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Monday, February 25, 2013

Irish American Heritage Museum director will speak on March 13

Jeff Cleary, Executive Director of Albany’s Irish American Heritage Museum, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, and are open to the public.

The Irish American Heritage Museum is a permanently chartered 501(c)3 non-profit with an educational mission: To preserve and tell the story of the contributions of the Irish people and their culture in America, inspiring individuals to examine the importance of their own heritage as part of the American cultural mosaic. As such, the Museum is unique in America, where almost 40 million individuals claim Irish ancestry. It is committed to the basic tenet that preserving one’s heritage is vital to providing a cultural and historical foundation to future generations of Americans.

The museum, located at 370 Broadway in downtown Albany, provides year-round access to exhibits, the Paul O’Dwyer Library, lectures, presentations, film screenings, book signings and other special programs. The Museum was an integral force in requiring instruction in New York State’s public schools about the Irish Famine of 1845-1853.  The museum is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m., and closed Monday and Tuesday.

Mr. Cleary has been associated with the Irish American Heritage museum since 2009, and managed all aspects of the acquisition and build out of the museum’s new facility. He oversees daily operations and staff and has acquired over $500,000 in grants for the museum in the last three years.

Mr. Cleary is also the President of Knickerbocker Consulting, LLC. Knickerbocker provides Public Relations, Communications, Government Relations, Project / Event Management, Political Consulting and Leadership Development to a diverse group of clients. He resides in Waterford, New York with his wife, Michelle and their son Nolan.

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable is also offering its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the March 13 luncheon are required by Monday, March 11 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to