On Thursday, September 26th, 2019, the Washington, DC Young Leaders gathered for their annual “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Celebration” kindly hosted by Entertainment Software Association (ESA).
The theme of this year’s event was a salute to journalism and honorees on the evening were, Margaret Brennan (CBS News), Paul Kane (The Washington Post) and Kaitlan Collins (CNN). Also in attendance were Congressman Brendan Boyle and Congressman Brett Guthrie.
Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, along with video games and virtual reality set by hosts ESA.
Kevin O’Hanlon of ESA, kicked of the speaking program by welcoming everyone to Entertainment Software Association. Cliona Doyle, Director of the Young Leaders, thanked guests for their support in particular the host committee and introduced Norman Houston of the Northern Ireland Bureau who was followed by Declan Kelly of the Embassy of Ireland. Chair of the DC Young Leaders, John McCarthy then introduced the evening’s honorees who all spoke warmly of their connection to Ireland.
Special thanks to the event committee, Chair of the DC Young Leaders, John McCarthy and sponsors: The Northern Ireland Bureau, the Dupont Circle Hotel, Signal Group, Blessinger Legal, Lynch Pinnacle, Toyota Alexandria, MWW PR and Pernod Ricard and our hosts, Entertainment Software Association.
Photos: Erika Layne