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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Ireland Funds Will Honor Sean Donohue, DFW International Airport CEO

 The Ireland Funds has announced Sean Donohue, Chief Executive Officer of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), as the recipient of its 2023 Distinguished Leadership Business Leader Award. He will be honored on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the Texas Emerald Ball, which will be held at The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas. The Ireland Funds made the announcement on November 17 at the Dallas Arboretum in front of key members and supporters.

Mike Corboy, Sean Donohue, Tom Codd, John Tillotson, John Grimes
Photo credit: Can Turkyilmaz

The Ireland Funds’ Texas Vice President of Development, Meg Finley, welcomed everyone. Ireland Consul General Robert Hull, based in Austin, talked about the long-standing connections between Ireland and Texas with their cultures, businesses, and sports.

The Ireland Funds National Board Member, Thomas W. Codd, recounted the organization’s history and introduced Donohue. “We look forward to honoring Sean with the Distinguished Business Leader Award. A great leader, he has shown his ability in running one of the most successful airports in the world. He’s also a great family man and friend.”

Donohue said, “I am honored to be selected by The Ireland Funds for this prestigious award and look forward to March 18th.” 

Sean Donohue - CEO of DFW International Airport

Donohue spoke about his role leading DFW International Airport, particularly the magnitude of the 17,000+ acre location. “We grow as the region grows. We’re the second largest airport in the world [in terms of passengers] and serve nearly 80 million customers. We have 2,000 DFW Airport employees, but if you add the airlines and other businesses to our employees, there are 65,000 total.” He also talked about taking care of the minority and women-owned small businesses at the airport during and after the pandemic—a priority of his.

Michael and Jennifer Fitzpatrick

The Texas Emerald Ball’s honorary co-chairs are Mary Lee and Fritz Duda, community leaders and supporters of The Ireland Funds. The event’s proceeds support many charitable causes across the island of Ireland. For a complete list, visit Focus Areas - The Ireland Funds, Progress through Philanthropy.

Mary Lee and Fritz Duda, Co-Chairs

Entertainment includes Chloë Agnew, Irish singer and songwriter, the youngest original member of Celtic Woman.

Chloe Agnew, Entertainer

Sponsorships are available now for the March 18th Texas Emerald Ball. Visit

About The Ireland Funds: The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network. Established in 1976, The Ireland Funds’ mission is to harness the power of a global network of friends of Ireland to promote and support peace, culture, education, and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and among Irish communities around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has provided support to more than 3,200 deserving organizations across the globe. For more information, visit

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