The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) is a national umbrella group of Irish Immigration Centers in the United States. The mission of the CIIC is to represent immigrant organizations throughout the United States who are committed to providing services to Irish immigrants. The Coalition acts as an information clearinghouse and assists the work of its members through advocacy, training and sharing best practices.

National Executive Director
Aileen Leonard Dibra
CIIC, Executive Director
PO Box 210
Bronx, NY 10470
Phone: (914)-837-2007



The Catholic Church in Ireland has always been concerned about its members overseas – their spiritual, psychological, and material well-being. Clergy and religious have always traveled to dioceses in which Irish emigrants live.

The Irish Catholic Conference of Bishops has established two special councils for the Irish Diaspora – The Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants (IECE) and the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO). These Councils organize pastoral outreach and support personnel in areas of the world where there are significant numbers of Irish immigrants. When possible and the situation merits it, they send Chaplains (Priests and Religious) who are the link with the Church in a particular Diocese and the Church at home.

Chair: Bishop John Kirby
Emigrant Officer: Brian Hanley
Administrator: Bernie Martin

Columba Centre
Co Kildare
W23 P6D3
Tel: 00 353 1 5053155
Fax: 00 353 1 6292363

Mr. Brian Hanley, Emigrant Officer

Originally from Sligo, Brian has been working with IECE since late 2008. He holds a degree in Business and Legal Studies from University College Dublin and a Masters in Law from University College Cork, specializing in criminal justice. From 2008 to July 2011, Brian held the posts of ICPO Coordinator and Emigrant Officer of the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants. Returning to the ICPO in March 2012 he worked as a Caseworker and Family Support Officer, completing a Diploma in Criminology and Criminal Psychology in 2014. Brian returned to the position of ICPO Coordinator in September 2014 and qualified as a barrister in 2015.

Mrs. Bernadette Martin, IECE Administrator

Bernie, a native of county Sligo. first worked with IECE in 2006 when she covered maternity leave for Caroline Navagh. After Caroline’s retirement, Bernie moved from another post in Irish Episcopal Conference back to the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants.

Most Rev. John Kirby, Chairperson

John Kirby was born in Baylough, Athlone, the son of Patrick Kirby and Rose McCormack. After his primary education in ‘The Batteries’ National School, Athlone and secondary education in St. Joseph’s College, Garbally Park, Ballinasloe, he went to St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth to study for the priesthood.

He was ordained on Sunday, June 23rd, 1963 and his first appointment as a priest was as teacher in St. Joseph’s College, Garbally. His main subject was mathematics, which he taught to honours leaving certificate level. During his years in Garbally he involved himself in every aspect of college life and had considerable success as trainer of the senior Rugby Football team. In September 1979, when Fr. Joseph Cassidy was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Clonfert, he was appointed President and Principal of Garbally College. The college was entering a period of rapid growth at that time and Fr. Kirby oversaw a major building project to extend the classroom accommodation and facilities for staff and students.

In 1988 Bishop Cassidy was transferred to the diocese of Tuam as archbishop and Fr. Kirby was appointed bishop of Clonfert. His episcopal ordination was on Saturday April 9th, 1988. Bishop Kirby’s Episcopal responsibilities on behalf of the Irish Bishops’ Conference include – Member of Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs, Member of the Council for Justice and Peace (Justice and Peace Ireland). Member of the Council for Emigrants and of Trocaire, the Irish Catholic Agency for Third World Development.


There are more than 1,200 Irish citizens in prisons and detention throughout the world. The ICPO has contact with Irish people in prisons in more than twenty countries, stretching from the English-speaking world of the UK, the USA and Australia, to countries such as France, Thailand, Argentina, Egypt and Cuba.

The ICPO has two offices; one located in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, and the other in London. The ICPO London office deals solely with Irish prisoners in England & Wales, while the ICPO Maynooth office assists Irish prisoners detained throughout the rest of the world.

The Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) provides information and support to Irish prisoners overseas and their families. 

Coordinator: Brian Hanley
Administrator: Bernie Martin
Caseworkers: Ian Hanna, Catherine Kenny, Ciara Kirrane, Leslie Alcock, Claire O’Connell
Volunteers: Joan O’Cléirigh, Eileen Boyle, Sr. Anne Sheehy and Betty Wilson


Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO)
Columba Centre
Co Kildare
Tel. +353 1 505 3156
Fax: +353 1 601 6401

Irish Chaplaincy (BRITAIN) 

50-52 Camden Square
London NW1 9XB
Tel: 00 44 20 74 82 41 48
Fax: 0044 20 74824815
CEO: Eddie Gilmore
Administrator: Declan Ganly
Tel: +44 (0)207 482 5528

Traveller Equality Project
Project Officer: Ellena Costello
50-52 Camden Square
London NW1 9XB
Tel: 00 44 20 74 82 55 25
Fax: 00 44 20 74 82 48 15

Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas – London Office
Project Manager: Fr Gerry McFlynn
Caseworkers: Breda Power and Liz Power
Sr. Moira Keane, Sr. Agnes Miller, Sara Thompson, Sally Murphy and Elizabeth Mackle

50-52 Camden Square
London NW1 9XB
Tel: +44 207 482 5528
Fax: +44 207 482 4815


Prison and detention ministry outreach is coordinated in collaboration with ICPO, Maynouth, Ireland.  Chaplains and other Pastoral Center staff visit those incarcerated or detained in U.S. facilities to provide whatever support the person might need.  The embassies of Ireland and Britain, as well as the local consulates are helpful in providing administrative assistance.


Kristopher Keating  
IAUSA National Coordinator
Phone: 860 250 4792


The mandate of the Committee of Cultural Diversity in the Church, and its corresponding Secretariat on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s, is to be present to the many cultures, ethnicities and races that today constitute the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. The goal is to encourage the inclusion and fuller participation of all God's People in the life and ministry of the Church by building up their Catholic identity in a spirit of unity in diversity.

Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers
Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 4th Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
Phone: 202-541-3359
Fax: 202-541-5417
Mar Muñoz-Visoso, Executive Director
David Corrales, PCMRT Program coordinator

Sponsor of National Migration Week (first week in January)

The Irish Apostolate USA joined the Justice for Immigrants campaign in 2005 until the present at the urging of Bishop Seámus Hegarty, then Chairman of the Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants. Since its involvement in the campaign, the Irish Apostolate advocates on behalf of its apostolate centers and the immigrants they serve at the national level, and disseminates relevant advocacy information to the centers so that they can engage in advocacy efforts at the local level.

Antonio B. Cube Jr., Campaign Manager
Justice for Immigrants
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 Fourth Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Phone: 202-541-3245


This Network founded to enhance and expand delivery of legal services to indigent and low-income immigrants principally through diocesan immigration programs and to meet the immigration needs identified by the Catholic Church in the United States.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
8757 Georgia Ave. Suite 850
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 565-4800
Fax: (303) 565-4824

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Partners


The Interfaith Immigration Coalition is a partnership of faith-based organizations in the United States committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects our mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect. Coalition members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country.

The Irish Apostolate USA participates as a member of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.

Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform ILIR Headquarters
875 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 201
New York, NY 10001
Fax: (212) 244-3344
General Inquiries:
Campaign Desk:

National Immigration Forum
50 F Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 347-0040
Fax: (202) 347-0058

American Immigration Lawyers Association
918 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004-1400
Phone: (202) 216-2400
Fax: (202) 783-7853

U.S. Citizenship and Information Bureau (USCIS)

Bureau of Consular Affairs – U.S. State Department

National Immigration Law Center
3435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2850
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (213) 639-3900
Fax: (213) 639-3911