Aide at Large: Siobhán M. Dennehy

Siobhan Dennehy

Siobhan Dennehy was born in Dublin, Ireland to Bob Greene from Doonbeg, Co. Clare, and, Sheila (nee Hughes) from Athy, Co. Kildare. Siobhan was educated at Sion Hill, Blackrock Co. Dublin, and Trinity College Dublin.

After college, Siobhan came to New York on a J1 visa and joined the Irish Immigration Reform Movement (IIRM) which was an organization that was lobbying for immigration reform. In the early 1990s, Siobhan worked for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and in 1999, she became one of the co-founders of LeadDog Marketing Group, a sports marketing company.

In 2002, Siobhan Dennehy joined the Emerald Isle Immigration Center and in less than a year she was promoted to the position of Executive Director, a position that she has held to today. Under her leadership, the Emerald Isle Immigration Centers has grown tremendously. The Centers now has two attorneys, several immigration counseling staff and a social worker.  The Centers also provides mental health counseling in the area of Depression and Alcohol and Drug Abuse, provides daily Meals on Wheels Program and ESL classes. The centers sees clients from a broad spectrum of nationalities and has added to its staff Spanish speaking personnel to support Spanish speaking clients who seek EIIC’s help.

Siobhan served as the President of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers from 2009 -2014. Siobhan has received many awards for her work in the New York and Irish community. She was honored in 2006 by The Bronx Borough President during Irish Heritage Week, in 2007, the Irish Heritage and Culture Committee at Bronx Community College honored her and she also received the Brotherhood Award from the Riverdale Jewish Community. In 2008, The Irish Voice named her as one of their Top 50 Women of Influence and in 2010 she received the John F. Kennedy Medal from the National Boards of the A.O.H and L.A.O.H. In 2012, both Siobhan Dennehy and her husband Dan were honored with the Shining Stars Award by Bishop DiMarzio for their diligent work on behalf of immigration. Siobhan was commended by the N.Y. C. Council in 2013 for her incredible work with Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts and in 2015, the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany awarded Siobhan the Governor Hugh L. Carey Award.

Siobhan Dennehy and her husband Dan live in Cortlandt Manor, and they are the extremely proud parents of two daughters, Ashling and Cara.

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