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Two press releases announcing Thomas S. Healy and Ralph J. Anderson as “Ireland’s Best.”

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FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2003

Thomas S. Healy to Receive “Ireland’s Best” Award at May 5, 2004 Bloomsday Centennial Kickoff Celebration

The American Friends of James Joyce is delighted to announce that Thomas S. Healy, President of BISYS Hedge Fund Services, will be honored as one of “Ireland’s Best” at the Bloomsday Centennial Kickoff Celebration on May 5, 2004 at the Yale Club, New York City.

Mr. Healy, a native of Limerick, Ireland, and currently residing in Bermuda, was apprenticed at age 17 to one of Ireland’s most distinguished chartered accountancy firms. From those humble beginnings, he has succeeded to ever-more important positions in the world of accountancy and finance in Ireland, the United States and in Bermuda, where he currently heads a prominent global investment services company.

The Bloomsday event celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the events portrayed in James Joyce’s Ulysses, which takes place in Dublin on Thursday, 16 June 1904. This date is known to literature lovers as “Bloomsday” because the novel’s hero, Leopold Bloom, represents both the Everyman of modern society and the heroic Ulysses of Homer’s great epic poem, The Odyssey.

Ulysses is widely hailed by scholars and readers alike as the 20th century’s greatest work of fiction, and its author, not only as Ireland’s greatest writer, but also as the greatest writer in the English language since Shakespeare.

Dublin’s James Joyce Centre, founded by members of the author’s family, promotes the greater understanding of the author’s works as well as Irish literature and culture. Because Ulysses is a celebration of Dublin, the James Joyce Centre is committed to preserving the city’s great heritage. The Centre is housed in an historic Georgian townhouse which is itself connected to the events portrayed in Ulysses.

The American Friends of James Joyce is a U.S. tax-exempt organization that supports the Dublin Centre in its mission, and promotes the greater understanding of Joyce’s works and Irish culture through reading groups for adults and education of students in high school and college.

Bob Joyce, Joyce’s grandnephew and executive director of the James Joyce Centre, said, “I am thrilled that Tom has accepted our invitation to receive one of ‘Ireland’s Best’ awards. His rise from a seventeen-year old apprentice accountant to distinguished international business executive is, truly, an impressive achievement.”

The President of the American Friends of James Joyce, Stanley Goldstein, joins in congratulating Mr. Healy on this splendid occasion: “Although you can take the boy out of Limerick, you can never take Limerick out of the boy. However far Tom’s travels may have taken him, he will always represent the best that Ireland has to offer the world – hard work, determination, and a sense of fair play and sportsmanship.”

The Bloomsday Centennial Kickoff Celebration will be held at the Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, New York (adjacent to Grand Central Station). The event will commence at 6:00 pm for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by presentations to Mr. Healy and his fellow honorees, and remarks by representatives of the American Friends of James Joyce and the James Joyce Centre, Dublin, including members of the Joyce family.

To purchase tickets for the Bloomsday Centennial Kickoff Celebration contact Noreen Hall Kilduff at 201.988.6210 or Roger Dowd Lorence at 917-658-6480, or rogerdlorence@aol.com. Additional information on the American Friends of James Joyce is available online at www.themodernword.com/afjj. Additional information on the Joyce Centre, Dublin, is available online at:


Download this press release as a PDF

Contact: Roger Dowd Lorence
917-658-6480
rogerdlorence@aol.com

FOR RELEASE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2004

Ralph J. Anderson, Jr. to Receive “Ireland’s Best” Award at May 5, 2004 Bloomsday Centennial Kickoff Celebration

The American Friends of James Joyce is delighted to announce that Ralph J. Anderson, Jr., CPA, Partner in Charge of Wealth Management, Weiser LLP, will be honored as one of “Ireland’s Best” at the Bloomsday Centennial Kickoff Celebration on May 5, 2004 at the Yale Club, New York City.

Mr. Anderson, an Irish-American who is a native of New Jersey, is known to millions as a frequent guest on CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” providing pungent insights into the best thinking for preserving family wealth from depredations (such as the long reach of the Internal Revenue Service). In a career of ever-more important positions in the world of accountancy and finance, Mr. Anderson recently assumed the direction of the wealth management practice of Weiser LLP, a leading firm in accountancy and consulting, resident in their office in New York City.

The Bloomsday event celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the events portrayed in James Joyce’s Ulysses, which takes place in Dublin on Thursday, 16 June 1904. This date is known to literature lovers as “Bloomsday” because the novel’s hero, Leopold Bloom, represents both the Everyman of modern society and the heroic Ulysses of Homer’s great epic poem, The Odyssey.

Ulysses is widely hailed by scholars and readers alike as the 20th century’s greatest work of fiction, and its author, not only as Ireland’s greatest writer, but also as the greatest writer in the English language since Shakespeare.

Dublin’s James Joyce Centre, founded by members of the author’s family, promotes the greater understanding of the author’s works as well as Irish literature and culture. Because Ulysses is a celebration of Dublin, the James Joyce Centre is committed to preserving the city’s great heritage. The Centre is housed in an historic Georgian townhouse which is itself connected to the events portrayed in Ulysses.

The American Friends of James Joyce is a U.S. tax-exempt organization that supports the Dublin Centre in its mission, and promotes the greater understanding of Joyce’s works and Irish culture through reading groups for adults and education of students in high school and college.

Bob Joyce, Joyce’s grandnephew and executive director of the James Joyce Centre, said, “I am delighted that Ralph has accepted our invitation to receive one of Ireland’s Best awards. His service to his profession, to his clients, to his alma mater, Rider University, on whose Board of Trustees he sits, is emblematic of the concentration on the task ahead that has made the Irish in America such a success story”.

The President of the American Friends of James Joyce, Stanley Goldstein, joins in congratulating Mr. Anderson on this splendid occasion: “Everyone who has met Ralph knows that he is not a man who is afraid to express his views candidly, forcefully and to share the background supporting those views. Those qualities have made him a success and a standout in a world in which people are all too often afraid to venture an opinion.”

The Bloomsday Centennial Kickoff Celebration will be held at the Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, New York (adjacent to Grand Central Station). The event will commence at 6:30 pm for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by Presentations to Mr. Anderson and his fellow honorees, and remarks by representatives of the American Friends of James Joyce and the James Joyce Centre, Dublin, including members of the Joyce family.

To purchase tickets for the Bloomsday Centennial Kickoff Celebration contact Noreen Hall Kilduff at 201.988.6210 or Roger Dowd Lorence at 917-658-6480, or rogerdlorence@aol.com. Additional information on the American Friends of James Joyce is available online at www.themodernword.com/afjj. Additional information on the Joyce Centre, Dublin, is available online at: