Co-operation Ireland #45in45 – NYC ‘Co-operation Ireland Day’ proclamation

Co-operation Ireland #45in45 – NYC ‘Co-operation Ireland Day’ proclamation

Fri 22 Mar 2024 by Co-operation Ireland

In 2024 we are marking Co-operation Ireland’s 45th anniversary by exploring our history through 45 items.


Item 10: Proclamation by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg marking March 18 2004 ‘Co-operation Ireland Day’.

In the vibrant tapestry of New York City, St. Patrick’s Day is more than just a celebration; it’s a cultural cornerstone – an event that sees the sizable Diaspora based in the Empire State turn out to celebrate every March 17.

Back in 2004, Co-operation Ireland had a strong representation in the city, but it was March 18 that was the focus for staff and board members.

Because Team CI had a date in City Hall – to see then Mayor Michael Bloomberg declare that date to be ‘Co-operation Ireland Day’ in the city. 

In Co-operation Ireland’s long history of peace building, the role played by our USA Board and supporters is hard to underestimate so having a day named after us in such an iconic city was of huge significance.

Through our USA Chairman Jim Clerkin, we continue to be supported in our work from the other side of the Atlantic, and we look forward to many more years of harnessing the strength of the Diaspora in our journey towards reconciliation.

Below, some of the words included on the proclamation pictured continue to resonate, 20 years on.

“Now, therefore, I, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, in recognition of the contributions of this organization to peace in Ireland, as well as respect between people around the world, do hereby proclaim Thursday, March 18th 2004, in the City of New York as: ‘Co-operation Ireland Day’.

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