the photos from the event.

Whiskey TastingThe McLaughlins and Barbara JonesSister Joan and Ann BaiadaSean McMenamin, Kathy McGee Burns, and Sister MonicaNorman Houston of the Northern Ireland BureauProclamation from Rep, Boyle's Office for AlmacProclamation from Congressman Brendan Boyle's OfficePrimark's Jose Luis Martinez de Larramendi with son Inigo and Leslie AlcockPaul Maguire and Leslie AlcockNatalie McLaughlinMsgr. Doyle and his bookMaura McGee and Jim ReardonJohn O'Malley and Kevin ShannonDairmuid JohnsonFather Michael DoyleCocktail HourCabrini College's Brian Eury and friendBill McLaughlin's Four SistersBill McLaughlinBarbara Jones, Kevin Kent, and Msgr. Michael DoyleBarbara Jones with Almac Exec Kevin Stephens2Barbara Jones with Almac Exec Kevin StephensBarbara Jones and Msgr. DoyleAward Winner Natalie McLaughlinNatalie McLaughlin with Frank ReynoldsBethanne Killian, John O'Malley and Theresa Flanagan MurtaghNatalie and Bill McLaughlinDiarmuid Johnson and his wife014_5573014_5570014_5565014_5584014_5561

And some videos …

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